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PBS pretty much invented smarty-pants television, and it's still the best place to find shows that are both entertaining and literate, with story lines that will allow you to drop bits of fascinating knowledge about, say, Charles Dickens or Anthony Trollope into any conversation. Throw in a little murder and it's the best of both worlds, and nothing mixes up the higher mind and the baser nature better than the "Inspector Lewis" series, which returns to "Masterpiece Mystery!" on Sunday night.
January 10, 2014 | By Nardine Saad
Emma Watson has spellbound another one: The "Harry Potter" star reportedly has a new man. "The Bling Ring" actress, 23, has been spotted smooching and canoodling with Oxford University rugby player Matt Janney while they were vacationing in the Caribbean on Monday. The new romance apparates just as news broke this week that she and former colleague Will Adamowicz called it quits over the summer. PHOTOS: 50 most beautiful female celebrities "They didn't have a care in the world.
May 1, 2011 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
"The past is never dead. It's not even past," William Faulkner wrote in 1951, two years after winning the Nobel Prize for literature. It's one of his best-known lines, but I don't think I ever truly understood it until I came to Oxford. For more than three decades, since I first read "As I Lay Dying" as a high school senior, I regarded such a sentiment as a key to Faulkner's writing — which continues to resonate because it comes drenched in history, in the interplay of the past and present, the bitter weight of heritage, the understanding that we cannot be cut free of our roots — without quite realizing that it was also a key to his life . Without quite realizing, in other words, the extent to which it has to do with Oxford, the college town 85 miles southeast of Memphis where Faulkner was raised and where he lived and died and where he is buried, and where, beginning with his third novel, "Sartoris" (1929)
December 12, 2013 | Meghan Daum
Taking photos of ourselves is the signature act of our times. We know this not because the president snapped one with world leaders at Nelson Mandela's memorial service Tuesday, but because "selfie" is the Oxford English Dictionary's Word of the Year. And as you may read more than once in the weeks since the Nov. 19 announcement, this is a sign of the apocalypse. Just about every blogger, columnist and style reporter has deemed selfie-mania a pernicious outgrowth of the era's unparalleled narcissism.
May 7, 1992 | ANNE KLARNER
Did Shakespeare write "Hamlet" and the other plays? Or was it really Edward DeVere, earl of Oxford? Does it even matter? According to playwright Jerry Fey, six years ago it mattered so much to a woman that she offered a prize for a play proving that DeVere was the true Bard. So Fey wrote "Oxford's Will." Fey didn't win, but he took a liking to the subject and worked on rewriting the play. Saturday at 8 p.m., it will be premiered at the Colony Studio Theatre.
April 19, 1987 | TRACY DODDS, Times Staff Writer
The flags of the United States, Great Britain and Japan were flying from the boathouse on Ballona Creek in Marina del Rey Saturday afternoon when the Bruin heavyweight varsity eight finished ahead of Oxford and Keio University to win the fourth annual UCLA Crew Classic. Perhaps the flag of Poland should have been flying, too. Zenon Babraj, UCLA's first-year coach, was a three-time national champion in Poland.
April 6, 1986 | PAUL DEAN, Times Staff Writer
The Boat Race. Oxford versus Cambridge. Close to two tons of young manpower rowing a pair of featherweight shells along four miles of London's River Thames from Putney Steps to the Watney brewery at Mortlake. The annual Boat Race is a 157-year-old bit of Britain and a public tradition honored by a title that's clearly more declarative than generic. The Boat Race. That puts it alongside other cardinal picnics for British sports. The Cup Final. The Test Matches. Wimbledon.
Several years ago Monty Python alumnus Michael Palin came across the diaries of his great-grandfather, an Oxford don, and they inspired his charming and understated "American Friends" (at the Sunset 5). It probably shouldn't be taken as a factual account of his ancestor's life, yet leaves us wishing that it were--so stunning is the film's ending.
April 5, 2009 | John Lee
I'm inching through the crowds for a front-row view of the frothy, chocolate-colored River Thames, near London's handsome old Hammersmith Bridge. With takeout beer and wine flowing freely, there's a party atmosphere despite the wind-whipped chill. The stretch of riverbank, which rarely sees more than a few dog walkers, today is filled with spectators decked out in light and dark blue scarves representing a centuries-old rivalry.
May 26, 1985 | JERRY HULSE, Times Travel Editor
Get out the pad and pencil, we've completed another chapter in our lineup of the world's leading little hotels. Besides Denver, we've covered New York, Chicago, New Orleans, San Francisco, Honolulu, Tokyo, London, Paris, Vienna, Rome and Copenhagen, among others. And while Denver doesn't possess the number of small hotels we've discovered in other cities, it offers a couple of unusual properties that match some of the best of the rest. Namely there is the Oxford, and it is a gem.
November 19, 2013 | By Andrea Chang
"GIF" was so last year. Oxford Dictionaries has released its 2013 word of the year, and, like last year, it has gone with a tech-savvy term: "selfie. " The formal definition of the word, for those of you not familiar with social media and/or narcissism, is a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically using a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website. For an example of a selfie, check out Kim Kardashian's swimsuit version . In a blog post announcing the decision, Oxford Dictionaries called "selfie" the "runaway winner.
October 17, 2013 | By Deborah Netburn, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
The Himalayan yeti - or some version of that mythical creature - may be a relative of an ancient polar bear, according to new research by a University of Oxford geneticist. Bryan Sykes, a human geneticist at Oxford, analyzed the hairs from two alleged yetis, one that came from an unknown animal mummy in the western Himalayan region of Ladakh and the other from an animal discovered 10 years ago in Bhutan. Sykes sequenced the DNA from each of the two hairs and then looked for a match in a large database of other animal genomes.  [Updated 1:52 p.m. PDT Oct. 17: Sykes put the call out last year for samples from “formally undescribed species,” according to a release, and then chose 30 of what he deemed “credible” samples to test.
September 8, 2013 | By Eryn Brown
For many science fans, watching Stephen Hawking give a speech - perched on a stage, nearly motionless in his wheelchair, holding forth in the computerized voice that has become his trademark - is a rare treat.  At Caltech, where the physicist comes for regular extended visits, people line up for hours for a chance to get a ticket. Those who can't get admission to the lecture hall watch on screens set up outdoors, craning their necks for a glimpse of their hero. LA Times: Stephen Hawking speaks to Cedars-Sinai staff in 2013 Now readers everywhere can share a piece of that experience, as Hawking's new memoir - which expands on his popular talks - goes on sale Tuesday.
August 28, 2013 | By August Brown
If you were scandalized by Miley Cyrus' performance Sunday at the VMAs, get ready to have your shock codified in the English language. Oxford Dictionaries Online has formally announced that it's adding "twerking" as the newest verb to its ledger, as part of its quarterly update to its online resources. The formal definition? "Twerk, v.: dance to popular music in a sexually provocative manner involving thrusting hip movements and a low, squatting stance. " MTV VMAs 2013: Show Highlights | Best & Worst It joins other pop-culture effluvia like "selfie," "derp," "digital diet" and "Bitcoin" as new additions to the palette of modern language in the online edition.
August 28, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien
The latest sign that the apocalypse is nigh arrived Wednesday when the eggheads behind Britain's Oxford Dictionaries announced plans to add four words that are hard to say without gagging a little.  But, for the sake of illuminating our readers, we shall do our best to share them here. For, lo, their ascension into the mainstream reveals so much about the decline and fall of pop culture. Brace yourself.  PHOTOS: Biggest tech flops of 2013 -- so far Selfie : This refers to the smartphone self-portraits that people take.
June 30, 2013 | Times staff and wire reports
British futurist James Martin, who predicted the ubiquity of computers and foretold the rise of the Internet in "The Wired Society," a 1978 book that was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, has died near his private island in Bermuda. He was 79. Authorities in the British territory said Thursday that an autopsy is pending for Martin, whose body was found by a kayaker in waters near the author's home. Police have said they do not believe a crime is involved. While on sabbatical from IBM in 1977, Martin made his first million dollars traveling the world and lecturing business executives on the coming computer revolution.
November 24, 2009
Yang Xianyi Chinese poet and classics translator Yang Xianyi, 94, a poet who translated numerous Chinese classics into English, died Monday in Beijing, state news reported. The report on Shanghai's Xinmin Evening News website did not give a cause of death, but Yang had reportedly been suffering from cancer. In September, he was given a lifetime achievement award by the Translators Assn. of China. Yang was born in the eastern coastal city of Tianjin in January 1915 and studied English at Oxford in 1936, where he met and later married Gladys Taylor.
June 11, 1988 | MARIA L. La GANGA, Times Staff Writer
So what if Santa has spent centuries keeping a low profile, a kind of merry mystique. Those days are over now; Kris Kringle's going public. Reindeer-philes will soon be able to snap up shares of the Christmas Guild, an Anaheim-based chain of temporary December decoration stores. Christmas Guild started out in 1978 as a sideline for John and Cathy MacDonald, company president and vice president, a way to make "pin money."
June 17, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
In the latest sign that social media is changing the way we speak and behave, the Oxford English Dictionary announced the inclusion of the definition of the word "tweet" in its latest update. John Simpson, the dictionary's chief editor, said "tweet" was added despite not having yet been used for 10 years, which is one rule the dictionary considers before adding a new word. But as Simpson says, the word "seems to be catching on. " The Oxford English Dictionary officially defines "tweet" as "a posting made on the social networking service Twitter" and as a verb, it is defined as "to post on Twitter.
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