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Bank Manager

Disney to film tale of how Walt won Mary Poppins

The fractious relationship between Walt Disney and P L Travers, the author who created Mary Poppins but despised Hollywood's saccharine portrayal of her magical nanny, will be dramatised in a new film starring Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson.

Residents celebrate victory in campaign to bring bank back to their

When the Halifax shut its doors in the West Yorkshire town of Horbury last July, 10,000 residents were left without a bank nearby. The move caused anger among locals, especially businesses, who were forced to travel to Wakefield or Ossett, about three miles away, to visit their nearest branch.

Roger Trapp: 'Zombies are all the rage in the movies and books this

“Zombie banks” first emerged as a term in the late 1980s and came to be associated with the crisis that affected Japan in the 1990s, turning a once-thriving economy that was the envy of the world into a byword for stagnation. Now, Mark Thomas of the management consultants PA Consulting claims that the financial crisis that started in the autumn of 2008 has left behind a “zombie economy”. In his recently-published book of the same name, he states: “Even though many countries are emerging from a technical recession, the crisis has created a new class of groups and institutions which, although not completely ceasing to exist, have lost the ability to function normally.” As he explains, this means that, while these organisations do not cease to exist, they have become unable to perform the functions “that we expect of them in supporting growth of the economy.” Accordingly, zombie banks cannot lend as we need, zombie consumers cannot consume as we need and so on.

How to... get a bank loan

What's the best way to approach your bank manager for money? "The classic joke is on all fours, of course," says Steve Everhard, of the entrepreneurial advice team at the business consultants Grant Thornton.

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Wealth Check: 'I want to pay off my debts, train as a healer –

Linda Rostron, 44, works at the Houses of Parliament as a computer operator. Over the years she has built up a number of debts and wants to clear these, without giving up all her luxuries. Linda eventually hopes to train as an alternative therapist to boost her income but is finding training courses prohibitively expensive.

Game of the week - Osaifu Saver

Japanese games designers have managed to put their own unique spin on the world's economic woes with the Osaifu Wallet Saver. This touch-screen title is a mix between a traditional role-play game, a tamagotchi pocket pet and your bank manager. Simply use the stylus to set a budget, then enter each financial transaction you make – if you stay on track, expect happy characters to appear on screen to keep you entertained, but if you blow the bank, conflict will ensue. Just like real life, in fact...