A fisherman on the Mekong River, Vientiane, Laos, April 2014
©Bakas Algirdas

Troubled waters: the Mekong River crisis

China, one of six nations sharing the Mekong, says its huge dams benefit the countries downstream. But it is bafflingly silent about strange, record-breaking changes that have been wreaking havoc on the river in recent months. Pilita Clark investigates


Riesling grapes illustration ©Ingram Pinn
‘I want to draw your attention to the world’s greatest white wine grape. It expresses place more eloquently than any other’
– Jancis Robinson
Rowley Leigh's cuttlefish stew with beets, chilli and orange ©Andy Sewell
‘I can think of nothing marine that stands up to long cooking or yields so much to a stew as the cuttlefish’
– Rowley Leigh

My friend Louis van Gaal

David Endt was an assistant at Dutch football club Ajax. As his ex-boss takes charge at Manchester, he explains why team can look forward to silverware and fireworks

Gillian Wearing: “Me as a sculpture”, 2014
©Gillian Wearing, courtesy of Ikon Gallery

Gillian Wearing: people person

A quietly subversive or unexpected take on ‘ordinary’ subjects has characterised the artist’s work for nearly two decades. Her latest project is no exception

An illustration by Ken Mayer Studios of passports for sale
©Ken Mayer Studios ©Douglas Coupland

Douglas Coupland: Duelling nationalities

What does citizenship really mean – and can you ever have too much of it?

On the River Neva, St Petersburg: Roman Hagara, double Olympic gold medallist (far right) oversees the FT’s Henry Foy (one-time Isle of Man yacht club sailor of the year)
©Predrag Vuckovic/Red Bull

Sailing special: From St Petersburg to Cowes

As the Extreme Sailing Series hits Russia, Roman Hagara puts Henry Foy through his paces. PLUS: On the eve of Cowes Week, Olympic gold medallist Shirley Robertson takes the helm for an FT Masterclass

Ben Watt
©Ed Bishop

The Inventory: Ben Watt

‘Every next move is there to atone for the previous mistakes,’ says the musician

Seismology: Oklahoma quakes linked to drilling

A team of geophysicists has shown that the tremors are due to wastewater from oil and gas extraction being pumped into disposal wells

©Christopher Nunn

First Person: ‘I’m a professional knife thrower’

John Taylor spent 30 years as a policeman trying to protect people from knives; now he throws bladed weapons for fun

©Laura Carlin

What is wisdom?

‘It does not automatically come with age. Many older people never put their life experience to good use’

The Montpelier

Five of the best: New London pubs

The dark, slouchy pubs of old are giving way to a modern breed with craft ales and film screenings

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"I came into the office and wondered why there was a lake in front of it" Hans Guttman, Mekong River Commission