Pearson ups forecast despite FT woes

Publisher proves its strength as it resists economic headwinds

Big Think: Philanthrocapitalism

Matthew Bishop discusses how the age of the ultra-rich created a new wave of philanthropy

Album: Empirical, Out 'n' In (Naim)

Goatee-stroking, beatnik free-jazz from the rejigged Empirical, with only altoist Nathaniel Stacey, drummer Shaney Forbes and bassist Tom Farmer remaining from the band's lauded debut two years ago.

Observations: Spymonkey are having a whale of a time with their new show Moby Dick

If laughter is the best form of therapy, then the British-based physical comedy troupe Spymonkey are just the tonic. Their brand new show, Moby Dick, is about an impresario called Tony Parks, whose ambition it is to put on Moby Dick: The Play. Quite how to put a whale on stage was just one of the challenges faced by the quartet, who got round it by dressing one of their actors in white lycra.

John Rentoul: The Maid and the Man Who Wouldn't Leave His Desk

Sue Cameron in The Financial Times today identifies the excellent Dennis Kavanagh as the uncoverer of one of the best stories about Marcia Williams, now Lady Falkender, who was Harold Wilson's closest adviser.

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Each year, Forbes magazine selects the world's most powerful women. The listing isn't about celebrity or popularity; it's about influence... In our gallery, we introduce you to the Top 20 of Forbes' Power Women!

Ben Chu: A united Korea? Sorry - too expensive

I think the Lex column in the Financial Times might want to invest in a functioning moral compass. Commenting on North Korea, Lex seems to sees the primary danger not in the lunatic regime's nuclear sabre-rattling, but in the prospect of political unification of the Korean peninsula:

Ben Chu: Brittan backs Brown

Samuel Brittan is probably the most respected economic commentator in the country and so his article in The Financial Times today telling us that rising public borrowing is not the road to hell that Conservatives, Republicans and assorted European leaders argue is significant.

Ben Chu: Private equity virtuous? Think again

I think this bubble of self-serving spin is punctured very nicely by Nassim Nicholas Taleb in the Financial Times today.

PM faces sleaze row over £2m 'slush fund'

Tony Blair is embroiled in a new row about sleaze, after a local authority watchdog said it was investigating allegations that Labour is using council taxpayers' money for a £2m campaign "slush fund".

Jeremy Warner's Outlook: Markets wobble again on poor US data, but does America matter as much as it used to?

MFI transforms itself into Galiform; Stagecoach pays top dollar for rail franchise; Northern grit in Sir Ken's recovery story

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Katherine Griffiths talks to the players unleashing Breaking Views' bite-sized financial opinions across the US

Can a new rival to the 'FT' really do the business?

In a crowded market, the latest financial title might have its work cut out. Tim Luckhurst reports
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Forget little green men - aliens will look like humans, says Cambridge University evolution expert

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