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April 20, 2007 | Chuck Culpepper, Special to The Times
If Los Angeles could hear the lavish grousing about the London 2012 Summer Olympics even five years out, it might find a new four-letter word for Saturday's narrow Olympic bid loss to Chicago. Whew. Thanks for not choosing us! Wait, if you think about it, we won! London "won" in an upset over Paris in July 2005, and the 21 ensuing months have brought some fine fare from the country that's the best in the world at looking in the mirror and locating tough assessments.
April 4, 2007 | From the Associated Press
The Brooklyn Academy of Music is teaming up with London's Old Vic theater company and Academy Award-winning director Sam Mendes to produce two plays a year that will run at both theaters. The three-year venture, known as the Bridge Project, will start in 2008, when Mendes will direct a double bill of "Hamlet" and "The Tempest" featuring a cast of American and British actors. The shows will play in Brooklyn from January to March and in London through May and June.
March 23, 2007 | Janet Stobart and Kim Murphy, Times Staff Writers
Three men were arrested Thursday in connection with the July 2005 explosions on the London transport system that marked suicide terrorism's deadly debut in Western Europe. British police did not say what role the men were believed to have played in the bombings, which killed 52 people. Officials described the arrests as part of a "painstaking investigation" aimed at learning the true scope of the attack plot.
February 25, 2007
What: Kensington Roof Gardens Where: 99 Kensington High St. Why take the detour: The clamor on one of London's most vibrant thoroughfares may seem a million miles from the calm of the countryside, but Kensington High Street visitors need only look up for a pastoral respite. About 100 feet above the urban fray, the Roof Gardens are a 1.5-acre idyll of flamingos, exotic plant life and dozens of 60-year-old trees -- some more than 40 feet tall.
January 30, 2007 | From Reuters
London theaters, boosted by a string of hit musicals, enjoyed a record year in 2006 with ticket sales breaking the $780-million mark for the first time, according to figures released Monday. After suffering a difficult start to the year with the industry hit by the aftereffects of the July 2005 London suicide bombings, the theater industry made a striking recovery to finish with box-office sales at a new high.
January 28, 2007 | Susan Lendroth, Special to The Times
COME July, Tour de France cyclists will start out by whizzing past -- Big Ben? For the first time in its history, the granddaddy of all cycling races will begin in London. The Grand Depart -- the name of the first three events -- will begin July 6 with an opening ceremony in Trafalgar Square, the start of three weeks of cycling frenzy in Europe. Every three or four years, the tour starts outside France, and countries bid for the privilege of hosting it.
January 26, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Organizers of London Fashion Week said Thursday they would not ban ultra-thin models from the catwalk, but stressed they had asked designers to use only "healthy" people in their shows. The British Fashion Council said barring stick-thin models -- as fashion weeks in Madrid and Milan have done -- "is neither desirable nor enforceable."
January 20, 2007 | Kim Murphy and Janet Stobart, Times Staff Writers
The black-and-white images are jerky and hard to make out, but a man can be seen standing on the Northern Line subway as it heads toward central London. He is carrying a large backpack and wearing a hooded shirt with the words "New York" written across the front. Minutes later, the man turns so that his pack is wedged next to a young mother and her baby carriage.
January 16, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Six men plotted to kill subway and bus passengers with bombs made from hydrogen peroxide and flour, two weeks after suicide bombers killed 52 commuters here, a British prosecutor told a jury Monday. No one was killed in the attempted bombings of three subway trains and a bus on July 21, 2005, because the devices failed to explode. "We say that the failure of these bombs to explode owed nothing to the intentions of the defendants.
January 4, 2007
Since 1485, the yeoman warders patrolling the Tower of London have been men. But officials said a woman was about to break into the ranks at the royal fortress. The woman who will join the blue-and-red-uniformed warders, also known as beefeaters, was not identified but is a member of the military, as are the 35 others with whom she will serve, spokeswoman Natasha Woollard said. The woman warder is to replace a retiree in late summer.
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