Monday News: Roberta Leigh dies, Exodus banned in Egypt, Amazon Prime’s happy holiday, and eclectic cookbook
Towards the end of the 1960s, however, she became increasingly frustrated at having to deal with television companies reluctant to back new ideas, and in 1971 she rang Mills & Boon and returned to romantic fiction.
Over the next 30 years Roberta Leigh published well over 100 titles for a variety of publishers, many of them featuring strong female lead characters. In one record-breaking year, 1977, she produced 24 romances, completing one 70,000-word book in 10 days by dictating 2,500 words an hour to two secretaries. “It would be more but they can’t keep up,” she explained. She also wrote as Rachel Lindsay, Janey Scott and Rosella Lake. “Some people like to go to bed with a man,” she remarked. “I like to go to bed with a manuscript.” –Telegraph
The head of the censorship board said these included the film’s depiction of Jews as having built the Pyramids, and that an earthquake, not a miracle by Moses, caused the Red Sea to part. . . .
There have also been reports that the film is banned in Morocco.
Although the state-run Moroccan Cinema Centre (CCM) had given the film the green light, Moroccan business website Medias24.com said that officials had decided to ban the movie from being screened the day before its premiere. –BBC News
The online retailer also said that same-day delivery saw huge growth this year. Customers ordered “10 times as many items” with same-day delivery compared to 2013, but in typical Amazon fashion, we’re left without any hard numbers. The company’s quest to provide instant gratification to its customers will ramp up further in 2015, according to CEO Jeff Bezos. “We are working hard to make Prime even better and expanding the recently launched Prime Now to additional cities in 2015,” he said in a statement. -The Verge