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This charming guide to the world of the English country house reveals all the essential hints and tips for living in and running a great house, whether you were lord, lady, maid or cook. By esteemed author Ruth Binney and with a Foreword by Julian Fellowes, creator of the much-loved Downton Abbey. Discover the rules of etiquette and manners that existed both 'upstairs' and 'downstairs', the daily routines of servants, bygone housekeeping maxims for everyone from the scullery maid to the gardener, and learn how to prepare for a grand ball. The intricate way in which the country house worked is reflected in the six chapters of this book, beginning with Keeping House and progressing to The Daily Routine and The Country House Kitchen . Since correct behavior was so important to all activities of the house, A Matter of Manners addresses the essentials of etiquette, a theme that also extends into Leisure, Entertainment and Sport . Finally Garden and Grounds focuses on everything from the cultivation of exotic fruit for the table to brewing and the care of horses and other animals. With beautiful line drawings, Wise Words and Country House Ways will be fascinating for anyone who has wondered what it would be like to be served, or in service in a grand country house.
Over 30 delicious homemade treats to delight your friends and family all year round!Packed with recipes and designs for cakes, cupcakes, mini cakes, fondant fancies and cookies.There's something for every occasion, from the Mad Hatter's tea party and a seaside celebration, to a lacy white wedding and some special Christmas gifts.Step-by-step illustrated instructions and detailed techniques guide you through each stage of baking and decorating.
An incredible collection of truly breathtaking weather phenomena. Produced in association with the Met Office, the world's premier weather forecasting bureau, Extraordinary Weather unearths astonishing photographs and compelling satellite imagery that reveals the otherworldly, wayward and often ambiguous nature of the weather. From the beautiful snow rollers that can form on icy rooftops to the dramatic lightshow of volcanic lightning, these powerful images-accompanied by commentary from the award winning Richard Hamblyn-inform and explain the science behind the most extraordinary weather phenomena ever seen. Extraordinary Weather presents a beautiful and dramatic visual exhibition of the perpetually changing sky, bringing us closer to the natural world. Discover the world's altering climate and its affects all around us, explore weather events on a larger scale through powerful satellite imagery, and learn of unusual and out of the ordinary weather phenomena considered unbelievable until you have seen them with your own eyes. Acclaimed author Richard Hamblyn celebrates both impressive natural and man-made weather wonders from frost feathers created by rime ice to wingtip vortices formed by accelerating aircraft. The six themed chapters of the book explore storms and tempests, ice and snow, heat and drought, atmospherics, strange phenomena and man-made weather revealed through some of the most visually stunning and intriguing photographs and satellite images seen yet.
Respected transport author Julian Holland delves into the intriguing world of steam in his latest book, which is full of absorbing facts and figures on subjects ranging from Cornish beam engines, steam railway locomotives, road vehicles and ships through to traction engines, steam rollers and electricity generating stations and the people who designed and built them. Helped along the way by the inventive minds of James Watt, Richard Trevithick and George Stephenson, steam became the powerhouse that drove the Industrial Revolution in Britain in the late 18th and 19th centuries.
Who reprimanded Hitler during the 1936 Olympic Games? When did the Olympic event "shin kicking" get banned? Which Shakespearean play refers to the Olympic Games? Who was the first official cheat in 388BC? Find the answers to these and many other intriguing aspects of the Olympic Games in this absorbing collection of stories and trivia. Amazing & Extraordinary Facts: The Olympics reveals the beguiling stories behind the well-known history of the Games. It delves into the ancient origins in Greece, the modern predecessors to the Games from the 17th century onwards, and the little-known facts behind the Olympics in the modern era. As the "Greatest Show on Earth" graces the City of London, it is the time to swot up on the hidden history and unusual facts behind the Olympic Games, past and present.
Which novel predicted the disaster a whole 14 years before Titanic's maiden voyage? Who photographed Titanic's nemesis - the iceberg? What were the last words and deeds of Titanic's Captain? How did a bottle of whisky save one of the crew? Find the answers to these and many other intriguing aspects of the doomed ship in this absorbing collection of stories and trivia. Amazing and Extraordinary Facts: Titanic celebrates the 100th anniversary of the most famous maritime disaster of all time, with a unique collection of facts and stories that will make you think differently about the night to remember. Unusual facts about the iconic ship, her passengers and crew; strange tales of premonitions and jinxes; stirring accounts of heroism and cowardice; spectacular box-office triumphs and flops; the discovery of the wreck and some truly bizarre salvage attempts; all these and more are explored in this alternative guide to the ill-fated "unsinkable" liner.
Where did James Bond's creator, Ian Fleming, gain inspiration for his character? What was Ian Fleming's original name for his spy?Who wrote the James Bond theme?How did JFK influence the release of From Russia with Love?An essential companion for every Bond fan, this book will unearth a plethora of surprising and intriguing facts about the much-loved fictional spy, and the books and films he has starred in. Brimming with strange and amusing stories about the Bond actors, from Sean Connery to Daniel Craig, behind-the-scenes tidbits from the film sets, and amazing facts about Ian Fleming's original novel, the brief, accessible and entertaining pieces make this the perfect book to dip in to.
Stitch New York: the knitty city that never stops stitching! Want a breakfast with Handmade Holly Golightly? Knit neurotic Woolly Woody Allen? Or hail a Small Yellow Taxi that really rolls? From proud and purly Little Lady Liberty, to the Squishy Empire State, to the star-struck Broadway Beanie, Stitch New York is a melting pot of Big Apple knitting patterns. Can't knit? Fuggedaboudit! We'll show you how and have you knitting in a New York minute. So hop in, cast on and lose your heart to the homemade metropolis of Stitch New York. Go on.
When was the first UFO caught on camera? What really did happen at "The Battle of Los Angeles" in 1942? Which recent UFO sighting caught the interest of the British Royal Navy? Who claimed to have been abducted by aliens, producing a son from her relationship with her alien contact "Akon"? UFOs Caught on Film is an extraordinary collection of photographs which, for the first time, brings together the finest visual evidence for the existence of extraterrestrial life.
Find out how even the busiest of busy girls can whip up impressive homemade treats in next to no time! Ruth Clemens, finalist on the original series of The Great British Bake Off, shares her secrets in creating speedy but gorgeous cakes, bakes and biscuits. Choose from 25 beautiful projects to make in under an hour, under 3 hours or less than a day and be amazed at what you can achieve! Ruth Clemens is a baker, cake decorator and very busy wife and mother. Completely self taught, Ruth's passion for baking and sugarcrafting shines through on her blog, The Pink Whisk.
In this hilarious and heart-warming collection of essays, writer and broadcaster Stuart Maconie reflects on a life spent exploring the British countryside on foot. From the splendour of the Pennines and the Lake District to the drama of the Dorset coast; from the canals of the Midlands to wildest Scotland, this book is an attempt to explain a passion for walking and the delights it can bring. Culled from his monthly column in Country Walking magazine, it's full of the beautiful places, magical moments and wonderful characters Stuart has encountered on his travels. It discusses such intrepid adventures as taking on the famous 'Wainwright' fells of the Lake District, walking Hadrian's Wall with colleague Mark Radcliffe, and why the most important things to carry in a rucksack are a transistor radio and a small bottle of red wine.
Bake Me I'm Yours... Sweet Bitesize Bakes:Over 25 big ideas for pretty little cakes and pastries, from Maison Cupcake founder Sarah Trivuncic.With this gorgeous little book you will learn how to bake miniature versions of your best-loved desserts, confections, patisserie and sweet treats with easy to follow recipes and expert instruction for essential cake decorating techniques. Discover how to embellish pastries, cupcakes and cookies with sugarcraft embellishments and fondant icing for stunning results, and how to whip up tasty fillings and toppings, from buttercream and chocolate ganache to marshmallow fluff, lemon curd and crème patissière.The compact size and gorgeous photography will make it really easy for you to choose a pastry or cake design and get baking and decorating straight away, whether you are an experienced cake decorator or a complete beginner!Inside Bake Me I'm Yours... Sweet Bitesize Bakes:Delicious recipes and treats for every occasion . . . Banana Whoopie PiesChoux PastryFondant FanciesFrench MacaronsGingerbread CookiesCupcakesMadeleinesMini MeringuesMini PavlovasRed Velvet CakesSweet PastryVanilla Sponge Cakes . . . and many more!
This guide is suitable for all levels of photographers. 100 Ways to Take Better Nature and Wildlife Photographs features 100 practical and inspiring tips on every aspect of the genre. Guy Edwardes' breath-taking pictures accompany his eas-to-follow advice on a wide range of subjects from capturing the actions of large mammals to snapping wild birds and flowers in the garden.With tips on everything from technique to composition, coping with extreme field conditions to Photoshop software manipulation, this is an invaluable guide for anyone with a passion for photography of the natural world.
Over 100 irresistible ways to bake, frost, decorate, display, and indulge in cupcakes Treat...Yourself to a piece of cupcake heaven, with divine designs that are devilishly simple Tempt...Everyone with a look they'll love, from sweet and stylish to fun and fashionable Transform...The traditional party cake into a tower of enticing treats to impress the guests The little cake with big ideas...Weddings, Birthdays, Valentine's Day, Engagements, Anniversaries, Easter, Halloween, Christmas, Mother's Day, Christenings, Thanksgiving, New Year, Tea Parties, Picnics, and more
These are handy, accessible books that provide literally all the information you need to know to gain a new hobby or understand a difficult topic. Want to relieve stress, ease an ailment, enhance concentration and feel great? If so, read on - this easy-to-use guide will teach you everything you need to know about the ancient tradition of meditation. It features everything from posture and breathing techniques, creative visualisation and imagery, medical benefits and the various cultural and religious approaches to meditation. It is proven to help stress and anxiety, infertility, chronic pain, high blood pressure, heart disease and even cancer! All these benefits and all you need is a quiet spot and a few minutes a day! What are you waiting for?
These are handy, accessible books that provide literally all the information you need to know to gain a new hobby or understand a difficult topic. It's believed that over 50 per cent of human communication is lost without body language. However, this book is your ticket to understanding people, whether at home, work or even on a date! It includes everything from how to detect a liar, display self-confidence, identify hostile or aggressive behaviour and even digital and online body language. Is my boyfriend telling me the truth about where he was last night? How can I show my boss that I'm ready for a promotion? Let the body language experts show you how.
Inside Pepys' London reveals a vivid picture of London at a critical point in history - poised to become a major centre of international commerce and culture. It provides accounts of all aspects of contemporary life, from the arts and entertainment, to politics and religion. Though no king or great general, thanks to his diary Samuel Pepys is one of the most interesting characters in history. His life encompassed happenings of huge historical and human impact - the execution of Charles I and the Great Fire of London to name but two. This book takes Pepys' diary, which he kept almost daily from 1660-1669, as its central resource, but also includes a range of other contemporary sources to provide a fascinating and vivid picture of the times.
Tales from the Front Line - Trafalgar offers a unique insight into the most significant naval battle in history, told through the accounts of those who were actually there. Here you will find original accounts from the great military leaders of the time - including Nelson - as well as the experiences of the ordinary seamen and civilian witnesses. This title is drawn from a variety of contemporary sources including letters, diaries, newspapers and ships' logs.
Take a step back into the world of steam railways, and discover the reality of life and work on Britain's railway system before the Beeching cuts and the introduction of diesel changed it forever. Tom Quinn has sought out a fascinating range of characters who recount their experiences of working on steam trains. From a shedmaster to a fireman, from an engine driver to a signalman, tales of accidents and mishaps, evenings round the fire in the worker's common room and the perils of left luggage in the days when almost anything might - and frequently did - turn up! Remarkable reminiscences about life on the old railways when Britain's railway system was the envy of the world.
A unique collection of surprising revelations and quirky stories about one of the most amazing people ever to have lived. This engaging volume reveals Da Vinci's phenomenal accomplishments, including mathematical discoveries, investigating the secrets of the human body, inventing a robot and even his plans to divert the entire Arno River!
These handy, accessible books provides literally all the information you need to know to gain a new hobby or understand a difficult topic. "Guitar" makes learning how to play an acoustic or electric guitar easy and will serve as the perfect introduction to this popular instrument. This title covers everything you need to know: how to play your first songs, reading music and tablature, mastering genre styles, and much, much more. With clear step-by-step instructions, diagrams and practice tips, this practical manual will have readers playing chords and songs in no time.
This handy, accessible book provides literally all the information you need to know to gain a new hobby or understand a difficult topic. From gentle jogs to intense marathons, Running will help you to choose the right equipment, get going and keep going, train safely, and meet your running and racing goals.It covers everything you need to know:correct posture and mechanicsavoiding injuries and plateausregulating water intakephysical and mental strengthand moreWith additional information on tailoring running to your age, training for marathons and eating right, this practical guide has everything you need - from start to finish!
This is an innovative new business series that presents 60 succinct techniques to improve core business skills, each technique to be read and digested in 60 seconds. 'Persuasion' provides 60 practical and effective techniques that can be immediately applied to enhance the art of persuasion both in the workplace and outside. This title covers all vital persuasion techniques including people skills and presentation skills, creating winning proposals and sourcing and developing new relationships. 60 fast solutions packaged in small, handy format will enable advice-hungry businessmen and women to dip in and out of this book when ever they have a spare minute!
This is an innovative new business series that presents 60 succinct techniques to improve core business skills, each technique to be read and digested in 60 seconds. Organization provides 60 practical, effective organization techniques that can immediately be applied to transform your workplace, increase productivity and job satisfaction. This title covers all vital organization skills, including prioritizing tasks and responsibilities, creating checklists that work, keeping email under control and streamlining your workday. 60 fast solutions packaged in small, handy format will enable advice-hungry businessmen and women to dip in and out of this book when ever they have a spare minute!
Disturbing phenomena are everywhere we turn and this book is jam-packed with facts that will truly horrify you but undoubtedly entertain and educate at the same time. From the ugly truth about food and drink, to the human body exposed to the beastly tales of creatures that outnumber us - no subject is off limits. Did you know there is a sneaky fish that can swim up your genitals? Or that the average human loses 85,000 brain cells each day? If not, read on - there's plenty more where that came from.