Despite snow in April and markets turning chilly, we’re so bored with the ordinary that we’re open to anything today. Robots are making milk deliveries in Singapore, Akon in Senegal could become the first city to run entirely on cryptocurrency and we’re fakin’ the bacon as shoppers flock to try a new vegan butchers. Homebase is to open up mini garden centres in some Next stores, while Britain is set to hit peak drive-in as outdoor cinema bookings boom. London’s super-prime luxury property market now leads the world. The UK could finally get sleeper trains to major European cities and France is forcing travellers off short flights and onto trains. After 15 years of skinny fit, wide-leg jeans are making a return.
Microsoft is in talks to pay $16bn for artificial intelligence group Nuance Communications, while cybersecurity company Darktrace is coming to market in a £3bn IPO after The London Stock Exchange’s best first quarter for flotations since 2007. David Cameron is finally opening up about his lobbying for Greensill Capital but Ladbrokes’ owner Entain is refusing to give back £30m of furlough payments, despite booming online betting.
LOOKING AT OUR FEET
Some things are still in head-down mode. Property group Hammerson is getting out of retail parks with a £350m sale to Canada’s Brookfield, while once-green plug-in hybrid cars suddenly look like dinosaurs in Europe. Heathrow’s passenger numbers were predictably down 83% in March and guess what, the Ever Given container ship is still stuck in the Suez Canal.
LEAPING INTO FREEDOM
There’s freedom for frogs in Estonia, with a street being closed in the capital for a migration fortnight. And remember to put on your coat if you’re breaking out of English lockdown and going to the pub tonight.