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Letter: Urban myths

Sir: It is eloquent testimony to the deep-rooted intolerance and high handedness of many urban people towards their rural fellow-citizens that, in his unpleasant and insulting letter (3 November), Michael Burgess is able to write, without any apparent hint of irony: "The countryside is for everybody, not just those few who live in it. The vast majority of people live and work in towns and have huge respect for rural areas."

Euro Disney to raise Fr4bn for new park

EURO DISNEY, the company that runs Disneyland Paris, yesterday announced it would sell shares and take out a loan to finance a new 4bn French francs (pounds 388.7m) theme park that the company plans to build on the same site as the original park at Marne-la-Vallee, east of Paris.

New park planned for Paris by Euro Disney

EURO DISNEY, the company that runs Disneyland Paris, is preparing to carry out another capital restructuring to raise money to finance a second, pounds 480m theme park.

The Guillotine: Twentieth-Century Classics That Won't Last No 33: Walt Disney

During the 1940s and 1950s, when each of his full-length cartoons was an event anticipated for months even years ahead, and not the annual, so-it's-that-time-of-year-again occurrence they have since become, it was Walt Disney's vocation to prepare children for grown-up movies just as banks routinely offer them junior-scale accounts in the hope that they will grow up into good little capitalists. As an artist, which he was (animated cel by cel, a cartoon like Pinocchio or Bambi would take several years to complete), Disney was universally admired, and absolutely no stigma attached to his name. In those days no one had heard of cultural imperialism. No one took sides for Carlo Collodi's Pinocchio against Disney's or for Disney's Bambi against Felix Salten's.

Travel: A summer guide to Europe's theme parks - No 6: Parc Asterix

Parc Asterix, France's riposte to Disneyland - which is based on the adventures of their very own national cartoon hero - is 35 kilometres north of Paris. It attracts 2 million visitors a year and is France's third most popular theme park. An excellent alternative to families who have already visited Disney, and more fun.

A SUMMER GUIDE TO EUROPE'S THEME PARKS NO 5: EFTELING, HOLLAND

One in five of the Dutch population visits Efteling every year - since opening in 1952 it has come to be regarded as one of the Netherlands' institutions.

Smart Moves: Grads seek careers by CD-Rom

A FEW years ago the atmosphere among job-hunting undergraduates was one of doom and gloom. The "milk round", with larger companies offering graduate training schemes, appeared to be the only hope of a career, rather than just a job.

Game over for blood and gore

FORGET A Time To Kill and Resident Evil. Stop worrying about your child wanting to play Splatterball: its days are doomed. The future of computer games, according to one of the industry's most youthful innovators, is not about murderous mayhem. The next generation of games will be an intellectually stimulating combination of chess and war games. Strategy will be their chief attraction - and there won't be a gun in sight.

Enigma code breakers' centre to be a computer theme park

THE CRYPTOLOGISTS who pored over Nazi Enigma codes there may blanch at the prospect but Bletchley Park, the government intelligence centre where their work is said to have shortened the Second World War, seems likely to become a computer technology theme park.

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Humour without the sting

IN THE world of Chris Orr, all is not what it seems. A hasty glance tends to conjure up a misleading image of a nostalgic England of the Fifties: all innocence, bright picture-book colours and smiling, happy families.

Second Disney park for Paris

DISNEYLAND Paris is expected soon to build a second theme park - similar to Universal Studios' park in Florida. Plans for a pounds 450m movie theme park have been tabled by Euro Disney and a favourable decision is expected shortly by local councils east of Paris.

Police say Disney hid evidence of fatal accident

THE VIOLENT death of a tourist at Disneyland is never going to be good publicity. That might explain why officials at the southern California theme park have been oozing reassurance ever since a metal cleat flew out of a wall on Christmas Eve and hit two visitors from Washington state in the head, killing one and seriously injuring the other.

British visitors boost Euro Disney

EURO DISNEY said yesterday it had boosted profits by 50 per cent in the year to September as the number of British visitors to the theme park jumped by a fifth. The company said British families were attracted by a successful television advertising campaign and themed events. Visitors from the UK now make up 16 per cent of Euro Disney's customers.

Pearson sells off leisure arms for pounds 350m

MADAME TUSSAUD'S and its related amusement park business will announce today that it has been sold by Pearson for around pounds 350m to Charterhouse Development Capital.
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