December 20th was expected to be the busiest shopping day of the year, and if you were out and about in Amarillo, it seems believable.
Never before has Russia's central bank been so much in the spotlight. In the space of just 29 hours - from 10am on Monday, December 15 to 3pm on Tuesday, December 16 - the price of US dollars in Moscow skyrocketed by 50 per cent.
Apple has said it is "deeply offended" by a BBC investigation into conditions for workers involved in manufacturing its devices.
Like most people, my reaction on first hearing about the Garden Bridge was, "What a lovely idea! And from lovely Joanna Lumley, too�" With Thomas Heatherwick as architect and Dan Pearson as landscape designer, it seemed a "dream team" was in place ...
Through Scottish Enterprise, it has a fund for taking stakes in fledgling companies with high-growth potential, and particularly those at a stage where it's hard to get the funding necessary for development.