Unfinished Orson Welles memoir found 30 years after great director's death

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Typewriter-written autobiography details Citizen Kane director’s musings on Hemingway, Rita Hayworth and DW GriffithAn unfinished memoir by Orson Welles has been discovered by archivists at the University of Michigan, more than three decades after the iconic film-maker’s death.The autobiography, titled One Man Band, explains why Welles failed to complete a number of film projects - the director is famed for his struggles with the major studio system - and details his views on his great friend (and occasional foe) Ernest ... more

Welcome to Baoding, China's most polluted city

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In February, Baoding was given the unwanted title of possessing the worst air quality in the whole of China. Jennifer Duggan pays a visit – and discovers a city desperate to reinvent itself as a pioneer of renewable energyIt is a rare blue-skied day in the city of Baoding, in north-eastern China. It’s not even that clear, but the hazy sky is as blue as it gets here. Most days, the sky is obscured by a thick blanket of smog. ... more

Live the dream in a fairytale castle – in pictures

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For £3.5m you can buy this 15th century chateau with 13 bedrooms, a caretaker’s cottage, tennis court and swimming pool Continue reading...

We will rebuild: Kent earthquake shakes Twitter into sarcasm overload

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With no reports of injuries or structural damage after 4.2-magnitude quake, the garden of England becomes ripe for ridiculeOn Friday morning the world woke up to reports of an earthquake in Kent – and their Twitter feeds stuffed full of the same jokes endlessly retweeted.There have been no reports of injuries or structural damage, so the 4.2-magnitude quake in the garden of England is ripe for ridicule.Devastation after over night #kentearthquake . Damage estimated to be around 39p. pic.twitter.com/vH6l5eLi7vApparently Kent ... more

UK budget deficit narrows after VAT and corporation tax boost

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Office for National Statistics said government borrowing was £6.8bn in April, down nearly 27% from a year earlier Britain’s public sector budget deficit narrowed more than expected in April, giving chancellor George Osborne a boost as he renews his push to fix the country’s public finances.The Office for National Statistics said public sector net borrowing, excluding state-controlled banks, totalled £6.8bn in April, down nearly 27% from a year earlier and the lowest shortfall for that month since 2008. Continue reading...