July 30, 2015 |
When Peter Ryba, 89, opened the letter from a young stranger in the United States, the Australian businessman couldn't believe what he was reading. Are you related to Gregory Ryba, a young Jewish boy who perished during the Holocaust? the letter asked? Ryba was born in Berlin in 1926 to Polish parents. "We had a good life," he recalled. "We lived in an apartment and were financially doing OK - I had a governess and there was a maid. " In 1931, Ryba's little brother, Gregory, was born.
August 9, 2011 |
LONDON - Violence and looting raged across London and spread to three other major British cities early today, as authorities struggled to contain the country's most serious unrest since race riots set the capital ablaze in the 1980s. In London, a third straight night of disorder saw buildings, vehicles and garbage dumps set alight, stores looted and police officers pelted with bottles and fireworks, as groups of young people rampaged through neighborhoods. It was an unwelcome reminder of London's volatility for leaders organizing the 2012 Summer Olympics in less than a year.
July 5, 1987 |
Not far from the center of the main trading floor of the Lloyd's of London insurance exchange is the Casualty Book, an oversize cloth-bound register in which the particulars of every shipwreck on Earth are inscribed with a quill pen. Beyond dramatizing that a lot more ships sink than you might think (five or six a week is about average), this ritual of recording is a technological gesture, one that dramatizes the institution's 17th-century roots. It expresses the fact that information is at the heart of all financial markets, although today it is more likely to come from a computer terminal than a handwritten book.
January 18, 2013
Carmelo Anthony returned to his Olympic gold-medal past and scored 26 points Thursday to lead the New York Knicks to a 102-87 victory over the Detroit Pistons in London. Anthony scored 18 in the first half as the Knicks (25-13) jumped out to a 16-2 lead before holding a double-digit advantage for most of the game. Amar'e Stoudemire added 17 points for the Knicks and J.R. Smith scored 16. Will Bynum led the Pistons with 22 points. The Pistons (14-25) were the home team at the O2 Arena in London, site of the Olympic gold-medal game during last year's London Games.
March 27, 1988 |
I had two days for business, and Friday and Saturday to explore a major world capital. In retrospect, I probably spent as much time reading guidebooks before I left as seeing the city once I arrived. Although two days are obviously far too little to enjoy London properly, I'm too smart to turn them down. As soon as I learned I was going to London, I bought a new guidebook (American Express Pocket Guide to London) and a fold- out laminated map (Bartholomew, available at Banana Republic)
October 22, 1989 |
Our family, including four children, will be in London during the week after Christmas. Can you suggest attractions that the children will be interested in? From its Peter Pan statue in Kensington Gardens to the lions of Trafalgar Square, London delights children of all ages, especially around Christmas. Among the seasonal attractions are holiday pantomime shows, which are nursery rhymes played out all over the country by top stars. The attractions will be detailed in the monthly Travel Planner, one of three free publications from the British Tourist Authority, 40 W. 57th St., 3d Floor, New York, N.Y. 10019, telephone 212-581-4700, that may help you. The Travel Planner for the period you'll be in London will be a combined December/January edition scheduled to come out in mid-November.
October 13, 2008 |
NBA commissioner David Stern said yesterday that the league likely would play regular-season games in London before the city hosts the 2012 Olympics, as a springboard to increasing the NBA's marketability in Britain. At a news conference in London, Stern also announced a joint venture with the Anschutz Entertainment Group to build about a dozen NBA-style arenas in major Chinese cities. The project was announced at the O2 Arena in London, where the New Jersey Nets and Miami Heat played a preseason game.
August 11, 2000 |
The cars and crowds and constant thrum of London town beat down on the sorry souls of Wonderland, Michael Winterbottom's crushingly sad, beautiful film. Set in the squat council houses, grimy cafes and drab apartments of the less glamorous quadrants of the city, the film - shot with a handheld camera in a verite style that brings its characters painfully, poignantly to life - describes four days in the world of three sisters, their family, and the strangers, lovers and losers who cross their paths.
May 13, 1990 |
PHILADELPHIA-LONDON. TWA will resume nonstop flights from Philadelphia to London on Tuesday. The daily flights, which will depart at 6:30 p.m., are a resumption of service offered each year once the tourist season starts to warm up. British Airways, which follows a similar pattern, reinstituted its nonstop service last month. Both airlines land at Heathrow Airport. (For current fare information, see the fare chart on this page.) Phone: TWA, 800-221-2000; British Airways, 800-247-9297.
March 5, 2006 |
When did my dream cease to be a dream? When did I realize that my reverie had morphed into something tangible and alive? Not until the very end, when I stood in Trafalgar Square, the heart of London, did I come to grips with my fading fantasy. I stood atop the white-bleached steps and leaned against the cold stone railing in front of the National Gallery. I stared down Whitehall in the darkness, over the moaning traffic and into the face of the great clock, Big Ben, illuminating the time in the distance.