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  1. March 28, 2014

    The rich heritage of British working-class gardens

    Gardens are entwined with class. So is just about everything else, despite the wish to be “classless” among the...

  2. November 29, 2013

    Four big ideas – and how to trade them

    George Bernard Shaw once said that if you laid all the economists in the world end to end, they still would not reach a...

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  1. March 14, 2012

    Blessed are the online tastemakers

    To have good taste, George Bernard Shaw once suggested, is to lack originality. If so, then it has never been easier to show...

  2. February 17, 2012

    Scenes of an adult nature

    At first, Sarah Ruhl’s In the Next Room looks like a regular period drama. It opens in an American living room furnished...

  3. December 21, 2011

    The Charity that Began at Home, Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond

    It is unsurprising that St John Hankin and George Bernard Shaw admired each other’s plays. Hankin’s 1906 drama, his third to...

  4. November 14, 2011

    Not every upgrade leads to improvement

    The tall and imposing business leader, one of the most impressive figures in the global IT industry, sat before me. I took a...

  5. May 29, 2011

    Pygmalion, Garrick Theatre, London

    Kara Tointon as Eliza in Pygmalion George Bernard Shaw’s sparkling comedy asks the question, do manners maketh man? When...

  6. May 6, 2011

    The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures, Public Theater, New York

    As a public intellectual, Tony Kushner is unafraid of controversy; this week, the trustees of the City University of New...

  7. November 22, 2010

    Utopia, Limited, Symphony Space, New York

    Tra-la-la: from left, Stephen Quint, David Wannen and Stephen O’Brien Utopia, Limited, the penultimate Gilbert and Sullivan...

  8. November 5, 2010

    Downstairs at Downton: saintly, stoic, morally superior

    Downton Abbey (ITV1 Sundays) finishes this weekend, and I will not betray its ending. But I will revise an early dismissive...

  9. October 8, 2010

    Outside Edge: Franzen’s focus puts others in the shade

    One hundred years ago, Somerset Maugham, already the darling of the London literary set, was lucky to get fifty quid as an...

  10. FT Alphaville

    July 13, 2010

    Pink picks

    Comment, analysis and other offerings from Tuesday’s FT, Gideon Rachman: US business sours on China Were it not for the...

  11. July 12, 2010

    Debt shuffling will be a self-defeating exercise

    George Bernard Shaw observed that “Hegel was right when he said that we learn from history that man can never learn anything...

  12. April 28, 2010

    Politics of envy will kill wealth creation

    Is envy a helpful motivator for those who want to succeed? I rather think not. It strikes me as a negative, destructive...

  13. April 27, 2010

    Politics of envy will kill wealth creation

    Is envy a helpful motivator for those who want to succeed? I rather think not. It strikes me as a negative, destructive...

  14. January 22, 2010

    Old Rococo: A film by Colin Nears

    Old Rococo: The Life of Gioacchino Rossini A film by Colin Nears Warner Music La Cenerentola Joyce DiDonato and Juan Diego...

  15. December 4, 2009

    Outside Edge: Above all, God save our awful anthems

    Ask your average Englishman to sing the German national anthem and, if it is not part of a torrent of very Anglo-Saxon...

  16. August 11, 2009

    Summed up in a single sentence

    From Mr Kenneth Armitage. Sir, Samuel Brittan says “it is fruitful to enquire who economists are and what the actually do”...

  17. August 8, 2009

    Bruising encounters with bananas

    From Mr Jeremy Archer. Sir, Reading the Weekend FT has reminded me of stories concerning two towering literary figures –...

  18. July 25, 2009

    Taking classes at hotels

    It was during a holiday at Reid’s Palace Hotel www.reidspalace.com) in Madeira in 1924 that George Bernard Shaw learnt to...

  19. May 29, 2009

    At sea on the cosmic oceans

    The best place to seek God is in a garden. You can dig for him there,” wrote George Bernard Shaw in 1932 in his short...

  20. May 25, 2009

    Leading experts urged to unify voice

    The professions are “miscategorised, understudied and their contribution comprehensively undervalued” in spite of comprising...

  21. May 25, 2009

    Leading experts urged to unify voice

    The professions are "miscategorised, understudied and their contribution comprehensively undervalued" in spite of...

  22. April 11, 2009

    A swimming tour of Croatia

    Croatia has more than a thousand islands along its coastline. Some are limestone specks with craggy coves, others have...

  23. September 26, 2008

    Philosophically and practically divorced from the complex, connected world

    George Bernard Shaw said the reasonable man adapts himself to the world, while the unreasonable man persists in trying to...

  24. July 23, 2008

    Merchants of death display mixed virtues

    Close to my office in London is a blue plaque attached to a converted warehouse, which says that this was the first arms...

  25. May 26, 2008

    Sale of the week: Troubetzkoy bronzes

    Sale: Bronze sculptures by Prince Paul Troubetzkoy Location: Sladmore Gallery, 57 Jermyn Street, London SW1, tel: +44 (0) 20...

  26. May 24, 2008

    Troubetskoy bronzes

    Sale : Bronze sculptures by Prince Paul Troubetzkoy. Location : Sladmore Gallery, 57 Jermyn Street, London SW1. tel: +44...

  27. May 10, 2008

    Why watching football requires brains

    The boffins in government have confirmed what the nation long suspected: understanding football’s notoriously complex...

  28. May 10, 2008

    Why watching football requires brains

    The boffins in government have confirmed what the nation long suspected: football's notoriously complex offside rule...

  29. May 3, 2008

    Just tell lies

    Dear Book Doctor, My husband has just been appointed to his company's board and we're suddenly being invited by his...

  30. March 8, 2008

    Slow but Shaw

    I am reconfirmed in what I wrote when reviewing Major Barbara at the Orange Tree in 2006, that it may well be George...

  31. January 25, 2008

    Single-minded about changing the market system

    The advancement of the human race depends on unreasonable people, the playwright George Bernard Shaw said in his Maxims for...

  32. January 24, 2008

    Changing the market system

    The Power of Unreasonable People: How Social Entrepreneurs Create Markets that Change the World Game By John Elkington and...

  33. December 15, 2007

    Iron Curtain

    Iron Curtain: From Stage to Cold War By Patrick Wright OUP £18.99, 488 pages FT bookshop price: £15.19 In March 1946, at...

  34. November 2, 2007

    Sale of the Week: Lifting the curtain

    Sale: James McNeil Whistler – The Embroidered Curtain Location: The Fine Art Society, 148 New Bond Street, London W1, tel:...

  35. October 17, 2007

    Commonsense measures fare better than a surfeit of sensors

    From Mr Duncan Brown. Sir, Lucy Kellaway delightfully muses on the root causes of all our management difficulties - "that...

  36. October 17, 2007

    Commonsense measures fare better than a surfeit of sensors

    From Mr Duncan Brown. Sir, Lucy Kellaway delightfully muses on the root causes of all our management difficulties - "that we...

  37. FT Alphaville

    September 3, 2007

    News from Jackson Hole: Saddle up ma, it's a shadow banking run

    Perhaps it’s true what George Bernard Shaw said – that if you laid down every economist in a line, they still wouldn’t reach...

  38. July 13, 2007

    Saint Joan, Olivier Theatre, London

    Whose bright idea was it to take a play by George Bernard Shaw and make it longer? Shaw will never be remembered as one of...

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