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A Bridge Too Far and five other films that left their inspirations fuming

A Bridge Too Far and five other films that left their inspirations fuming

Entertainment
The US soldier Robert Redford played in 1977 film A Bridge Too Far did not like how he was portrayed, according to a leading military historian.Sir Antony Beevor is quoted in The Times as saying he has seen a letter written by Colonel Julian Cook in which he objects to how Redford played him."Most men would have been flattered," Sir Antony told the Edinburgh International Book Festival on Sunday.Colonel Cook received the Distinguished Service Cross for his role at Arnhem.Then a major, he parachuted into the Netherlands in 1944 and led a daring daylight crossing across the Waal River. Before the crossing, Redford is seen in Richard Attenborough's film describing the missi...
Five big things that have made Apple

Five big things that have made Apple

Business
Media playback is unsupported on your device It's been called the most successful company in history.And it's just become the world's first public company to be worth $ 1 trillion (£767bn).So how's it done it?Here's a quick look at five of the biggest things that have helped make Apple the gigantic success story it is today.1. Steve Jobs - a brand unto himselfAs the co-founder of one of the world's most successful companies, his is one of the most recognised names in the world of tech. He put Apple at the forefront of the personal computing revolution, and was behind a suite of revolutionary, highly desirable products - from the iPod to the iPad. But he was also recognised as one of the modern world's first auteur chief executives - and ...
Five European cities where you can retire on $35,000 a year

Five European cities where you can retire on $35,000 a year

Finance
Living well on less is a constant in retirement planning.If life in the U.S. seems as if it would overstretch your assets, you might want to consider moving abroad. Moving overseas takes planning and research. You'll want to check visa and residency requirements, and health-care access. Remember, you'll still be taxed as a U.S. citizen by Uncle Sam.International Living, which publishes information about life abroad — including firsthand accounts — has a new report on five European cities where retirees can live large on just $ 35,000 a year or even less.Social Security is the major source of income for most older Americans, according to the Social Security Administration, with an average benefit check for retired workers of $ 1,404.If a couple brings in two checks per month, th...
The battle for Sky: Five reasons why it matters

The battle for Sky: Five reasons why it matters

Business
Powerful media firms with deep pockets are lining up to try to buy Sky.The Rupert Murdoch-controlled 21st Century Fox is in a bidding war with US media giant Comcast over the prize, with billions of pounds at stake.This is all very good news for Sky shareholders, but why else is it important?1. Sky is a big playerSky is "a jewel in a crown", says media analyst Alice Enders.The broadcaster has nearly 23 million pay-TV subscribers in Europe, with more scope for expansion there than in the US, and it has a broadband business.In February, Sky Sports won the rights to UK Premier League TV packages, and Sky also licenses shows including Game of Thrones, as well as producing its own original content.2. The impact on pricesNo matter who ...
Deprived areas 'have five times more fast food outlets'

Deprived areas 'have five times more fast food outlets'

Health
Deprived areas such as Blackpool and parts of Manchester and Liverpool have five times more fast food outlets than affluent areas, a survey suggests. The data, from Public Health England (PHE), compared levels of deprivation with numbers of takeaways such as chip shops, burger bars and pizza places. Experts say children exposed to fast food on the way home from school are more likely to eat unhealthily. PHE wants local authorities to refuse applications from new takeaways. One in three children is now overweight or obese by the age of 11.And children from poorer areas are more than twice as likely to be overweight. Adults are also affected, with research in Cambridge indicating people living closest to the largest number of fas...