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  1. March 10, 2014

    If only Plato were running Barclays

    What is the right income level for bosses of the world’s largest companies? Greek philosopher Plato is said to have felt the...

  2. Off Message

    January 6, 2014

    Blackadder Goves Forth

    The little known fifth series of ‘Blackadder’ takes place in the Department for Education. Blackadder is secretary of state....

  1. November 1, 2013

    Katie Roiphe: Would you spy on your teenager?

    If you could see every email, every chat, every internet search your teenager does on his laptop late at night would you...

  2. The World

    October 2, 2013

    Reporting back: Katrina Manson on Somaliland

    In our Reporting Back series, we ask FT foreign correspondents to tell us about a recent trip. Katrina Manson, the FT’s east...

  3. September 5, 2013

    Sounds for future reference

    The voice of Eric Blair, better known by his pen name, George Orwell, tops the list of Will Prentice’s most sought-after...

  4. July 26, 2013

    My column in pictures

    Soon nobody will need words any more and we journalists will become even more redundant than the internet has already made...

  5. April 19, 2013

    After Orwell

    On the evening of Margaret Thatcher’s death, BBC2 broadcast a special edition of Newsnight. The novelist chosen to...

  6. April 5, 2013

    Second coming

    The only picture on Jerry Brown’s desk in the California state capitol building in Sacramento is a black-and-white...

  7. February 3, 2013

    Myanmar writes new page in history

    When Fergal Keane, the award-winning Irish journalist, last stayed at Yangon’s Inya Lake Hotel, he was posing as a water...

  8. beyondbrics

    January 16, 2013

    Venezuela: minting new (Chinese) billionaires

    Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA’s ubiquitous propaganda constantly trumpets the fact that it now belongs to “everyone”,...

  9. November 19, 2012

    Catalonia’s future is for all Spain to decide

    Catalonia is once again the subject of curiosity and concern. The international media takes relish in portraying the heroic...

  10. October 12, 2012

    From gonzo to dodos

    You wouldn’t know it was Ralph Steadman’s house from the outside. There are no trademark paint spatterings across the...

  11. September 21, 2012

    Imperial dreams still haunt Britain

    George Orwell wrote that the loss of empire would reduce England to a “cold and unimportant little island where we should...

  12. beyondbrics

    September 7, 2012

    Coming soon to Honduras: privately run cities

    Once regarded as the archetypal banana republic, the Central American republic of Honduras has become known as a classic...

  13. August 17, 2012

    A time-traveller in London

    The new Javelin train was pulling up outside London’s Olympic Stadium. The conductor addressed us through his microphone, in...

  14. July 27, 2012

    Marrakech excess

    In a letter to his friend Cyril Connolly, George Orwell fretted about the extent to which Morocco had been “utterly...

  15. July 6, 2012

    Do you believe in progress?

    Around the corner from me here in Paris is a café called Le Progrès. I imagine its pavement tables a century ago, populated...

  16. March 9, 2012

    Eternal music from a literary quartet

    I’m belatedly experiencing a rite of passage for readers of English novels: eating up Anthony Powell’s A Dance to the Music...

  17. March 9, 2012

    How to have a conversation

    Perhaps it was the opium talking, but Thomas de Quincey once wrote that an evening in the company of Samuel Coleridge was...

  18. FT Alphaville

    March 7, 2012

    Further further reading

    For the commute home, - Business Insider’s first official NFP forecast is… 285k. - (TrimTabs says 149k). - iRevenue: 76 per...

  19. February 17, 2012

    Why I’m happy to be a parasite

    I know how bankers feel. We journalists are also watching a public inquest into our profession, and it’s not pretty either....

  20. February 3, 2012

    Darkness and the divide

    Drifting House, by Krys Lee, Faber, RRP£12.99, 256 pages Things have been going well for South Korea. Its economy is...

  21. January 19, 2012

    Obama’s language disguises the truth

    From Mr Paul Bloustein. Sir, Like George Orwell and Gary Silverman (Notebook, January 13), I too am concerned with the...

  22. January 15, 2012

    The job: House historian

    Melanie Backe-Hansen, House Historian I spend my days sifting through old maps, deeds, census data and electoral records in...

  23. January 12, 2012

    Politics and the American language

    George Orwell died 62 years ago this month. But he is still the source of some of the best commentary around for anyone...

  24. December 20, 2011

    Spontaneity or slogans: the lessons of Václav Havel’s greengrocer

    Václav Havel, the first and only president of post-communist Czechoslovakia, died last week. The central figure of his...

  25. December 16, 2011

    Essayist willing to go outside ideological comfort zone

    Christopher Hitchens defined areas of debate and conflict – on the intervention in Iraq, on religion, on the nature of US...

  26. November 30, 2011

    Celebrities are right to be wary of Faustian media pacts

    Whether the funereal “Pie Jesu” and “O Mio Babbino Caro” (“Oh, my beloved father”) were the most appropriate musical choices...

  27. October 21, 2011

    1Q84

    The title of Haruki Murakami’s new three-volume novel points to George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four. The Japanese word for...

  28. October 21, 2011

    Guilt and glory

    In 1929, two years after he resigned from his job as a policeman in Burma, George Orwell settled, in his mind at least, the...

  29. September 23, 2011

    How I lost my love of reading

    “Charlie picked it up and tore off the wrapper…and suddenly…from underneath the wrapper…there came a brilliant flash of...

  30. August 27, 2011

    Summer quiz answers

    Round One 1. “White Christmas” 2. Skegness 3. Maplin’s 4. Venezuela 5. Hard Times 6. Thailand 7. Goa 8. All hosted/provided...

  31. August 26, 2011

    Let’s put the meaning back in politics

    Every now and then a political word loses all meaning and gets laughed out of use. It happened recently to “freedom”, so...

  32. August 19, 2011

    The Real Mad Men

    Don Draper, of the US hit TV series Mad Men, is a rotten boss and his ad campaigns ring hollow. That’s the unanimous verdict...

  33. The World

    August 15, 2011

    Openness - Burmese style

    Aung San Suu Kyi on August 14, 2011. Getty Images. There are some strange things going on in Burma, the country renamed...

  34. August 12, 2011

    Britain burns the colour of ‘A Clockwork Orange’

    The speed of the disintegration said everything. It took less than 48 hours for London to descend from self-styled capital...

  35. August 5, 2011

    The hunting of the snark

    These are bleak times for authors. Most of us – by which I mean those not in the exalted realm inhabited by JK Rowling and...

  36. July 7, 2011

    Mourning the end of the Fake Sheikh

    This is not the time, to praise the News of the World. But it is worth a reflection that something of value has passed,...

  37. June 28, 2011

    Perspectives: All becomes clear with the cloud

    For George Orwell, writing 1984, it was paper: “It was a peculiarly beautiful book. Its smooth creamy paper, a little...

  38. May 2, 2011

    Paul Graham, Whitechapel Gallery, London

    ‘Bus converted to Café’, Layby, West Yorkshire, November 1982’, from A1 The first book by the English photographer Paul...

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