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Something for the weekend: a few of our favourite things

It’s been a busy week at FT Edit HQ, with our editor knocked out by Covid, new app developments in the pipeline and an abundance of fantastic FT journalism to choose from. With summer well and truly upon us, we were gripped by this deep-dive into the travel chaos wreaking havoc on our holidays. But, ever the optimists, we also loved Nilanjana Roy’s delightful history of the holiday read — for when you do, eventually, get there.


Curating the eight

There was, of course, plenty our team of editors didn’t agree on. How much crypto coverage is too much crypto coverage? Does anyone really like sardines? And, of course, Madonna — still dividing opinion 40 years on. Here are our personal favourites from the past week:

• After two years, my personal zero-Covid policy now lies in ruins after I came down with it this week. I’m not the only one. There’s a new wave of Omicron sweeping across Europe, and this excellent article has the stats on what is going on, and warns that some countries may now be too complacent about the disease.
Malcolm Moore, Editor, FT Edit

• Jarvis Cocker’s “slightly edgy geography teacher” vibe never really appealed to me. (The viscerally edgy Liam Gallagher had my heart.) Having matured a bit since the Britpop era, I devoured Carola Long’s interview with the Pulp singer, who was this week’s Lunch with the FT guest. Their conversation touches upon Blur vs. Oasis, but also delves into class, nationalism, and a moving admission about the absence of Cocker’s father. Two decades late, I’m a fan.
Elizabeth Pears, Deputy Editor, FT Edit

• In 2009 a destitute young Zimbabwean called Joseph Dhafana was sleeping rough in Johannesburg. A year later, working as a waiter, he had his very first taste of champagne. “How can someone convert grapes to such a wonderful liquid,” he thought — and so began a wild wine odyssey. This is the life-affirming tale of how Dhafana and a small group of Zimbabwean refugees transformed themselves into some of the world’s top sommeliers.
Hannah Rock, Deputy Editor, FT Edit

Our favourite fact of the week . . . 

WhatsApp’s two billion users sent seven billion voice messages a day in March, 7 per cent of all messages sent on the app. From In praise of voice notes, the most despised form of communication


Something to listen to 

Money Clinic: Dad, mum or the internet: who taught you the most about money?

The internet is overrun with influencers offering the secret to earning truckloads of money overnight — but is it all too good to be true? (Spoiler: it is.) Claer Barrett and her guest on Money Clinic discuss how people are turning away from traditional sources of financial advice such as their parents to the likes of TikTok, and the risks this brings.

FT Weekend podcast: This is how Russia weaponises disinformation

Russia was waging a disinformation battle long before it started a hot war in Ukraine and some of it has leaked into the news sources we read every day. Award-winning journalist Natalia Antelava, talks about seeing first-hand the damage Kremlin spin has done in places like Crimea.

Rachman Review: Where money and power collide

The ancient Roman empire can teach us a lot about today’s inflation. This might be an argument you expect from a history professor, not the owner of the biggest hedge fund in the world. But the chair of Bridgewater Associates Ray Dalio relies on history to predict the future, and it works: he forecast the 2008 financial crisis. Dalio tells Gideon Rachman the three things that he says foreshadow the downfall of a country.


Something to watch

The crypto market is taking a tumble . . . again. The FT film Cryptocurrencies: how regulators lost control from last year makes for sobering viewing as precarious bets by crypto investment firm Celsius unwind and wipe yet more of the value off of major coins.

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