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Mandarin opens opulent doors to Washington

WASHINGTON, March 29 (UPI) -- Languishing in the presidential suite of the new Mandarin Oriental, sipping champagne and martinis while wolfing down generous helpings of sushi, the news corre
T.K.MALOY, UPI Deputy Business Editor

France, Britain set out to rebuild bridges

PARIS, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- Britain and France Monday began trying to revive a diplomatic accord they signed 100 years ago.

UPI Thoroughbred Racing Roundup

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ROBERT KIECKHEFER, UPI Racing Writer

UPI Thoroughbred Racing Roundup

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ROBERT KIECKHEFER, UPI Racing Writer

UPI Thoroughbred Racing Roundup

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ROBERT KIECKHEFER, UPI Racing Writer

UPI Thoroughbred Racing Roundup

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ROBERT KIECKHEFER, UPI Racing Writer

Film of the Week: Kidman in 'The Hours'

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 26 (UPI) -- Opening on Friday in Los Angeles and New York, and nationwide on Jan. 17, "The Hours" -- starring Nicole Kidman, Julianne Moore, and Meryl Streep -- is a peculi
STEVE SAILER, UPI National Correspondent

George Bush's America

BEIJING, Feb. 22 (UPI) -- President George W. Bush, perhaps taking a leaf from his wife's gift for teaching, Friday delivered a primer on the America he knows to Chinese university stude
NICHOLAS M. HORROCK, UPI Chief White House Correspondent

Argentina says no default, but cash needed

OTTAWA, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- There are few financial ministers from developing nations who could get reporters to run for their notepads on literally a minute's notice, but Argentina's Econ
SHIHOKO GOTO, Senior Business Correspondent
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Formal Hall or Formal Meal is the traditional meal held at some of the older universities in the United Kingdom at which students dress in formal attire and often gowns to dine. These are held commonly in the colleges of Oxford, Cambridge, St Andrews and Durham, as well as at the halls of Nottingham, University of Manchester and Bristol.

The nature of Formals varies widely between the colleges and halls that hold them. In some colleges, Formals may be held every night, and are simply a second sitting of hall at which gowns are worn and grace is read. In other colleges, Formals may be special events to which guests from outside the college are frequently invited, often with themes and associated entz or "bops". In between these two extremes fall the great majority of colleges.

The full name and abbreviations to describe the formals differ. Generally, though, they are known as:

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It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Formal Dinner."
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