Ed Sheeran
©Kalpesh Lathigra

The business of being Ed Sheeran

How did the red-headed guy in the checked shirt become the smartest brain in British music?

Food & Drink

An illustration of a waiter on ice skates ©Ingram Pinn
Jancis Robinson’s 20 best sparkling wines for the festive season
Shoulder of venison with bacon and celeriac ©Andy Sewell
‘I have enrolled on my own Aga anger management course. It involves alcoholic self-medication’
– Rowley Leigh
Lydie Kujuru (centre) with siblings Pilote and Caroline
©Charlie Bibby

Refugees’ stories: a new life in the US

From a refugee camp to suburban Maryland, families helped by the IRC share their stories of making a fresh start in the United States

Douglas Coupland
©Ken Mayer Studios

Douglas Coupland: Worcestershistershire

I wonder what my stomach would say to my condiment rack? ‘Oh, hello there, hamburger relish from 1997. Nice to see you again’

Terry Gilliam
©Jay Brooks/Camera Press London

Director and former Monty Python member Terry Gilliam

‘For success you need luck, patience, pigheadedness. Monomania may be useful’

First Person: ‘I cook meals on my car engine’

Alfred Cary’s favourites include sea bass with ginger, soy sauce, chilli and lemon grass

London on your bike

A snapshot of 6,400 bicycle journeys taken by commuters across the city

Geoff Capes
©Benjamin McMahon

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

Illustration of a person meditating by Laura Carlin
©Laura Carlin

Should we meditate?

In terms of health, meditation is lodging itself firmly alongside your five-a-day and physical exercise

Great tit
©Molly Harwood

Animal behaviour: anything but birdbrained

Intriguing experiments reveal that birds conform to new foraging methods adopted by the majority