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    1. August 30, 2014

      Rona Fairhead is government’s candidate to chair the BBC Trust

      The government has chosen Rona Fairhead, the former chief executive of the Financial Times Group, as its preferred candidate...

    2. July 1, 2014

      Dozens of UK arts groups face loss of government funding

      Dozens of arts organisations across the country are facing the loss of their government funding after Arts Council England...

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    1. June 17, 2014

      ArtFund offers crowdfunding as grant source

      Jake and Dinos Chapman are among the artists and organisations to be offered a new funding route after the launch of a...

    2. May 19, 2014

      Schools, businesses and politicians must encourage creative pursuits

      Four years ago, the economist Gerard Lyons came up with an insight that will, in time, be as well known as anything said by...

    3. February 24, 2014

      Arts funding ‘flashpoint’ is local authority spending cuts

      The main “flashpoint” for arts funding is the threat to local authority spending, the chairman of Arts Council England has...

    4. January 31, 2014

      Boardroom trades February 1

      Patrick Firth joined a queue of directors topping up their stake in Gli Finance this month, buying 75,000 at 50.5p on...

    5. November 29, 2013

      The taste test: chocolate hampers

      Petrolheads have a fetish about engine capacity. With yacht owners it’s the length of their boat. When it comes to...

    6. November 22, 2013

      The taste test: luxury honey

      She reduced Ed Miliband to jelly by asking him 10 times about government borrowing on Radio 4’s World At One, she is a...

    7. November 14, 2013

      Art worth £50m donated to UK to cut inheritance tax bills

      A portrait of John Ruskin by John Millais, a painting by Corot from the effects of Lucian Freud and letters by John Lennon...

    8. June 26, 2013

      Arts organisations express relief over funding settlement

      Arts bodies expressed relief that George Osborne had protected the sector from draconian cuts in the spending review but...

    9. April 12, 2013

      ‘Cultural entrepreneurs’ tackle funds squeeze

      A quiet revolution is taking place at the top of some of the UK’s most important arts institutions. This week Sir Nicholas...

    10. March 20, 2013

      Business urged to renew support for arts

      Businesses should reverse their declining support for the arts and rediscover their “public responsibility to the...

    11. February 24, 2013

      From reality TV to reality of arts funding

      The Arts Council will be forced to pull its funding for threatened arts bodies if local authorities press ahead with planned...

    12. February 17, 2013

      Horse burger comes second in blind taste test

      A burger made knowingly from horsemeat has taken second place in the Financial Times’ Weekend’s regular “Taste Test” of 10...

    13. January 14, 2013

      Cuts cast ENO into £2.2m loss

      London’s powerhouse of contemporary opera has slumped to a loss of £2.2m, newly released accounts show, underlining the...

    14. March 9, 2012

      The taste test: pork scratchings

      In our lamentably metrosexual world the opportunity for us blokes to express our masculinity is diminishing. Take food. I...

    15. February 24, 2012

      The taste test: non-dairy milks

      Non-dairy milks In Britain we have a dairy-based food culture. We put milk in our tea and coffee, butter on our baked...

    16. February 3, 2012

      The taste test: flavoured popcorn

      One of the abiding preoccupations of the food industry has been to try to sell us something for nothing – usually air or...

    17. January 20, 2012

      The taste test: Burns Night blended whisky

      I was once unwise enough to taste a range of 60 per cent proof cask whiskies in Scotland. The following day I suffered a...

    18. December 31, 2011

      2012 new year’s honours

      Knights Bachelor Gerald Acher , for charitable services Rodney Aldridge , chairman, the Aldridge Foundation, for services to...

    19. December 31, 2011

      Corporate figures dominate honours list

      A hedge fund tycoon who controversially took short positions in Northern Rock and HBOS at the height of the credit crunch is...

    20. December 23, 2011

      The taste test: mulled wine spice sachets

      The Taste Test has truffled out some excellent products over the past year. I’ve collected those we were most excited about...

    21. December 2, 2011

      The taste test: Anglo-Gallic cheeses and Christmas puddings

      Look no further for the best Christmas puddings and cheeses. There are some things I draw the line at doing in my own...

    22. November 11, 2011

      The taste test: Strawberry and banana smoothies

      We all remember being taken strawberry picking as a child. We could not resist eating rather more than we put in the basket....

    23. November 11, 2011

      Cook your own book

      Egon Ronay died in June 2010, aged 94. He had been a publisher of bestselling restaurant guides, critic of revolting fodder...

    24. November 7, 2011

      Thames tunnel plan resonates with the Bazalgette spirit

      From Mr Peter Bazalgette. Sir, The leader of Hammersmith and Fulham council wrote you a letter attacking the Thames tunnel...

    25. October 14, 2011

      The taste test: gourmet burgers

      We have the Americans to thank for infantilising our food. Minced beef burgers, chicken nuggets and sweet cola – this is...

    26. September 30, 2011

      The taste test: lemonade

      Lemonade To taste lashings of lemonade it’s essential to be by the seaside. So we drove a large box, containing 16 products,...

    27. September 9, 2011

      The taste test: taramasalata

      Full disclosure: I have a fetish for taramasalata, and eat it at least twice a week. Up to now I’ve been content with...

    28. August 27, 2011

      The taste test: Gazpacho

      When I was a student and it was my turn to cook, gazpacho was one of my most successful starters. No cooking required and,...

    29. August 19, 2011

      The taste test: ‘Alex James Presents’ cheeses

      The pop magazines of the 1960s used to carry questionnaires with the stars of the day, featuring responses of endearing...

    30. August 5, 2011

      The taste test: frozen yoghurt

      Guilt-free eating, like cold fusion and England winning the World Cup, is an endless but fruitless quest. However, we love...

    31. July 15, 2011

      The taste test: Light ales

      Here we are in the picnic season with a tasting of ruthless topicality: lower strength bottled ales. The idea was to find...

    32. July 1, 2011

      The taste test: hummus

      Let it never be said this column ducks controversy. Is the currently popular dip called hummus or houmous? (A few even speak...

    33. June 3, 2011

      The taste test: Fairtrade ground coffees

      There are three foodstuffs which smell even better than they taste: frying bacon, baking bread and roasting coffee....

    34. April 29, 2011

      The taste test: ‘molecular’ cocktails

      The Zetter Townhouse’s Twinkle – a mix of Wyborowa vodka, Perrier-Jouët champagne and elderflower cordial “There’s a new...

    35. April 15, 2011

      The taste test: luxury Easter eggs

      Clockwise from top: Wrapped Up Egg, Artisan du Chocolat; the egg from the Essential Dark Easter Collection, Green & Black’s;...

    36. April 8, 2011

      Sporting chance for Topping blog

      Always good for a few punchy words of wisdom, William Hill chief executive Ralph Topping has launched his own blog after...

    37. March 18, 2011

      The taste test: pesto sauces

      Pesto’s ingredients are simple: fresh basil, Parmesan cheese, pine nuts, garlic, extra virgin olive oil and salt....

    38. December 30, 2010

      Return of ad revenue proves ITV’s X Factor

      Crunch time: At the start of 2010, we identified six companies which were facing a critical year - Autonomy, British...

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