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Dr Edward Bach studied medicine at the University College Hospital, London and, after several years, gave up his lucrative medical career and Harley Street practice to travel the countryside in order to complete his discovery into the healing benefits of herbs and plants. One by one he found the remedies he wanted, each aimed at a particular mental state or emotion and his highly successful system of medicine is now used all over the world.
David Bach is the author of Smart Women Finish Rich and Smart Couples Finish Rich. He lives in New York with his wife and new-born son. www.automaticmillionaire.com
Ingrid Bacci, Ph.D., is a health care practitioner and motivational consultant to corporations, educational institutions, hospitals and churches. She has published articles in scientific, management and spiritual journals, including has produced television shows on mind-body training and has demonstrated the techniques of effortless living on major networks. The author's training and expertise in mind-body healing grew out of her own experience with a serious medical condition. Twenty years ago, she was a young philosophy professor on the academic fast track with degrees from Harvard and Columbia Universities. At thirty-one years of age, her career was abruptly shattered by a crippling collagen disease that defied cure by highly respected traditional medical doctors. For three years Bacci was a bedridden invalid in constant pain. During this time she turned her own mind and body into a laboratory for self-study. She explored and subsequently trained in alternative therapies based on the mind-body connection, and studied spiritual traditions that focus on accessing the higher powers of the mind. Ten years later all signs of illness were gone, and Dr. Bacci had transformed herself from a cripple to a tri-athlete. In addition, she had committed herself to a lifelong professional goal of assisting others in achieving optimum health and creativity.
Isaak Babel (1894-1941). Short story writer and playwright who was a correspondent with the Red Army forces of Semyon Budyonny during the Russian civil war. Babel's fame is based on his stories of the Jews in Odessa and his novel Red Cavalry (1926). He was the first major Russian Jewish writer to write in Russian. DAVID MCDUFF was born in 1945 and was educated at the University of Edinburgh. His publications comprise a large number of translations of foreign prose and verse, including contemporary Scandinavian work. His first book of verse, Words in Nature, appeared in 1972. He has translated a number of nineteenth-century Russian prose works for the Penguin Classics series. These include Dostoyevsky's The Brothers Karamazov, Crime and Punishment, The Idiot (2004),The House of the Dead, Poor Folk and Other Stories, Tolstoy's The Kreutzer Sonata and Other Stories and The Sebastopol Sketches, and Nikolai Leskov's Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk. He has also translated Andrei Bely's novel Petersburg for Penguin.
Le Bab is a kebab renaissance project founded by Stephen Tozer and Ed Brunet. Originally a street food operation, they have since opened a restaurant off Carnaby Street in London. They have reinvigorated kebabs with provenance, seasonality and technique honed in Michelin starred kitchens. Stephen laid the foundations for Le Bab’s menu by experimenting with British produce and Middle Eastern flavours. Ed spent a year in stages at several Michelin-starred restaurants, before joining Le Gavroche, where he gained the key skills of classical French training. Manu Canales is head chef of Le Bab and is inspired by the intensely seasonal, ingredient-driven cookery of his childhood home in Aragon, Spain. Manu rose from first commis chef to sous chef at Le Gavroche, before joining Ed and Stephen at Le Bab. www.eatlebab.com www.instagram.com/eatlebab/
A man of many talents, Christian Stevenson, aka DJ BBQ, is a food columnist for FHM magazine, he won a BAFTA for his Channel 5 show RAD, has had a successful career in radio, gaming and acting, and his fantastic food van in Brighton was voted Best BBQ Shack in 2013.
Just a Minute was devised by Ian Messiter and first appeared on BBC Radio 4 in 1967, since when it has entertained listeners for over 80 series. Every episode has been chaired by Nicholas Parsons, who continues to preside over two panels of players as they each attempt to speak for sixty seconds on a given subject without hesitation, repetition or deviation from the subject.
606 is BBC Radio 5 Live's football phone-in, broadcast throughout the football season. When the programme started, it typically went on air at 6:06pm on a match day, and it covers topics relating to the current affairs of football. As well as listeners phoning in, a selection of texts and e-mails to the studio are read out, and the show is well known for it's opinionated debate and dedicated callers.
The formula for this long-running and popular radio panel game was devised in the early 1950s by Ian Messiter, a Light Entertainment producer who was on the staff of the BBC from 1942 to 1952. Although Just A Minute was Messiter’s preferred name for the show, the Head of Light Entertainment thought this too slick - and insisted the show be called One Minute, Please. The idea came from a humiliating experience that Messiter had suffered as a schoolboy at Sherborne. The 13-year-old had been staring out of the window, daydreaming during a Latin class. Suddenly the Latin master, Parry-Jones, told him to come up to the front of the class and repeat what had just been said without hesitating or repeating himself. Of course he couldn’t, and the resultant caning in front of the class provided a lasting lesson. In that first show Roy Plomley acted as Chairman, with Gilbert Harding, Kenneth Horne and Reggie Purdell pitting their wits against Yvonne Arnaud, Valerie Hobson and Nan Kenway. One Minute, Please was responsible for introducing the versatile talents of the artist, tuba player and raconteur Gerard Hoffnung to a wider audience. It was on the show that Hoffnung first told his famous Bricklayer Story, which was used to warm up the audience before the start of the programme. In 1952 Messiter left the BBC and set up a commercial radio station in Johannesburg. According to Ian’s wife Enid Messiter, it was here that Just A Minute first went on air in the format we know. Ian Messiter produced and chaired the programme, and Enid herself played Chopin’s Minute Waltz for these South African recordings. In 1967 the Messiters returned to England, and a pilot edition of Just A Minute was proposed to Roy Rich, then Head of Light Entertainment for BBC radio. The pilot was made, but initially rejected. Producer David Hatch threatened to resign unless it was offered to BBC Radio 4 planners. It was, and the rest is history. In addition to the radio series, there have been several TV series on both ITV and BBC. For many years the regular panellists included Clement Freud, Derek Nimmo, Kenneth Williams and Peter Jones. As their numbers dwindled in the early 1990s, however, an increasing number of guests joined the show. Paul Merton has become a mainstay of latter-day Just A Minute, while many others now form a pool of semi-regular contestants. In 2003 the programme won a Gold Sony Radio Academy Award, and in 2012 it celebrated its 45th year. With Nicholas Parsons at the helm for its entire tenure, Just A Minute has been a continually popular feature of the Radio 4 schedules. Decade after decade it has succeeded in both finding new fans and pleasing its legion of loyal older ones.
Louise Jameson (Reader) An award-winning actress and director, Louise Jameson is best known to Doctor Who fans as Leela, Warrior of the Sevateem and companion to the Fourth Doctor (Tom Baker). Among her many other TV appearances are The Omega Factor, Tenko, Bergerac, EastEnders and Doc Martin. She has numerous theatre credits including Absurd Person Singular and A Murder is Announced, and has performed on stage with both the National and Royal Shakespeare Companies.
Comedy titles include Hancock’s Half Hour, The Goon Show, Round the Horne, Cabin Pressure, Ed Reardon’s Week, Just a Minute and I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue. The realms of fantasy are depicted in Doctor Who, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, The Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of Narnia. There’s radio drama based on the works of some of our most popular and significant writers including William Shakespeare, Agatha Christie, Anthony Trollope, Arthur Conan Doyle, Samuel Pepys and Alan Bennett. History, science and culture epics include A History of the World in 100 Objects, This Sceptred Isle, A History of Childhood and The Making of Music. These are many more titles are waiting to be discovered in the BBC Audio collection, available from bookshops and online retailers. More information about the BBC’s spoken word radio services can be found at www.penguin.co.uk/
Best known for his children's books, BB wrote and illustrated many books for adults under his real name, Denys Watkins-Pitchford. He was born in Northamptonshire, studied art in Paris and London at the Royal College of Art, and taught art at Rubgy School. But for most of his life he lived in Northamptonshire, developing a wide knowledge and deep love of the countryside.
Sara B. Elfgren started her career in the film industry as a screenwriter. As a script doctor, she has been involved in several Swedish film and TV-productions. She has a Master's Degree in Film Studies. Mats Strandberg is journalist and a regular columnist for Sweden's biggest evening newspaper Aftonbladet. The organization Sveriges Tidskrifter (Sweden's Newspapers and Magazines) awarded him the title Columnist of the Year in 2004. In 2008, Sara B. Elfgren met Mats Strandberg. They quickly realized that they shared a passion for supernatural stories about young adults. Soon the idea to write together was born. In August 2009 they began working on their The Engelsfors Trilogy - The Circle and its two sequels, Fire and The Key. Translated by Anna Paterson
Hilaire Belloc was born in France and educated at Newman's Oratory School and at Balliol College, Oxford. From 1906 to 1910 he was Liberal MP for Salford and literary editor of the Morning Post. As well as writing books of verse and novels, he also wrote on religious, social and political topics.
David B. is a founding member of L'Association, a group of French cartoonists who banded together as publishers in 1990 and have revolutionised European comics with their groundbreaking approach to format, subject matter and style. He has received many awards, including the French Alph'art award for comics excellence in 2000, and he was cited as European Cartoonist of the Year in 1998 by The Comics Journal. He lives in France.
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