August 2, 1994
Caitlin Thomas, 81, a boozing, brawling partner in marriage to the Welsh poet Dylan Thomas. She once described their famously discordant lives together as "raw, red bleeding meat," a torment of mutual infidelity climaxed by her violent tantrum at the bedside of her dying husband. The former Caitlin MacNamara, free-spirited daughter of a bohemian family from County Clare, Ireland, married the poet in 1937. "Ours was not a love story proper," she wrote in 1982. "It was more of a drink story. . . .
May 7, 1999 |
In a historic ballot that will reshape British politics for years to come, Scotland and Wales elected local governments Thursday that will take over control of their domestic affairs from London. The election of the first Scottish parliament in nearly 300 years and of the Welsh National Assembly, which will have more limited powers, is part of British Prime Minister Tony Blair's policy to decentralize control and stave off moves for independence that could break up the United Kingdom.
July 23, 2004 |
As King Arthur and his legend lay siege to box offices around the world, conflict rages in the land of his birth. For not only was Arthur Britain's savior in the Dark Ages against invading Saxons, he also works wonders on the tourism earnings of depressed local economies -- and several are vying for his services. The tale of Arthur, the sorcerer Merlin and the quest for the Holy Grail has long been a staple of British schoolchildren.
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April 13, 1998 |
In the end, there can only be one top dog. This weekend, it was "Anasazi Billy the Kid," a 5-year-old Welsh terrier owned by Bruce Schwartz of Los Angeles. The terrier won the third annual Simi Valley Kennel Club dog shows at Cal State Northridge Saturday and Sunday. The canine was the choice of two panels of judges. "It's a wonderful dog," said Bobbi Davis, show chairman of the Simi Valley affiliate of the American Kennel Club.
September 26, 1987 |
Emlyn Williams, the Welsh-born writer who overcame a troubled personal life to give the world his celebrated play, "The Corn Is Green," and then became the actor Charles Dickens reportedly always wished to be when he became "Emlyn Williams as Charles Dickens" in a venerated series of one-man shows, died Friday of cancer. He was 81 and died at his London home after recent surgery, said his son, Alan Williams.
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April 4, 1985 |
While 1,800 mechanics and maintenance workers of the Southern California Rapid Transit District voted Wednesday on a new 3-year contract, union leader Jerome Long accused the RTD's administration of trying to "welsh" on the agreement in an action that could lead to a strike.
November 11, 2013 |
One of the best uncommitted basketball players in Southern Californa, 7-foot center Thomas Welsh of Los Angeles Loyola, could make a college decision this week. The first day to sign an early letter of intent is Wednesday. Welsh has made official and unofficial visits in recent weeks to UCLA, California and Stanford. The most high profiled uncommitted player of all is Mater Dei's Stanley Johnson , the reigning Southern California player of the year. He has visited Kentucky and Arizona.
September 17, 2004 |
Sunil Kuruvilla's "Fighting Words" is an odd amalgam of Pinter-esque restraint and Odets-ian histrionics. However, in its current staging at the Celtic Arts Center, the play is a near-perfect fusion of direction and performance. Director Tim Byron Owens smoothes over any tonal irregularities in Kuruvilla's challenging but occasionally digressive drama, while a powerhouse cast ferrets out the hidden subtexts with remarkable sensitivity and perception.
March 25, 1990 |
It was, to quote Dylan Thomas, a night of "noisy sea . . . and wave and froth." The ticket agent on the wharf at Fishguard, jovial despite a cold wind and driving rain, was doubtful that weather conditions in the Irish Sea would permit the overnight ferry to sail for Rosslare, Ireland. "But even if it does," he said, "you'd have a wild time of it. Why not spend a snug night ashore and try your luck on tomorrow's daylight sailing at 3 in the afternoon?"
December 14, 2006 |
A familiar, familial appeal graces "A Child's Christmas in Wales" at the Gem Theatre in Garden Grove. Assured work from an engaging ensemble propels this sweet-spirited musical adaptation of Dylan Thomas' vintage story, which returns to Grove Theater Center, where it was a holiday perennial between 1986 and 1991. Jeremy Brooks and Adrian Mitchell's dramatization has become a regional fixture since Cleveland's Great Lakes Festival commissioned it in 1983.