25 billions euros has been pumped into Greece's top four banks in recent years. They're all majority-owned by the country's bank rescue fund. Greek bank stocks have also lost almost a third of their value this year - while equities have generally staged a recovery. Why then are U.S. billionaire investor John Paulson - and reportedly several other American hedge funds - ready to invest? Richard Hunter is Head of Equities at Hargreaves Lansdown.
It's a tough time for banks. But Spain's Santander looks like it might finally be turning a corner. It didn't quite meet forecasts but the euro zone's biggest bank nearly doubled annual profit thanks to shrinking costs of bad property loans. Richard Hunter is Head of Equities at Hargreaves Lansdown.
217 million euros is today's daily digit in Europe - the quarterly net profit for luxury brand Prada. Strong growth in Asia helped beat forecasts and strengthen its position in the luxury market where it competes with Louis Vuitton and Gucci. Sales in recession-hit Europe still managed to grow but at a slower pace than Asia, which accounts for more than a third of its business. Richard Hunter is from Hargreaves Lansdown.
A scene which almost certainly never happened, though it might have, London actress Madge Kendal (Anne Bancroft), who did in fact take an interest in John Merrick (John Hurt, title character), pays a friendly visit, with Shakespeare, in David Lynch's The Elephant Man, 1980.
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The four masters of horror are back in the return of the classic gothic thriller. In a deserted house, a desperate writer comes seeking a story.
This is the rare story of John Merrick, the Elephant Man, enslaved by his body, set free by his dream. Trapped inside the twisted, lesion-ridden grip of a terminally disfiguring disease, Merrick triumphs over his terrible affliction. It is a story of life and the affirmation of life; timeless, tragic, uplifting and heroic. Philip Anglim's exquisite portrayal of John Merrick is all the more exceptional because he does it without elaborate make-up. As Dr. Frederick Treves (Kevin Conway) describes Merrick's deformities to a lecture hall full of medical observers, Anglim contorts his body to match Treves' narrative until, finally, he achieves Merrick's crippled U-shape.
All the human spirit needs to thrive...is a chance. In one of his most legendary films, director David Lynch chronicles the intense emotional journey of a complex, lonely man and the dedicated surgeon who changed his life. John Merrick (John Hurt) was born with a horribly disfiguring congenital disease, and suffered the humiliation of being a sideshow freak. Only when London doctor Frederick Treves (Anthony Hopkins, Silence of the Lambs, Red Dragon) rescues him does Merrick begin to regain the life of dignity and respect that everyone deserves. Based on a true story, the critically acclaimed, Oscar®-nominated film has earned its place in cinematic history. Anne Bancroft, John Gielgud and Wendy Hiller lend moving performances to an already powerful story. Visually fascinating and historically relevant, Lynch has created a haunting masterpiece of compassion, beauty and ultimately, humanity.
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