| Feb 10, 2015
| 2:30 AM
"I WANT IT all and I would like it delivered," said that ever improving philosopher Bette Midler. And today I am going to give you another one -- "None of us know if we've bought our last brassiere," said Elaine Stritch shortly before she left the...
| Feb 18, 2015
| 8:30 PM
The first domino -- Greece -- in the long row comprising the European Union is wobbling and about to fall, and could take the whole EU and its common currency, the euro, down with it someday. Maybe someday soon.
The sweeping victory of an anti-euro party...
| Mar 5, 2015
| 10:40 AM
In news that is sure to delight Anglophiles the world over, on Thursday Kensington Palace announced via Twitter that Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, or as us commoners like to call her, Kate, will visit the set of "Downton Abbey" next week.
| Mar 4, 2015
| 9:19 AM
Prince William fed carrots to an elephant in southwestern China and raised the plight of its African counterparts being killed for their tusks in a speech Wednesday that called on China to do more to deter poaching. He urged China, which has come in for...
| Mar 2, 2015
| 4:00 PM
Ni hao, Prince William! The Duke of Cambridge has arrived in China on official royal business.
The prince was greeted by British ambassador Barbara Woodward on Sunday upon touching down in Beijing. On Monday, the second in line to the British throne...
| Jan 29, 2015
| 7:45 AM
The Queen Mary will spend at least part of her 80th birthday with a royal relative. For the first time, the modern-day Queen Elizabeth will dock aside the historic Cunard ship-turned-hotel in Long Beach next Thursday.
"The Elizabeth will berth...
| Feb 9, 2015
| 9:47 AM
This will be a story about hockey, poutine, fishing and Ted Williams, the Titanic, waterfalls, smoked meat, an old chateau with a new roof, lobsters, chowders and other good things.
But mostly, it will be about a train ride. And Canada. Both of which...
| Feb 3, 2015
| 2:03 PM
Surprisingly, the Newport Beach Public Library's young-adult collection has three different series about female, orphaned teen spies that take place in historic England.
When I read "A Spy in the House" by Y.S. Lee, I was delighted and intrigued. In...
| Jan 26, 2015
| 4:14 PM
The Church of England took a historic leap toward modernity Monday by consecrating its first female bishop.
The Rev. Libby Lane was ordained the bishop of Stockport during a packed ceremony that ended centuries of male-only leadership.
More than 1,000...
| Feb 26, 2015
| 12:30 PM
"Egotism -- usually just a case of mistaken nonentity." -- Barbara Stanwyck
NOW that he is getting ready to depart late-night television, David Letterman is more interesting to watch than ever. He seems to be giving free rein to all his impulses. And...
| Feb 5, 2015
| 7:45 AM
When the Queen Mary in Long Beach opens its new Ship Model Gallery on Thursday, look for a miniature Winston Churchill.
The tiny former British prime minister appears with a top hat strolling on the deck of a 20-foot-long shipbuilder's model of the...