Neil MacGregor and Simon Schama outside the British Museum
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Neil MacGregor talks to Simon Schama

First at the National Gallery, then as director of the British Museum, then with his ‘History of the World in 100 Objects’: there’s no doubting the passion and intellect Neil MacGregor brings to history. So what will he now teach us about a nation with an inescapably explosive past – Germany?


An illustration for a wine competition ©Ingram Pinn
The judges worked over seven consecutive days. We must assume that all three have resilient tooth enamel and acid-resistant palates
– Jancis Robinson
Soufflé suissesse with tomato and anchovy sauce ©Andy Sewell
The ‘soufflé suissesse’ is exceptionally light in texture but do not let this deceive you
– Rowley Leigh
Illustration by Lucas Varela of how PR has invaded the newsroom
©Lucas Varela

The invasion of corporate news

The lines between journalism and PR are becoming blurred as businesses bypass traditional media to get their message across

An illustration by Jason Ford
©Jason Ford

Douglas Coupland: Little black ghost

Depression’s weird. If you don’t get it, then you don’t get it. But if you do, you do. And you see how it strips life of all colour

Sir Ranulph Fiennes
©Rick Pushinsky

The Shrink & The Sage meet Ranulph Fiennes

Probing the psyche of the uber-adventurer, a man who doesn’t do introspection

Jeremy Paxman on the Forward Prize for poetry

We need poetry more than ever, says the broadcaster and Forward Prize judge

Malcolm Gladwell
©Grey Day Studio 2014

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

A boy in southern Bangladesh picks wild rice
©Baorong Lu

How to save the world’s crops

A global database of wild species identifies which crops should be a conservation priority - and where

Josh Newton
©Steve Schofield

First Person: ‘A wildfire broke out as I photographed a wedding’

Josh Newton’s dramatic photo - taken with his smartphone - became a viral hit

Crosstown’s doughnuts

Quick bites: doughnuts to drool over

The humble dessert has attained gourmet status, with imaginative versions popping up all over London

Shami Chakrabarti

The Inventory: Shami Chakrabarti

‘I don’t know if there’s an afterlife but I want to live as if there isn’t,’ says the human rights campaigner