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JILL CRAIGIE was not Britain's first woman film director - there had been several in the silent days, notably Dinah Shurey, while early talkies included films directed by Mary Field, later head of the Children's Film Foundation, and the authoress Elinor Glyn - but Craigie was the first to achieve a combination of critical acclaim, publicity and wide distribution.

OBITUARIES: Pupella Maggio

BEST REMEMBERED as the sanctimonious mother in Federico Fellini's semi-autobiographical classic Amarcord (1973), Pupella Maggio was the most illustrious surviving member of a family whose name was synonymous with Neapolitan theatre.

The Investment Column: DCC

SHARES IN DCC, the distributor of Dell computers, have drifted this year, largely because it is Irish. Investors have been afraid that the growth of the Irish economy is unsustainable and Dublin-based DCC, which also distributes oil, healthcare products and food, will suffer. Fears that the millennium bug will cause a slowdown in IT have compounded the problem.

Obituary: Edmund Dell

IT IS worth emphasising that Edmund Dell [obituary by Tam Dalyell and Robert Sheldon, 4 November] was a vigorous and far-sighted chairman of Channel 4, writes Lord Blake. I was on the board of directors from 1983 to 1986. I well remember his resentment at the channel's being a wholly owned susbidiary of IBA, and having to go cap in hand to it for funding.

The Investment Column: Rage

AS THE latest hot number to crack the fast growing market for computer games, Rage shares have undergone a substantial re-rating since early summer. Yesterday's full-year results, which saw pre-tax profits jump nearly four-fold to pounds 3.12m and sales rise 59 per cent to pounds 8.85m, justify the faith investors have put in the stock.

My Biggest Mistake: Oh Dell, why did I listen to them?

Rowan Gormley, 37, trained as an accountant with Arthur Andersen in South Africa, and came to Britain in 1987 to work for the venture capital company Electra. Five years ago, he became director of corporate development at Virgin, and set up its financial services arm, Virgin Direct. He is now its chief executive.

Cisco pays unprecedented $7bn for hi-tech US firm

CISCO SYSTEMS, the global leader in supplying router equipment for managing Internet traffic, may have come close to breaking the bank in agreeing overnight on Tuesday to pay $6.9bn in stock for Cerent, a California-based telecoms networking start-up.

Investment column: Colt rings up sales success story

COLT TELECOM may be loss-making, but its ability continually to deliver impressive customer and sales growth is almost getting boring.

Obituary: Dame Wendy Mitchell

IT WAS said of Wendy Mitchell that she was a person who gave public service a good name, while her determination in pursuing what she considered to be right - some called it obstinacy - was in reality maintenance of sound principles.

Style Police: Simplicity is the key, says JAMES SHERWOOD. Colours have gone neutral and that means bad design has nowhere to hide

We've always known fashion is a contrary old broad. She was austere as a Carmelite nun last season. Now she's kicking up her heels like a Vegas lap dancer in applique sequins, hot floral prints and wild, anything- goes colour. In short, she's as intimidating as Blanche Dubois after one too many daiquiris. This is a tough season for women who like quiet clothes.

Book Of The Week: A vital survival guide for managers

IT IS bizarre reviewing a book by one of my larger competitors. But it is difficult to refuse an early opportunity to read the scripts of a truly remarkable entrepreneur.

Football: Home improvements but no rest for Jones

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Wall Street applauds $16bn deal between Dell and IBM

DRAWING APPLAUSE from Wall Street, International Business Machines (IBM) revealed yesterday that it had reached an agreement with Dell Computer to supply it with equipment and components. The deal should be worth $16bn (pounds 10bn) over seven years, making it the largest-ever struck in the information technology sector.
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