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Lunch with the FT: Russell Brand

ft.com — Towards the end of lunch with Russell Brand, in the course of which the comedian has called on everyone to stop paying taxes, announced the end of his acting career and embraced various women, including - nearly - me, he says: "So, how are you going
Oct 24, 2014

I seem to be a bit Russell Brand-obsessed today, but this interview with him by @lucykellaway is absolutely majestic ft.com/cms/s/2/64206e…

Oct 24, 2014

(That and much more from this wonderful Lucy Kellaway piece. on.ft.com/10rp7kc)

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Confessions of a white Oxbridge male

ft.com — We straight white Oxbridge-educated males who rule Britain are used to periodic rumblings of discontent from below. Now the transvestite artist Grayson Perry, writing in the New Statesman magazine, has savaged what he calls "Default Man": "With their colourful textile phalluses hanging round their necks, they make up an overwhelming majority in government, in boardrooms and also in the media."
Oct 24, 2014

"being a straight white male was like playing the computer game called Life with the difficulty setting on ‘Easy’” on.ft.com/1t8vt2M

Oct 24, 2014

Clip Clop Clip Clop. Trojan horseplay at work today ----> Confessions of a white Oxbridge male - ft.com/cms/s/2/82ce89… via @FT

Oct 24, 2014

"I didn't get here on merit." Simon Kuper on being a white, #Oxbridge male on.ft.com/1uOMoUp

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Figure from LME Sumitomo scandal returns

ft.com — It is eighteen years since Norma Cohen, a Financial Times reporter, introduced this newspaper's regular commodities column at the time in unconventional fashion. Recent gyrations in the price of copper on the London Metal Exchange, Ms Cohen revealed,
Oct 24, 2014

Fascinating piece on the return of a key figure from LME Sumitomo copper scandal - by Paul Murphy h/t @humenm ft.com/cms/s/0/d7f56b…

Oct 24, 2014

Except that Mr Levett is back. Nearly two decades after the Sumitomo scandal, which cost the Japanese firm at leas... on.ft.com/1xggnas

Tunisian faith in democracy fades ahead of election

ft.com — Pointing to a large poster printed with a red Tunisian flag framing pictures of eight young men killed during the 2011 revolution, Monzer Khamiri, an unemployed graduate from a poor suburb of Tunis, sounded bitter. "The youth made this revolution

Gucci slowdown holds back Kering growth

ft.com — Sales at luxury brand Gucci were weaker than expected during the third quarter, dragging down otherwise resilient revenue growth at French luxury and lifestyle group Kering. The group, controlled by France's Pinault family, said on Thursday that

Apple Pay put to the test

video.ft.com — Oct 23, 2014 : The FT's Camilla Hall and Kara Scannell square off in the first and certainly only, FT Apple Pay NYC scavenger hunt to test if Apple Pay is indeed faster and more convenient than conventional payment methods
Oct 24, 2014

RT @moorehn: Team @FT checks out how fast Apple Pay is. Luminously quirky and cute. video.ft.com/3855746984001/…

Oct 24, 2014

RT @CardiffGarcia: So this video I did with @KaraScannell and @CamillaHallNYC is weird in parts, and by in parts I mean in its entirety: on.ft.com/1nCjklK

Oct 24, 2014

RT @moorehn: Team @FT checks out how fast Apple Pay is. Luminously quirky and cute. video.ft.com/3855746984001/…

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Don’t get your marijuana investment advice from Twitter (or anywhere else)

ftalphaville.ft.com — The newest issue of Men's Journal contains an amazing story about people desperate to get rich by buying stock in companies exposed to the rapidly-growing legal US marijuana industry. (Hat tip to @modestproposal1 for alerting us to it.) Written by Erik Hedegaard, the piece focuses on three characters:
Oct 24, 2014

RT @TonyTassell: Headline of the day: Don’t get your marijuana investment advice from Twitter - by @M_C_Klein on @ftalpha ftalphaville.ft.com/2014/10/24/201…

Oct 24, 2014

RT @TonyTassell: Headline of the day: Don’t get your marijuana investment advice from Twitter - by @M_C_Klein on @ftalpha ftalphaville.ft.com/2014/10/24/201…

Oct 24, 2014

Headline of the day: Don’t get your marijuana investment advice from Twitter - by @M_C_Klein on @ftalpha ftalphaville.ft.com/2014/10/24/201…

Shenzhen stock exchange nears equity options launch

ft.com — The Shenzhen stock exchange is poised to launch equity options by the year-end, according to state media, in what would be the first new equity derivative product to debut in China since the global financial crisis. The Shenzhen Stock Exchange is

Row between Rome and Brussels heats up

ft.com — The European Commission has asked Italy to detail by Friday how it will avoid violating EU budget rules, according to a confidential letter published by the Italian finance ministry that stoked tensions between Rome and Brussels. In a letter to Pier
Oct 24, 2014

RT @skirchy: It Italy, it is good domestic politics to be seen as talking tough with Brussels.Renzi says no more secrets: on.ft.com/1ypZKdH via @FT

UK banks axe branches in favour of digital model

ft.com — Britain's biggest lenders are shutting hundreds of branches and culling thousands of staff in a push to cut costs and move towards a digitally focused model that is irrevocably changing high street banking. Lloyds Banking Group, the UK's largest

The jingle that sounds the road to economic recovery

ft.com — This winter Patrick Honohan, the governor of Ireland's central bank, will be listening out for "jingle mail". It is something of a novel sound for Europe. During America's subprime crisis of the past decade, thousands of households escaped from
Oct 24, 2014

RT @plegrain: G Tett: better 2 wipe debt slate clean than sweep probs under carpet ft.com/cms/s/0/cfd248… YES €zone needs debt write-downs #EuropeanSpring

Oct 24, 2014

It sometimes pays to wipe the debt slate clean rather than sweep problems under the carpet on.ft.com/1vXxS14

Markets brace for ECB stress tests

ft.com — Unloved, under-capitalised and unwilling to lend: banks have long been criticised as the millstone around the neck of the eurozone's economic recovery. For much of this year, their shares have underperformed the wider market. Wrestling with the risk

All aflutter as Queen Elizabeth makes her Twitter debut

ft.com — There were several possible responses to the news that Queen Elizabeth II had just made her debut on Twitter, and the internet had all of them. The tweet itself - sent on Friday October 24 2014, should you wish to remember the date - was innocuous
Oct 24, 2014

A tweet about a piece about a tweeting Queen with ref to sarky remarks about journos trawling for tweets for filler ft.com/cms/s/0/2d6211…

Dentists have last laugh over sneering Keynes

ft.com — Sir, Your editorial "A Nobel award for work of true economic value" (October 15) cites the witty and memorable line of J M Keynes about wishing that economists could be "humble, competent people, on a level with dentists", which concludes his
Oct 24, 2014

Stand up for dentists! They've led the way in high-tech but are little recognised @likeabledentist @the_bdj ft.com/cms/s/0/daeed4…

Say no to pot, says Colorado governor

ft.com — The governor of Colorado, which pioneered the legalisation of cannabis in the US, has warned policy makers elsewhere that it would be "reckless" to follow in his state's footsteps in a grab for new tax revenues. Governor John Hickenlooper, a
Oct 24, 2014

Colorado's lesson: don't rush into pot legalisation for the money, says Governor @hickforco My interview: on.ft.com/1rtgBaE

World’s city dwellers paying out $650bn more than they can afford

ft.com — City dwellers around the world pay $650bn more in housing costs than they can afford yearly, as rapid urban growth meets a constrained supply, according to a new report. Some of the world's leading urban areas face the biggest housing cost problems,
Oct 24, 2014

RT @MarkCarnegie1: World’s city dwellers paying out $650bn more than they can afford: on.ft.com/1DFIpAn #FT

Oct 24, 2014

RT @McKinsey: RT @McKinsey_MGI World’s city dwellers paying out $650bn more than can afford @FT on.ft.com/1vVo3AS cites report bit.ly/1rrYTDF

Oct 24, 2014

Rapid urban growth and lack of new housebuilding trigger affordability crunch in the world's leading cities ft.com/cms/s/0/3df85b…

RealPage interest shows tech M&A appetite

ft.com — RealPage, which sells property management software for landlords, has received interest from prospective buyers as demand for technology businesses continues to fuel dealmaking on both sides of the Atlantic. The publicly traded company has been
Oct 24, 2014

$RP shares up 16 per cent on last night's @fastFT scoop: RealPage interest shows tech M&A appetite - on.ft.com/ZK1ylf

Rare outflows for iShares

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