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JK Rowling to write new film set in Harry Potter universe

Harry Potter creator JK Rowling is returning to the silver screen — and fans of the boy wizard are thrilled to hear she's making a return to the wizarding world for a new film about monster-hunting.

Forbes Billionaire's list: the European factor

The continent has become the lifestyle hub of the global economy.
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European wealth, its all about lifestyle and fashion as Europe's richest man, LVMH chairman Bernard Arnault can attest. That's him in the suit at a recent fashion show in Paris. (Pascal Le Segretain/AFP/Getty Images)

The Forbes annual billionaire list may be no more than a conversation starter, but what it says about Europe is clear. This is not a place where industrialists or inventors, people who build traditional businesses, become super-rich.

Instead, it is the place where aggregators and creators of retail experiences prosper. Europe's two billionaires in the top five are France's Bernard Arnault, chairman of luxury goods firm, LVMH, worth $41 billion, and Spain's Amancio Ortega owner of the global retail outlet Zara, worth $37.5 billion.

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The other Europeans in the top ten are Sweden's Stefan Persson, chairman of cheap chic clothing chain H & M, and Germany's Karl Albrecht, whose Aldi chain of discount supermarket operates on both sides of the Atlantic.


Euro zone crisis and celebritology - twin pillars of modern European life

Merkel continues to risk survival of euro with inflexible attitude while at a London hearing JK Rowling risks the survival of the tabloids with her heart-rending testimony.
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After a hard day testifying about tabloid intrusion into her personal life, Sienna Miller was on the red carpet at a fashion event in Paris. (Pascal Le Segretain/AFP/Getty Images)

I really do wish there was something else to blog about besides the euro crisis - and I have a few links to another story below - but really, what else is there to write about if you live in Europa?
And if you want to have a sense of what life must have been like in the latest 1920's and early 1930's following the floundering of Europe's leaders is the best way to achieve it.


Berlusconi's classical tragicomedy

The Italian Prime Minister's resignation with strings attached would be funny if it wasn't a tragedy for Italy,
Silvio Berlusconi: is he peering into the future in this photo taken earlier this year? (FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images)
Berlusconi says he will resign ... but not just yet.
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