July 11, 2013 |
LONDON - Outside the private Lindo Wing of St. Mary's Hospital, the global media hordes on Royal Baby Watch have marked their turf with duct tape and stepladders. But starved for material in a world where Mother Nature and Buckingham Palace are the last two holdouts from the 24-hour news cycle, loitering reporters trying to set a tone of breathless anticipation have resorted to interviewing each other. Perhaps nothing could be more appropriate. As Prince William and his wife, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, prepare to carve out a new life for their budding family in the glare of the spotlight, the press is poised to be a major part of the story.
May 31, 2012 |
Wedding headpieces have taken a fascinating turn. Instead of donning tiaras, brides are choosing whimsical accessories like jeweled feathers to place in a mess of curls or a gleaming headband to push back a pixie. "Headpieces — or fascinators — are sooo big with brides right now," said Patricia A. Grooms, owner of Vows Timeless Bridal Millinery on Fourth Street. "There is a lot of interest in them now because they look great with period dresses that reflect fashions from the 1920s, '30s and '40s.
May 24, 2012 |
Question: Never thought this would be such a big deal till it happened to me. My sister is pregnant with her first baby, and she just e-mailed asking me how I would feel if she used the name I have been saving in the event I have a son. (I mentioned it to her a few years ago.) My husband and I want kids in the next few years and I really, really want there to be an acceptable way to ask my sister to choose a different name. Am I the baby here? Answer: Well, she is asking you how you'd feel.
January 15, 2012
Charles Price 2d, 80, a former U.S. ambassador to Britain who coordinated friendly relations between President Ronald Reagan and Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, died Thursday at his home in Indian Wells, Calif. Mr. Price was friends with the Reagans and Thatcher, whom he worked with in the aftermath of the 1988 Lockerbie airliner bombing in Scotland. Mr. Price toured the crash site and attended memorials with the prime minister for the 259 victims. Mr. Price also took part in treaty talks between the two nations as they sought to deal with the drug trade and Britain's fight with the Irish Republican Army.
September 30, 2011 |
Wednesday night, as the world knows, was sacred in the Church of Baseball. But it was also a monumental media moment. Baseball: It was the last day of the season, with much in the balance. Four games were crucial; three turned out to be historic blockbusters. Media: Millions sat with TV remotes in one hand, flipping among numerous channels - ESPN, MLB, CSN, YES, TBS - and handheld devices in the other hand, using phone apps, such as MLB.com At Bat 11, following four games at once, with a variety of real-time commentators, blogs, charts, graphs, and play-by-play accounts.
July 31, 2011
Iraq to buy 36 U.S. fighter jets BAGHDAD - Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on Saturday signaled continuing military cooperation with the United States, doubling the size of a planned purchase of U.S. fighter jets, but he sidestepped the crucial question of whether American troops would be asked to stay past a Dec. 31 withdrawal deadline. Maliki told reporters the Iraqi government planned to buy 36 F-16 fighter jets to help its fledgling air force defend the country. Baghdad had postponed plans to buy 18 of the multimillion-dollar jets, diverting almost $1 billion of the money to buy food for impoverished regions in a response to rising antigovernment protests.
June 27, 2011 |
MONACO - Charlene Wittstock has not one, but two tough acts to follow. As the future princess of Monaco and wife to longtime bachelor Prince Albert II, the Zimbabwe-born, South Africa-raised former Olympic swimmer is to succeed Grace Kelly, whose 1956 wedding to Prince Rainier III is still widely seen as the gold standard for royal nuptials. And as if the blue-eyed Hollywood beauty-turned-beloved princess didn't cast a long enough shadow, Albert's long-awaited marriage to Wittstock comes on the heels of the royal wedding of the decade, Kate Middleton's union with Britain's Prince William.
June 9, 2011 |
PARIS - With three triple-star Michelin restaurants and more than 20 other temples of haute gastronomy scattered around the globe, celebrity chef Alain Ducasse is used to catering to the rich and famous. But the veteran cook admitted his blood pressure is rising ahead of next month's royal wedding in Monaco, where he will prepare a multicourse gala dinner for Prince Albert, bride-to-be Charlene Wittstock, and their 500 A-list guests. "I've done gala dinners before, but never an official meal for a head of state.
June 1, 2011 |
Question: My son is getting married in four months. He and his fiancee have lived together for eight years and have a baby daughter. The mother of the bride (MOTB), along with the bride, have a huge wedding planned, with over 200 guests. MOTB has pretty much left me out of all the planning (I live about 10 hours away), with the exception of this: She's asked me to pay for the rehearsal dinner, the limo ride, and one hour of open bar at the reception. MOTB knows I lost my job almost a year ago, collected unemployment, and now work a 16-hour-per-week job at minimum wage.
May 27, 2011 |
Topping this week's DVD releases are an animated tale for the family and what could be the launch of a sci-fi franchise. Gnomeo and Juliet, Grade C-minus: Two gnomes from the opposite side of the fence fall in love. James McAvoy and Emily Blunt provide their voices. It took 11 years to make the animated take on Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet using garden gnomes. It feels more like it was made in days. The script lacks originality, the Elton John soundtrack feels forced, and the characters are more creepy than cuddly.