She is also interested in the influence Britain's trading links and colonial past have had on our national food culture. She sent reporter Nicola Stanbridge to make one of her favourite treats,
for the annual Marmalade Festival and supplied her own marmalade and fruitcake for a discussion on
the history of British food and trade.
And Dame Clara, who is of Dutch origin, is a great admirer of Britain's unique traditions but finds that the British are far less likely than other nationalities to celebrate their successes. She asked us to investigate
ABOUT THE GUEST EDITOR
Dame Clara Furse was Chief Executive of the London Stock Exchange between 2001 and 2009, and was the first woman to occupy the position. In 2007, she was named as one of Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World.
She now sits as a non-executive Director on the board of the global investment bank Nomura, Legal & General Plc and Amadeus IT Holding SA. She is also a Director of TheCityUK.