This week, with the permission to open non-essential retail expected imminently... chipboard has been removed and cranes have been spotted lowering planes of glass into the void where looters had smashed their way into shops just a small number of weeks ago. These panes cost tens of thousands of pounds and in many cases are armoured, meaning a trusty old brick would literally bounce off. Breaching this kind of glass requires industrial equipment and time. Before long the various thingsoriums will be open once more, selling the world’s airport duty free brands to the bored and unoriginal. Will a world of masks and social-distancing hold the same appeal for brassy consumers lusting after meaningless wares?