Mood – Breaking cover on Christmas parties but ‘lying flat’ in China (7/10)

Published on 08-12-2021 13:05:42

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In a murky world, we’re coming clean today. Evidence appears to have surfaced of a lockdown-breaching Christmas party that Boris says didn’t happen, while, according to a Labour MP, a leaked letter suggests a possible cover-up of the PM’s involvement in airlifting more than 150 dogs and cats from Afghanistan. One year after the world’s first COVID-19 vaccine was given in the UK, the scale of the latest outbreak is becoming clearer, with predictions of the nation reaching 90,000 infections a day by Christmas and scientists finding a ‘stealth’ version of Omicron that may be harder to track.  As another Chinese property developer hits trouble, Australia has joined the diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics. ‘Lying flat’ is officially one of China’s top memes of 2021.

SHOWING OUR METTLE

Corporates are lifting the lid with Nestlé selling part of its L’Oréal stake for $10bn, Liontrust buying Majedie Asset Management for up to £120m and housebuilder Berkeley Group raising its profits outlook. Volkswagen is mulling a flotation of Porsche. We now know the identity of Germany’s new chancellor and about a reported secret £275bn deal between Apple and China. Watch this EdisonTV interview with Babylon CEO Ali Parsa and sign up for this afternoon’s webinar on building a digital health ecosystem.

KEEPING CALM AND TELLING THE TRUTH

While travel group TUI is enjoying a fourth-quarter pick-up in trading, transport concessions operator SSP Group’s results show it is ‘still in the recovery phase’. However, there’s money for life’s luxuries, with this pet-lover forking out $40,000 to fly Munchkin the Balinese street dog via private jet to Australia. As the Dow is poised for its best start to December for 24 years, the FTSE All Share is continuing its winning streak.

INDULGING IN FANTASY

Scientists have discovered a planet where a year lasts 7.7 hours and a ‘mysterious hut’ on the far side of the moon, while a pilot has captured footage of an ‘entire fleet of UFOs’ flying over the Pacific Ocean. This camera the size of a grain of salt can take pictures of the same quality as machines that are 500,000 times larger. And a cacophony of bizarre fish songs that have never been recorded before is proof of an Indonesian coral reef’s rapid return to life.

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