As Germany’s biggest newspaper admits envying Britain for its vaccine roll-out, jealousy is rearing its head in other directions too. Covetous investors have restarted the GameStop trading frenzy, luxury car maker Aston Martin Lagonda hopes to double sales as wealthy fans make heads turn with cash stored during COVID-19 lockdowns and Las Vegas has built an 11-storey ‘slot machine’ to dispense cars. Predicting a sales boom once shops are allowed to open in April, Primark may be jealous of competitors with successful online sales. And High Street vouchers could be given to everyone because shops, restaurants and the government want people to spend, not save.
There’s a rush to join the takeovers boom, with Mondi said to be plotting a £5bn move for fellow packager DS Smith. Exclusive members club group Soho House and online health app developer Babylon want to get in on the spate of IPOs. Serco is planning to reward investors who have waited for seven years without a dividend. Fervour over 5G is seeing inflated auctions for telecom spectrum make a comeback and a new kind of aeroplane seat-bed has been designed to lure high flyers into long haul. With one in seven people now exhibiting COVID-19 antibodies, vaccine passports could become packing essentials.
MAKING FRIENDS WITH GREEN-EYED MONSTERS
We’re all probably jealous of the two teenagers who have discovered four exoplanets, while ambitious French scientists have their eyes on all the fish they could farm on the moon. Edison client VivoPower aims to make football clubs green with envy if it helps Spurs go net zero carbon. Sir David Attenborough is bringing prehistoric creatures into your home through a new app.
CLINGING ONTO DREAMS
Because where there’s life, there‘s hope, sitcom fans who have waited two decades for Frasier to be revived are about to be rewarded. This sailor survived for 14 hours in the Pacific Ocean by clinging to an abandoned buoy. And the petrified remains of a tree that died 20 million years ago have been discovered uniquely intact on a Greek island.