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June 22, 2008 |
Valentine Vester, who witnessed history as the proprietor of the storied American Colony Hotel in Jerusalem, died June 15. She was 96. Vester spent the last years of her life in an apartment on the manicured grounds of the hotel, which sits on the dividing line between the city's Arab and Jewish sections. For decades, the hotel has served as a favorite hangout for diplomats and foreign correspondents and as a backdrop for political intrigue. Israeli and Palestinian negotiators secretly drafted parts of the Oslo peace accords at the hotel, in Room 16. Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, now an international Mideast envoy, has a suite of rooms on the top floor.
January 10, 2014 |
In the 19th century, the British had a phrase to describe their effort to keep Russia from extending its imperial influence through Central Asia and into the crown jewel of the British empire, India. It was called the Great Game, with both sides spying, gathering intelligence and manipulating local leaders and populations to their advantage. Rudyard Kipling used the term in his classic 1901 novel "Kim. " In his new book, "America's Great Game: The CIA's Secret Arabists and the Shaping of the Modern Middle East," Cal State Long Beach history professor Hugh Wilford explains how the same phrase, and many of the same risky tactics, came to describe the post-World War II effort by U.S. operatives to shape the modern Middle East.
March 18, 1986 |
John Glubb, who developed Jordan's Arab Legion into one of the strongest armies in the Middle East and became renowned as a latter-day Lawrence of Arabia, died Monday in his sleep. He was 88 and died at his home in Mayfield in Sussex, where he had lived since Jordan's King Hussein dismissed him as head of the kingdom's army in 1956. Under his command, the men of the Arab Legion were known as "Glubb's Girls," so called because of the length of their hair and flowing robes.
July 17, 2012 |
At one point during the arduous filming of David Lean's 1962 Oscar-winning historical epic "Lawrence of Arabia," production shut down for three months. Screenwriter Robert Bolt needed the time to finish the script on the complex tale of T.E. Lawrence, the young British intelligence officer in Cairo who helped the Arabs break up the Ottoman Empire. But then Bolt got arrested in London. A political activist, Bolt was jailed for protesting the proliferation of nuclear weapons. If he apologized for his actions, he wouldn't go to prison.
September 16, 1999
For fans of the extended instrumental jams that have earned Phish its loyal following, there's no more mind-bending a way to wrap up the summer's final weekend than with a dose of Phish under the Orange County stars. * Phish, Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre, 8808 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine. 7 p.m. $23. (949) 855-2863. noon: Festival Everybody samba! It's Brazil's independence day, and that means it's time for a Brazilian Street Carnaval.
May 6, 1992 |
Adventure movies don't often deal with anti-climaxes, and "Lawrence of Arabia" didn't dwell long on T.E. Lawrence's post-warrior life, for obvious reasons. Still, there's a certain depressing fascination in the clean-up after a battle, and in the mire of bureaucracy that follows any large-scale action.
July 18, 1991 |
If you love movies, but can't stand the crowds lining up for the newest summer releases, there are plenty of local alternatives in the week ahead. First on the schedule is Saturday's Classic Cinema night at the Thousand Oaks Library, featuring the original 1962 version of "Lawrence of Arabia." The epic motion picture, starring Peter O'Toole, Alec Guiness, Anthony Quinn, Claude Rains and Omar Sharif, picked up seven Academy Awards, including those for Best Picture and Best Director (David Lean).
July 22, 1990 |
Doug Peacock experienced just the kind of absurd Vietnam mishaps made legendary by filmmakers such as Oliver Stone: One day, he tried to keep his commander alive while American helicopters mistakenly rained bombs from above; the next, he watched his entire platoon fire rounds at an unarmed, but "suspicious" 10-year-old.
May 8, 1992 |
Adventure movies don't often deal with anticlimaxes, and "Lawrence of Arabia" didn't dwell long on T. E. Lawrence's post-warrior life, for obvious reasons. Still, there's a certain depressing fascination in the clean-up after a battle, and in the mire of bureaucracy that follows any large-scale action.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 19, 1986 |
John Randle, the tall, rangy proprietor of the distinguished Whittington Press in the west of England, is impressed with the amount of private presses and the quality of their work in Southern California--Ward Ritchie's in Laguna Beach for one. "I'm afraid most people aren't aware that this area has become a world center, in fact, a key area, of private presses. The booksellers and collectors are here in numbers to encourage fine printing," he told me the other day.