©David Severn

FT Masterclass: Sprinting with eight-time world champion Michael Johnson

‘The quickest way from A to B is a straight line so draw those guns from the holsters nice and straight’

A leg of mutton roasting in a cradle spit
©Sophie Gerrard

History Cook’s Christmas

Polly Russell feasts on the past

Christmas gift guide

Treats for all the family – provided, of course, they’ve been well behaved

A shepherd herds his flock in Ser Aw
©Sebastian Meyer

Kurdistan: a nation in waiting

Why the region’s long-held dream of independence remains in jeopardy

Jacob Bronowski papers
©Thom Atkinson

The archive of Jacob Bronowski

An archive dedicated to the polymath is now open at Jesus College, Cambridge

Commander Skyring, gang-gang cockatoo
©Leila Jeffreys

Leila Jeffreys’ wild cockatoos

A photographic exhibition celebrates some very colourful characters

Duck seller in Hong Kong
©Kurt Tong

Shopping and cooking in Hong Kong

In his second report from the Chinese city, Rowley Leigh goes in search of poultry

©Todd-White Art Photography

Angela Palmer’s F1-inspired artworks

The hidden beauty of a Formula One engine is the subject of Angela Palmer’s latest artworks. Ahead of her solo exhibition at The Fine Art Society, the artist talks about the story of their creation

Fish is sold in a Hong Kong market
©Kurt Tong

Rowley Leigh visits Hong Kong’s fish markets

Freshness is all-important in the city’s bustling ‘wet’ markets

Phil Taylor with Carl Wilkinson
©Marco Kesseler

FT Masterclass: darts with Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor

At the Horseshoe pub in Clerkenwell, London, Carl Wilkinson gets some top-flight tips from a true legend of the oche. Taylor has claimed an unprecedented 16 World Championships and won more than £6m in prize money

Twentieth-century photography at the Rijksmuseum

Modern photographs, not 17th-century painting, are the subject of a new exhibition at the Dutch national gallery

Marie Stopes correspondence

As a birth-control pioneer and author of 1918’s ‘Married Love’, Marie Stopes received thousands of letters from fans, critics and those in need of advice

Anthony Caro remembered

Toby Glanville’s photographs of the late sculptor’s works gave him a powerful insight into the artist’s mind

Superbike racing with Jenny Tinmouth

Jenny Tinmouth is the first woman to compete in the British Superbike Championship

An-My Lê’s photographs of US navy activities

As planes fly over Iraq once again, these images take on an eerie resonance

Street market traders of Paris

In spite of loyal customers, they face an uncertain future

Sylvia Whitman’s Paris discovery: the Finnish Cultural Centre

The Coutume Instituutti café is a favourite hangout for the owner of Paris’s Shakespeare & Company bookshop

Behind the scenes at the British Museum

Architecture in photography at the Barbican

From skyscrapers and LA sprawl to industrial decay and ‘martini-modernism’, photographers use scale to provoke both angst and awe

Lucien Hervé at the Michael Hoppen Gallery

The artist is renowned for taking photographs from multiple vantage points to portray the experience of walking through a building

London’s skyline: on the horizon

Some of the capital’s key development projects

Ones to watch: young design talents

The great and the good of the design world nominate their picks

Fencing with James Davis

One of the rising stars of British fencing has built a career on a childhood love of his ‘Star Wars’ light saber

Fruit and hop-picking

East Londoners once headed en masse to pick hops and fruit in the country. The tradition faded but today an artist is leading a revival

Brian David Stevens captures the sound systems of the Notting Hill Carnival

Pump up the volume: the photographer feels the bass at London’s famous street party

The troubled waters of the Mekong River

In the mounting global battle over water, the mighty Mekong is the new front line

Gillian Wearing

A quietly subversive or unexpected take on ‘ordinary’ subjects has characterised Gillian Wearing’s work for nearly two decades. The artist’s latest project – a statue of a family – is no exception

Louis van Gaal – a life on the pitch

The Dutchman’s sterling football career in pictures

The evolution of colour photography Russia

An exhibition explores how the medium developed from propaganda tool to subversive art form

A walk with the FT: The Isle of Portland route

A walk in Dorset with writer Sue Clifford is every bit as charming and quirky as her guidebooks

Seaside snaps by Sunbeam photographers

Seaside photographers from the Sunbeam company snapped holidaymakers on the Kent coast for 50 years. Some of the pictures have been returned by the owners for an exhibition of golden moments

The studio of painter Robert de Niro Sr

The studio features in a film made by his son, actor Robert De Niro

The soda fountain revival

The fixture of 1950s Main Street America is back

Goalkeeping with Michel Vorm

Should you aim low? Disguise your run-up? Or just wait awhile? The Dutch goalkeeper explains the best way to take a penalty kick

Recipe: spinach sformato with chicken livers

‘The sformato is a noble edifice – a typical example of the Italian urge to give classical form to even the simplest ideas’

Spain’s unemployed generation

Young Spaniards’ lives have been put on hold since the financial crisis

Recipes: broad beans

‘Even more than fresh peas, broad beans are the sophisticate’s favourite vegetable, treated with reverence all over Europe’

Stuart Franklin’s Calais

The Magnum photographer visited the tented community at the cross-Channel port, which has become the last barrier for economic and political migrants trying to enter Britain illegally

Recipe: squid, celery and tomato salad

‘Squid must either be seized very briefly with a fierce heat or gently braised for a long time and with enough liquid to slowly become tender’

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