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July 9, 2010 | By Rosemary McClure
THE BEST WAY TO EDINBURGH From LAX, connecting service (change of planes) is offered on British, Continental, Lufthansa, KLM, or on United, Air New Zealand, British, Virgin Atlantic connecting to British Midland. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $920. TELEPHONES To call these numbers from the U.S., dial 011 (international dialing code), 44 (country code for Britain) and the regional code and local number. WHERE TO STAY Gleneagles Hotel, Auchterarder, Perthshire; (866)
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March 17, 2014 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Clarissa Dickson Wright, the star of BBC's "Two Fat Ladies," has died. Christened Clarissa Theresa Philomena Aileen Mary Josephine Agnes Elsie Trilby Louise Esmerelda Dickson Wright, the television cook and author passed away Saturday in Edinburgh, Scotland, at 66 of an undisclosed illness. Her television partner, Jennifer Paterson, the other Fat Lady, died of lung cancer in 1999 at 71 during the production of the series' fourth season. Neither woman was the sort to trade a long life for one poor in cream, butter or animal fat. Wright, who was also a guilded butcher and accredited cricket umpire, began her adult life as England's youngest barrister.
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ENTERTAINMENT
January 2, 2011 | By Paula L. Woods, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The Charming Quirks of Others An Isabel Dalhousie Novel Alexander McCall Smith Pantheon: 256 pp., $24.95 When writing or reading mysteries, my touchstone has always been a quote by early 20th century novelist Charles Chesnutt: "The greatest mystery is the human heart. " And while some would argue that there must be a vicious crime (the more heinous the better) to enliven a mystery, Alexander McCall Smith's No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series and other contemporary cozies have proved that crimes need not be punishable by death to provide a satisfying read.
WORLD
October 15, 2013 | By Henry Chu
LONDON - Nature has apparently decided that Britain cannot handle two celebrity births in rapid succession, with zookeepers in Scotland announcing Tuesday that their prized female panda is no longer expecting. Ten-year-old Tian Tian had been under close observation in her enclosure at the Edinburgh Zoo since August, when she began exhibiting signs of a possible pregnancy . An expert in panda midwifery flew over from China; the bear's handlers tensely awaited signs of labor, and Brits who had barely recovered from the arrival of Prince William's son girded themselves for another hyped birth.
WORLD
February 16, 2012 | By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times
The date for a referendum hasn't even been set. But Prime Minister David Cameron made an impassioned appeal directly to the Scottish people Thursday to keep Britain intact, imploring them to vote no on the question of whether Scotland should become an independent country. "Of course Scotland could govern itself. So could England," Cameron declared in Edinburgh, the Scottish capital. "My point is that we do it so much better together. " In a dog-eat-dog world, he said, the Scots would be better off remaining joined to England, Wales and Northern Ireland under the shelter of collective British diplomatic, military and economic might.
TRAVEL
April 21, 1991
In his fine article, James Hill refers to rail as being the crowning achievement of Victorian England but laments "British trains today lumber along, and the service is nonchalant at best." For the last 16 years, Intercity High Speed trains have been "lumbering along" at speeds up to 125 m.p.h. between London and Edinburgh, Bath and Bristol, to name just a few cities. And in May, British Rail will introduce the newest generation of high-speed trains on the London-to-Edinburgh route.
NEWS
December 26, 1987 | Associated Press
Two young Scotsmen were killed while skiing on a slope near Val d'Isere in the area's first ski fatalities of the season, police said. The victims, identified Thursday as Alan Webb and Stephan Bottrill, both 18, of Edinburgh, were fatally injured when they skied over a rock barrier and fell about 700 feet.
TRAVEL
June 14, 1987 | RONALD B. TAYLOR, Times Staff Writer
A picture-post card sunset on the stormy Northumberland coast: Bamburgh Castle's brooding towers jutting up from the rocky headland, a stark silhouette against the fire-gold sky and threatening clouds. In the dramatic twilight, fishing trawlers make their way toward this tiny port on the British coast, great flocks of sea gulls wheeling in their wake. On the darkening skyline to the east are the Farne Islands and the North Sea.
TRAVEL
October 22, 1989
Barbara Malone's article ("It's the Finest Choir Music You've Never Heard," Oct. 15) gave me shivers and goose pimples as I reminisced about similar experiences in Britain's great cathedrals. Visitors can also hear fine music at lunchtime in many such venues, especially during summer when visiting choirs from other countries give recitals. Last summer, the San Louis Obispo Vocal Arts Ensemble was one such choir singing in St. Giles (Edinburgh), Ripon, Norwich, Lincoln, Ely and Durham cathedrals.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 12, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
TORONTO -- How far would you walk for a fun screening? Would you walk 500 miles? And if you were told you were only halfway there, would you walk 500 more?   I know, I know, too easy. But it's an appropriate question to ask for "Sunshine on Leith. " The Scottish musical is a set of interconnected love stories based on the music of the Proclaimers. And given how enjoyably airy it is, people have been lining up to see it, if not pounding the pavement until they start havering. The Toronto International Film Festival can be a place of rigorous drama, where even the comedies come with a spoonful of vinegar.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 12, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
TORONTO -- How far would you walk for a fun screening? Would you walk 500 miles? And if you were told you were only halfway there, would you walk 500 more?   I know, I know, too easy. But it's an appropriate question to ask for "Sunshine on Leith. " The Scottish musical is a set of interconnected love stories based on the music of the Proclaimers. And given how enjoyably airy it is, people have been lining up to see it, if not pounding the pavement until they start havering. The Toronto International Film Festival can be a place of rigorous drama, where even the comedies come with a spoonful of vinegar.
TRAVEL
September 1, 2013 | By Kari Howard
WIGTOWN, Scotland - "You're on the road to nowhere. " The roads were getting narrower and narrower on the drive through southwestern Scotland. We had left behind the divided highway outside Glasgow, and then, somewhere near the towns with signs saying "Haste Ye Back," had lost the painted line down the middle of the two-lane road. For a few miles now, we had been on a one-track road, the kind where you must back up to the last lay-by if you meet a car coming from the other direction.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 20, 2013 | By Jenny Hendrix
An unpublished manuscript by the 19th century Scottish poet William Topaz McGonagall is up for auction at Bonham's this spring, and is expected to fetch something in the neighborhood of $4,600, according to the Guardian. This price is not despite its notable badness, but exactly because of it:  McGonagall, born in 1825 in Edinburgh, is widely considered to be the world's worst poet. The achievement, if one can call it that, has kept McGonagall's work in print over a century after his death, even as his more talented (not to mention mediocre)
ENTERTAINMENT
August 9, 2012 | By David Ng
An airport in Edinburgh, Scotland, has reversed its decision to cover up portions of an art poster that depicts Pablo Picasso's painting "Nude Woman in a Red Armchair. " The poster appeared at the airport as part of an advertisement for the show "Picasso and Modern British Art," which is running at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. Following a handful of complaints from travelers, the airport decided to cover up the image with a white sheet, according to a report in the Edinburgh Evening News.
WORLD
February 16, 2012 | By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times
The date for a referendum hasn't even been set. But Prime Minister David Cameron made an impassioned appeal directly to the Scottish people Thursday to keep Britain intact, imploring them to vote no on the question of whether Scotland should become an independent country. "Of course Scotland could govern itself. So could England," Cameron declared in Edinburgh, the Scottish capital. "My point is that we do it so much better together. " In a dog-eat-dog world, he said, the Scots would be better off remaining joined to England, Wales and Northern Ireland under the shelter of collective British diplomatic, military and economic might.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 2, 2011 | By Paula L. Woods, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The Charming Quirks of Others An Isabel Dalhousie Novel Alexander McCall Smith Pantheon: 256 pp., $24.95 When writing or reading mysteries, my touchstone has always been a quote by early 20th century novelist Charles Chesnutt: "The greatest mystery is the human heart. " And while some would argue that there must be a vicious crime (the more heinous the better) to enliven a mystery, Alexander McCall Smith's No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series and other contemporary cozies have proved that crimes need not be punishable by death to provide a satisfying read.
NEWS
November 16, 1986 | Associated Press
Rudolf Schock, one of postwar Germany's best-known opera singers who also performed frequently abroad, died Thursday at the age of 71, a police spokesman said. A son-in-law found the tenor singer's body in his Dueren home, said the spokesman. Born in Duisburg on Sept. 4, 1915, Schock made his debut at age 18 with the opera house of that Ruhr Valley city.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 22, 1985 | HOWARD ROSENBERG
Recalling London. . . . The BBC Sports publicity man said I'd be making a mistake passing up a media junket to Edinburgh. "Everyone who is anyone will be there," Peter Lorenzo promised. The junket had two purposes. First was to promote the BBC's telecast of this summer's Royal Gala Performance in Edinburgh, a posh bash to be attended by the queen and designed to raise money for the 1986 Commonwealth Games in Scotland (also to be telecast by the BBC).
TRAVEL
July 9, 2010 | By Rosemary McClure
THE BEST WAY TO EDINBURGH From LAX, connecting service (change of planes) is offered on British, Continental, Lufthansa, KLM, or on United, Air New Zealand, British, Virgin Atlantic connecting to British Midland. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $920. TELEPHONES To call these numbers from the U.S., dial 011 (international dialing code), 44 (country code for Britain) and the regional code and local number. WHERE TO STAY Gleneagles Hotel, Auchterarder, Perthshire; (866)
TRAVEL
March 1, 2009 | Susan Spano
Standing in the rain atop Calton Hill, I could see the icy blue Firth of Forth. When the wind tried to grab my coat, I spun around and found the tapestry of Edinburgh at my feet. Built up solidly now between city and bay, it isn't the town I dreamed of as a girl. But when I looked through my mind's eye, I could see the capital of the wild, green kingdom that 17-year-old Mary Stuart inherited from her father, King James V of Scotland.
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