NEWS Novem­ber 2001


on 4 Novem­ber, the film adap­ta­tion of Harry Pot­ter

And The Philoso­pher’s Stone pre­miered at the odeon in Le­ices­ter Square, Lon­don. Warner bros had paid £1 mil­lion for the rights to the film in 1999, and spent $125 mil­lion cre­at­ing it. The film made a whop­ping $974.8 mil­lion dol­lars at the box of­fice worldwide, mak­ing it the sec­ond-high­est gross­ing film of all time.

Ge­orge Har­ri­son, the lead gui­tarist for The Bea­tles, passed away on 29 Novem­ber at the age of 58. It had been re­vealed that the mu­si­cian had been suf­fer­ing from can­cer ear­lier in the year, which had be­gun in the lung and spread to his brain. Har­ri­son passed at a friend’s home, and had his ashes scat­tered in the Ganges and Ya­muna rivers in In­dia fol­low­ing his cre­ma­tion.

On 30 Novem­ber, po­lice in Ren­ton, Wash­ing­ton ar­rested Gary Ridg­way for the mur­ders of four women. Ridg­way, also known as the Green River Killer, had killed an un­con­firmed num­ber of women (be­lieved to be at least 71) in the Eight­ies and Nineties. In 2003, Ridg­way agreed to a plea bar­gain that saw him con­fess to a num­ber of the mur­ders to avoid the death sen­tence. He was ul­ti­mately con­victed of 49 mur­ders and re­ceived mul­ti­ple life sen­tences with­out pa­role.

Novem­ber 2001 – With legacy for­mats wind­ing down and new ma­chines yet to hit the UK, there’s plenty to choose from if you’re PS2 owner and less for ev­ery­one else – join Nick Thorpe to find out what was on of­fer

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