Slip into your crash helmet, pull on your safety goggles and firmly secure your seat belt (even if you're not in a car). These jokes are so funny that no one can be trusted to tell them safely. Not even Her Majesty the Queen! But, if anyone can do it, Danger Mouse can.
Escape the everyday humdrum with this exploration of iconic rebels from the past who became the biggest influencers of fashion, music and society by doing things their own way.
From the internationally bestselling author of Punk and founder of the legendary Wag Club in Soho, Rebel Rebel presents 60 pieces on outsiders. Like a really good party, it’s got musicians (Charlie Mingus, Fela Kuti, Joe Strummer), actors (Louise Brooks, Robert Mitchum, Daniel Day Lewis), artists (Egon Schiele, Man Ray, Jackson Pollock), directors (Fritz Lang, Kenneth Anger, Wong Kar-wai), photographers (Horst, Weegee, David Bailey), DJs (Andrew Weatherall) places (Paris in the Twenties, Muscle Shoals) and things (sunglasses, Levis, the pork pie hat).
The stories in this collection are sharply written, often surprising and a pertinent reminder that most of the people (and things) of lasting significance are those who don’t play by the rules. With brand new work and revitalised articles from the Chris Sullivan archives, Rebel Rebel will amuse, fascinate and inspire your inner rebel for years to come.
The Dalai Lama is one of the best-known and respected public figures of modern times. A Nobel Peace Prize Winner, advocate for peace and campaigner for compassion, he regularly speaks at sell-out arena tours across the globe.
In this new biography, Alexander Norman reveals the complex and compelling character of the Dalai Lama in more detail than ever before. Drawing on his long friendship with His Holiness and with his full support, Norman gives unparalled insights into the Dalai Lama's life, from being chosen as a young boy, his exile from Tibet and his involvement in political negotiations, to the present day. Uniquely, however, this book also reveals the private life of a very public man, including his personal spiritual experiences, daily Buddhist practice and the issues that are closest to his heart. Norman also explains how the turbulent history of Tibet has shaped the Dalai Lama's thinking and personality and corrects the myths that have built up around him.
Illuminating, surprising and fascinating, this book is essential reading for all those who want to understand the Dalai Lama.
On 15 October 1838, the body of a thirty-six-year-old woman was found in Cape Coast Castle, West Africa, a bottle of Prussic acid in her hand. She was one of the most famous English poets of her day: Letitia Elizabeth Landon, known by her initials ‘L.E.L.’
What was she doing in Africa? Was her death an accident, as the inquest claimed? Or had she committed suicide, or even been murdered?
To her contemporaries, she was an icon, hailed as the ‘female Byron’, admired by Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Heinrich Heine, the young Brontë sisters and Edgar Allan Poe. However, she was also a woman with secrets, the mother of three illegitimate children whose existence was subsequently wiped from the record. After her death, she became the subject of a cover-up which is only now unravelling.
Too scandalous for her reputation to survive, Letitia Landon was a brilliant woman who made a Faustian pact in a ruthless world. She embodied the post-Byronic era, the ‘strange pause’ between the Romantics and the Victorians. This new investigation into the mystery of her life, work and death excavates a whole lost literary culture, in which the legacy of Keats and Shelley turned toxic.
Bundled together in 1969 to stymie an international takeover attempt on the part of Chase Manhattan Bank of New York, Standard Chartered Bank has come to consolidate its status as one of the world's leading international banks with remarkable success. Crossing Continents draws together into one narrative the evolution both of the modern banking group and of the separate banks - originally established in 19th Century South Africa and the Far East - that preceded it. In so doing, it offers glimpses not just into seminal developments in financial history, but also into the world-historical events which have provided their backdrop, into the young men who turned their backs on careers in Britain to cross continents in search of a more adventurous life and, colourfully, into the 1980s Big Bang that so transformed the City of London.
Written with complete access to the bank's archives and personnel, Duncan Campbell-Smith's authorized history of Standard Chartered Bank shows us why British overseas banking was so often seen in the past, at home and abroad, less as a single-minded pursuit of money for its own sake than as a true hybrid of commerce and public service.
Terraria can be a dangerous place . . . as a gang of brave adventurers are about to find out! When a group of explorers attempt to survive in Terraria, they find they'll need to keep all of their wits about them to fend off zombies, goblins and all kinds of other nasties!
This fun and frantic adventure tale is the very first novel from Terraria, the smash-hit video game that has sold over 18 million units worldwide.
Barton Gellman’s informant called himself ‘Verax’ – the truth-teller. It was only later that Verax unmasked himself as Edward Snowden. By that point he had already shared thousands of files with Gellman.
Dark Mirror is the ultimate inside account of the vast, global surveillance network that now pervades all our lives. Gellman’s primary role in bringing Snowden’s revelations to light, for which he shared the Pulitzer prize, is only the beginning of this gripping real-life spy story. Snowden unlocked the door: here Gellman describes what he found on the other side over the course of a years-long journey of investigation. It is also the story of his own escalating battle against unknown digital adversaries after he discovered his own name on a file in the NSA document trove and realised that he himself was under attack.
Through a gripping narrative of paranoia, clandestine operations and jaw-dropping revelations, Dark Mirror delineates in full for the first time the hidden superstructure that connects government espionage with Silicon Valley and the most powerful corporation whose name you’ve never heard. Who is spying on us and why? Here are the answers.
Around 500,000 people in the UK suffer from type 1 diabetes – about 10% of the total community of people who suffer from diabetes overall. It can develop at any age, but usually appears before the age of 40 and often in childhood. Up until now there has been very little practical guidance for people suffering with type 1 diabetes since the main foundation of advice has focused on regular insulin injections.
However, in the 17 years Dr David Cavan ran his diabetes clinic at the Bournemouth Diabetes and Endocrine Centre he discovered there are actually a great many things you can do to manage the condition, minimise its side effects and improve your overall health. For example, one of the key things sufferers can do to help themselves is to eat a very low carb diet. This cutting-edge and practical book presents his findings and advice and will offer genuine hope to sufferers and their families.
In early 1461, a seventeen-year-old boy won a battle on a freezing morning in the Welsh marches, and claimed the crown of England as Edward IV, first king of the usurping house of York. It was a time when old certainties had been shredded: by popular insurgency, economic crisis, feuding and a corrupt, bankrupt government presided over by the imbecilic, Lancastrian King Henry VI. The country was in need of a new hero. Magnetic, narcissistic, Edward found himself on the throne, and alongside him his two younger brothers: the unstable, petulant George, Duke of Clarence, and the boy who would emerge from his shadow, Richard, Duke of Gloucester.
Charismatic, able and ambitious, the brothers would become the figureheads of a spectacular ruling dynasty, one that laid the foundations for a renewal of English royal power. Yet a web of grudges and resentments grew between them, generating a destructive sequence of conspiracy, rebellion, deposition, fratricide, usurpation and regicide. The house of York's brutal end came on 22August 1485 at Bosworth Field, with the death of the youngest brother, now Richard III, at the hands of a new usurper, Henry Tudor.
Brothers York is the story of three remarkable brothers, two of whom were crowned kings of England and the other an heir presumptive, whose antagonism was fuelled by the mistrust and vendettas of the age that brought their family to power. The house of York should have been the dynasty that the Tudors became. Its tragedy was that it devoured itself.
A is for "AaaaaAAAAaaA." B is for "Ba baba a-baba ba." I is for "I had a big idea, I did." And by the time you get to Z, oh what a zap-zop-zippity-zoppity, zany book you'll be reading!
This is an alphabet book like no other, from the author of the internationally bestselling mega-hit The Book With No Pictures. B. J. Novak is back with a book that is just as clever and even more silly.
And, this time, instead of saying "Read it again!" kids will be shouting "Let ME read it again!"
Over 2,000,000 people have already used the Pomodoro Technique to transform their lives, making them more productive, more focused and even smarter.
Italian business consultant Francesco Cirillo has devised a deceptively simple time-management method, based on more than two decades of refinement and thinking. Easy to understand and highly adaptable, you’ll learn how to work with time, eliminate burnout, manage distractions and create a better work–life balance, using only a pen, some paper and a kitchen timer.
This fully updated edition includes new and exclusive material about teamwork, to make you and your team more dynamic than ever.
The Pomodoro Technique will not only boost your productivity, it will give you a life-long skill to help you achieve your goals.
This 4-volume boxed set contains an alphabet book, a book of rhymes about each month, a counting book, and a cautionary tale all written and illustrated by Maurice Sendak. Includes the titles Alligators All Around, Chicken Soup with Rice, One Was Johnny, and Pierre.
Lady Leshurr - queen of the grime scene - is a voice that needs to be heard.
Lady Leshurr is a rapper with a difference. A woman, from Birmingham, she reigns in a male dominated scene thanks to the strength of her talent and grit. Everything she has achieved, she has done it herself, so she says and does what she wants. Now she brings the attitude and integrity, humour and honesty that underpin her lyrics to a book. Her story includes frank conversation about anxiety, the secrets behind her musical and business success, social media and haters, and, of course, hair.
From her tough start on an estate in Birmingham to the top of the scene, Lady Leshurr has a unique vantage point and The Queen Speaks is as entertaining as it is relevant.
Modern times can mean that adult life does not progress in predictable stages ...
Now, how we experience life is determined more by how we think and feel. We are confronted by options that previous generations could not have imagined and there is a weaker match between the roles we are assigned and how we feel inside.
This radical shift in how we live is both daunting and liberating.
The focus of The Complete Life is unique: drawing on a fascinating body of behavioural science and research, using lively examples and giving specific guidelines, distinguished psychologist Maureen Gaffney ... Explains how we can negotiate successful and fulfilling pathways through the whole life course. Explores what motivates us to grow and develop, to reach our full potential and to be the best we can be, at every age and stage. Reveals the complex ways our lives unfold over time, and how the personal past, present and future are inextricably linked and influence each other. And shows us how we can make sense of and manage our most important relationships, our life goals, our work, and ourselves.
The Complete Life is essential reading for anyone who wants to know the fundamental building blocks of a meaningful life, for those interested in understanding what has made them who they are and what to expect next, for parents who want their children to flourish - and adult children who want the same for their ageing parents, and for leaders in business and other organisations who want to deepen their understanding of what makes people tick.
The long-awaited memoir from legendary rapper Nas, one of the most famous - and enigmatic - stars of the hip-hop generation.
With the release of his 1994 debut album, Illmatic, Nas was immediately lauded as rap royalty. After over two decades he remains one of the most admired, successful, and misunderstood figures in the business.
In It Ain’t Hard to Tell, Nas tells his life story for the first time - including his early days growing up in Queens as the son of a jazz musician and his immersion in street culture to his emergence on the scene in the early 1990s. He recounts his private and public struggles, including the media-hyped feud with Jay-Z, finally resolved in 2005, and his battle to assert himself as King of East Coast rap.
Over the course of eleven solo albums Nas has accrued millions of fans around the globe and collaborated with the greatest talents in music, and he charts his evolution from the brash, arrogant “Nasty Nas” to a mature but still provocative artist. It Ain’t Hard to Tell finally reveals the man behind the rhymes in a memoir as outspoken and uncompromising as fans could hope for.
As a student working in the dusty archives of the Sewanee Review, John Jeremiah Sullivan came across an article entitled ‘Lost Utopia of the American Frontier’ and was immediately hooked on the dramatic story of a lost book, an alternative history of the South, a white Indian. It was a story he’d chase for the next two decades.
In 1735, a charismatic German lawyer and accused atheist named Christian Gottlieb Priber fled Germany under threat of arrest, bound for colonial South Carolina. In the Cherokee village of Grand Tellico, he created a Utopian society that he named Paradise.
For six years, Paradise was governed by a set of revolutionary ideas that included racial equality, sexual freedom, and a lack of private property, ideas which he chronicled in a mysterious manuscript he called Paradise.
Priber’s ideas were so subversive that he was hunted for half a decade and eventually captured by the British – making headlines across the world – and imprisoned until his death. The only copy of Paradise was apparently destroyed.
Now, in a rare combination of ground-breaking research and stunning narrative skill, award-winning writer John Jeremiah Sullivan brings that lost history vividly to life.
When is food addictive, and under what circumstances? Why do some people succumb to compulsive overeating more than others? How is it that so many others become vulnerable to food compulsions at critical moments in their lives? And what can be done to cope with or, in the case of kids, avoid food addictions?
As American-style processed foods transform the culture and habits of eating all over the world, Michael Moss explores food addiction and the obesity epidemic. Going behind the scenes of the most important food science experiments being conducted today, this book answers those pressing questions.
From revealing the science of addiction (and its legal implications) to exposing the diet industry, Hooked unveils the shocking true cost of food addiction.
Collected together for the very first time, 18 editions of Eric and Ernie's BBC Radio 2 comedy series. Between 1975 and 1978, when they were at the peak of their popularity on BBC TV, Morecambe and Wise also starred in their own radio series, with each episode scripted by the one and only Eddie Braben. This feast of sketches and duologues features a host of guests including Ann Hamilton, Anita Harris, Hayle Hunnicutt, Richard Caldicot, Percy Edwards, Clodagh Rodgers, Nicola Pagett, Brian Wilde, Des O'Connor, Vince Hill and Penelope Keith.
Within minutes of the crash, you land at the scene. But nothing can prepare you for what you now find. So what do you do?
Professor Kevin Fong flies with the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service, making split-second, life-or-death decisions in the most extreme circumstances. In this gripping blend of memoir and reportage, he confronts a disturbing truth: sometimes even the best trained expert cannot know the right thing to do.
Telling stories of astonishing skill and catastrophic error, he shows that our ability to move at ever greater speeds in ever greater safety comes with a bitter irony: when something goes wrong – as it must – reacting quickly and effectively enough is now beyond human capability. Reflecting on his own dramatic experiences and those of war medics, pilots and surgeons, Fong considers how we might come to terms with the mess and blur of real decisions made in realtime.