Here's what got us talking this week
1) Ground control to major Tim
The world mourned as we digested the news that David Bowie had died aged just 69. We consoled ourselves with listening to his huge contribution to music. And as one starman exited, another took his first spacewalk, making British history and potentially sparking a change in our love of science.
2) Run for the hills
That was at least the advice from RBS, who urged investors to "sell everything". It's easy to see why, given the state of oil prices, which this week dipped below $30 a barrel, and the ongoing issues with the Chinese stock market.
3) Retail mania
It was a busy week for retail results, with Tesco, Morrisons and Sainsbury's all beating expectations, making them feature among some of the many Christmas winners. And, although Home Retail Group did not overwhelm with its performance, it still came under the spotlight thanks to ongoing bid interest. But Sainsbury's bid could have a knock-on effect, not least for landlords.
4) Singing a different tune
We could all be doing just that if MPs decide to push for an English national anthem - and here's why they should do just that. There is one song that has emerged as a particular favourite.
5) Tube strikes rolling in
Londoners are facing a whole new set of strikes as the unions and transport bosses butt heads over pay and conditions. Three dates have been agreed so far, although there could be a whole lot more further down the line. But talks have resumed and will continue into next week, giving us all hope some agreement might be reached.
Charts of the week
Great Reads from Elsewhere
There are plenty of stories about David Bowie and the impact he had on other people. This blog brings six of the best together.
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