The Diary illustration by Luke Waller
©Luke Waller

Caroline Daniel

The FT Weekend editor senses a downbeat technology vibe in Europe and shares Italy’s policy mindset

Food & Drink

Illustration by Graham Roumieu of rioja label being left behind ©Graham Roumieu
‘Quality-conscious wine producers would love to see those who run the Rioja region acknowledge different quality levels’
Black Axe Mangal restaurant ©Lewis Khan
‘The bread has been laid down, smeared with a bass of gutty earthiness and then topped with a screaming solo’
L’Assiette Champenoise’s dining room ©Gerald Malaise
‘The fondue of salsify with black truffles was a wonderful combination of a cheap vegetable given an injection of luxury’
Illustration by Shonagh Rae of people shooting for the moon
©Shonagh Rae

Biden’s ‘moonshot’ cancer mission

‘Scientists realise that if they want any chance of curing the disease, they must break out of their silos’

©Luis Grañena

Lessons in listening

‘If someone tells you something like, “I’m thinking of murdering my husband,” show no surprise and just nod understandingly’

Tyler Brule: The Fast Lane

The Fast Lane: fuelled by the festival factor

If you manufacture pink taffeta in Shenzhen, you should be able to afford a Gulfstream or two

Edwin Heathcote
©Charlie Bibby

Openings: Troubled bridge over water

The Garden Bridge represents a fundamental misconception about what public space is

Susie Boyt: ‘I have had a very jealous week’

We all have our faults, certainly. But when we start to display new faults, it is worth asking why

©Lucas Varela

How to lose customers and infuriate people

‘They are not there to help. They are on defence, interested only in pacifying people till they shut up and go away’

Femme nue à sa toilette’ (1913) by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

The Art Market: Europeans cross the Atlantic

Tefaf goes to America; lower totals at London sales; Georg Scholz causes a buzz at Christie’s

Illustration of cars/taxi cabs under the shadow of a plane
©Shonagh Rae

Izabella Kaminska

The FT Alphaville reporter on privileged access, the use of the term ‘fintech’ and spontaneous on-demand immediacy

©Shonagh Rae

Is Donald Trump a winner?

‘When voters listen to Trump, they are not judging him by the normal standards of a political campaign’


Martin Sandbu

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