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November 22, 1998 | Reuters
British stores are desperately seeking fat, elderly men to play Santa in their Christmas grottoes. Salads and workouts at the gym have taken their toll on the cast of seasonal actors who usually don white beards and red robes to bring Father Christmas alive for millions of children. "We just cannot find any suitable actors who are still, shall we say, on the porky side.
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November 22, 1998 | Reuters
British stores are desperately seeking fat, elderly men to play Santa in their Christmas grottoes. Salads and workouts at the gym have taken their toll on the cast of seasonal actors who usually don white beards and red robes to bring Father Christmas alive for millions of children. "We just cannot find any suitable actors who are still, shall we say, on the porky side.
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BUSINESS
December 24, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
Hundreds of stores in England and Wales opened in defiance of Sunday trading laws, taking advantage of one of the last two shopping days before Christmas. The open violations of the law, in some cases advertised in the newspapers, followed similar openings last week. For the large stores, drawing thousands of customers, the fines levied against them are not a hardship.
NEWS
December 2, 1991 | WILLIAM TUOHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Millions of shoppers in England and Wales flocked to hundreds of stores that defied the law and opened their doors to customers on Sunday. The stores, most belonging to large chains, reported long lines of shoppers waiting at opening time. Many said that business was as good as or better on Sunday than on weekdays. "All signs are that customers have welcomed Sunday opening," said a spokesman for Tesco, a large supermarket chain that opened about 350 of its 379 stores in England and Wales.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 11, 1987 | ROBERT HILBURN
It's no surprise that the Tower of London and Buckingham Palace are among the 10 most popular tourist attractions in London. But who would have figured that a record store would be on the list? Then again, the massive Virgin Megastore on Oxford Street is hardly your average record store. Like the California-based Tower chain (which recently opened a "megastore" of its own in London), Virgin is a virtual toy store for record fans, tempting customers with equal parts warehouse and razzle-dazzle.
SPORTS
May 24, 2010 | By Kevin Baxter
LONDON — The bustling stretch of commerce along Kilburn High Road in northwest London is ethnically diverse, with more than 70% of the people who live and work there coming from somewhere else. Come June 12, however, nearly everybody here will be English — at least for a day. Because that's the day England meets the U.S. in its World Cup opener. And once again hopes for England's team are riding high. Shopkeepers up and down the boulevard proudly fly the St. George's Cross, the emblem of England dating to the Crusades.
WORLD
November 25, 2005 | Vanora McWalters, Special to The Times
For nearly a century, drinkers in Britain's frosted-glass, red-velvet, gin-palace pubs have known exactly when it was time to go home at the end of a night out. At a quarter to 11, a bell would ring as a barman yelled, "Last orders!" followed 15 minutes later by another bell and the call: "Time please, gentlemen." After that, there was nothing for drinkers to do but to go home, some urged out on the street with stern admonitions to "drink up, sir."
BUSINESS
January 5, 1987 | WILLIAM K. KNOEDELSEDER Jr., Times Staff Writer
It was four years ago this week that Joe Smith--long considered one of the record industry's most capable and best-liked executives--announced that he was resigning as chairman of Elektra/Asylum Records and quitting the business after 30 years. When Smith left, the industry was in the midst of a severe three-year slump and Elektra/Asylum was going through an executive shake-up, widespread staff layoffs and the relocation of its headquarters to New York from Los Angeles.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 12, 2003 | Soren Baker; Natalie Nichols; Dean Kuipers; Robert Hilburn; Randy Lewis
Ludacris "Chicken-N-Beer" (Def Jam South) *** 1/2 This Atlanta artist earned a high-profile adversary last year when conservative TV-radio commentator Bill O'Reilly chastised Pepsi for using the R-rated rapper to push its soda. Ludacris subsequently lost his endorsement and he strikes back at O'Reilly on his third major-label album. But as is typically the case with Ludacris' intense yet lighthearted music, there's more humor than rage in his disdain for his TV foe.
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