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  1. Business Blog

    May 9, 2014

    Omnicom-Publicis: car crash averted

    Graves at the Père-Lachaise-cemetery in Paris I’ve been wondering about the most suitable place to commemorate the death of...

  2. February 20, 2014

    Only Lovers Left Alive – film review

    Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston are aeons-old vampires in Only Lovers Left Alive. Jim Jarmusch, the sage and mage of...

  1. January 5, 2014

    BNP leader one of a long line of well-known bankruptcies

    Nick Griffin, British National Party leader and figurehead of the far right, has declared that his bankruptcy, announced on...

  2. December 6, 2013

    What guests wore at the glittering Bal des Débutantes in Paris

    The starting gun on the glittering calendar of festive galas and parties in Paris is arguably the biggest and most curious...

  3. November 29, 2013

    Velvet is back in fashion

    What do Stephen Hawking, Oscar Wilde and Mick Jagger have in common? It may surprise you, writes Heath Brown. Consider a...

  4. October 25, 2013

    How demand is rising among wealthy buyers for ‘hotel-serviced living’

    She may have survived on just four hours’ sleep a night when she was in office, but Margaret Thatcher chose a suite at the...

  5. October 18, 2013

    Morrissey’s ‘Autobiography’

    Penguin Classics, the publishing imprint of Homer, Dante and Dickens, has a new author: Steven Patrick Morrissey, former...

  6. October 14, 2013

    The Seagull, Lynn Redgrave Theatre, New York – review

    People who prefer their Chekhov unchanged in time or place may balk at the prospect of seeing The Seagull transplanted from...

  7. August 30, 2013

    Why retail gold buyers are raising the bar

    Miss Prism: . . . Cecily, you will read your Political Economy in my absence. The chapter on the Fall of the Rupee you may...

  8. February 1, 2013

    Power players

    It’s probably the nearest I will ever get to being the Queen. In a private room, furnished with scarlet and gilt chairs, I...

  9. January 22, 2013

    The Judas Kiss, Duke of York’s, London

    His suitcase is packed; the cab is waiting; the police are not yet at the door. If he leaves now, he can make it to France...

  10. November 23, 2012

    The louche and the lovely

    Where would you start a history of the Café Royal? Perhaps on the night that Oscar Wilde got so high on absinthe that he...

  11. October 26, 2012

    Wilde at heart

    Oscar Wilde and the Murders at Reading Gaol, by Gyles Brandreth, John Murray, RRP£18.99, 352 pages Giles Brandreth’s period...

  12. September 28, 2012

    Wild about homework

    Hello hole punch! Hello fluorescent highlighter pens! Hello lever-arch file! I seem to have re-entered the homework years...

  13. September 16, 2012

    The Judas Kiss, Hampstead Theatre, London

    “Each man kills the thing he loves,” wrote Oscar Wilde in The Ballad of Reading Gaol, expounding, “The coward does it with a...

  14. August 24, 2012

    The List: Check your gender at the door

    Augusta National Golf Club, which hosts the Masters, announced last week that it will admit female members for the first...

  15. beyondbrics

    July 17, 2012

    Turkey's CarrefourSA - sale or no sale?

    To paraphrase Oscar Wilde, to lose one board member may be regarded as misfortune; to lose four looks like – if not...

  16. June 29, 2012

    My own knives are out for me

    I often think of Oscar Wilde at Oxford, finding it harder and harder every day to live up to his blue and white china. If he...

  17. May 1, 2012

    Rufus Wainwright, Lyceum Theatre, London

    How would he do on The Voice? I only ask because Rufus Wainwright opened this richly generous and rewarding gig with what...

  18. April 29, 2012

    The Importance of Being Earnest, Barbican, London

    Lady Bracknell is a bass. The orchestra stamps, whispers and recites in unison. The “music” includes two bursts of serial...

  19. March 1, 2012

    Vestas a victim of its own propaganda

    For a world-beating renewable energy company to lose its chief financial officer may be regarded as a misfortune. For the...

  20. February 10, 2012

    Finals countdown

    Noughties, by Ben Masters, Hamish Hamilton, RRP£12.99, 275 pages Ben Masters’ lively debut novel Noughties is thick with...

  21. February 3, 2012

    On borrowed time

    Britain is today celebrating National Libraries Day, though the celebrations are unlikely to be mistaken for the Queen’s...

  22. January 7, 2012

    Christmas challenge 2011: the answers

    Thanks to everyone who entered the Life & Arts Christmas Challenge, published on December 24, and congratulations to Kathy...

  23. January 2, 2012

    Reaping benefits of our golden years

    Oscar Wilde once wrote that “the tragedy of old age is not that one is old, but that one is young”. Then, a baby boy could...

  24. December 9, 2011

    Barry Humphries

    A common theme in interviews with Barry Humphries is the inability of the interviewer to remove the masks Humphries...

  25. October 7, 2011

    Farewell to the Theatre/The Importance of Being Earnest, Rose Theatre, Kingston upon Thames

    A puzzling pairing, this. For several performances during the run, Wilde’s classic is interspersed with or preceded by...

  26. October 5, 2011

    The business that began with a daring £20,000 bluff

    To fund his studies, Tristan Rogers worked for his university running a recording studio. “I suddenly had a room full of...

  27. September 23, 2011

    HP leader cull unlikely to benefit investors

    To lose one chief executive may be regarded as a misfortune. To lose two looks like carelessness. It is easier to misquote...

  28. September 3, 2011

    The List: Five of the finest art magazines

    The popular use of the word “magazine” only came into being in 1731 with the publication of the Gentleman’s Magazine; its...

  29. July 29, 2011

    Why I’m still not Wilde about fund managers

    Am I too hard on fund managers? Of late, I seem to have devoted most of my columns to berating them for some failing or...

  30. July 25, 2011

    Rufus and Loudon Wainwright, Royal Opera House, London

    Following the Murdoch double act at Parliament, another father-son duo appeared at a venerable London landmark last week....

  31. July 15, 2011

    Forza Italia! Only Latin alchemy can save the Union

    Each man, according to Oscar Wilde, kills the thing he loves, and countries can, too. Greece and Portugal, Spain and...

  32. FT Tech Hub

    June 26, 2011

    Story of the week: Online advertising

    Oscar Wilde said: “The only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about.” That still applies in digital ...

  33. June 4, 2011

    The unpredictable and the careless

    From Mr Toby Goldman. Sir, Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde would have concurred with the...

  34. May 27, 2011

    Lady Gaga takes tea with Mr Fry

    The Lanesborough Hotel Saturday evening, May 14 2011 It takes quite a bit to excite the staff of The Lanesborough Hotel, one...

  35. May 27, 2011

    Audio: the full Stephen Fry and Lady Gaga interview

    Listen to the full interview of Stephen Fry interviewing Lady Gaga. The pop star meets the British writer, actor and...

  36. May 27, 2011

    In pictures: Stephen Fry meets Lady Gaga

    Stephen Fry interviews Lady Gaga. The UK writer, actor and broadcaster and the US popstar met at a hotel in London and...

  37. May 26, 2011

    When Stephen Fry met Lady Gaga

    Exclusively in the FT Weekend: Stephen Fry interviews Lady Gaga. The UK writer, actor and broadcaster and the US popstar met...

  38. May 23, 2011

    Book cover: Dorian

    Dorian: An Imitation, by Will Self, Viking, 2002, cover by John Hamilton “The Picture of Dorian Gray is a prophecy and...

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