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Dictionary of Idioms and Their Origins

By Linda Flavell, Roger Flavell
Authors:
Linda Flavell, Roger Flavell
The English language contains a great store of idioms that can be used in creative and forceful ways. Dictionary of Idioms examines over 400 such phrases, tracing each one's source and history through a rich supply of examples. New entries in the revised edition include 'play fast and loose' (from a 16th-century fairground game), 'head over heels' (a totally illogical variation on the more sensible 'heels over head') and knee-high to a grasshopper (which won out over knee-high to a mosquito and knee-high to a toad). Mini-essays scattered through the book expand on such broader themes as What is an idiom? National Rivalries and The Old Curiosity Shop of Linguistics. Linda and Roger Flavell combine scholarly accuracy with an unfailing understanding of the snippets of information that intrigue the browser.
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Dictionary of English Down the Ages

By Linda Flavell, Roger Flavell
Authors:
Linda Flavell, Roger Flavell
Throughout history, events great and small have left their mark on the way we speak. Columbus' discovery of America introduced to Europe new foodstuffs such as chilli and chocolate and the words that described them. The Normans gave us the feudal system and curfews, while the flourishing of Dutch art in the seventeenth century introduced easels, etchings and landscapes. Before the 1970s green was a colour with connotations of naivete rather than ecology and until 1990 webs were mostly attached to spiders. Starting from 1066 and working through to the modern day boom in techno-speak, Dictionary of English Down the Ages links hundreds of words with the historical upheavals and minor social changes which gave them life.
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Damn Fine Cherry Pie

By Lindsey Bowden
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Lindsey Bowden
Enjoy the taste of the cult classic TV series Twin Peaks with more than 100 recipes inspired by the show's scenes and characters - including Maple Ham Pancakes, Coffee Donuts, Icelandic Hangikjot, Percolator Fish Supper and Chocolate Chestnut Log. Along the way you'll discover fun facts and features - such as how to tie cherry stems in your mouth, and how to fold origami owls - and a diner jukebox selection inspired by the show that you can enjoy with a slice of damn fine cherry pie.This publication has not been prepared, approved or licensed by any entity or individual that created or produced the well-known TV programme Twin Peaks.
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Drink Me Now: Cocktails

Whether you need a midweek pick-me-up, a weekend treat or are in the mood for something sweet, you will find something to hit the spot. You can enjoy a classic, such as a long island iced tea or an old fashioned - or maybe you'll discover a new favourite drink, like the fresh paloma, primrose fizz or the mexican marshmallow mocha.Cocktail novices can enjoy the introduction to mixology, which includes a guide to choosing the right glass, common cocktail ingredients and useful equipment for cocktail making, as well as a glossary of techniques - from muddling to mixing.
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Dictionary of Word Origins

By L. Flavell, Linda Flavell, R.H. Flavell, Roger Flavell
Authors:
L. Flavell, Linda Flavell, R.H. Flavell, Roger Flavell
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Distraction Pieces

By Scroobius Pip
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Scroobius Pip
The Times Bestseller (Non-Fiction)Join Scroobius Pip as he gets to the bottom of what matters most in life: whether getting Russell Brand to expound on capitalism, Jon Ronson on the perils of social media, Simon Pegg on the power of satire, Killer Mike on race relations in the United States or Howard Marks on drugs and cancer, Pip elicits thought-provoking material by rummaging through the minds of some of the most interesting creatives of our time. Distraction Pieces features both curated highlights from the iTunes-chart-topping podcast - from Akala to Howard Marks via the likes of Adam Buxton, Romesh Ranganathan and Amanda Palmer - and exclusive new content, with chapters on politics, social media, music, comedy and more. Featuring illustrations by tattoo artist mr heggie, this is a must-have for fans of the Distraction Pieces podcast, and a must-read for anyone interested in the creative mind.
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  • Daily Mail Pitcherwits – Volume 1

    By Professor Rebus
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    Professor Rebus
    Part crossword, part visual puzzle, Pitcherwits are the Daily Mail's most popular picture puzzle. These unique challenges from the renowned puzzle setter, Professor Rebus, might seem simple at first, but the answers will prove more elusive than you think!This book contains 200 addictively fun Pitcherwits, and is perfect for any crossword or puzzle fan.
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    Dinner Tonight

    By Lindsey Bareham
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    Lindsey Bareham
    "What shall we have for dinner?" In this collection of simple, accessible and mouth-watering recipes from the winner of the Guild of Food Writers' British Food Writer of the Year Award, Lindsey Bareham helps solve this never-ending question. Packed full of ideas from Lindsey's award-winning weekly column in The Times, this book will become your go-to source for a quick fix after a long day. Recipes range from Roast tomato tarte tatin and Chorizo beef sliders to Homemade fish fingers with cheat's tartare sauce; from Miso cod with crunchy vegetable salad and Pulled chicken, ham & leek pie to Strawberry almond crumble and Chocolate puddle pudding.
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    The Drone Pilot's Handbook

    By Adam Juniper
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    Adam Juniper
    The perfect companion for anyone buying (or thinking of buying) a drone, whether it's just for fun, to race against friends, or to give their to give their photography a whole new angle.The Drone Pilot's Handbook gives you the skills and techniques you need to fly and maintain your multicopter drone, tips for tuning it for maximum performance, and - importantly - a clear graphical guide to where the law will and won't allow you to fly. Meanwhile, spectacular aerial photography from around the world will inspire you to get airborne immediately!Occasional boxouts provide safety tips, handy ideas, and URLs, and flying instructions are presented with attractive original illustrations. This clean approach that makes a welcome contrast to ugly online forums, or the PDFs that drone manufacturers provide, and will have you up and away in no time.
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    Draw It, Print It, Ink It: Templates, tips & techniques for temporary tattoos

    By Pepper Baldwin
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    Pepper Baldwin
    Spotted on the biceps of Paris catwalk models and style maven Beyoncé, temporary tattoos are being embraced by fashionistas and design enthusiasts as a great way to adapt their personal street style. The transient nature of the tattoos and their contemporary aesthetic mean that wearers can be that little bit quirkier with their designs. This book equips you with all the knowledge you need to design and create your very own temporary tattoos at home. Add personal touches such as meaningful dates and the names of loved ones to create your unique one-off designs. Safe and sensitive to wear, the transfer paper creates a barrier between the design and your skin so that it only lasts as long as you want it to. Trial a design for a permanent tattoo, create a special look for a night out, design unique wedding favours or incentivize your children to tidy their rooms with a reward scheme - the sky's the limit!Comprehensive practical information explains how to draw your patterns or adapt found designs, and how to print and apply your creation. Also included are inspirational galleries with information on tattoo meanings, as well as delicate illustrations which you can trace and adapt straight from the page, or download online. Covering a range of popular designs, including animals, flowers, nautical and vintage, you are sure to find something to tickle your skin!
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    Decisions on the Rules of Golf

    Whilst many claim to know the Rules of Golf, the fact is that every year golf's governing bodies receive thousands of inquiries about how to apply these Rules to the actual game. Decisions on the Rules of Golf 2016 clarifies any ambiguity that might arise from the Rules and allows you to correctly interpret the complete Rules of Golf, including all new and revised decisions made by the R&A's Rules Committee and the USGA that come into effect in 2016. The level of detail is staggering, covering everything from using bottled water to gauge a slope to what to do when your ball lands on a crawfish mound, and the new ruling on Anchored Putting, which has been so controversial. Whether in competition or everyday play, this book provides you with the necessary guidance to impartially apply the Rules in any situation encountered on the golf course.
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    Digital Landscape Photography

    By Michael Frye
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    Michael Frye
    Updated, expanded, and covering the latest software, this new edition of the bestselling Digital Landscape Photography brings the amazing techniques pioneered by Ansel Adams and his contemporaries to every digital photographer.Ansel Adams' imagery - especially his iconic vision of the American National Parks - is widely published and instantly recognisable. Many photographers will have heard of his renowned Zone System, but that is just the tip of the iceberg; his unparalleled attention to detail, which once required hours in the darkroom with specialist tools, is finally accessible to all.Michael Frye's own photography provides many stunning examples of the results that can be achieved, and as one of Adams' natural successors in the field, he is well placed to analyse the many inspirational shots from the great masters of landscape photography. Combining the cutting edge of today's digital work with some of the best-known photos ever taken, this book a must-read for any landscape or nature photographer.
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    DRAW

    By Jake Spicer
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    Jake Spicer
    Yes you can draw! Following the success of the Draw in 15 Minutes series, Jake Spicer has created a straightforward drawing course that anyone can follow. Using the tried and tested methods honed in his successful drawing classes, Jake guides the reader through a programme of subjects and scenarios, all designed to give the beginner confidence and build their skills. The subjects include still lifes, cityscapes, people and pets, and each lesson is accompanied by exercises and tips for improvement. The last section of the book looks at skills in more detail, and can be referenced at any stage.Draw is carefully crafted to look and feel accessible to the beginner draftsman, and the lessons are thoughtfully balanced to complement this. Along with the friendly approach, the author provides a thorough foundation in drawing, giving the reader the perfect base to develop their skills and become a confident artist.
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    Drinking for Chaps: How to choose one's booze

    By Gustav Temple, Olly Smith
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    Gustav Temple, Olly Smith
    Gentleman about town Gustav Temple, editor of The Chap magazine, and Olly Smith, wine expert extraordinaire, have teamed together to write this ultimate guide to alcoholic beverages. A treasure trove of advice, Drinking for Chaps will transform men (and women) from gadabouts and dabblers to titans of taste. Chapters include cocktails, bubbles, wine, beer, cider, spirits and liqueurs, and cover pairing drinks with delicacies as well as how to order booze in a restaurant and the infallible Chap hangover cure. Whether you want to impress your house guests with your lemon twist, dazzle a young lady with your drinking decorum, or order a perfect Martini at your favourite bar, this essential guide will show you how to drink like a king without spending a fortune.
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  • Daily Mail All New Giant Crosswords 1

    Test your puzzling skills with this new book of Daily Mail Giant Crosswords. With both 'Cryptic' and 'Quick' clues for each super-size crossword, how you tackle them is up to you, whether you're up for a frustratingly tricky challenge, or a more speedy approach.
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  • Daily Mail All New Quick Crosswords 8

    Daily Mail All New Quick Crosswords 8 is a brand new collection of 200 puzzles from the Daily Mail. Perfect when killing time at home or facing the daily commute, these fun puzzles are guaranteed to entertain any crossword fan, whether novice or expert.
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  • Daily Mail Big Book of Quick Crosswords Volume 7

    A huge compilation of quick but challenging crossword puzzles from the Daily Mail's extensive archives. Perfect for killing time at home or on the daily commute, with over 400 speedy puzzles there's no reason to be bored ever again!
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  • Daily Mail All New Cryptic Crosswords 8

    Daily Mail All New Cryptic Crosswords 8 is a new collection of cryptic crosswords, guaranteed to test the grey matter every which way, whatever your age or ability. With 100 brainteasing grids to hone your lateral thinking, this book is perfect for banishing boredom at home or on the daily commute.
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  • Daily Mail Big Book of Cryptic Crosswords Volume 6

    This bumper-sized volume will have you thinking sideways, every which way and outside of the box to solve the 200 brilliantly frustrating cryptic crosswords.Perfect for those who love wordplay and cracking clues, Daily Mail Big Book of Cryptic Crosswords 6 provides the ultimate puzzle entertainment for any spare moments in the day.
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  • Daily Mail Big Puzzle Collection

    Get ready for an addictive experience as all your favourite puzzles come together in one big book. You'll find every kind of crossword - quick and easy ones that you can fit into your lunch break, cryptic ones with clues that will have you flexing all your mental muscles, and general knowledge (prize) ones for when your brain is feeling energetic! There are also sudoku and super sudoku puzzles added into the mix, to test your number and logic skills. With such a huge variety of puzzle types and ability levels, this bumper book has all the puzzling you could ever want!
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