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October 22, 2013
Noel Harrison British singer-actor and skier Noel Harrison, 79, the British actor-singer best known for his recording of the Academy Award-winning ballad "The Windmills of Your Mind" from the 1968 film "The Thomas Crown Affair" and for his role as secret agent Mark Slate in the 1960s TV series "The Girl from U.N.C.L.E.," has died in England. Harrison suffered a heart attack after a performance Saturday in Devon and died at a hospital, his wife, Lori Chapman, told British media Tuesday.
October 16, 2013 |
Apple Inc. has hired Burberry Chief Executive Angela Ahrendts to run its retail division, hoping her background melding technology, fashion and commerce will be the right mix to navigate the future of the stores that have been a cornerstone of its success. Although not a household name in the U.S., Ahrendts is a superstar in Britain because she led a turnaround of the revered but aging retail chain. The Midwestern native was the highest-paid CEO in Britain, where her leadership and tech savvy combined with her status as a rare female running a public company have drawn comparisons to Facebook Inc. Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg and Yahoo Inc. CEO Marissa Mayer.
October 16, 2013 |
Moss on the masthead: Model Kate Moss has a new gig -- or at least a new title -- at British Vogue, according to New York magazine' s Cut blog, which reports that she's been added to the mag's masthead with the title of contributing fashion editor. You can read Vogue's description of her role at its website , but what that actually means work wise is anybody's guess, since magazine mastheads can just as often be the repository of honorific titles and in-joke punch lines. (Rolling Stone's masthead, for example, lists artist and illustrator Ralph Steadman as contributing gardening editor.)
October 9, 2013 |
If the time ever does come when the world is revealed to be full of super-powerful mutants, it is going to be no big deal, so accustomed have we become to the idea. "The Tomorrow People," which premieres Wednesday on the CW, is just the latest of many television series to feature seemingly ordinary people whose DNA, from natural evolution or scientific alteration, has got that extra-special something: "Heroes," "Alphas," "The 400," Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. " Indeed, "The Tomorrow People" is itself a fancy reboot - - a mutation, if you will - of a cheesy British 1970s kids' show that has already been revived once, in an "international" version that ran on Nickelodeon in the '90s.
October 4, 2013 |
Within the next year, British shoppers will be able to waltz into an Ikea Corp. store, home to Malm beds and Dinera plates, and buy solar panels. But it might be a while longer before their American counterparts will be able to do the same. The Swedish home goods giant will offer photovoltaic solar panel packages in its 17 British stores within the next 10 months. The systems, from Chinese manufacturer Hanergy Solar Group, will cost roughly $9,200 for a three-bedroom home.
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October 2, 2013 |
For the third year in a row, Caltech has been ranked as the top research university in the world by the Times Higher Education magazine of Great Britain. Three other California campuses - Stanford, UC Berkeley and UCLA - also scored in the top dozen. Harvard University was tied for second with Britain's University of Oxford, followed by Stanford, MIT, Princeton, the University of Cambridge, UC Berkeley, the University of Chicago, Imperial College London, Yale and UCLA. The Times Higher Education listing emphasizes research and research reputation more strongly than some other rankings of universities.
October 1, 2013 |
It was a Scottish team with a French name racing British cars. In the 1950s and early 1960s Ecurie Ecosse (French for Team Scotland) was a small private racing team that took on some of the world's largest professional powerhouses -- and won. Now a collection of cars from this historic effort is headed to auction at the end of the year. PHOTOS: Ecurie Ecosse collection headed to auction Bonhams announced it would offer seven of the team's cars and one transport truck in a London auction Dec. 1. The collection is a "definitive representation of perhaps Britain's best-loved motor racing team," James Knight, Bonhams' group motoring director said.
September 27, 2013 |
LONDON -- Two men accused of the first terrorist killing on British soil in years pleaded not guilty Friday to murdering a young soldier who was brutally hacked to death outside his barracks in May. The attack on Fusilier Lee Rigby stunned Britons for its savagery and for the Islamist political rant delivered by one of the suspected killers, Michael Adebolajo, who held a large knife dripping with blood as an onlooker filmed his diatribe. Adebolajo, 28, declared that the slaying was retribution for the killings of Muslims in Iraq and Afghanistan at the hands of the British military.
September 18, 2013 |
Which is more exciting: Your wedding day or meeting Brad Pitt? One British bride didn't have to make that extremely difficult decision when the future Mr. Angelina Jolie dropped by her nuptials over the weekend. The actor, filming the World War II thriller "Fury" at Pinewood Studios in England, posed for a few snapshots at the wedding of Abi Lingwood, 28, at nearby Stoke Poges, an English village just northwest of London. PHOTOS: Celebrity portraits by The Times The 49-year-old actor joined the festivities after her husband, Daniel, 41, spotted him at the bar of the Stoke Park Hotel on Friday, according to the Maidenhead-Advertiser.
September 12, 2013 |
The British government of David Cameron may be on a serious austerity binge , but there's one cause they seem to be happy to fund -- exporting the country's pop music. The prime minster has announced that he's wrapping up the details of the new Music Export Growth initiative, according to Britain's Telegraph newspaper . It's designed to help replicate the international success of British artists like Adele. That singer, while signed to Columbia Records in America, is on the British indie XL (which discovered her and nurtured her career)