Guy Adams is The Independent's Los Angeles correspondent. He lives in Malibu, and divides his time between the local beach and the Hollywood Hills. He headed out west in May 2008, and has being trying to make sense of the First City of Showbusiness ever since. You can track his every move at twitter.com/guyadams.
Along with the rest of America, Los Angeles suffering from a strange and unfamiliar shortage of very tall, heavily-tattooed men prepared to play basketball several times a week in exchange for large amounts of money.
No less than 40 minutes after today’s newspaper went to print, the Church of Scientology’s public relations department got in touch. They wished to respond to the request I had lodged earlier – seeking comment on reports that its employees had attempted to dig up dirt on the South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey [...]
It was “Big Thursday” in Southern California yesterday, as the tail end of a hurricane-season storm from the South Pacific made landfall, blasting monster waves towards the region’s most famous surf spots.
The swell has already spawned a thousand YouTube clips, because it hit Tahiti last week, when the world’s finest surfers were shredding it at [...]
I was intrigued, but hardly surprised, to read that seven teenagers were attacked by a grizzly bear in Alaska at the weekend. The place is chock full of them. Indeed, a fortnight ago, I had the pleasure of attending a “bear school” in one of the more remote parts of Sarah Palin’s home state.
There, as [...]
“Stay the heck out of here” warned one Los Angeles official. “Just go on vacation,” counseled another. “Let me just make something absolutely clear,” added City Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, “on July 16th and 17th, it will be an absolute nightmare.”
The doomsday scenario presented, at a City Hall press conference earlier this week, is neither an [...]
They were doing a roaring trade at the Ronald Reagan Library this holiday weekend, with crowds so big that the car-park overflowed and visitors were forced to undergo the most un-American ordeal of parking up to a mile from the gate and walking up a steep hill to the ticket office.
Like all modern Presidents, The Gipper preserved his personal memorabilia [...]
The film “Prince Charles, hypocrite” was released on YouTube earlier today. It highlights some of the inconsistencies involved in a very wealthy royal, who lives in several palaces, demanding that his subjects “live with less.”
In March, I wrote about the strange history of a water-tank by the Pacific Coast Highway in Los Angeles which had been jollified by the street artist Banksy during a recent visit to Southern California, with the words “this looks a bit like an elephant.”
One of the few annoyances of life as a newspaper correspondent in Los Angeles are emails from luxury goods and clothing manufacturers informing me that a minor celebrity happens to be wearing their stuff to a forthcoming event.