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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

Joan Wulff in action at her fishing school in upstate New York
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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

Evelyn Stevens with Tim Bradshaw
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FT Masterclass: Road biking with Evelyn Stevens

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

Geoff Capes
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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

The Old Parsonage

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

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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

Alex Reid
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FT Masterclass: Cage fighting with Alex Reid

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

Jaime Alguersuari with Oliver Pickup
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Formula-E with the FT: Jaime Alguersuari

One of the stars of the electric-car equivalent of Formula One shows the FT around his car

Barometer: The Swan Inn at Swinbrook

An Oxfordshire rural retreat – and sometime venue for EU leaders

FT masterclass: Darts with Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor

Some top-flight tips from a true legend of the oche

Welding with Carl Bass

The software guru, a prominent figure in the ‘maker movement’, is used to working with bright sparks

A walk with the FT: the South Downs with Graham Swift

The writer, who takes his favourite walk ‘half a dozen times a year, at least – in all weathers’, talks about England, war and the stuff of life

Cool ski kit

From lightweight helmets and boots to high-tech hoodies and safety airbags, these items are a must-have for skiing holidays

FT Masterclass: Boxing with Amir Khan

The former world champion invites Aisha Zia to ‘hit me in the face’. Can she land a glove on the Bolton-based fighter?

Superbike racing with Jenny Tinmouth

What’s it like to ride with an ‘adrenalin junkie’, just back from stunt doubling on ‘Mission: Impossible 5’?

Board gaming with Ian Livingstone

He co-founded Games Workshop, imported ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ and helped bring Lara Croft to life. Now the godfather of gaming demonstrates his back-stabbing skills as he takes on the FT’s Daniel Thomas

Boulangerie with Thomas Teffri-Chambelland

With two artisanal bakeries – and a mill – to his name, who better to teach Anna Brooke the tricky art of making gluten-free bread rise?

Running with the FT: Malcolm Gladwell

The writer’s feet are almost as quick as his mind: he’s a former champion who still competes