FT Masterclass: Long jumping with Greg Rutherford

The FT takes a leap of faith into the sandbox with a straight-leg skip, bent-leg scissor and the dribble bleed

Zara Phillips is a British equestrian and the second-eldest grandchild of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. She is married to ex-England rugby union player Mike Tindall, and lives in Gloucestershire, UK. Here Zara Phillips sits on her horse on her estate in Gloucestershire
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FT Masterclass: Horse riding with Zara Phillips

The royal eventer talks about motherhood, her hopes for the 2016 Olympics — and why it’s bad to slouch in the saddle

The Duke of Yoek suite at Royal Crescent Hotel

Barometer: The Royal Crescent, Bath

Enjoy fine food, Georgian elegance and the diversions of a famed city

Gill Plimmer drives a crane at a Skanska site near Doncaster
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FT Masterclass: Crane driving with Mike Putnam

Controlling tonnes of precision engineering while moving a block of concrete takes serious focus. The CEO of Skanska UK offers some tips

Carlos Tavares and his Peugeot 504 Tic rally car in Monaco
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Classic rally car driving with the FT: Carlos Tavares

Steering France’s largest carmaker back to recovery is his day job and, in his spare time, the PSA Peugeot Citroën boss rebuilds engines in his shed

husky-racer Mark Squires
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FT Masterclass: Siberian Husky racing with Mark Squires

Brush up on your Inuit, bend your knees and don’t forget your goggles . . . Jeremy Taylor picks up some championship-winning tips in a Berkshire forest

Sport must stop the tactic of faffing

Constant cheating, complaining and general messing around blight contests

photographs of Jonathan Moules of the Financial Times plays a game of real tennis against William Sargent
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FT Masterclass: Real tennis with Sir William Sargent

The special effects boss is attracted to the quirky nature of the medieval racquet sport. But can he explain the rules to a confused Jonathan Moules?

Lounge at The Kings Head, Cirencester
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Barometer: The Kings Head, Cirencester

A venerable Cotswolds inn emerges from an eight-year makeover

Rory Kinnear and Hannah Beckermann piecing together a puzzle
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FT Masterclass: Jigsaws with Rory Kinnear

Settling down to solve a 500-piecer, the acclaimed actor says that he’s no longer a ‘side-and-corners guy’

Twenty20 cricket knocks sixes rate up

Boundary growth fits almost perfectly with T20 matches played

Skiing with the FT: Heston Blumenthal

Nothing whets the appetite like crisp mountain air . . . the FT joins the chef for three days of skiing, heart-stopping snowmobiling and gourmet feasting

FT Masterclass: Fly fishing with Joan Wulff

Aged 88, she is still the doyenne of casting and quite happy to reel in a wayward line

FT Masterclass: Road biking with Evelyn Stevens

The FT joins the Olympian in San Francisco — where cycling is offline social networking

FT Masterclass: Budgerigar fancying with Geoff Capes

Even professional strongmen have soft spots. For the former shot-put champion, his has long been for his birds

Barometer: The Old Parsonage Hotel, Oxford

Ancient, modern, arty — just what you want in the timeless town

RGIII joins the bench of fallen heroes

The quarterback’s downfall has been played out in public

FT Masterclass: Sprinting with Michael Johnson

Speed starts from the arms, not the legs, explains one of the fastest men in the history of athletics

FT Masterclass: Cheese and wine pairing with Francis Percival

Why does champagne go so well with goat’s cheese? And why is truffle camembert known as a ‘wine killer’? Put your taste buds to the test

FT Masterclass: Cage fighting with Alex Reid

The celebrity master of the multi-discipline contact sport shows how to succeed inside the ring