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August 29, 1999 | SCARLET CHENG, Scarlet Cheng is an occasional contributor to Calendar
Having stacked up more than five decades of distinguished credits on stage and screen, Peter Ustinov certainly qualifies as an elder statesman among British actors. Yet his latest film role, that of an eccentric tea plantation owner during the British Raj in India in "Stiff Upper Lips," intrigued him exactly because, he says, "I've never played that kind of character before. I've never played an Englishman." What, never? Well, hardly ever.
April 12, 2009 | DAVID LAZARUS
Diane Krup spent more than $200,000 four years ago to buy a small shop in San Juan Capistrano that sells British foods and knickknacks. Then the recession hit. Krup hasn't taken a salary in over a year, and she has been steadily losing money for months. She expects to be out of business soon. "Where's my bailout?" Krup, 49, wants to know. "I'm not asking for a golden handshake. I'm not asking for a lot of money. But there needs to be some way to help small businesses during times like this."
August 4, 1994
Robin William Arthur Cook, 63, British mystery writer who used the pen name Derek Raymond to avoid confusion with best-selling American author Robin Cook. Born in London, Cook dropped out of Eton at the age of 17. He candidly admitted that he had worked as a pornographer, illegal gambling organizer and money launderer, and termed the experience "a very useful thing for a writer."
March 26, 2013 | By Geoffrey Mohan, Los Angeles Times
People who are socially isolated are more likely to die prematurely, regardless of their underlying health issues, according to a study of the elderly British population. The findings, published online Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, showed that when mental and physical health conditions were factored out, the lack of social contact continued to lead to early death among 6,500 men and women tracked over a seven-year period. "They're dying of the usual causes, but isolation has a strong influence," said study author Andrew Steptoe, an epidemiologist at University College London.
May 21, 1999 | F. KATHLEEN FOLEY
At times, theatrical lions stop roaring--and burp. Peter Shaffer's 1990 Tony-winning comedy "Lettice & Lovage," now at Actors Co-op's Crossley Terrace Theatre, is a pop diversion for a writer whose louder works include "Equus" and "Amadeus." In light of the play's innate triviality, its righteous denunciation of the "mere" in modern life is strikingly ironic.
September 19, 1990
Last month I saw a small item in The Times that asked the public to write to "Any Servicemen" stationed in the Middle East with Desert Shield. I wrote a one-page letter that reached a Marine sergeant in the desert. I was happy to receive his letter and promptly wrote him back. The following week I received yet another letter from a weather expert on one of the U.S. carriers in the gulf. What really gets my goose bumps going is that I wrote one letter and am receiving numerous letters from different armed forces personnel which means that my letter must be making the rounds through the ranks somehow.
December 7, 2012 | By Greg Braxton
"Duck Dynasty" is nothing to quack at. The finale of the A&E reality show about a Louisiana bayou family that has established a sporting empire by fabricating fancy duck calls and decoys out of salvaged swamp wood was the highest-rated telecast in the cable network's history, drawing 6.5 million viewers. The hour-long episode also shattered A&E's audience records among several demographic groups, including adults 18-49, adults 25-54 and adults 18-34. "'Duck Dynasty' represent the best of A&E's unique brand of storytelling, showcasing authentic and engaging characters," said Bob DeBitetto, president and general manager of A&E Network.
July 18, 1985 | BETTY CUNIBERTI, Times Staff Writer
At the urging of her hospitalized husband, First Lady Nancy Reagan went forward Wednesday with a previously planned visit to the aircraft carrier America, remarking aboard ship that she planned to encourage the ailing President "to take it easier." As White House aides continued to insist that President Reagan is "champing at the bit" after Saturday's surgical removal of a cancerous tumor from his colon, Mrs. Reagan tempered talk of her husband returning to work soon.
Marilyn Manson and Eminem may have the market cornered on outraged parents these days, but back in the late '70s and early '80s, it was AC/DC--remember when everyone said their name was an acronym for "Anti Christ--Devil's Children"? With threatening, riff-heavy melodies and devilish image intact, the Australian band still has all it needs to appeal to today's debauchery-hungry youth, but its show at Glen Helen Blockbuster Pavilion on Saturday was aimed more at those who grew up with them.
January 26, 1991
Self censorship due to the Persian Gulf War may have reached a high--or a low--in London, where BBC Radio advised its stations to avoid playing some songs that may offend listeners. The British are undoubtedly staunch allies in the war, but they really should relax that stiff upper lip when it comes to music. The 67 "questionable" songs listed by BBC executives include "Bang Bang" by Sonny and Cher and "Killing Me Softly" by Roberta Flack.
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