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  • A George Orwell tour, with stops in Scotland, England, India and more

    Twenty-five years beyond "1984," we're still living in George Orwell's world. Or at least the queen of England is. In March, Queen Elizabeth surprised a few people by giving the visiting president of Mexico a copy of George Orwell's dystopian classic...
  • Best of 2007: Nirvana, starting at 12 grand

    Best of 2007: Nirvana, starting at 12 grand
    Desire, the Buddha informs us, is the root of all suffering -- also, a leading cause of alimony, but let's move on. The craving for comfort, luxury, prestige and me-first acceleration drives us to buy more car than we absolutely need to go from point A...
  • Calm, and commerce, returning to the island

    The fire still smoldered Saturday, but even then, the phones at Catalina Island Vacation Rentals kept ringing. Not with cancellations but with reservations. In two weeks, Memorial Day will launch the unofficial start of peak season on Santa Catalina,...
  • Abalone divers in a perilous quest for a succulent snail

    Abalone divers in a perilous quest for a succulent snail
    Shaun Stratton pulled on his wetsuit, grabbed his inner tube and headed to the beach to take part in one of California's riskiest pastimes: hunting for abalone. It's not that abalone is an elusive quarry. The giant snail inches its way across the rocks...
  • L.A.'s commuters can't even go nowhere fast

    L.A.'s commuters can't even go nowhere fast
    In this neighborhood, nobody knows your name. There you are in the photograph above, crawling anonymously along a cheerless stretch of real estate known as the 110 Freeway at rush hour. The roads are slick with rain and cluttered with wrecks, and you'...
  • Idyllwild

    Idyllwild, California What happens if, two-thirds of the way to a Palm Springs weekend, somebody grabs control of your family's vehicle, veers hard to the right, follows the cliff-clinging goat path known as California 243, then roars into the pines...
  • Book review: "Houseonomics: Why Owning a Home Is Still a Great Investment," by Gary N. Smith and Margaret H. Smith

    Book review: "Houseonomics: Why Owning a Home Is Still a Great Investment," by Gary N. Smith and Margaret H. Smith
    With home prices continuing to fall -- and expected by many experts to decline further before finding a bottom -- it's very easy to play that "woulda, shoulda, coulda" game and envision how life might have been different had you sold that home back in...
  • Pros, cons of vacation-home alternatives

    There are advantages and disadvantages to the various shared vacation-home alternatives: Private residence clubs Members buy a deeded share in a high-end vacation residence that usually includes upscale services and amenities, and they can stay...
  • Unlicensed digs closing in Hawaii

    Hundreds of unlicensed bed-and-breakfasts and vacation rentals on Maui, Molokai and Lanai will apparently have to shut down by Jan. 1, following a court ruling last week. A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by the Maui Vacation Rental Assn....
  • Buying in a foreign land

    ALTHOUGH Peter Mayle and his wife traveled to France as often as they could every year, "during the long gray winters and damp green summers" in England, he longed to return to the vineyards, quiet streets, perfumed olive trees and open-air markets of...
  • Florida TaxWatch: Amendment 1 is the wrong way to go

    SOUTH FLORIDA SUN-SENTINEL OP-ED ONLINE by Dominic Calabro There is no doubt that Florida's property tax system needs to be reformed. This current inequitable system, coupled with rapidly increasing local government spending, has produced tremendous tax...