Gold

Peru’s beauty has been a real curse

13 March 2021 9:00 am

As the planet gets more and more ravaged, the mind can begin to glaze over at the cumulative general statistics…

Patronising, clichéd and corny: BBC1’s Gold Digger reviewed

16 November 2019 9:00 am

Some last taboos, it seems, can remain last taboos no matter how frequently they’re confronted. Grief, the menopause, masturbation, mental…

A modern-day El Dorado: the Serra Pelada gold mine, Brazil, 1986

Sebastiao Salgado – master of monochrome, chronicler of the depths of human barbarity

5 October 2019 9:00 am

Occasionally, we encounter an image that seems so ludicrously out of kilter with the modern world that we can only…

If investors are fleeing to gold, this is not the time to be smug

17 August 2019 9:00 am

It came as no great surprise that the UK economy contracted by 0.2 per cent in the second quarter, following…

Map of West Africa, c.1547, depicting the trading fortress of São Jorge da Mina on the African Gold Coast.

The scramble for Africa goes back many centuries

26 January 2019 9:00 am

A thought kept recurring as I read Toby Green’s fascinating and occasionally frustrating book on the development of West Africa…

I’m teaching my kids about money – by searching for buried treasure

16 December 2017 9:00 am

At the end of each year I pull out most of the New Year’s resolutions I’ve ever made — I…

War horse: horse headdress made of felt, leather and wood, late 4th–early 3rd century BC

The icemen cometh

23 September 2017 9:00 am

You wouldn’t want to stumble upon the Scythians. Armed with battle-axes, bows and daggers, and covered in fearsome tattoos, the…

Sneer of cold command: Velázquez’s portrait of the Count-Duke of Olivares, Philip IV’s ‘Ozymandias-like vizier’ (detail)

Spain’s golden age — with a silver lining

18 July 2015 9:00 am

As every schoolboy knows, ‘the empire on which the sun never set’ was British, and ‘blue-blooded’ was a phrase applied…

I miss the days when French rugby was great. Thierry Dusautoir must, too

7 March 2015 9:00 am

It used to be such a treat of a winter weekend, sitting down to watch France against Wales in Paris…

The bull market is five years old. Does that mean it’s nearly over?

22 March 2014 9:00 am

In London and New York, share prices have risen for five years running. So is it time to sell?

Martin Vander Weyer: Bad news for pawnbrokers. Is that good news for the rest of us?

12 October 2013 9:00 am

While attention has focused on the sudden ubiquity and alleged iniquity of payday lenders, boom and impending bust has infected…