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By MICHELLE DEAL-ZIMMERMAN and MICHELLE DEAL-ZIMMERMAN,michelle.deal@baltsun.com, twitter.com/suntravelblog | March 22, 2009
Spring break is right around the corner, and the summer travel season is not far behind. You wouldn't know it by the number of ongoing airfare sales and bargain-basement ticket prices. Airlines have not been this desperate for passengers in a long time. That's good news for travelers - there are deals to be found right and left and every which way in between. If you've always wanted to visit England, Ireland, Russia, Australia or a host of other international spots, now is the time. Airfare prices for overseas travel seem to get better (or worse from the airline's point of view)
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NEWS
By Susan King and Susan King,Los Angeles Times | December 5, 2008
Filmmaker Baz Luhrmann calls them "banquets of cinema," visual and narrative feasts that offer audiences drama, romance, comedy and that sweeping feeling of being transported to another world. In other words: an epic. Creating an epic is not for the faint of heart or those with limited ambition, which is why the audacious Luhrmann - who reconceived the movie musical with Moulin Rouge! and the Shakespearean tragedy with Romeo + Juliet - deliberately aimed his latest film, Australia, to be on a, well, epic scale.
NEWS
December 1, 2008
JORN UTZON, 90 Sydney Opera House architect Jorn Utzon, the Danish architect whose eye-catching, nautically inspired design for the Sydney Opera House in Australia overcame a series of controversies surrounding its budget and acoustics to become one of the most recognizable landmarks of the 20th century, died of a heart attack Saturday at his home in Copenhagen, Denmark, his son, Kim Utzon, told the Associated Press. Few architects have been as closely associated with a single building as Mr. Utzon was with the 1973 opera house, which emerges - part sailboat, part sea creature - from a site on the edge of Sydney Harbor.
NEWS
By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,michael.sragow@baltsun.com | November 28, 2008
Hugh Jackman has achieved legendary success on stages in his native Australia as well as America and England, playing everyone from Curly the singing cowboy in Oklahoma! to gay entertainer Peter Allen in The Boy from Oz. On screen, he's taken a shot at everything from sleazes and sorcerers to lady-killers and superheroes. A pillar of the smash X-Men series as the team's angry, furry young man - the steel-taloned Wolverine - he's breaking off into his own Wolverine series. And in Australia, he holds down the leading-man position in a rare contemporary attempt at a sweeping national melodrama.
NEWS
By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,michael.sragow@baltsun.com | November 26, 2008
Hugh Jackman, a resourceful, good-humored star with the Old School knack for playing rugged and courtly, has just been named People's Sexiest Man Alive. Nicole Kidman, who can be an imposing woman of action (see the thriller Dead Calm), has become a critical favorite for her daring and accomplishment. For my money she was the Sexiest Woman Alive, if only for a few brief moments, in the Baltimore-shot Invasion. These gifted Australians should have been sensational together as lovers in the sprawling Australia.
SPORTS
By Tribune Olympic Bureau | August 16, 2008
* Archery: Neither the top seed nor the defending world champion reached the medal stand, as Viktor Ruban of Ukraine won the men's individual gold by beating Park Kyung-Mo of South Korea. Bair Badenov of Russia got the bronze when he beat top-seeded Juan Rene Serrano of Mexico. The lone American archer, Vic Wunderle, beat defending world champion Im Dong-hyun of South Korea but lost in the quarterfinals to Serrano. * Badminton: The first medals went to China. In women's doubles, Du Jing and Yu Yang beat Lee Hyojung and Lee Kyungwon of South Korea.
NEWS
By Kate Shatzkin | May 14, 2008
thestonesoup.com This cooking blog features spare, elegant photography and recipes from a thirtysomething food lover and winemaker in Australia.
NEWS
By SUSAN REIMER | January 20, 2008
My friend Betsy called me from in front of her stove, where she has been cooking for her four children for too many years to count. "What's wrong with this picture?" she asked. "I have one child headed to Colorado, another child headed to Israel, another one on her way to Mexico and the fourth is planning a trip to Norway." Her children are just about out of college and almost on their own, and Betsy thought she would be the one doing the traveling at this time in her life. "I know just what you mean," I said.
SPORTS
January 14, 2008
MELBOURNE, Australia -- The difference in 12 months was easy to see. Serena Williams, wearing fuchsia bicycle shorts and headband, a short white dress and dangling, chandelier-inspired earrings, found her form quickly and beat Jarmila Gajdosova, 6-3, 6-3, today in the first match in the Australian Open. Last year, Williams was unseeded, ranked 81st and coming off one of her worst losses on tour - in a Tier 4 event at Hobart - yet she beat six seeded players en route to the title at Melbourne Park.
NEWS
October 28, 2007
Laura Ann Spivak, daughter of Wendy and Jerry Spivak of Roland Park, and Patrick Michael Ryan, son of Patrick and Violet Ryan of Melbourne, Australia, were married on August 26, 2007 in Portland, Oregon. Laura is a graduate of the Baltimore Friends School, University of Pennsylvania, and Temple University School of Medicine. She is now working at Oregon Health and Science University and the the Portland Veterans Administration Medical Center. Patrick completed his education in Australia and is a Director of Information Technology in Portland.
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