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You don’t crucify people! Not on Good Friday!

Easter is for many a time of contemplation and a period of goodwill. I myself spent last weekend wondering whether or not to cut the grass, clean the car, go and visit my parents; in a real moment of charity, I even went to see my parents-in-law.

More worryingly, though, I also started to think about the heavy workload I’ve got this month for Euromoney. Next month’s issue is a bumper one as far as FX goes. It will have the poll results and I have to come up with a couple of proper articles to accompany it; I have a horrible feeling that I simply won’t be able to please all of my readers this time around – nothing new there then – and that in fact I might even upset some.

So I did consider taking a soft approach to this week’s FiX, in the spirit of Easter. Although this is appearing a week after Good Friday, I thought it might be apt to produce a column full of hope, minus the normal Mickey-taking and cynical analysis of the market. As Harold Shand, the protagonist in British gangster film The Long Good Friday uttered after finding one of his minions nailed to a warehouse floor: “You don’t crucify people! Not on Good Friday!” Anyway, a couple of hours in the Euromoney office soon changed that notion.

One of the pleasures of this job is the correspondence I get sent.

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