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January 26, 1986
On your next vacation to England, learn a valuable and interesting art. In two short weeks, learn all there is to know, with hands-on experience, about invisible china mending. The course covers everything from gluing and sticking, to the making of missing pieces and finishing with an airbrush. Classes are limited to six people, so that close individual attention is given. For a complete brochure, write to The China Restore Studio, 25 Acfold Road, London SW6 3SP, England. The cost of the course is 620. SUSAN E. SHELTON Beverly Hills
March 11, 2001
* Colorado: Martha Marino, Laguna Beach: "Alpen Htte Lodge, P.O. Box 919, Silverthorne 80498; telephone (970) 468-6336, Internet Friendly lodge with dorms, fireplace lounge, kitchen facilities. Free shuttle to nearby ski resorts." Rates: $36-$78 double, $17-$27 per person in dorms. * England: Maria Bing, Los Angeles: "Apartment owned by Francoise Phillips, 6 Tite St., Chelsea, London SW3 4HY; tel. 011-44-20-7376-7646, fax 011-44-20-7376-3747.
February 5, 2012 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
England's Alton Towers is set to unleash the latest salvo in its arsenal of Secret Weapon roller coasters in March 2013 with the addition of a $29-million "world's first" ride aimed squarely at thrill-seekers. PHOTOS: Secret Weapon 7 (SW7) coaster at Alton Towers The United Kingdom theme park recently submitted plans to the local planning district that show a compact track layout with numerous inversions and several subterranean sections. Coaster fans have already converted the submitted plans into highly detailed concept art and animated videos . Alton Park has released few details about the new coaster, codenamed Secret Weapon 7 or SW7 for short, other than to say the two minute and 45 second ride will feature an initial drop of 98 feet and cover more than 3,800 feet of track while topping 50 mph. The custom track layout appears to feature at least eight inversions (with as many as 11, by some accounts)
November 5, 1998
What's happening the next few weeks: * The Portland Art Museum currently has on display "Monet: Late Paintings of Giverny From the Musee Marmottan," a show that focuses on Monet's later works, including "Yellow and Mauve Irises," above. The exhibition traces Monet's evolution from Impressionism to abstraction. Portland Art Museum, 1219 S.W. Park Ave. Tuesdays-Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $6, adults; $4.50, seniors and students; $2.50, 15 and under. (503) 226-2811.
October 20, 1985 | Bill Tuohy
Italian restaurants in London have a lot going for them. They are lively, cheerful and relatively inexpensive. There is a problem, however. Most are narrow and deep--and that means noisy. Often you find yourself unwillingly sharing confidences with someone at the next table, or shouting for the benefit of your companion across the table. But a new, conveniently situated restaurant called La Finezza has eliminated overcrowding.
January 8, 1989 | JERRY HULSE, Times Travel Editor
It's star time, chaps. For legions of travelers the world over, the small hotel is being targeted by vagabonds weary of the outrageous prices posted by the majors. The era of the $200-per-day (and up) hotel room in London's slick and sophisticated neighborhoods is a numbing reality. This, of course, follows the trauma of checking in and out of crowded airports that make a riot at a soccer match seem serene by comparison. Particularly at certain European landing pads.
February 11, 2013 | By Alice Short
Perhaps you're thinking about sweets and Thursday's big event -- Valentine's Day. Well, it's possible to find romance even in the gloomy Pacific Northwest, especially when chocolate frosting is involved. Portland, Ore., has a reputation as a growing gastropolis, with foodies from around the country converging on newly opened gastropubs, communal-table style restaurants -- and bakeries . During a recent visit, it seemed as though a visitor could purchase pastries on every other corner.
January 29, 2005 | Lisa Dillman, Times Staff Writer
This wasn't a game of two halves, but rather, a game of two selves. The injured impostor portraying Serena Williams was slow-moving, slow-serving and almost couldn't keep a ball in play during the first set of the Australian Open final. Sets 2 and 3 featured the tenacious Serena Williams, the one who dominated the sport a couple of years ago. Confusion reigned at Rod Laver Arena. And ultimately, so did the second Serena.
April 29, 2001 | TOM O'BRIEN, Tom O'Brien is freelance writer based in Washington, D.C
Sturdy, stolid, elegant but grumpy old England, land of cold showers, warm beer, bad menus and declining GNP--my wife, Alden, and I knew it well from past travels. But we had heard that England had grown hospitable to families on vacation. With our two daughters, Celia, 5, and Lydia, 7, we set out on our first trip overseas as a family to see if that was true. To our delight (and moderate surprise), it was a terrific place for kids.
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