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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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