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May 10, 1987
I enjoyed John Sheehan's article, "Venturing Into the U.K. Countryside" (April 26). Once visited, the countryside of Kirkcudbrightshire is never to be forgotten. He describes the summit near Loch Trool as 2,700 meters (8,600 feet). Since Britain is where the word "foot" originated, the British likely would never use metric measure to define the height of a local mountain. The highest point in the U.K. is Ben Nevis, a mountain in Scotland near the town of Fort William that measures 4,406 feet.
March 6, 2014 | By Inkoo Kang
Urbanites have plenty of reasons to fear country folk, at least in the movies. Getting away for the weekend so often turn into a showdown with masked murderers that heading out to the country seems like a game of Russian roulette. In writer-director Jeremy Lovering's exceptional British thriller "In Fear," the needy, nebbish Tom (Iain De Caestecker) rolls the dice by booking a room at a remote hotel for himself and his maybe-kinda girlfriend, Lucy (Alice Englert), to celebrate their two-week anniversary.
June 30, 1991
I would like to express my appreciation for Paul Fussell's article. I cannot tell you how many times I have tried to explain to people the type of traveling I enjoy but have never found words to express my feelings properly. For me, traveling means exposure and experiencing, and I am not concerned if some experiences are not good; not everything should be a highlight. And if I am given a choice of walking through the streets or countryside of an unfamiliar place versus seeing famous sights, my choice would be to walk the unfamiliar.
March 2, 2014 | By Richard Fausset and Richard A. Serrano
MEXICO CITY - With the arrest of Sinaloa cartel boss Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, the leadership of Mexico's largest and most sophisticated illegal drug operation has probably transferred to Ismael "El Mayo" Zambada, a 66-year-old former farmer with a knack for business - and maintaining a low profile. But Zambada is likely to discover, much as Guzman did, that inheriting the throne of top capo comes with a series of complications worthy of a Shakespearean king. Like his predecessor, Zambada is a country boy made good who hails from the badlands of Sinaloa, the traditional heart of Mexican drug-smuggling culture.
September 21, 1986
Peter Greenberg's Aug. 17 article on the resurgence of afternoon tea was informative of a new social pattern, but authenticated a common American misconception about a simple occasion called tea. High tea may sound better to someone who, quite properly, wants the best, but its only connection with tea, apart from the beverage, is that it occurs at about the same time of day, and is seldom followed by anything very substantial. It is what we would call a light supper and, in Great Britain at least, may be not that light.
April 27, 2005
Re "A Twist for an Ancient Tongue Trying to Survive," April 24: I read with some amusement your front-page article on the English language being removed from Irish road signs. My wife and I drove across Ireland, from Galway Bay to Cork and back, some four years ago. Between us, we saw about a dozen road signs, total. This profound lack of directional aid caused us to navigate by the scientific method. For example, "I hypothesize that this road here is the R590. As a test of this hypothesis, I propose that we turn left.
Mrs. Liu could have had three daughters by now. But the shame and legal costs would have been unbearable, so she gave her second daughter away at birth and aborted a third when an ultrasound scan showed that fetus, too, was female. In 1949, the Communist Party took power promising to end centuries of degradation for China's women. Yet hundreds of thousands of unwanted baby girls are abandoned, aborted and even killed each year. For poor, rural families, the choice is as stark as it is cruel.
April 30, 1989 | GEORGE ESPER, Associated Press
The war was still raging that day 15 years ago when Vietnamese nuns heard the cries of a baby boy stuffed in a garbage can and took him inside their orphanage to raise. Today, Nguyen Thanh Binh, the son of a black American who went home and a Vietnamese mother who abandoned him, shares the plight of thousands of Amerasian youths languishing in the decay of Vietnam, desperately trying to get out and find their fathers. "My circumstances are miserable," says Lam Anh Hong, 18, whose mother gave her away to a relative.
March 20, 1988 | BERND DEBUSMANN, Reuters
They are made in Ecuador, are known as Panama hats--and are rarely worn in either country. a "We are no longer annoyed by the misnomer," said Rosendo Delgado Garay, a third-generation hatter. "We have become used to it. We live with it and do our best to make people understand that Panama hats are really Montecristi hats."
June 9, 1990 | KATHIE BOZANICH, Clipboard researched by Kathie Bozanich, Dallas M. Jackson and Janice L. Jones / Los Angeles Times, Graphics by Doris Shields / Los Angeles Times
It takes but a moment to realize that this is no ordinary mini-mall. For one thing, there's that bridal gown store there, and that wedding cake in the window. And there are some tuxedoes, a photography studio, a florist. . . . A definite theme is developing. The theme is no accident. Countryside Center is as close to one-stop wedding services shopping as a mall can get. Its centerpiece is one of the largest bridal retailers in the country, Mon Amie.
September 1, 2012
Balmule House is a beautiful bed-and-breakfast on 30 acres in the Scottish countryside, 20 minutes from the Edinburgh airport. The gracious hosts are extremely helpful in planning activities as well as preparing afternoon tea or cocktails and delicious breakfasts. Eight bedrooms, from about $302 a night. Balmule House B&B, Dunfermline, Scotland; 011-44-1383-432-999, Ginny and Wylie Carlyle Irvine
June 10, 2011 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Road trips by their very nature tend to be part plan, part improvisation, part fun, part irritation. And so it is with "The Trip," starring British comic actor Steve Coogan and his frequent pranking partner, Rob Brydon. They're doing another riff on the "characters" Steve and Rob, who were responsible for most of the tongue-in-cheekiness of "Tristram Shandy: A Cock & Bull Story. " This latest bit of silliness reunites them with filmmaker Michael Winterbottom, who seems to have endless patience with their antics, having worked with them on 2005's "Tristram" and 2002's "24 Hour Party People.
May 27, 2011 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift has bought a Beverly Hills-area compound for more than $3.5 million that's, fittingly, a little bit country. On close to 1.5 acres, the three-bedroom, 31/2-bathroom main house sits behind gates at the end of a long driveway. It has a countryside vibe with dormer windows, vine-covered arbors, stone paths and wood fencing. The first-floor master suite has dual bathrooms and walk-in closets. French doors open to the grounds, which include a patio with an outdoor fireplace off the back of the house and a lighted paddle tennis court.
March 23, 2011 | By Borzou Daragahi, Los Angeles Times
The gift for his family's loyalty, service and sacrifice was an AK-47 assault rifle. Seventeen-year-old Abubakr Issa brandished the weapon with pride in the courtyard of his family's home in Bani Walid, a small tribal town about 100 miles southeast of Tripoli, the capital. Three days earlier his 37-year-old brother Fatih, a career infantryman in the Libyan armed forces, had died during an airstrike near Benghazi. "I was happy to learn my brother died because he is now a martyr," the young man said Wednesday as a multinational coalition's aircraft and missiles pounded Libyan military targets for a fifth day. "I also want to go to the front.
December 30, 2010 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Auto Europe is offering rental cars in Ireland for daily rates that start at less than the cost of a movie ticket. Pay a base rate of $7.50 a day for a weekly rental and get unlimited mileage to tour the countryside. The deal: The lowest rate covers an economy car with manual transmission and is based on a week's rental. Car-rental pickups are arranged through local suppliers at the airport, train station and other locations. When: The offer is good from Saturday through April 20 with some blackout dates.
July 18, 2010 | By Sarah Staples, Special to the Los Angeles Times
There had already been three years of failed harvests. Three straight years of weeding, planting, pruning, every day, into every night, on every weekend, with only the prospect of more work and an uncertain future, by the time Véronique Hupin and Mike Marler made the decision never to quit, no matter the cost. The tally was $200,000 and rising — far more than their life savings, which they dropped in the summer of 1999 on a tiny vineyard called Les Pervenches, near Farnham in Quebec's Eastern Townships.
August 30, 2009 | Dana Goodyear, Goodyear is a staff writer at the New Yorker. She is the author of the poetry collection "Honey and Junk."
A Village Life Poems Louise Glück Farrar, Straus and Giroux: 72 pp., $23 When I tell you that Louise Glück's "A Village Life" is a book of poems set in a quietly dying agricultural community, probably in Italy, probably some time between the 1950s and today, and that its plots -- for it works very much like a collection of linked short stories -- revolve around sexual awakening, farm work and old men gossiping in cafes, you will...
September 10, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
West African peacekeepers made their first major move into Liberia's volatile countryside and brokered a cease-fire to end the latest battle between rebels and government troops. Fighting erupted when rebels overran Kakata, 40 miles northeast of the capital, Monrovia, said Col. Theophilus Tawiah of Ghana, the peace force's chief of staff. About 650 soldiers from Guinea-Bissau arrived just outside Kakata as the two sides traded fire.
February 23, 2010 | By Ken Ellingwood
Even in normal times, Edwin Andre has all he can do to eke out a living from the corn, tomatoes and sweet potatoes he coaxes from an acre plot in northern Haiti. His wife, Roselaine Cius, peddles the produce roadside and cooks rice-and-bean plates from a stick-frame lunch shack to help support their family of eight. Suddenly, though, eight hungry mouths soared to 18 after siblings and in-laws from earthquake-ravaged Port-au-Prince fled by rattletrap bus to this sweep of farmland, a two-hour drive from the capital.
October 25, 2009 | Susan Spano
John Adams and Thomas Jefferson were American patriots, co-framers of the Declaration of Independence, our second and third presidents. Sometimes friends, sometimes rivals, they lived in tandem through our nation's difficult birth: Jefferson, the sophisticated Virginia planter, Adams, the Massachusetts yeoman farmer. What is less well-known is that they once went tooting around the English countryside together in a hired coach. David McCullough's Pulitzer Prize-winning Adams biography, the basis for last year's HBO "John Adams" miniseries, briefly mentions their trip.
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