Weekend long reads

Read about how we’ll live in the 2020s, Argentina’s return to Peronism, trouble brewing at an Oxford college, a next-generation airship, Britain’s oyster rescue mission, Rembrandt meets Velázquez — and why we should learn to love spiders

From eco-refits to privatised neighbourhoods and flat-pack dwellings, these are the trends shaping the future

As ‘slum priests’ try to fill the gap left by the state, the populist movement is on the rise again

An acrimonious management dispute has shaken the institution’s grandest college

Tickets are on sale now for the $79,000 flights that might herald a new era for luxury aviation

Beloved of Pliny the Elder, then decimated by overfishing and pollution. But Mersea in Essex is determined to reverse the fortunes of native oysters

Three new books dissect how capitalism is changing and our failure to spot the danger signs

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A masterly exhibition of the Spanish and Dutch Old Masters — and how they shaped a Golden Age

The controversial film-maker and photographer focuses the spotlight on others for her latest project

The cult brand wants to disrupt the sneaker market with the first post-petroleum running shoe

The sight of webs strung across plants may give you the jitters — but spiders will do your garden a world of good

The restaurant boss reveals how an ancient martial art inspires him — and his baristas

The company that championed modernism in Britain is relaunching its furniture classics

The Australian actor on his Netflix film The King, the virtues of the English accent, and why bad-guys need gravitas

As it turns 30, the Peligoni Club is helping spur the island’s reinvention

How a few profiteers made millions picking clean the carcass of the country’s economy

Liberal institutions are under attack from leaders who claim to embody the popular will

They helped bring down communism 30 years ago. What do they make of politics today?