As Biden arrives in Britain with a demand that the UK must settle the Brexit row over Northern Ireland, other new arrangements are being sought. Britain and the US plan to unveil a revised Atlantic Charter, modelled on the 1941 Churchill-Roosevelt agreement. France has sent America the Statue of Liberty’s ‘little sister’ as a sign of goodwill. The Bank of England’s chief economist Andy Haldane says the threat of inflation is the organisation’s biggest challenge since Black Wednesday. As the market responds to the ECB’s interest rates decision and anticipates US inflation figures, the ‘ring of fire’ eclipse is sweeping across the Earth. The FTSE All-Share is treading water.
Corporates are forging alliances, with French-Israeli billionaire Patrick Drahi’s Altice taking a 12.1% stake in BT Group. French luxury shoe-maker Balenciaga has formed an unlikely partnership with Crocs. Safety products group Halma is extending its investor relationships by increasing its dividend by over 5% for the 42nd consecutive year.
DISTANCING OURSELVES FROM HISTORY
India has recorded the world’s highest number of daily COVID-19 deaths. Greeks are outraged at the concreting over of land near the Acropolis. As Oxford University Press abandons printing after 400 years, Oriel College faces a teaching boycott because of its Rhodes statue. Scientists have found hundreds of examples of mysterious blasts of radio energy coming from deep in the universe. Richard Branson may beat Jeff Bezos into space.
Still, this is how cannabis could save the planet in its fight against climate change. Some 17m salmon are being released in San Francisco Bay to bolster the Californian economy. And Aika the dog has been rescued by sailors after wandering around in the Arctic for a week.