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    1. December 19, 2014

      Year of man v machine for hedge funds

      Cynics, as Oscar Wilde once remarked, know the price of everything and the value of nothing. This year, investors who pride...

    2. August 1, 2014

      The expert selection: British seaside piers

      The world’s first seaside pleasure pier – at Ryde on the Isle of Wight – celebrated its 200th anniversary last weekend. It...

    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...

    3. 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...

    4. 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...

    5. 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...

    6. 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...

    7. October 18, 2013

      Morrissey’s ‘Autobiography’

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

    8. 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...

    9. 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...

    10. 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...

    11. 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...

    12. 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...

    13. 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...

    14. 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...

    15. 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...

    16. 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...

    17. 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...

    18. 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...

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. December 9, 2011

      Barry Humphries

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

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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....

    33. 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...

    34. 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 ...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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