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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)
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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)
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SPORTS
January 1, 1998
COUGAR SEASON RECORD (11-0) *--* 27 Colorado 3 38 Baylor 3 21 Notre Dame 14 37 at Indiana 0 23 Northwestern 6 28 Iowa 24 23 at Michigan St. 7 24 Minnesota 3 34 at Penn St. 8 26 at Wisconsin 16 20 Ohio St. 14 *--* WOLVERINE SEASON RECORD (10-1) *--* 37 UCLA 34 28 at USC 21 35 at Illinois 22 58 Boise St. 0 24 at Oregon 13 63 California 37 35 Arizona, OT 34 31 at Arizona St. 44 77 SW Louisiana 7 38 Stanford 28 41 at Washington 35 *--*
IMAGE
September 2, 2012
London's venerable Victoria & Albert Museum is going Hollywood — Hollywood costume, that is — with an exhibition featuring 130 costumes covering a century of cinema, from the trappings of Charlie Chaplin's Little Tramp to the 2011 Oscar-winning costumes of "The Artist. " Opening Oct. 20 and running through Jan. 27, 2013, "Hollywood Costume" was curated over the course of five years by a team helmed by senior guest curator Deborah Nadoolman Landis, David C. Copley chair for the study of costume design at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 17, 2001
* Survey the trends and directions of contemporary art in Oregon at the 2001 Oregon Biennial, through June 24. Portland Art Museum, 1219 S.W. Park Ave., (503) 226-2811.* Thirteen-time Grammy Award winner Yo-Yo Ma, right, takes his cello and his recent "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" success to the Portland Symphony on May 25. Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway, 7:30 p.m. (503) 228-1353. * George F.
TRAVEL
February 28, 1999 | SUSAN SPANO, TIMES TRAVEL WRITER
"London," wrote Ford Madox Ford, "is before all things an incomparable background; it is always in the right note, it is never out of tone." That may be, but looking for a nice, reasonably priced place to stay in the English capital puts me in a sour mood. I've tried budget hostelries in Bloomsbury, University of London dormitories, suburban B&Bs and airline packages that included rooms in big, utterly toneless tourist hotels.
TRAVEL
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.
TRAVEL
May 27, 1990 | JUDITH H. McQUOWN, McQuown, the author of eight books, writes about art, antiques and travel
"Oh, I never visit the antique dealers when I'm in London," laughs a New York City collector. "I go directly to their sources and save piles of money." "You mean Sotheby's in Bond Street and Christie's in St. James's?" I ask her. "Better than that. At the auction houses I go to, I've picked up marvelous jewelry and silver for as little as 100 (about $160 U.S.), and gotten some magnificent pieces for less than 500 (about $580 U.S.)."
TRAVEL
September 5, 2004 | Susan Spano, Times Staff Writer
Linguist, writer, archeologist and intelligence agent Gertrude Bell was one of the first women to travel alone in the Arabian desert in the early 20th century. She made such an impression on a sheik that, when seeking her later, he asked a passing Bedouin, "Have you seen a queen traveling?"
NEWS
December 27, 2001 | KATHY BRYANT, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Sometimes the things we take for granted have the most interesting lineage. Take the bathroom, as author Jane Powell and photographer Linda Svendsen have in "Bungalow Bathrooms" (Gibbs Smith Publisher, 2001, $39.95).
NEWS
November 29, 2011 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times staff writer
It already seems like 2013 is shaping up as a great year for ride enthusiasts around the world, as a number of new theme parks are planned for Asia and several major attractions are in the works for Europe. > Photos: Best new international theme park rides for 2013 Consider this a tentative and fluid list of new attractions on tap at international parks (outside the United States). A number of oft-delayed projects have been given new 2013 opening dates that could get postponed again, while several recently announced theme parks may never advance past the planning stages.
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