April 4, 2014 |
ACHILL ISLAND, Ireland - Instead of asking if I wanted to see the dessert menu, the waiter took a surreptitious look around the restaurant and asked, sotto voce, "Do you want to go to the coziest pub in all of Ireland?" Before I could answer, he offered that Lynott's Pub, housed in an ancient stone building, had only four tables and that there would likely be a "trad session" - live traditional music - happening. It was my first night on Achill Island, Ireland's largest island, and I didn't have much of a plan.
March 12, 2014 |
Massachusetts travel outfitter Great Freedom Adventures has created a new summer tour that combines two pastimes: cycling and beer tasting, though not necessarily at the same time. The Maritime Bike and Beer Adventure Tour spends six days exploring Boston's North Shore and Cape Ann. The coastal journey begins and ends in Ipswich, about 30 miles from Boston. By day, cyclists tour sea captains' mansions, museums, galleries, marshlands and beaches in the fishing towns of Gloucester, Salem, Rockport , Newburyport and Essex.
February 13, 2014 |
If it had an ounce of buoyancy, "Girl on a Bicycle" might qualify as a diverting piffle. But Jeremy Leven's attempt at old-school romantic comedy, set in a postcard-pretty tourist's vision of Paris, is more of a foolish plod than a weightless rollick. The Euro-pudding of a premise concerns Italian tour bus driver Paolo, his German flight attendant fiancée and the title character, a French model who catches his eye as she crisscrosses the city fetchingly on two wheels. The alleged hilarity grinds into gear when Paolo accidentally hits the bicyclist with his bus, then pretends to be her husband to visit her in the hospital.
January 30, 2014 |
The only real response to a thuddingly unfunny vigilante satire like "May I Kill U" is, "Well, I hope that filmmaker got something out of his system. " Writer-director Stuart Urban's movie introduces us to bicycle cop Baz (Kevin Bishop), who doesn't have the best response to getting hit on the head by looters during 2011 riots in London: He quickly decides to start murdering transgressors, filming his deeds with his helmet-cam, then uploading the footage so he can become a death-wish social media darling.
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January 30, 2014 |
To the thieves, it was just a bicycle - an electric-powered, orange-colored bike they took from a Marina del Rey condominium complex. But what the two men stole was the joy that 12-year-old Mia Timbrello felt when she rode the three-wheeled bicycle that was given to her last April by the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Mia is nonverbal and severely autistic and has had a double organ transplant, her mother, Yolanda Rangel, told KTLA-TV Channel 5 . “Whenever she was able to ride the bike, her face lit up and she was obviously enjoying herself,” L.A. County sheriff's Det.
January 17, 2014 |
You'd think, after 125 years, that the simple bicycle wouldn't have many radical new ideas left. Well, the glacial pace of change on two wheels is a thing of the past. The 2014 models showcase at least four huge and practical changes: mountain-bike-style braking that has broken into road bikes, new and improved mountain-bike wheel sizes, built-in lighting for commuter bikes, and even extra water and tool-storage capacity for mountain bikes. It's just too bad you can't get them all on one bike.