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May 7, 2000
California--Paul Culberg, Agoura: "Bridgeport Inn, U.S. 395, Bridgeport 93517; telephone (760) 932-7380, fax (760) 932-1160, Internet http: //www.thebridgeportinn.com. A 123-year-old inn filled with antiques and rich in history. Fine restaurant, bar." Rates: $45-$82 double. Italy--John G. Kirk, Santa Barbara: "Tre Laghi Walking Tours, 1500 S.W. 5th Ave., Suite 2506, Portland, OR 97201; tel. (800) 293-1117, Internet http://www.trelaghi.com.
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ENTERTAINMENT
January 14, 1999
* Super Bowl XXXIII kicks off Jan. 31 at 6 p.m. East Coast time, at Pro Player Stadium, located in North Dade County, midway between downtown Miami and Fort Lauderdale. Tickets are $325 to $400--face value--if you can even find them. Can't? There's always the All-American Bowl, an all-star game of free agents, at the new Florida International University Golden Panther Stadium on Jan. 30, at 2:35 p.m. $10. (877) 9AA-BOWL.
TRAVEL
April 12, 1998 | LUCY IZON, Izon is a Toronto-based freelance writer
The Youth Hostel Assn. of England and Wales is opening two new budget facilities in Britain this year--one in Robin Hood country on the edge of Sherwood Forest and the other in Liverpool. The Sherwood Forest Youth Hostel, scheduled to open May 8, will be just a short walk from the visitor center of the 450-acre Sherwood Forest Country Park at Edwinstowe, which is 20 miles north of Nottingham. Accommodations for up to 45 travelers will be available in rooms shared by two to five people for $16.
HOME & GARDEN
April 29, 1995 | JUANITA LOVRET, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
For some, the most harrowing part of a home project is buying the lumber. What kind of wood is best? What grade? What do they mean, seasoned? Why isn't this 2-by-4 really 2 by 4? In the good old days, you got your advice where you got your lumber--at a lumberyard--but few of them remain. In the '90s, even the pros get their lumber from Home Depot or HomeBase or home center/lumber outlets such as Ganahl Lumber Co., Buena Park Lumber Co. and Barr Lumber Co.
TRAVEL
November 17, 1996 | LUCY IZON
Young travelers on tight funds who are planning off-season tours in Britain can take advantage of a special offer from BritRail or hop aboard a year-round backpacker bus service. BritRail Travel International has announced a 50% discount on BritRail Youth Flexipasses for travel completed before June 15. The passes are available to travelers ages 16 through 25 and allow unlimited coach class rail travel in any direction for a specified number of days.
TRAVEL
September 26, 1993 | LUCY IZON
Trek America, a 23-year-old adventure camping company that caters to travelers 18 to 38, has added three new tours to its winter program. If you want to travel with your own age group, don't want to pay a single supplement, are looking for a tour with "active options" and don't mind sharing a hotel room, lending a hand preparing a meal or erecting a tent, Trek America is one of a number of companies around the world offering suitable, economical programs.
TRAVEL
March 21, 1999 | LUCY IZON, Lucy Izon is a Toronto-based freelance writer. Internet http://www .izon.com
Backpackers touring Ireland this summer who don't want to arrange everything themselves can join up with two companies that cater to independent budget travelers. Tir na nOg Tours operates guided three- and six-day tours that give you the chance to sit in a 4,000-year-old stone circle, kiss the Blarney Stone and sample Irish whiskey. And Stray Ireland offers a service in which you can travel at your own pace, hopping on and off the bus and taking up to six months to cover the full route.
NEWS
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)
TRAVEL
May 22, 1988 | LUCY IZON, Izon is a Canadian travel journalist covering youth budget routes.
If you want to join a tour group in Europe but your budget is tight, Top Deck Tours offers an inexpensive option. The firm's Deckerhome tours offer transportation and accommodations on double-decker buses. The self-contained mobile homes sleep up to 22 passengers. Top Deck has been operating tours in Europe for 15 years. The programs are limited to travelers between 18 and 35. They compete with companies such as Autotours, Contiki and Insight Tours, which also cater to the same age group.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 1, 2014 | Nardine Saad
Kids, in the spring of 2014, "How I Met Your Mother" aired its final episode, and part of its legacy may be its knack for long-running gags.  See, the genius behind the CBS comedy wasn't just the nonlinear storytelling, but the writers' way of weaving inside jokes and recurring story lines to sometimes deliver a humorous slap to the face stronger than Marshall's storied slap of a thousand suns. With "How I Met Your Mother" having come to a close Monday and Ted (Josh Radnor) having revealed how he meets the titular mother of his two children (and what shockingly happened after that)
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