By Matthias Gafni | [email protected] and Thomas Peele | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: December 7, 2018 at 5:11 pm | UPDATED: December 10, 2018 at 4:09 am PULGA — With winds gusting around 50 mph in the morning hours of Nov. 8, portions of a PG&E steel lattice transmission tower — exposed to the elements high on a ridgetop and originally built when Woodrow Wilson was president — failed. As high-voltage lines got loose and whipped around, striking the metal tower, molten aluminum and metal sprayed across tinder dry vegetation, igniting the brush. Arriving firefighters could only watch as the blaze underneath the power lines quickly spread to wild timber and brush. That’s the horror story about the ignition of the Camp Fire that attorneys, sources and experts have begun to construct after visiting the tower and reviewing records, fire transmissions and other data. Now a month after the blaze first roared to life … [Read more...] about It was originally built in 1919. What failed on PG&E tower at heart of Camp Fire probe?
Wild at heart
by Lizzie Frainier, The Telegraph, November 2, 2018 Let it be said that London hotels are best dressed in winter. When temperatures plummet, the appeal of stepping inside somewhere cosy and adorned in festive decorations suddenly multiples. Some have magnificent Christmas trees, sparkling lights, and wintery drinks, but it’s the hotels with themed pop-ups that will really get you in the spirit. Favourites this year include a kitsch bar with plenty of nostalgic décor, rooftop igloos with views across the capital and a woodland glade with whisky cocktails. Don't be a Scrooge, get stuck in. Miracle at The Henrietta Hotel If you’re going to embrace full-on kitsch, Christmas is a pretty good time to do it. And that’s exactly what The Henrietta Hotel is doing on its mezzanine this year, with the Miracle pop-up bar. Miracle was born in New York and has spread across the US with 80 locations each winter, but this will be the first to land in the UK. … [Read more...] about 11 Fabulously Festive Pop-Ups at London Hotels This Winter
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Travel Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Today’s Paper Advertisement Supported by The city has long been known for its night life. Now, day clubs are the destination of the moment, with nonstop music, tropical cocktails and the inevitable red-velvet ropes. The water can get wild. ByCourtney Bond Sept. 4, 2018 “Back of my hand. Back of my hand …” The young T.S.A. agent’s tone is matter-of-fact yet soothing, particularly as she struggles to get a blue-gloved finger between my waistband and my waist, a space we both agree is confoundingly snug. I have arrived at the Austin airport with only a temporary, wholly insufficient paper copy of a recently renewed driver’s license, and thus my journey to Las Vegas begins, appropriately enough, with a thorough pat-down. Emily, my already reluctant traveling companion, looks on with dismay. It’s an inauspicious … [Read more...] about D. J.s, Swim Briefs, $25 Coladas: In Vegas, the Party’s at the Pool
Keep the fireworks going after the Fourth with these hot music picks.OUR TOP PICKS Friday-Thursday: Antone’s 43rd Anniversary Bash. Technically, this annual celebration at Austin’s home of the blues is a monthlong affair, having begun June 29 and set to conclude July 28. For most of that stretch, anniversary events are scattered here and there; but this particular week marks the heart of the party, with shows every single night. Kicking it off Friday is a “Southwest Louisiana Swampede” starring C.C. Adcock, plus an early show with saxophonist Frank “Wild Jalapeno” Rodarte. Saturday’s Chicago Blues Celebration lost a headliner last month when Matt “Guitar” Murphy died at age 88, but the train will roll on with Billy Boy Arnold, Bob Stroger, Bob Margolin and more. Hometown heroes such as Miss Lavelle White, W.C. Clark, Derek O’Brien and Marcia Ball dig in on Sunday and Monday, before a Tuesday triple-threat women’s … [Read more...] about Weekend music picks: Celebrate the Blues at Antone’s; Fight the power with Blastfamous USA
“And I'm gonna praise you!” The lead singer of the gospel choir sang as she lent forward to address the crowd. “I'm gonna praise youuuuu!” She held the note: the room went wild. “Thank you Shoreditch!” she shouted to the restaurant. “You’ve been amazing!” I had brought her to Red Rooster’s Gospel Brunch, which takes place every Sunday on the lower floor of The Curtain hotel. Gospel choirs look set to be the smash hit of the summer after the Kingdom Gospel Choir raised the roof at the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's May wedding with their souful rendition of Stand By Me. “Ah – I thought we were going to church!” she exclaimed on catching sight of the room. “And I thought you were going to introduce me to the parish over brunch afterwards!” she added. I burst out laughing. “I was rather looking forward to it,” she grinned. • London hotels with live music We had booked a … [Read more...] about Hallelujah! The joy of a gospel choir brunch at The Curtain, Shoreditch