Little more than five years ago Baugur was unknown in Britain. The Reykjavik business grew out of an Icelandic supermarket chain set up in 1989 and controlled by Jon Asgeir Johannesson and his father Johannes Jonsson. The group burst on to the UK corporate scene in 2001 when it acquired a 20% stake in the then much larger Top Shop group Arcadia. It eventually lost out to Philip Green in a battle for control, but has been a key UK retail investor ever since, usually buying stakes in unfashionable and underperforming chains where few others can see value. … [Read more...] about Viking invaders return undefeated to Britain’s financial territory
This month Waititi became the first Maori film-maker to win an Academy award. He is currently working on a football comedy, Next Goal Wins, about the true story of American Samoa’s attempt to qualify for the 2014 World Cup. … [Read more...] about ‘Taika Naptiti’: director Waititi endorses Twitter thread paying homage to his snoozing
7 Head back to the footbridge and Rushley by leaving the National Trust visitor facilities at Ilam Hall, either the way you came or bearing left out of the courtyard and through the black metal gate alongside the path to the car park, heading diagonally across the field. On reaching a farm track by the wooded area, follow this towards the river. At Rushley, turn right along the road and cross the river by Rushley bridge. Pass through a stile in the left wall and follow the path that leads to Castern Hall across the fields and up a hill that runs parallel to a farm road. … [Read more...] about A walk with views over Manifold Valley, Staffordshire
First came the predictable news that rival Warner Bros was planning its own series of linked superhero movies based on its rights to the DC Comics back catalogue (famous for Batman, Superman, the Justice League and so on). Then Sony announced doomed proposals to exploit its limited rights to Spider-Man by pushing for films based on related characters such as Venom and the Sinister Six team of supervillains. Twentieth Century Fox was at one point expected to follow suit with a run of movies based on individual X-Men characters, but at the moment seems happy putting out the odd Wolverine episode in among its series of films about the ongoing mutant battle between Professor X and Magneto. … [Read more...] about Who I gotta call to stop the Ghostbusters universe expanding?
This sequel gets Marvel out of the corner it had painted itself into with its previous cycle of superhero movies, up to Avengers Assemble, which detailed the formation of Shield. Effectively a high-tech, first-world security council with no democratic oversight, Shield was starting to look rather sinister in the post-Edward Snowden landscape. In Star Wars terms, it's the Empire, not the Rebel Alliance. This movie's masterstroke is to flip the equation and bring the whole enterprise into question. … [Read more...] about Captain America: The Winter Soldier – first look review