| Dec 19, 2013
| 10:04 PM
Bernard L. Shaw
Bodyguard married Patricia Hearst
Bernard L. Shaw, 68, a San Francisco police officer who served as Patty Hearst's bodyguard and later married her, died Tuesday in Garrison, N.Y. His death after a long illness was announced by the...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
In an earlier column, I urged travelers to check out the many deals available for public transit in the most popular U.S. destination cities. My suggestions apply equally to major foreign cities: As a longtime traveler, I've not had any trouble using...
| Nov 14, 2013
| 5:45 PM
Anne Barton, one of the 20th century's foremost Shakespeare scholars, died Monday in Cambridge, England. She was 80. Cambridge University, where she was an emeritus professor of English and fellow of Trinity College, announced her death but gave no...
| Nov 12, 2013
We have New York, but England has old York, one of the country's top tourist destinations outside of London. The town offers a captivating tour of historic sites mixed with an easygoing pedestrian ambience — all lassoed within its formidable...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
For centuries, Great Britain's castles were the literal and political high points of their communities. Designed to keep people out, today these formidable structures are wide open to visitors and appreciated for their romantic allure. Adults and kids...
| Oct 15, 2013
| 3:04 PM
Eleanor Catton took the 2013 Man Booker Prize for "The Luminaries" at an awards ceremony in London on Tuesday night. At age 28, Catton is the youngest novelist ever to win the prestigious prize -- and her novel, at more than 800 pages, is the longest...
| Feb 1, 2014
| 12:55 PM
SWANSEA, Wales — The Patricia is a small, hardworking ship that putters around the coast of England and Wales, tending buoys and lighthouses. At 283 feet long, it's about a quarter the length of Cunard's vaunted Queen Mary 2 ocean liner.
| Mar 14, 2014
The recent commemorations of Beatlemania, tied to the 50th anniversary of the Fab Four's maiden voyage on "The Ed Sullivan Show" in 1964, have produced hours of TV documentaries and a groaning shelf of new books. These last include a murder mystery,...
| Feb 11, 2014
| 1:44 PM
"Wordsmiths & Warriors: The English-Language Tourist's Guide to Britain"
Oxford University Press, $24.95
The English language is a strange and maddening thing, full of inconsistencies and so many spelling exceptions that they appear to be the rule...
| Jan 17, 2014
| 7:15 AM
Tours of Highclere Castle near Newbury, England, have been in hot demand since the blockbuster "Downton Abbey" PBS series cast it as Lord Grantham's gorgeous estate. With the TV show now in its fourth season, fans may be eager to see more "Downton"...
| Mar 11, 2014
| 1:16 PM
Following her recurring roles on NBC's “Chuck” and The CW's “Supernatural” and “The Vampire Diaries,” Lauren Cohan decided to leave Los Angeles and move back to England. Cohan — who was born in Philadelphia and...