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David Hurrion (Author)
You can pour your heart and soul into creating a beautiful garden for recreation and relaxation, only to have it ruined by a legion of bugs, weeds, diseases and mould. Using this handy compact guide from the team at Britain's best-selling gardening magazine, you can finally fight back - from initial prevention and protection for your plants and lawn, to spotting the early warning signs and knowing how best to act to save your garden from decay.
Using easy step-by-step guides and helpful tips from the experts at Gardeners' World, you can identify advanced problems and recognize the beginnings of a rot, and can learn the most efficient and eco-friendly ways of dealing with many of the issues that can plague a seemingly healthy plot. From coping with insect invasions and persistent weeds to halting widespread viruses and nurturing sickly plants, Gardeners' World: Pests and Diseases can help you to identify and understand problems, and give you the upper hand in the battle to protect your garden.
Published: 18 Mar 2010
Published: 1 Jun 2006
What really created the dot.com boom and bust? Who is to blame?
John Cassidy's sceptical history of the internet boom shows that this wasn't simply a stock market bubble but a social and cultural phenomenon driven by broad historical forces.
Dot.Con shows how the internet bubble reflected something about almost all of us, and what we thought about ourselves, as the twenty-first century dawned.
Published: 30 Jan 2003
Alexander Graham Bell (1847–1922) was the son of Melville Bell, inventor of the Visible Speech which revolutionised phonetics and linguistics. He was inspired by his deaf mother to try to communicate with deaf-mutes and teach them to speak. While exploring the mechanism of speech, sound and hearing, he discovered the principles of the telephone, arguably the most important invention of all time, without which the gramophone, radio, television and videophone could not have been possible.
The telephone made him wealthy, but Bell went on to invent the iron lung, pioneer aircraft, improve the breeding of sheep and co-found the National Geographic Society.
This superb biography follows Bell from his birthplace in Edinburgh to his studies and teaching in London and Europe and thence to riches and fame in the United States of Canada. Set against the colourful backdrop of Victorian Britain and the exhilaration of the New World, Sounds Out of Silence is the definitive story of one of the world’s greatest inventors.
Published: 13 Mar 1997
Jeff Howe coined the word 'Crowdsourcing' in a 2006 article for Wired magazine to describe the way in which the Internet has broken down traditional employer/employee relationships to create vibrant new enterprises that are 'staffed' by informal, often large gatherings of enthusiasts. A few weeks before the article hit the newsstands, a Google search for the word 'Crowdsourcing' returned zero results. One month after the article appeared, the same search returned nearly 500,000 hits.
These days anyone and everyone can write book reviews on Amazon, post videos on Youtube, come up with new uses for Google maps or design T-shirts for Threadless. What makes this phenomenon so remarkable is that it is starting to transform the way many companies operate and to change their relationship with their customers: iStockPhoto.com has revolutionised the world of digital photography; Cambrian House is having a profound impact on the way films get made; Second Life has created a vast, profitable business with only a few formal employees but thousands of dedicated contributors. Moreover this revolution is rapidly changing our culture, introducing a consumer democracy that has never existed before.
Jeff Howe has now followed up his initial, ground-breaking article with months of research, and the result is a book that will define the next stage of the Internet revolution.
Published: 2 Apr 2009
What would the world be like without the phone, the fax or television? How would it have developed without effective steam power or the oil industry? Could you survive without penicillin or antiseptic surgery?
From Napier's bones to Dolly the sheep, Scottish Firsts celebrates the remarkable achievements of a small country whose influence has helped to shape the modern world. It tells the engrossing stories of Scotland's heroes, famous and unsung, from William Murdoch, inventor of gas lighting, who went to his first job interview wearing a wooden top hat, to Ian Donald, whose prototype of the pregnancy scanner included a contraceptive sheath.
Scottish Firsts also explores some of the lesser-known achievements of Scots both at home and abroad, from the Buick car to the Thomson steamer; the first branded fruit cordial to the Cona coffee percolator. It highlights everything from sporting firsts to some of the world's most extreme environments where Scots have left their mark.
This absorbing compendium of facts is an essential reference companion as well as an intriguing read for proud Scots everywhere.
Published: 21 Oct 2002
Since the beginning of human history, cattle have been central to our existence, not only as a source of food and labour but also as an inspiration for art, warfare and religion. In Beef, an exuberant, panoramic view of the cow's rich history, Andrew Rimas and Evan Fraser tell the surprising story of our relationship with an animal that we have worked alongside, consumed and even worshipped for thousands of years.
Rimas and Fraser examine the bovine legacy in its entirety, from breeding to braising, from hunting to worshipping, from ancient Mediterranean bullfighting rings to the rugged pastures of eighteenth-century England. Seasoned with anecdotes and recipes from across the globe, this entertaining tale serves not only as a compelling story but also as an indictment of the perilous state of beef production in Europe and the US - a situation closer to a health and economic emergency than most would like to believe. Readers will never look at a steak the same way again.
Published: 5 Feb 2009
Published: 10 Dec 2002
From the end of the last Ice Age (10,000 years ago) to the death of Winston Churchill in 1965,Adrian Sykes narrates the history and achievements of these islands,their inhabitants and their origins,through the stories of some 3000+ men & women who have shaped not just our history but the modern world. The story is interspersed with countless inventions,deeds of daring do and wickednesses,as well as the origins of innumerable words and phrases,often surprisingly early,
from Nosey Parker - Elizabeth I of her Archbishop of Canterbury,to mayonnaise - the battle of Mahon,which the victorious French admiral celebrated by inventing mayonnaise and after which we hanged Admiral Byng who lost it "to encourage the others",as Voltaire put it. Sykes astonishes on every page, whether with the origin of everyday phrases or nursery rhymes or the countless inventions of the British, from the lead pencil (1568), the tin can, the bicycle, screw propeller and jet engine to DNA, LCD crystals, cement, the electric kettle, the vacuum cleaner and Marmite.
Beautifully illustrated and with maps of exceptional clarity,this is a book hard to put down in which you learn something very surprising on every page.
Published: 22 Sep 2011
This is a book for anyone who would like to do more with trees and woodland, for their conservation or for timber production, but who needs guidance on how to get started. It does not deal with large-scale forestry; instead, the author is concerned with new opportunities for farm woods and community woodlands.
The country's smaller woodlands, neglected in recent decades, contribute greatly to the life and appearance of the countryside; they deserve more attention and can be a source of income. With the need to find alternative sources of energy becoming ever more urgent, the biofuel produced by trees is both environmentally friendly and cheaper than gas and oil.
In this beautifully illustrated book, the reader is reminded of the responsibility we all share in maintaining the great wooded landscapes that we have inherited. Take the opportunity to plant trees now, and 100 years hence someone may think well of you, even if they will not know your name; there are not many things we can do in this world to achieve that.
Published: 3 Jan 2008
In 1982 the Griffins left the security of suburbia to grow garlic in West Wales. From the struggle with rurality that ensued grew (organically) the very amusing, and informative, warts-and-all account Scenes From a Smallholding .
Now in this sometimes touching, but always funny sequel, Chas reveals what happened four years after their arrival - when the dream had been well and truly dreamt and they were experiencing some rather rude awakenings. Did they ever achieve the blissful good life? Are they surrounded by organic veg? How have the family coped with their new rural life?
Written with Chas Griffin's trademark charm and humour, enjoy another compelling romp through the countryside.
Published: 1 Jun 2006
The Plants vs. Zombies Official Guide is the must-have book for fans of the smash-hit game!
The zombies are coming! Run for your tiny lives! Thankfully, all is not lost, for the powers-that-be have brought out this handy manual for guarding your home and brains. Even better, leading zombie expert Crazy Dave has scribbled all over it. It would be better still if Dave made even the slightest bit of sense, but you can't have everything.
Based on the smash-hit Plants vs Zombies™ video game, this is your essential guide to defeating the zombie horde (whilst keeping your garden nice and tidy and that).
Enjoy other rather frightening Plants vs. Zombies books in the series including the Plants vs. Zombies Official Sticker Book and Soil Your Plants Joke Book.
Published: 1 Aug 2013
Published: 10 Oct 2002
Enter the world of Steve Jobs -- disrupter, icon, hero -- and be inspired by his fascinating life presented here as a graphic novel.
This fast-paced and entertaining biography is a perfect complement to text-heavy books on Steve Jobs like Walter Isaacson’s biography. Steve Jobs is the subject of a major movie project this Autumn, and this graphic telling of his life-story presents him as the ultimate American entrepreneur, who brought us Apple Computer, Pixar, Macs, iPods, iPhones and more. It's a unique and stylish book, sure to appeal to the legions of readers who live and breathe the perfect blend of technology and design that Jobs created.
Jobs’s remarkable life reads like a history of the personal technology industry. He started Apple Computer in his parents’ garage and eventually became the tastemaker of a generation, creating products we can’t live without. Through it all, he was an overbearing and demanding perfectionist, both impossible and inspiring.
Capturing his unparalleled brilliance, as well as his many demons, Jessie Hartland’s engaging biography illuminates the meteoric successes, devastating setbacks, and myriad contradictions that make up the extraordinary life and legacy of the insanely great Steve Jobs.
Published: 23 Jul 2015
In 1982 the Griffins left the security of suburbia to grow garlic in West Wales. This is a funny and sometimes touching, warts-and-all account of their first three years: of how they learned lambing and marketing and ploughing and hay-making: and of the dung-sodden joys of milking and the surreal terrors of bee-keeping. Be amused. Be very amused.
Scenes from a Smallholding is by turns challenging, touching, and informative; but above all, it is very funny.
Published: 5 May 2005
For anyone who doesn’t know a smiley from a big red heart, a thumbs-up from a toilet symbol, a poo from two blonde girls dancing - this is the first book that will teach you HOW TO SPEAK EMOJI.
With a collection of useful phrases and a handy dictionary to demonstrate what the emojis really mean, you’ll never feel out of your depth again - or make the embarrassing mistake of putting an aubergine symbol next to a peach.
Including sections like: everyday greetings, in the workplace, in relationships and asking for help and directions, as well as how to translate song titles and film quotes, this is your complete guide to the bright new world of the emoji.
Published: 24 Sep 2015
David Leigh (Author), Luke Harding (Author) , Paul Michael Garcia (Read by)
It was the biggest leak in history. WikiLeaks infuriated the world's greatest superpower, embarrassed the British royal family and helped cause a revolution in Africa. The man behind it was Julian Assange, one of the strangest figures ever to become a worldwide celebrity. Was he an internet messiah or a cyber-terrorist? Information freedom fighter or sex criminal? The debate would echo around the globe as US politicians called for his assassination.
Award-winning Guardian journalists David Leigh and Luke Harding have been at the centre of a unique publishing drama that involved the release of some 250,000 secret diplomatic cables and classified files from the Afghan and Iraq wars. At one point the platinum-haired hacker was hiding from the CIA in David Leigh's London house. Now, together with the paper's investigative reporting team, Leigh and Harding reveal the startling inside story of the man and the leak.
Published: 9 Jun 2011
Ebury Press (Author)
The days of wooing your love with embarrassing poetry or rambling love letters are over. Here begins the new dawn in the evolution the language of love: emoji.
With a wealth of emojis on offer to convey your adoration, from kissy faces and hearts-for-eyes, to saucier combinations like the lock and key, there is no end to the ways you can declare your love. And this book will guide you through each stage of your relationship with phrases for every occasion. Step back Shakespeare: wherefore are thou, aubergine?
Sections include: pick-up lines, what not to say on a first date, how to say ‘I love you’, living together, the proposal, breaking up, love songs and romantic films (sure you can translate ‘Ghost’, but how would you do ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’?). A perfect gift for Valentine’s Day, you’ll never just send a boring row of hearts again.
We all constantly interact with type in almost every aspect of our lives. But how do fonts affect what we read and influence the choices we make?
This book opens up the science and the art behind how fonts influence you. It explains why certain fonts or styles evoke particular experiences and associations. Fonts have different personalities that can create trust, mistrust, give you confidence, make things seem easier to do or make a product taste better. They’re hidden in plain sight, they trigger memories, associations and multisensory experiences in your imagination.
* Fonts can alter the meanings of words right before your very eyes.
* See what personalities fonts have, and what they reveal about YOUR personality.
* Explore how you respond to fonts emotionally and can make fonts work for your message.
* Be amazed that a font has the power to alter the taste of your food.
This book is for anyone who is interested in giving words impact, who loves words and how they influence us.
The earth is warming, the fuel is running out, and the polar bears are in some serious trouble - what can we do?
Help is at hand, in this fun, informative and indispensable guide, full of practical suggestions for averting climate change and some emergency suggestions to survive it. From the quick and easy changes, such as replacing one light bulb with an energy-efficient bulb and saving £25, to reducing your carbon footprint, these are real ways to change the way you live, change the world, and save some money!
Put on a sweater, recycle your rubbish, 'green' your home and car, bank online, colonise space, adopt a glacier, plant a tree, become nocturnal, pack a time capsule, vote, evolve and pass it on!
Published: 5 Jul 2007