Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010


The author of our cover story has spent half his working life outside Britain, becoming in 1995 editor of the South China Morning Post after successful spells at the Guardian (as deputy editor) and the Observer (as editor). Before that, Fenby had worked for 14 years in France and Germany. Having returned from Hong Kong - his book Dealing with the Dragon is out soon - he is editor of BusinessEurope (a new internet service), and associate editor of Sunday Business.


Six years ago the markets editor of the Financial Times, seen here with daughter Helena, went though the Common Purpose programme, seeing for himself the benefits of getting actively involved in the local community. Most memorable moment was a high-speed chase in a panda car. Coggan examines the more down-to-earth attractions of the programme, which brings together representatives from the private, public and voluntary sectors, in the feature starting on page 66.


A new French-speaking team member joins MT from EuroBusiness magazine, where as the Brussels bureau chief she was paid to enjoy mussels, beer and Godiva chocolates regularly. Tired of pursuing EU officials for the latest Brussels gossip, Rebecca will instead be hounding MT's contributors for their copy - a task that she is convinced will prove far more taxing. She will also be searching for promising entrepreneurs to feature in MT's Coming Up Fast section.


Since his duties include regular international travel surveying best practice in financial services regulation around the world, who better to review the latest big book on globalisation than the chairman of the FSA? Howard Davies' review of A Future Perfect is well short of adulatory, however. 'For people who like this sort of thing,' he says, 'this is the sort of thing they will like.' The full, no-punches-pulled review is in our books section, which starts on page 41.


When his three-year-old son insisted on 'helping' him at the computer while he was writing his profile of Margaret Hodge, the author and broadcaster Peter Stanford knew that, in his subject's terms, he had got the work/life balance wrong. But MT deadlines wait for no man or woman, and Stanford overcame the domestic odds to deliver on time. He is studying Mrs Hodge's favourite self-help manual and hopes as a result to regain his equilibrium soon.


This month's cover illustration is provided by the well-travelled Jason Ford, whose foreign jaunts have included Japan and two trips to Mexico. He has been a professional illustrator for 11 years, fulfilling a childhood ambition formed during many hours' study of Tintin and Marvel comics. Jason is a bit of a weathervane for London's crazy housing market: he moved to then unfashionable Clerkenwell five years ago, and is now taking a new studio in still unfashionable Dalston. His only worry - no frappuccino within a mile.

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