November 21, 2013 |
London is not a bicycle haven like Copenhagen or Amsterdam. But it has gone for cycling in a big way, especially since electing cycling advocate Boris Johnson mayor in 2008. Now the city is reeling over the death of six cyclists in the last two weeks (and 14 this year), and the public debate over the issue in the British media and online bears some resemblance to the arguments heard in California as urban cycling becomes more common: Are trucks the primary culprit? To what degree should cyclists bear any blame?
November 20, 2013 |
This summer, London will be invaded by dozens of book benches. Is this urban trend exportable? Like the cow parade that started in Sweden, which landed in Chicago and went to two dozen countries, or artist Luke Jerram's 37-city piano installation Play Me I'm Yours , is the book bench poised to catch on? Could it happen here? In Britain, the plan is to have dozens of book benches on display during the summer of 2014. Artists are being commissioned to design benches as open books.
November 15, 2013 |
Explore London's springtime cultural scene with arts writer Barbara Isenberg, who is hosting her 29th annual theater and art tour. Her eight-day tour includes behind-the-scenes visits to theaters and museums as well as meetings with actors, critics and others. Tour participants will enjoy six top theatrical productions, including the Olivier-winning “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,” guided visits to museums and a day in the country. Highlights include Tate Modern 's major exhibition, “Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs,” the home and gardens of Uppark Country House , the Chichester Festival Theatre , a launch pad for many London and Broadway hits, full English tea and an insider's look at Britain, including a special tour of Parliament.
November 10, 2013 |
Defending champion Novak Djokovic set up an enticing final against Rafael Nadal with a 6-3, 6-3 victory Sunday over Stanislas Wawrinka at the ATP World Tour Finals in London. Nadal ended Roger Federer's hopes of finishing a disappointing season on a high note, defeating the six-time champion, 7-5, 6-3, in the other semifinal. Unbeaten in his round-robin matches this week, the second-seeded Djokovic extended his winning streak to 21 matches since losing in the U.S. Open final to Nadal.
November 10, 2013 |
Are you tired of having airport security screeners toss away your bottles of water, shampoo or lotion? Change is on the way in some parts of the world. Battelle, a nonprofit research and development organization in Ohio, has built a screening device that London's Heathrow Airport began installing last week to test liquids carried by passengers onto planes. Heathrow Airport screeners will begin using the device in January, when the European Union will start allowing some liquids, aerosols and gels onto planes under a phased timetable.
November 1, 2013 |
The first race of the two-day Breeders' Cup card at Santa Anita was run at a little-raced distance but finished with a predictable outcome. Mike Smith guided London Bridge over the 1 3/4 miles to win his record 18th Breeders' Cup race. A race that long is rarely run in the United States so it gathered a lot of 1 1/8 mile horses and asked them to stretch out to 14 furlongs. In other words, the first half of the race is an exercise in watching paint dry. London Bridge came from 8th at the mile to win by a length.
November 1, 2013 |
Part of the Bay Area will transform itself into Victorian London for five weekends in November and December with the return of the Great Dickens Christmas Fair & Victorian Holiday Party. This 35-year Bay Area tradition gets underway Nov. 23 at the Cow Palace in Daly City. It continues from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 22. It's also open Nov. 29, the Friday after Thanksgiving. More than 3 acres will be transformed into London circa 1865. As visitors make their way down narrow streets and alleys, they'll encounter carolers and street performers, perhaps seeing chimney sweeps or Charles Dickens' Tiny Tim and even Queen Victoria.
November 1, 2013
Here's an $839 round-trip fare, including all taxes and fees, to London from LAX, but you'll have to purchase it by Nov. 11 and depart this month. The Air New Zealand fare is subject to availability; you must stay at least seven days but not more than 12 months. Departures are Mondays through Fridays until Nov. 30; holiday blackouts apply. Info: Air New Zealand , (800) 262-1234. Source: Airfarewatchdog.com
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October 26, 2013
Mary Finch Hoyt Press secretary to Rosalynn Carter Mary Finch Hoyt, 89, White House press secretary to former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, died Oct. 17 in Washington, according to Carter's spokeswoman Deanna Congileo. She had cancer, the Washington Post reported, citing her family. Carter said that Hoyt was a "trusted adviser and loyal friend who served the nation with honor and distinction. " During the 1968 presidential campaign, Hoyt served as press secretary to Jane Muskie, wife of Democratic vice-presidential candidate Edmund Muskie, and in 1972, she served in the same role for Eleanor McGovern, wife of Democratic presidential nominee George McGovern.
October 24, 2013 |
By 1980, John Landis had a string of successes under his belt - including "The Kentucky Fried Movie," "Animal House" and "The Blues Brothers" - but the writer-director had long been unable to get his script for "An American Werewolf in London" off the ground. Landis had written the script in 1969 as a teenager. The screenplay earned him a number of writing jobs in the ensuing years, Landis recalled this week, but "everyone, literally unanimously, had the same response, which was either 'this is too funny to be frightening' or 'this is too frightening to be funny.' And I kept saying, 'it's both.'" Finally, Universal, home to many horror classics, released the $10-million picture in 1981, and it took in more than $30 million at the domestic box office (about $86 million in today's dollars)