Last Updated: 09 Oct 2013

Are you sitting comfortably? 3i's chairman talks us through her books of the year. There's stuff to help us survive the financial crisis, while 'light relief' is found in Warren Buffett's 976-page biography. Baroness Hogg also tells her folks which book to pop into her festive stocking.


As a long-time Indian-food lover, Davidson was delighted to meet Curry King Sir Gulam Noon for MT, and even happier to walk away with a bagful of his ready-meals. Davidson no longer eats vindaloo, but this picture, on Italy's hottest train, outside Reggio Calabria, shows what he might look like if he did...


It has been a roller-coaster year for MT's Britain's Most Admired Companies Awards, as Saunders discovered while researching our cover story. There's been more movement among the winners this time than our deputy ed can remember. Off-duty, he prefers to ride on the roundabout.


'Good slogans stick in your mind,' says the man behind Brainfood's Words-worth and Slogan Doctor columns. He has perfect recall of the 1950s jingles he heard as a toddler: 'The Esso sign means happy motoring' and 'You'll wonder where the yellow went, when you brush your teeth with Pepsodent'.


Our illustrator hand-paints a pastiche of the depressed 1930s for our BMAC cover story. Based in the Limousin region of France, Knipe is renovating a barn, which isolates him from crunch woes. 'I'm Johnny No-Mates,' he says. He's planning to start the Art Barn, hosting painting holidays from next year.

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