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MOST OF the mail I receive from readers makes me wonder whether I am writing for Fortean Times rather than a great British newspaper. Recent correspondence has included photographs of a dog holding a salmon in its mouth; another with a reader standing proudly by the Jaws model in Universal Studios; yet another of a tench with two tails. And they're only the photographs. Then there are the letters.

Second Disney park for Paris

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The dream factory: Make-or-break weekend

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LIKE MANY British female film stars of the Thirties and Forties, Valerie Hobson exuded breeding and class, but she also brought to her performances a delightfully sophisticated sense of humour and a refreshing element of spunk, whether as the wise-cracking heroine of Q Planes, the resourceful double agent of The Spy in Black, the haughty Estella of Great Expectations, the shrewd widow in Kind Hearts and Coronets, or, on stage, the dignified but determined governess Anna Leonowens in The King and I.

Rank plans pounds pounds 1bn sale of video arm

RANK, THE troubled leisure group, is preparing to sell Deluxe, its video duplication business, for a figure approaching pounds 1bn.

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Welles's Evil classic restored

IN JULY 1957, Orson Welles took a break from editing his film Touch of Evil to appear on a television show in New York. When he returned to Hollywood, he found his bosses at Universal Studios had viewed his work, deemed it unacceptably avant-garde and denied him all further artistic control.

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Seen the film, get the poster

IMAGES of The Invisible Man and the Bride of Frankenstein don't sound like high art, but big money will certainly be changing hands at Christie's on 22 September when vintage posters for these films go on sale.

Pearson raises pounds 58m on sale of Spanish theme park stake

PEARSON, the Financial Times to Baywatch group, yesterday took another step towards concentrating on its key businesses when it sold its holding in a Spanish theme park for pounds 58m.
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