Middle Eastern investors are known for making the odd overpriced, trophy purchase. But a $2bn price tag for Cirque du Soleil, a circus? Amazingly, if you think of the 4,000strong troupe as a Disney founded on acrobats rather than cartoons, it starts to make sense.
After a disastrous performance against Croatia, England deservedly missed out on qualification for the 2008 European championships. But on top of the humiliation, there is a financial cost. Lower consumer and advertising spend means the British economy will lose out on a £1bn windfall at a time when the high street is already vulnerable.