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Omicron: How will Plan B affect the economy? (Thu, 09 Dec 2021 00:00:36 GMT)
Nightclubs, restaurants and shops could be hit by new Covid curbs, but many firms are well placed to cope.

Debt warning: 'Don't live a champagne life on a lemonade budget' (Thu, 09 Dec 2021 08:02:58 GMT)
A man facing decades of debt repayments echoes charities' pleas for those in financial trouble to seek help.

New home working order another blow for small firms (Wed, 08 Dec 2021 18:43:48 GMT)
New guidance to work from home is greeted with dismay by firms that thrive when workers are in offices.

Covid passports 'devastating' for nightclubs (Thu, 09 Dec 2021 08:01:45 GMT)
Nightclubs say the pre-Christmas period is "absolutely crucial" for the sector.

Global supply chain: Lego to build $1bn factory in Vietnam (Thu, 09 Dec 2021 04:30:52 GMT)
It will be the toymaker's second manufacturing plant in Asia after it opened one in China in 2016.

Boss says sorry for 'blundered' Zoom firing of 900 staff (Wed, 08 Dec 2021 16:38:23 GMT)
Vishal Garg says he "is deeply sorry" for sacking 900 staff in an online meeting.

Hong Kong: Jimmy Lai convicted for taking part in Tiananmen vigil (Thu, 09 Dec 2021 04:48:11 GMT)
Jimmy Lai and other prominent activists were convicted for taking part in the unauthorised event.

Elizabeth Holmes testifies she 'never' misled investors (Wed, 08 Dec 2021 20:47:58 GMT)
Holmes' defence team rested their case after seven days of testimony from the Theranos founder.

Covid travel: Omicron hitting holiday bookings, says Tui (Wed, 08 Dec 2021 11:19:46 GMT)
Winter bookings especially are slowing down as Omicron variant spreads, holiday giant says.

Tesco depot staff suspend pre-Christmas pay strikes (Wed, 08 Dec 2021 16:03:22 GMT)
Up to 1,200 workers across four sites have halted walkouts over pay, the Unite union says.

Jailed banker 'shocked' and 'disappointed' at appeal decision (Wed, 08 Dec 2021 14:27:37 GMT)
Jailed banker Tom Hayes has been refused the chance to take his case back to the courts.

Call centre staff being stalked and abused, says bank boss (Wed, 08 Dec 2021 11:44:37 GMT)
First Direct is one of 50 firms warning of a rise in abuse by customer in the run-up to Christmas.

TikTok jumps on online shopping bandwagon (Wed, 08 Dec 2021 08:01:45 GMT)
Social media app TikTok is producing its first live shopping and entertainment event in the UK.

Evergrande: China property developer debt default fears grow (Wed, 08 Dec 2021 11:18:18 GMT)
Evergrande has not yet made payments to bond holders that were due on Monday, the BBC understands.

Japanese billionaire blasts off to International Space Station (Wed, 08 Dec 2021 09:57:11 GMT)
Yusaku Maezawa will spend 12 days at the International Space Station before returning to Earth.

CEO Secrets: 'Call centre work trained me to be a CEO' (Wed, 08 Dec 2021 00:07:06 GMT)
Steven Bartlett, the 29-year-old co-founder of Social Chain, shares his business advice.

Africa's patchy transport network gets a tech boost (Tue, 07 Dec 2021 00:05:41 GMT)
The first year of a free trade deal in Africa has spurred investment, but more needs to be done.

Hong Kong Covid: The Cathay pilots stuck in 'perpetual quarantine' (Tue, 07 Dec 2021 00:02:16 GMT)
One Cathay Pacific pilot said he had spent almost 150 days in quarantine this year alone.

The tech helping shops - and Santa - deliver this Christmas (Mon, 06 Dec 2021 00:12:51 GMT)
A number of tech solutions are out there to help retailers optimise sending out our presents.

Would you give 10% of your salary to charity? (Thu, 02 Dec 2021 00:03:45 GMT)
A growing number of people are deciding to give up a substantial chunk of their wages.

Duolingo boss: 'Develop your social skills' (Wed, 01 Dec 2021 00:07:27 GMT)
Luis von Ahn, co-founder and CEO of language-learning app Duolingo, shares his business advice.

Jack Dorsey: What's next for Twitter's co-founder? (Tue, 30 Nov 2021 03:48:35 GMT)
The last time the tech visionary left Twitter, he set up another company now worth $100bn.

Labour shortage: Is Santa Claus coming to town this year? (Mon, 29 Nov 2021 23:39:23 GMT)
With fewer Santas donning their suits and more demand for holiday cheer, Santa will be in short supply.

Why broken African phones are shipped to Europe (Tue, 30 Nov 2021 00:22:37 GMT)
A lack of recycling facilities in Africa has spurred one Dutch company to import broken phones.

BBC Entertainment & Arts News

Robbie Shakespeare, influential Sly and Robbie bassist, dies aged 68 (Thu, 09 Dec 2021 02:23:43 GMT)
The acclaimed Sly and Robbie bassist is credited with revolutionising the sound of reggae and dancehall.

Robin Robin: How Gillian Anderson found her inner feline (Thu, 09 Dec 2021 00:19:55 GMT)
The actress on the challenges of voicing a menacing cat in the Aardman short Robin Robin.

Don't Look Up: Mixed reviews for Leonardo DiCaprio satire (Wed, 08 Dec 2021 16:57:14 GMT)
Jennifer Lawrence and Leonardo DiCaprio's film has been called "ambitious" but lacking in comedy.

Sienna Miller settles phone hacking claim with News Group Newspapers (Wed, 08 Dec 2021 17:05:25 GMT)
The actress reaches a settlement with News Group Newspapers after alleging her privacy was invaded.

Netherlands to buy Rembrandt Standard Bearer self-portrait (Wed, 08 Dec 2021 20:57:58 GMT)
The Dutch government puts aside €150m for the 1636 work, currently owned by the Rothschild family.

Christmas movie production snowballs to reach new record (Wed, 08 Dec 2021 00:35:54 GMT)
The number of new festive films listed for release in 2021 is four times higher than a decade ago.

Halo Infinite: Time to 'mix-up' the series (Wed, 08 Dec 2021 10:43:08 GMT)
How some of the brains behind Halo: Infinite developed it in a fast-changing gaming landscape.

Nick Cannon: Comedian announces death of five-month-old son Zen (Wed, 08 Dec 2021 10:18:15 GMT)
The American's five-month-old son Zen died after having had a brain tumour, he said on his show.

Pantomime returns to Aylesbury's Waterside Theatre (Wed, 08 Dec 2021 13:00:30 GMT)
A pantomime's stars talk about the return of a much-loved Christmas tradition.

Covid: Stereophonics' Cardiff gigs postponed as Omicron spreads (Wed, 08 Dec 2021 16:08:33 GMT)
The Principality Stadium and the band's promoters say the safety of fans is "top priority".

Dave and Arctic Monkeys among Reading and Leeds 2022 headliners (Wed, 08 Dec 2021 10:50:10 GMT)
Megan Thee Stallion and Dave are among the other artists in the line-up for next year's festival.

Glasgow's Kelvin Hall to get £11.9m TV studio (Wed, 08 Dec 2021 13:07:54 GMT)
The £11.9m studio at Glasgow's Kelvin Hall will be operated by a commercial arm of the BBC.

Supergrass to play first Oxford hometown show in 12 years (Wed, 08 Dec 2021 12:46:52 GMT)
Bassist Mick Quinn says the gig could be their last in Oxford as a band.

‘Why Henry Cavill is right about Warhammer’ (Wed, 08 Dec 2021 06:53:32 GMT)
Radio 1 Newsbeat hears from superfans of the war game, after the actor spoke about his love for it.

Lara Croft: 25 years of Tomb Raider and a British gaming icon (Tue, 07 Dec 2021 00:40:14 GMT)
The team behind Lara Croft talk to Newsbeat about her history and where she goes next.

Wet Leg, Pink Pantheress and Central Cee make BBC Sound of 2022 list (Mon, 06 Dec 2021 00:00:13 GMT)
They're among 10 acts tipped for success in the annual BBC list, previously won by Adele and Celeste.

David Gulpilil: Profound legacy of a trailblazing Aboriginal actor (Mon, 06 Dec 2021 21:07:09 GMT)
A trailblazing figure with a 50-year career, he helped vastly improve cultural representations.

Weakest Link: Romesh Ranganathan 'not trying to emulate' Anne Robinson (Sat, 04 Dec 2021 01:08:01 GMT)
Comedian Romesh Ranganathan is set to host a rebooted version of the BBC One quiz show.

Scottish Ballet revises The Nutcracker to address racism (Sat, 04 Dec 2021 10:05:59 GMT)
Scottish Ballet has made subtle changes to the famous production in order to make it more inclusive.

Obituary: Sir Antony Sher, a giant of the stage (Fri, 03 Dec 2021 13:17:28 GMT)
The South African actor went from feeling like an impostor to becoming a giant of the British stage.

Boxing Day: Festive film debut for Little Mix's Leigh-Anne Pinnock (Fri, 03 Dec 2021 00:11:18 GMT)
Boxing Day, the first British Christmas rom-com led by an all-black cast, is released Friday 3 December.

Why this wildlife expert is making his archive public (Thu, 02 Dec 2021 01:38:08 GMT)
After 55 years recording the sounds of nature, Martyn Stewart has decided to share his life's work.

And Just Like That: 5 things we spotted in the Sex and the City trailer (Wed, 01 Dec 2021 11:26:33 GMT)
And Just Like That, a new 10-part spin-off series, launches later this month.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: ‘I want to say what I think’ (Thu, 09 Dec 2021 00:05:04 GMT)
The Nigerian writer shares her experience of grief and her thoughts on "cancel culture" and trans rights.

Rebel Wilson on weight loss: I know what it’s like to be invisible (Tue, 07 Dec 2021 00:02:38 GMT)
The actress, producer and director opens up about her weight loss, in an exclusive BBC interview.

Miss Universe: Suffolk contestant says pageantry 'is still relevant' (Wed, 08 Dec 2021 09:43:30 GMT)
The Miss Universe Great Britain winner wants to use her platform to highlight women's causes.

Hollywood legend Mel Brooks' autobiography published (Mon, 06 Dec 2021 22:10:16 GMT)
Hollywood legend Mel Brooks discusses love, life and bad taste as his autobiography is published.

Turner Prize: Belfast-based Array Collective wins award (Wed, 01 Dec 2021 21:09:02 GMT)
Belfast-based activist group the Array Collective are the winners of the prestigious Turner Prize 2021.

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