August 29, 2013 |
"Game of Thrones'" Viserys Targaryen may not have a crown, but he's got a country house -- one that used to be Charles Dickens' -- that he's hoping to share. Gad's Hill Place, Dickens' country home, is to be opened to the public for the first time since his death in 1870 -- in a project spearheaded by his relatives, including actor Harry Lloyd, a.k.a. Viserys Targaryen on the HBO series "Game of Thrones. " Dickens had 10 children and then the family continued to grow. Lloyd is his great-great-great grandson; his mother, Marion Dickens, is leading the effort to open Gad's Hill Place to the public. Gad's Hill Place, in Hingham, Kent, is where Dickens wrote "Great Expectations" and "A Tale of Two Cities.
June 28, 2013 |
A novelist writes of a Brazilian mega-city where the rich soar in helicopters above the traffic and the squalor. A movie depicts rogue Rio de Janeiro cops who kill and extort money from terrified slum-dwellers. A hip-hopper in the peripheral neighborhoods of Sao Paulo raps about daily life in the periferia set to the funky rhythms of samba and U.S. soul. Although the popular outrage that has spilled across Brazil this month has taken some by surprise, the cultural warning signals have been visible for a while.
March 14, 2013 |
Tennis did its best to serve up a classic dish Thursday night in the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells. But a dash of this and a pinch of that were missing. We expect plenty of spice every time Roger Federer plays Rafael Nadal. It is a legacy built on their previous 28 matches, most of them thrillers, over nearly a decade. But minus the usual paprika, Nadal still managed to slap out a 6-4, 6-2 victory. It was somewhat convincing. Also somewhat unsettling. When these two play, we expect some 7's in the score line.
December 8, 2012 |
That didn't take long. On Oct. 30, one of the presumably most powerful teams in NBA history opened its season by marching on to a Staples Center floor ringed in blinding belief. On Sunday, one of the potentially most disappointing teams in NBA history will trudge on to a Staples Center floor drenched in despairing disillusionment, It is stunning that the Lakers, once a model of smarts and stability, are both of those teams. It is equally startling that, even in Hollywood, this Looney Tunes twist would require only six weeks.
August 21, 2012 |
No matter what happens to the UCLA basketball team during a series of exhibition games in China over the next week, do not expect any finger-pointing. The players have been warned about that particular gesture - it does not sit well with the Chinese. No pointing. No whistling. And if you give someone a gift, please use both hands. "There are a bunch of rules," forward David Wear said. "It's going to be tough to remember a lot of that stuff. " With an itinerary that includes ceremonies, sightseeing and official dinners - as well as games against two colleges and a professional team - the Bruins have been thoroughly instructed on Chinese etiquette.
April 2, 2012 |
Albert Pujols has entered a season with a team defending its World Series victory. That team of great expectations finished with a losing record. The season before Pujols led the St. Louis Cardinals to last year's World Series, the team failed to make the playoffs. So do big expectations like those confronting the Angels and $240-million addition Pujols help or hurt? “You guys are the ones picking us to win,” Pujols said Monday before making his Anaheim Stadium debut against the Dodgers in the opener of the three-game Freeway Series that will move to Dodger Stadium on Tuesday and Wednesday.