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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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