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Twelve days in southern Africa

Twenty years after the end of white rule, South Africa and its neighbouring states Namibia and Angola face a second great struggle – for progress, prosperity and a better future for all. The region has come far but it must go further – and faster. By Lionel Barber

REGULARS

Illustration by Ingram Pinn of Barolo ©Ingram Pinn
‘Barolo 2010 is not being shown to the world’s media officially until May but many of the UK allocations have already been sold’
– Jancis Robinson
Rowley Leigh's shoulder of lamb with onions and turnip gratin ©Andy Sewell
‘To compound my Old Testament proclivities, I have cooked this for a long time until it is of a melting consistency’
– Rowley Leigh
©Sophie Gerrard

Yes or no? Scotland is taking the question seriously

From Glasgow to Coldstream, voters are approaching the independence question with a seriousness unknown among the self-mocking English

©Jason Ford

Douglas Coupland – 3½ fingers

It took four years for my brain to learn how to type on both a laptop and a mobile phone

Pete Hutchison, founder of the Electric Recording Company
©Richard Nicholson

Vinyl destination

Analogue is better than digital. To record fans this is an indisputable truth, and to record labels it is an increasingly attractive proposition too

Nacho Figueras
©Alejandro Chaskielberg

The Pursuits Interview: Nacho Figueras

One of polo’s most famous players talks about his aims for the sport and the dangers of riding a horse at 40mph while ‘trying to hit a tiny, bouncing ball with a long stick’

From left: Canto, the 27-year-old monkey and Owen, 29
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Science: leaner diet, longer life?

Two studies give conflicting results on how stringent calorific restriction affects human longevity

Chiwetel Ejiofor
©Jeff Vespa/WireImage

The Inventory: Chiwetel Ejiofor

‘What would I like to own? A Manet, if you can rustle one up,’ says the ‘12 Years a Slave’ actor

©Niklas Alexandersson

Five of the best: Stockholm bars

From caraway akvavit to an oyster-garnished Rockefeller, the bar scene here is diverse

Ian Cook
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‘I use a remote-controlled car to paint pictures’

Artist Ian Cook says he paints barefoot because he is less likely to tread on a car and break it

©Laura Carlin

Is envy diabolical?

‘Envy needs to be managed. While a certain amount is probably inevitable, you don’t have to indulge it’

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK

"Namibia is going places. Well, we think we're going places"

Desmond Amunyela, entrepreneur