In London

After 25 years as chairman of Harrods, Mohamed al Fayed has decided to retire to spend more time with his children and grandchildren. That’s normally the reason politicians give for being booted out.

Just weeks after vehemently denying he would sell the emblematic store, always a prelude to sale, Muhammed al Fayed has sold the store to the Qatari royal family for £1.5 billion.

Meanwhile, just down the road, loud banging was apparently heard coming from within Number 10 as Mr Bean began nailing the doors shut from the inside.

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