Monthly Archives: October 2010

The only problem with losing stuff is not that harm is done, it is that people fear that harm will be done and the loss does not look pretty in the papers, says Lucy Kellaway


It’s been a big week for contemporary British art. First the opening of the British Art Show 7 in Nottingham, then the second instalment of Newspeak at the Saatchi Gallery in London. To round it off, on Sunday Channel 4 will show “Modern Times”, the fifth in its series The Genius of Britain, this time presented by Janet Street-Porter.

Peter Aspden, FT arts writer, and John Lloyd, FT television columnist, discuss art and celebrity: Charles Saatchi, Damien Hirst and the inimitable Janet Street-Porter.

FT art critic Jackie Wullschlager reports on the British Art Show. Does it really represent the art of the nation?

Produced by Griselda Murray Brown


In this week’s podcast: We take a look at the third quarter results from Exxon Mobil and Royal Dutch Shell, UK offshore wind investments and potential oil finds in the North Falklands Basin.

Presented by Sylvia Pfeifer, with Fiona Harvey and Chris Thompson in the studio and Sheila McNulty in Houston.

Produced by LJ Filotrani


Martin Wolf admires the courage of the government as it launches its spending review without a Plan B but wonders whether the public will accept the necessary pain


In this week’s podcast: Political change in Brazil and Argentina, the midterm elections in the United States and Europe’s negotiations over debt and deficit.

Presented by Gideon Rachman, with John Paul Rathbone and Peter Barber in the studio and Peter Spiegel in Brussels.

Produced by LJ Filotrani


The death of Argentina’s former president Nestor Kirchner has transformed the country’s political landscape – although no longer president, he and his wife, the current president Cristina Fernandez, were seen as very much acting as a team. Fiona Symon asks the FT’s correspondent in Buenos Aires, Jude Webber, where his death leaves Cristina Fernandez’s political career.

Produced by LJ Filotrani


The government is introducing Junior Isas but savers are finding it hard to get a good deal in the current market. Where are the property buyers coming from? And is silver the new gold?


Often companies spend too much time, effort and money pursuing the perfect IT systems. But for many tasks a system that is good enough, is good enough.

Connected Business contributor Stephen Pritchard talks to Gary Clare of Bain and Company, about ‘good enough’ IT.


A large part of the American public has forgotten the gravity of the financial heart attack that hit the US in the autumn of 2008. The Republicans have convinced many voters that the intervention by the Democrats, not the catastrophe George W Bush bequeathed, explains the malaise. Does President Obama deserve blame? No and yes, says Martin Wolf.


In this week’s podcast: Clive Cookson joins us from Brussels to tell us about a European parliament hearing on research infrastructure. We then discuss the importance of university education in preparing our scientists of the future and Science Magazine reports on the environment and disease risks.

Presented by Andrew Jack with Clive Cookson in Brussels and Diana Garnham in the studio.

Produced by LJ Filotrani