Theresa May
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Theresa May: Britain’s Angela Merkel?

She is the longest-serving home secretary for more than 50 years and the most powerful Conservative woman since Margaret Thatcher. Dismissed by some as ‘boring’, she’s now the bookies’ favourite for next Tory leader. Except the model would not be the Iron Lady but a certain German chancellor …


Soil samples at a southern Rhône vineyard ©James Reeve
For recent graduates wondering what to do with their hard-won degrees, the world of wine needs many of their skills
– Jancis Robinson
A dish of roast duck with cherries as prepared by Rowley Leigh ©Andy Sewell
It is the sweet-and-sour element that gives these cherries their special affinity with the richness of roast duck
– Rowley Leigh
Sayed Khalid, a co-founder of Kardan University, on its roof in Kabul

Afghanistan: open for business?

A new generation of Afghan entrepreneurs is still betting on the country’s future - despite political instability and setbacks

Bella Xin KaLare with her adoptive parents LaKasha and Jeremy Strickland

Adopting an abandoned Chinese baby: a family’s experience

In 2011, Patti Waldmeir found a seriously ill newborn lying abandoned in a Shanghai alley

Laura Trott
©Tina Hillier

Pursuits special: Women at the top of their game

London 2012 cycling champion Laura Trott sets her sights on the Commonwealth Games while England women’s rugby captain Katy Mclean gets ready for next week’s Women’s Rugby World Cup

©Felicity McCabe

The taste test: takeaway sushi

No self-respecting supermarket or takeaway is without its sushi offering

Illustration of people at a salon by Laura Carlin
©Laura Carlin

Who should we trust?

‘The philosophic soul trusts herself no more than she does anyone else’

First Person: ‘I’m a world champion thumb wrestler’

Dayna ‘Big Digit’ Hunt studies at university to become a theatre nurse but secretly dreams of winning her third title in a row

Champagne + Fromage in Covent Garden
©Daniel Jones

On the menu: beyond the cucumber square

London afternoon tea with a twist – wild boar buns, chamomile scones and cheese with your champagne

SPECIAL PRICE APPLIES. British actress Sian Phillips photographed at the Savoy Theatre, London.
©Camera Press

The Inventory: Siân Phillips

‘I believe in a level playing field and I don’t really care who provides it,’ says the actor

Oliver Pickup is put through his paces by Katy Mclean
©Tina Hillier

FT Masterclass: Rugby training with Katy Mclean

The England skipper leads her squad through 90 minutes of ‘utter beasting’ before next week’s Women’s Rugby World Cup