• News Feeds
Page last updated at 07:11 GMT, Friday, 31 December 2010
Today: Friday 31st December

Our guest editor today is Dame Clara Furse, former chief of the London Stock Exchange, now a non executive director of the investment bank Nomura and the insurance giant Legal and General. She's asked us to talk to Boris Johnson about the future of the City. And we'll be making a Today programme marmalade.

To speed up the loading time for this running order, we have replaced the audio with links. To hear the reports, interviews and discussions, just click on the links.

Get in touch via email , Twitter or Facebook or text us on 84844.

Business news with Russell Fuller.

Guest editor Dame Clara Furse has been keen to delve into what it is exactly that makes London the world's most global financial centre. Monetary historian Professor Peter Spufford from Queens College discusses London and its role in the wider economy.

Thousands of homes and businesses in Northern Ireland are still without running water. Minister for the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, Michelle Gildernew and Belfast correspondent Andy Martin analyse the current situation.

Our guest editor Dame Clara Furse, 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. Columnist for The Times Matthew Parris and writer for the Financial Times Lucy Kellaway discuss British self-deprecation.

Business news with Lesley Curwen.

Our guest editor Dame Clara Furse is a great admirer of Britain's cathedrals and their choir schools. She asked the BBC's Religious Affairs Correspondent Robert Pigott to find out more.

Sports news with Russell Fuller.

Dame Clara Furse is concerned by the disparity in education performance between the sexes. Headmaster of Eton Tony Little and Deputy Director of Research at Civitas Anastasia De Waal discuss whether differences in the ways that boys and girls learn means the education system favours girls.

Paper review.

Britain's trading links and colonial past have had a huge influence on our national food culture. Guest editor Dame Clara Furse sent reporter Nicola Stanbridge to make one of her favourite treats, marmalade, for the annual Marmalade Festival.

Thought for the Day with Reverend Nicholas Papadopulos, Vicar of St Peter's Church in Eaton.

Foreign Secretary William Hague says the government supports "in principle" military action to remove incumbent Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo from power. Speaking to the Today programme, he said he was pursuing a peaceful resolution to the crisis "through all possible diplomatic means".

Our guest editor Dame Clara Fuse thinks that bank-bashing is affecting the economic recovery and damaging our place in the world. Sir Howard Davies, director of the London School of Economics, Professor Avinash Persaud, Chairman of the regulatory sub-committee of the UN High Level Task Force on Financial Reform and Gillian Tett, US Managing Editor of the Financial Times debate the place of banks in British society.

Leading figures from the worlds of politics, business, sport and entertainment are among those featuring in the New Year's honours list. Actress Sheila Hancock describes how she feels about receiving a CBE.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

Our Guest Editor today Dame Clara Furse was keen to discuss how we ensure London's pride of place among the world's financial centres in the next decade. Mayor of London Boris Johnson discusses what he is doing to maintain London's place in the global economy.

The interim Chief Medical Officer for England has defended the government's decision to launch a hygiene campaign, to try to stop the spread of flu. Dame Sally Davies explains the strategy.

Our guest editor Dame Clara Furse is interested in how Britain's trading links and colonial past influenced our food culture. Food Historian Colin Spencer discusses the UK's food culture with the help of Nicola Stanbridge's marmalade, Dame Clara's fruitcake and marmalade and Sarah Montague's homemade fruitcake.

Guest editor Dame Clara Furse reflects on her stint as guest editor.



Sign in

BBC navigation

Copyright © 2017 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific