Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the best-seller that almost never happened

Dahl’s young nephew read a draft, told him it was rubbish and so – we must assume, as it has never been found among Dahl’s otherwise meticulously kept papers – the writer threw it away. Read more »

Illustration: Quentin Blake (obviously!) 

After Michael Brown’s shooting in Ferguson, the opinion departments of Guardian US and the St Louis Post-Dispatch partnered to gather readers’ stories from around the world of being racially profiled by police. Our hope is that this sampling will help spur empathy – and then action, everywhere. 

You can read all 18 stories at Comment is free. Do you have an experience to share? Tell us using the #FergusonVoices hashtag. 

“People say things like ‘Hasn’t this summer been beautiful?’ And you think to yourself that it looked nice through the slit of your cubicle wall.” Why can’t adults just enjoy summer? 
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People say things like ‘Hasn’t this summer been beautiful?’ And you think to yourself that it looked nice through the slit of your cubicle wall.” Why can’t adults just enjoy summer? 

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Have you ever looked at your CEO like this? After a bitter family battle, Market Basket executive Arthur T Demoulas is buying the supermarket chain and being greeted like a rock star. Now comes the hard part. 
Market Basket’s popular CEO goes rogue and wins – now what?

Have you ever looked at your CEO like this? After a bitter family battle, Market Basket executive Arthur T Demoulas is buying the supermarket chain and being greeted like a rock star. Now comes the hard part.

Market Basket’s popular CEO goes rogue and wins – now what?

Experts say a giant panda previously thought to be pregnant may have been more focused on food than giving birth.

“[pregnant pandas] receive more buns, fruits and bamboo, so some have used this to their advantage to improve their quality of life”

Pandering to the crowd » 

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Disney is exploring how it could use drones to suspend and control its characters in the air. 

A patent application shows how traditional displays could be swapped for drone light displays and animated puppets. 

It’s a bird … it’s a plane … it’s an enormous Mickey

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More people have access to mobile phones than to bog-standard sanitation around the world.

The numbers are actually quite close – both are around the 4.5bn mark. But the implications are clear: we value a text, a tweet over one of our most basic sanitary needs: the loo. 


"There’s no way around this: The November Man is asinine. It is not without its pleasures – if you like seeing people get hit in the face with shovels, that is – but it might be the most irresponsibly dumb spy thriller I’ve seen in some time.”

Our critic is just getting started. Read his full takedown of Pierce Brosnan’s latest film here.
Photo: Aleksandar Letic/AP


"There’s no way around this: The November Man is asinine. It is not without its pleasures – if you like seeing people get hit in the face with shovels, that is – but it might be the most irresponsibly dumb spy thriller I’ve seen in some time.”

Our critic is just getting started. Read his full takedown of Pierce Brosnan’s latest film here.

Photo: Aleksandar Letic/AP

“To know what we’re getting into, we need information that keeps up with the constantly shifting realities across the most dangerous areas of Syria and Iraq. We need people like James Foley, and now that he’s gone his value seems incalculable.”
George Packer on James Foley. (via newyorker)

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