As Boris countermands the advice of Britain’s health security boss and instructs citizens not to cancel Christmas parties and nativity plays, we’re having a right old shindig. While Tories shun face masks in a debate about face masks, we learn that Number 10 partied on as we all locked down last December. China’s Xi Jinping has pledged to give Africa a billion COVID-19 vaccines.
UNCORKING THE CHAMPAGNE
Corporates are celebrating, with van hire group Redde Northgate posting a 94% rise in underlying earnings, while Microsoft’s CEO is selling half his stake in the company. As house prices keep on rising, this iconic Roman Villa with a Caravaggio ceiling could be yours for $533m. As former Chancellor Philip Hammond says cryptocurrency could give Britain a unique post-Brexit advantage, the executive producer behind Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Irishman’ is to make Hollywood’s first film funded entirely by NFTs. India’s second quarter GDP grew by 8.4%. Tel Aviv has overtaken Hong Kong, Paris and Zurich as the world’s most expensive city. The FTSE All Share is busy making up lost ground today.
BEING PARTY POOPERS
Not all celebrations are going well, with Zara’s owner Inditex losing 6% of its value after naming the founder’s daughter as its new chair and Twitter’s new CEO acting quickly to ban the sharing of other people’s personal photos and videos without their permission. BT Group is readying itself for takeover approaches on its chairman’s first day in the group’s new headquarters. Japan’s party season is said to be ‘utter torment’ as workers dread drinking with the boss. Climate change is said to be driving some albatrosses to ‘divorce’.
KEEPING THE SHOW ON THE ROAD