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From the invention of the electric chair to the less offensive post-it note, "Bollocks! Why Didnt I Think of That?" features 101 clever inventions we could no longer imagine life without. Each ingenious invention comes complete with its history and handy trivia - I bet you you didn't know early Romans used porcupine quills as tooth-picks? Or that 1,000,000,000 Barbies have been sold worldwide? This must-have guide will allow you to impress your mates with your newfound fascinating knowledge of every invention from toilet paper to the Theory of Evolution. And it will have you slapping your head in no time, thinking "Bollocks! Why didn't I think of that?"
Tales From the Front Line - D Day is a chronicle of the build-up and aftermath of the most decisive battle of World War II, told through the tales of the extraordinary participants who recorded their experiences in letters or diaries, or recounted them after the event. Tales From the Front Line - D-Day commemorates the bravery and skill of generals, frontline soldiers, statesmen and civilians. Jonathan Bastable has skillfully woven disparate tales into a compelling narrative of one of the key events in the twentieth century. You will find that this is the most personal account to date of the day s events.
This is a fascinating, evocative account of 19th-century London, so well known from Charles Dickens' much-loved novels. It draws on descriptions of life in the capital from original letters, diaries and newspapers, as well as Dickens' own social commentary, to paint a vivid portrait of a city undergoing massive social changes. No author has ever described the city of London as well as Dickens. His eye for detail and his gift for characterization moved and entertained readers throughout the world who might never have been to the city. Many of the cliches that crowd our imaginations when we think of London, or of the Victorians, can be traced back to his writings. A unique gazetteer section with a modern-day map allows the reader to discover where places and attractions mentioned in the text can be seen in today's London.
Life on the Old Farm takes you back to a time, not so long ago, when country life in Britain followed a pattern that had remained largely unchanged for centuries. In this series of fascinating reminiscences, farmers from all over Britain reveal their knowledge - the last generation who know at first hand traditions dating back to Saxon times. Life on the Old Farm is nostalgic and informative with fascinating interviews and insights into how things used to be done. It covers a time span from before Edwardian times up to the coming of mechanization after World War II.
Accomplished artist, Charles Evans, will have you painting in no time with these cleverly-constructed art projects that can each be completed in a matter of minutes. Packed with simple techniques and top tips that will ensure successful results every time, Charles' easy-to-follow instruction will help improve your painting skills at once. It helps you learn professional hints and tricks about using watercolors and watercolor pencils which offer extra flexibility and convenience. It includes varied art projects for outdoors and indoors, ranging from simple landscapes to more complex compositions, from pets to still lives. It reveals inspirational pages from Charles' own sketchbooks that clearly demonstrate the immediacy of this medium.
Amazing & Extraordinary Facts - Ghosts unearths a wealth of fascinating tales about ghosts past and present. Discover trivia about historical ghostly happenings such as the Mary Celeste, as well as hauntings on film sets and the stage. The Amazing and Extraordinary facts series presents interesting, surprising and little-known facts and stories about a wide range of topics which are guaranteed to inform, absorb and entertain in equal measure. Brief, accessible and entertaining pieces on a wide variety of subjects make them the perfect books to dip in to.
Every project has been designed to enhance your happiness, from feeling more energetic to chilling out and even encouraging wealth! Most projects use one ball of yarn making them quick, accessible and affordable - all things to smile about Projects are perfect for taking happiness everywhere - ideal for knitting groups and knitters on-the-go. The feel-good theme means that the knits make great gifts - a reason that many crafters knit.
This is a delicious collection of fun cake pop treats for every occasion. Over 40 colorful projects, from cute animals and romantic wedding rings, to creepy Halloween creatures and festive Christmas characters. The simple step-by-step instructions are perfect for beginners, while the gorgeous designs provide inspiration for the more experienced sugarcrafter.
Pam and Nicky Lintott have sold over 250,000 books all over the world - testament to their extraordinary talent for creating great quilt designs with easy to follow instructions. Here Pam and Nicky bring you a fresh collection of 14 brand new quilt patterns, each with a beautiful variation design.Uses a range of ModaTM pre-cuts, including the new fat eighth bundle!
Stitch London: a city of people pigeons, puddles and purly kings and queens.Want to whip up your own Royal couple to add a bit of majesty to your manterpiece? Need to knit some little London landmarks to show off your travels? Whether you love London, or haven't made it there yet, Stitch London will show you a whole new side of the city and its people and places.And if you can't knit? Fear not! Author Lauren O'Farrell (fearless leader of the knitting community Stitch London) will show you how to get clicking with your sticks and string in no time at all. From cute London characters and critters, to practical accessories for every walk of life, these projects are simple enough for beginners, yet bonkers enough to inspire more seasoned knitters who love to knit, but don't like rules. It even comes with a everything you need (from needles to thread) to knit your own Cooey the proud London pigeon! So hop on, mind the gap and Stitch London like you mean it. Go on!
A unique collection of strange laws, heroic deeds, surprising revelations and other quirky stories that have shaped the unique history of Britain's capital. London's long history is an extraordinarily rich source of amazing facts, whether your interest is political, social, architectural or historical, you will find a variety of topics in this alternative guide to London.
"This is a fascinating collection of stories exploring the less well-trodden byways of Britain's long history of conflicts. From the Romans vs Britons to the war on terror, "Amazing & Extraordinary Facts: the British at War" uncovers the heroic, tragic and often peculiar facts behind some of the best-known battles in British history. Brief, accessible and entertaining pieces on a wide variety of subjects makes it is the perfect book to dip in to. The amazing and extraordinary facts series presents interesting, surprising and little-known facts and stories about a wide range of topics which are guaranteed to inform, absorb and entertain in equal measure."
This title presents the easy-as-pie step-by-step instructions that are perfect for novice bakers, while the gorgeous designs provide inspiration for the more experienced sugarcrafter. It includes everything you need to create stunning (and tasty!) baked treats from start to finish, with a delicious range of cake and filling recipes. Each chapter has its own stylish presentation cake design, showing how you can display your whoopie pies for special occasions.
Cake decorating is the perfect way to celebrate at any time of the year, and this book is packed with colorful cake designs for every occasion. Features 10 chapters each with a stunning main cake design and two co-ordinating smaller treats, including cupcakes, minicakes, cookies, fondant fancies and chocolates. Step-by-step illustrated instructions cover every essential technique, such as making sugar flowers, piping and stencilling.
Melly & Me present a fun and fabulous collection of personality-packed designs that will have readers sewing adorable toys in no time! Each of the brightly colored characters is a joy to sew for all abilities, making them the perfect gift for children or adults, or a trendy home accessory. Projects combine simple sewing techniques with funky fabrics, embellishments and color palettes to add zing and excitement to readers' sewn toy creations. Easy to follow step by step instructions and quirky photography make this book a delightful gift as well as an irresistible addition to sewing collections.
Folk style quilts add charm and comfort to any homes. Here, simple yet effective quiltmaking and appliqué techniques for hand and machine work are combined with a quirky folk style. Drawing on a palette of soft country colors, author Clare Kingslake has created a project collection to brighten up your home all through the year. Discover 20 irresistible projects from small and quick table mats, bags and purses, to attention-grabbing hangings and quilts. An 'Applique Focus' feature highlights the wide range of appliqué techniques covered here and tips throughout for hand and machine appliqué will guide you to making whimsical folk style quilts in no time.
Over 200 all-new crochet stitches, embellishments and trims make this the one-stop shop for all creative crocheters. Every stitch is shown as a clear swatch to show the effect and texture, and the pattern is given both written and as an easy-to-follow diagram. Conveniently grouped crochet motifs, stitches and edgings allow for easy browsing and location of favorites. Teaches crafters how to make the best of the textural, 3D nature of crochet - perfect when fabrics and knitting just don't cut it!
Pam and Nicky Lintott's Jelly Roll quilting books have sold over 250,000 copies world wide-and here they bring you a brand new collection of ideas for 10 stunning sampler quilts!5 incredible quick-to-piece sampler quilts, each made using just one jelly roll5 pick'n'mix designs showing just how easy it is to combine your favorite blocks to make even more quick quilts.Step-by-step instructions for easy-to-follow diagrams, with alternative colourways for added inspirationFollow on of the stunning patterns or create your own unique sampler quilt from the 55 fabulous block designs.
A practical guide to combining Japanese fabrics and traditional Oriental style with fast, super-easy techniques. Each of the ten quilts is made up in two different colorways for maximum inspiration, and shown both as hand and machine quilted designs. As an added bonus, there are five simple-to-make home-style projects for using up leftover quilt blocks. Japanese patchwork style is incredibly versatile, and the finished projects will work well in both the most modern interiors as well as rustic cottages.
Mandy Shaw's unmistakable style provides a gorgeous collection of stitches and projects, all in natural fabrics in the stylish cream and red color palette. This book is a perfect introduction to eleven simple stitches, with step-by-step instruction for both right and left handers. This book allows you to create stunning gifts and home accessories which are personal and unique, while also leaving room for inspiration and creativity.
Amazing & Extraordinary Facts: British Prime Ministers delves into the premiership's 300 year history and unearths a host of fascinating, intriguing and little-known facts about some of the best-known characters in British history, lifting the lid on the top job. From Robert Walpole, William Pitt (the Elder), Earl Grey, through to Margaret Thatcher, Tony Blair, David Cameron and everyone inbetween. Discover revealing stories about the lives and personalities of each Prime Minister and how they have shaped history. Find out about the Prime Minister who only lasted 100 days, another who served for 21 years, or how Downing Street came to be the Premier's residence. Brief, accessible, entertaining and accompanied by charming illustrations throughout, it makes the perfect book to dip in to.
"Amazing & Extraordinary Facts about Kings and Queens" unearths a wealth of fascinating truths about British monarchs from pre-Roman times to the present day. Discover revealing stories about the lives and personalities of each monarch and how they have shaped history. Tales of wickedness, greed, adultery and madness make this guide to Britain's kings and queens utterly compelling. "The Amazing and Extraordinary Facts series" presents interesting, surprising and little-known facts and stories about a wide range of topics which are guaranteed to inform, absorb and entertain in equal measure. Brief, accessible and entertaining pieces on a wide variety of subjects make them the perfect books to dip in to.
An adorable collection of birthday cakes boasting the unique but easily achievable modeling skills of internationally renowned cake designer and sugar modeler Maisie Parrish. Each charming new design is ideal for creating extra-special birthday party cakes or for adding a unique personal touch tailored to the recipient. Includes the ever-popular cupcakes and minicakes and, for the first time, amazing sugarpaste techniques for adding graphic designs to compliment cakes and characters. With simple sugarcrafting techniques, figure modeling instructions and clear step-by-step photography, designs are ideal for both beginner and intermediate sugarcrafters. With over 25 character cake toppers and expert advice on covering, storing and transporting your cake, this is the ultimate birthday cake resource.
"Amazing & Extraordinary Facts about the English Countryside" explores the flora and fauna, customs and traditions that give the English countryside its unique charm and special identity. From the standing stones and carvings of our ancestors to the modern farming methods and woodland management of today, discover hundreds of fascinating facts about rural England. Brief, accessible and entertaining pieces on a wide variety of subjects makes it the perfect book to dip in to. The amazing and extraordinary facts series presents interesting, surprising and little-known facts and stories about a wide range of topics which are guaranteed to inform, absorb and entertain in equal measure.
"Over the last years the interest in traditional trades and crafts grew constantly. People are looking for sustainability and a more rewarding and fulfilling lifestyle. The Book of Forgotten Crafts matches those interests and reveals the fascinating history of British craftsmanship in a series of interviews with leading crafters at work in Britain today."
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