Highlights from our weekly roundup of the best from news brands include must-see recaps of all the action from Qatar, the lowdown on a major step in the fight against Alzheimer’s and why one teen cycled 900 miles for an important cause
1. Keeping up with Qatar
It’s been an extraordinary World Cup on and off the pitch, with high drama alongside consistent scrutiny into the ramifications of Qatar’s hosting of the event. The group stages were some of the most unpredictable in the tournament’s history, but if anyone expected the second round to be a return to normal for the remaining football giants, they were to be disappointed.
Both Metro and the Mirror kept readers updated on Twitter with quick round-ups of all the drama from the second round.
Meanwhile, The Times’ ‘The Game’ podcast took a deeper dive into each day’s events; Wednesday’s edition analysed Spain’s shock defeat to Morocco on penalties, what its win means for African football and whether Cristiano Ronaldo has outlived his usefulness after missing most of Portugal’s 6-1 thrashing of Switzerland.
2. Best of British fashion
From football to the Royal Albert Hall, all eyes were on the UK’s most glamorous event of the year. With Britain’s best dressed in fighting form, this year’s British Fashion Awards were a showcase in extravagance. The Evening Standard took on the unenviable task of attempting to pick out the red carpet’s stand out sartorial stars.
3. Breakthrough in the fight against Alzheimer’s
Using TikTok to explain the results of a trial into a drug that significantly slowed symptoms of the disease, The Telegraph gives viewers the lowdown on what could become one of the biggest medicals breakthroughs in years.
4. Dominic Williams makes Campaign Top 10 list
While December normally means bright lights, good food and party time, the media industry is well and truly in ‘top 10’ season. A big congratulations to Mail Metro Media’s chief revenue officer Dominic Williams for being included in Campaign’s top 10 commercial chiefs of the year.
5. Cycling for soil
In an age of constant battles for our attention, how does a teen go about raising awareness about an important but underrepresented issue?
Oscar Smith chose to complete a 900-mile cycle, all to raise awareness of soil degradation. The Daily Express interviewed Smith after he crossed the finish line outside Parliament to explain why he did his marathon ride.