‘I made a thousand cups’

Cesa Milton. First Person "I made a 1000 cups"

‘I never did make my perfect cup. I don’t really believe in perfection’, says artist Cesa Milton

Irmela Mensah-Schramm
©Alexander Coggin

‘I deface rightwing graffiti’

Irmela Mensah-Schramm has been altering or removing offensive messages since 1986

Etan Ilfeld
©Emma Critchley

‘I invented diving chess’

Etan Ilfeld’s quirky take on the strategy game is as physically demanding as any sport

NAIROBI, Kenya: Portrait of runner Rose Nathike Lokonyen, one of the ten athletes who will compete in this year's Rio Summer Olympics as part of a new Refugee Olympic Team. She trains at the Tegla Loroupe Training Center for Refugee Athletes, located just outside Nairobi, alongside five other competitors Kenya is hosting - all originally from South Sudan. Rose fled ethnic conflict in the eastern part of South Sudan with her family as a child, and has grown up in Kenya's Kakuma refugee camp. (Nichole Sobecki for The Financial Times)
©Nichole Sobecki

‘I am competing in the refugee team in the Olympics’

Rose Nathike Lokonyen from South Sudan will be running in the 800m, representing the IOC

Donovan Tavera
©Bénédicte Desrus

‘I taught myself to clean up Mexico’s crime scenes’

The career of forensic cleaner barely exists here, despite plenty of violent crime, says Donovan Tavera

Sarah Adams
©Tamar Seaborn

‘I spend my days in sea caves’

For landscape painter Sarah Adams, working on site is a race against time before the tides come in

Daniel Kelly
©Theo Cottle

‘I cut people’s hair in front of art’

Daniel Kelly’s clients gaze at artworks instead of their reflections in the mirror

Luca Parmitano
©Eric Kayne

‘I nearly drowned during a spacewalk’

‘The water had reached inside my nose. All at once, I couldn’t see, I was on my own and struggling to breathe’

Karen Boggie
©Caroline Douglas

‘I captain a team in the Homeless World Cup’

Karen Boggie describes how football has helped her to reclaim her life from drug addiction

Mick Ringham
©Tommy Sussex

‘I played the first ever set at Glastonbury’

‘No one thought the festival would ever take off — it was so hit-and-miss,’ says DJ Mick Ringham

‘I conducted EU diplomacy in a sauna’

Former Finnish ambassador to the EU Jan Store on his unique Brussels meeting place

‘I’m a champion oyster shucker’

‘Don’t ask me to eat one — I don’t like the salty taste,’ says Fredrik Lindfors

‘I learnt how cats communicate’

‘What purring really means is: take care of me,’ says veterinary behaviourist Sharon Crowell-Davis

‘I run a club for people who have messed up at sea’

‘A sense of humour about your misadventure is a big part of the club’s ethos,’ says David Latchford

‘I wrote a marriage proposal for both halves of a couple’

Lawrence Bernstein’s company writes corporate speeches but half its work is for weddings

‘I’m a female imam’

Asma Bhol preaches an inclusive Islam that welcomes people of any gender, sexuality or minority

‘I turned electronic waste into robots’

Esteban Quispe made his very own Wall-E from materials at his local dump

‘I organise a conference about boring things’

James Ward’s annual event celebrates the mundane, from ringbinders to ice-cream van chimes

‘I paddle an inflatable kayak to work’

Adventurer George Bullard navigates the Thames on his daily commute

‘I help reconcile blood feuds in Albania’

Volunteer Gjin Marku tries to mitigate revenge by focusing on consequences such as imprisonment