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Empire state of mind
Slated in the media and with his business empire under pressure, Jamie Oliver might be forgiven for stepping out of the limelight. Instead, he’s championing the traditional Italian cooking of the nonnas and stepping up his campaign against child obesity, finds Richard Smirke. Photos and cover: Howard Barlow

Head above water
Robyn Hall was teaching scuba diving near Lombok, Indonesia, when devastating earthquakes struck last month. Far from fleeing, the expat from Sheffield put herself at the centre of a network of people delivering their own form of international aid. By Stuart Holmes.

Failure of the elite
A decade on from the most terrifying two months in global economic history Adam Tooze, a British academic who teaches in the US, is well placed to explore the transatlantic failure that was the financial crash. He speaks to Kevin Gopal.

Plus news, arts and entertainment
Josh Groban’s letter to his younger self and columnist Saskia Murphy on the downsides of correcting the north-south divide.

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