NOMA BAR: Israeli-born Bar, who created MT's cover artwork, is one of the hottest young illustrators around. Yet he spends hours outside his studio, walking, sketchbook in hand, in north London's Highgate Wood, to help him think. 'But I can come up with ideas,' he says, 'if I'm in an airport, a cafe or even the toilet.'
DOMINIC MIDGLEY: AA has a saying designed to keep its members out of pubs: 'Don't go to a barbers unless you want a haircut.' The writer of MT's feature on off-licences has no fear of pubs or barbers (see picture). While covering the US presidential election, Midgley went to Barack Obama's hairdresser.
JOHN NICHOLSON AND JANE CLARKE: The partnership between the authors of new book Resilience (see p34) goes beyond ballpoint and boardroom: they've been married for 16 years and have two girls. Clarke says they're a pretty resilient pair, but like to escape to their house in France, though 'not often enough'.
LUKE JOHNSON: Ex-Channel 4 chairman Luke Johnson, who reviews Richard Donkin's The Future of Work this month, is no stranger to hard graft: he's chairman of private equity firm Risk Capital Partners. In his review, he admits he's pleased not to spend 'eight hours a day deboning chickens'. Aren't we all?
COLIN BELL: The photographer who 'shot' Charles Dunstone this month is used to working with people who are real stars. But he thinks shooting businesspeople is just the same as putting, say, Dame Judi Dench or Mischa Barton in the frame: 'You want to make a great shot of somebody who's a bit special.'