Passengers at the railway terminal in the Chinese city of Manzhouli, on the border with Russia
©Davide Monteleone

Russia and China: friends with benefits

As the two nations forge closer ties, will they be able to overcome their frequently fraught history? Kathrin Hille investigates

Food & Drink

Illustration by Graham Roumieu of rioja label being left behind ©Graham Roumieu
‘Wine producers would love to see those who run the Rioja region acknowledge different quality levels’
– Jancis Robinson
English cake ©Patricia Niven
The Honey & Co chefs grew up on ‘English cake’ but not quite as the English know it
A helicopter takes off from North Sea's Kittiwake platform
©Robert Ormerod

North Sea: after the fall

With oil plummeting to lowest price in years, Kiran Stacey reports from Kittiwake rig on industry in turmoil

Boy and Horse
©Kalpesh Lathigra

Dakota dreaming

He’s a photographer from London but Kalpesh Lathigra feels a deep connection with the Oglala Sioux of Pine Ridge

New Crane Stairs leading to the Thames at Wapping
©Owen Richards

My London: Wapping, by Nicola Barker

The writer on the rough delights of riverside Wapping

Douglas Coupland
©Ken Mayer Studios©Douglas Coupland

Douglas Coupland: a lot o’ Lotto

If you ever wonder what it looks like to see someone lose several million dollars, let me tell you, it is a dreadful thing to witness

©Harry Haysom

How to keep your gym habit

‘Might a commitment strategy allow you to pay yourself to go to the gym?’

Grey squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) leaping from branch, controlled conditions, UK

Ecology: red squirrel decline is no longer a grey area

New research shows that the grey squirrel has been unfairly characterised as a ‘super-invader’

Originàrio’s 'Italian Passion' selection
©Laura Spinelli

Five of the best: Valentine’s food gifts

For the Epicurean in your life: exquisite teas, Italian delicacies, very smart chocolate bars — or a brilliant brunch tip

Jane Wildgoose holding a replica of Lord Nelson's coffin
©Yoshi Kametani

‘I made a coffin for a strand of Lord Nelson’s hair’

Jane Wildgoose worked with a lock originally sent by Horatia, Nelson’s daughter, to friends and colleague

Simon Blackburn
©Geraint Lewis/Eyevine

Simon Blackburn

‘My greatest achievements? Attracting my wife and reading philosophy’


Martin Sandbu

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