Matthew Ponsford

Matthew Ponsford

Freelance features, news, and sport journalist who has written for Financial Times, Guardian, Independent, and others. Currently associate producer at CNN International.

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Hestoncouple article
The Financial Times

Rising cost of lunch in time of austerity

After yet another difficult economic week, it is at last possible to report one small sign that the austerity years may be ending: spending on lunch is going back up to pre-crisis levels. Admittedly, the evidence is slender and specialised. It is

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The Financial Times

Chiswick: From uptown to upriver

When the 19th-century industrialist Jonathan T. Carr set out to build the world’s first garden suburb he settled on a 24-acre plot just north of the newly constructed Turnham Green station in west Lon...

Willself article
The Financial Times

My perfect day in London: Will Self (as-told-to)

I’ve lived in London all my life and I think you tend to get very conservative in what you do. I like the idea of random traverses across the city but I always end up just going to the same places. Fo...

Zaha hadid article
The Financial Times

My perfect day in London: Zaha Hadid (as-told-to)

London has become a great city and I think it’s now the best I’ve ever seen it. If there were a beach, it would be perfect – they have one in Paris, after all. Wherever I am in the world, my perfect d...

Lunch article
The Financial Times

Let's do lunch! -

The circumstances of its conception were murky and surrounded by intrigue, which has never been a bar to future greatness. No fuss or fanfare attended its birth, which ditto. Eighteen years on, the infant has grown to much-admired maturity and

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The Financial Times

My perfect day in London: Ken Livingstone (as-told-to)

My perfect day would begin with a walk with my dog, Coco, on Hampstead Heath, on a nice sunny morning. What’s lovely about taking Coco on the Heath is her interaction with all the other dogs. She’s st...

Murray walker article
The Financial Times

The List: Five great F1 cars -

As Formula One revs up for its first race of the season at the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne this weekend, we asked Murray Walker, the commentator known as “The voice of Formula One”, to select the most memorable cars from his 60 years in the

The Financial Times

How to give it: Alan Grieve -

Alan Grieve, 84, was a senior lawyer and held various directorships. Since 1991, he has been chairman of the primarily arts-focused Jerwood Foundation that he helped to found in 1977 for the late John Jerwood. On March 17 the £4m Jerwood Gallery

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The Financial Times

The London story -

Two hundred years ago, London became the first city to surpass Rome in size and population, the first modern city to reach a million inhabitants and the world’s first global city. By 1900 it was the imperial capital of a third of the globe, the

The Financial Times

How to give it: Alexander S C Rower -

Alexander SC Rower, 48, is the grandson of the artist and sculptor Alexander Calder (1898-1976). Rower is chairman of the Calder Foundation, which he founded in 1987 to promote and archive the artist’s work. As part of Frieze Art Fair New York next

The Financial Times

How to give it: Andy Wood -

Andy Wood, 52, has been chief executive of the Suffolk-based brewer Adnams since 2010. He joined the company in 1994 from the insurer Norwich Union. He is chairman of Norcas, an East Anglian drug, alcohol and gambling harm-reduction charity. . . .

The Financial Times

How to give it: Ayesha Vardag -

Ayesha Vardag is managing director of Vardags Solicitors, specialising in family law. She is part of the organising committee for Opera at Syon for Children with Cancer (June 13-14, and a founder member of the Hampshire

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The Financial Times

How to give it: Rebecca Front -

Actor Rebecca Front, 46, has appeared in many TV shows including the political satire The Thick of It. She is a patron of Anxiety UK and is taking part in a 5k event as part of Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life this spring. . . . What was the first

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How to give it: John Griffith-Jones -

John Griffith-Jones, 57, is senior partner and chairman at KPMG UK. He is chairman of the Every Child a Chance Trust, which focuses on helping children with numeracy and literacy. KPMG has chosen Barnardo’s as its current corporate charity, and 49

The Financial Times

How to give it: Simon Konecki -

Simon Konecki, 36, co-founded ethical bottled water company Life, which aims to give 1,000 litres of clean water to communities in the developing world for every litre sold in the UK (through its sister charity Until 2005 he worked