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My Secret Life in Hut Six LION PUBLISHING
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The story of the World War 2 de-coders of Bletchley Park continues to fascinate. How did Mair Thomas, a musician brought up in the Welsh valleys, find herself in the rarefied atmosphere of Hut Six, surrounded by hundreds of others, all desperately trying to break the German Enigma Code? Sworn to secrecy and working in cramped and uncomfortable conditions, Mair discovered her degree in German and Music was just what was needed. Drawn from the public schools and Oxbridge her background was very different to that of most of her colleagues and she didn't immediately fit in. This captivating memoir unpacks her daily life and explores the relationships she built. My Secret Life in Hut Six provides a fascinating insight into one woman's battle against Nazi Germany vividly capturing an era of danger, strain and day to day difficulties that were brightened occasionally by visits from the top brass, such as Winston Churchill.
Inside Seal Team Six WARNER INTERNATIONAL
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Don Mann offers an indispensable, ground-breaking narrative of what it takes to make a SEAL and to break a man - very close to the same thing. Pushing himself and his men to extremes, Mann suffered intensely for country and here he'll describe his life in the SEALS and SEAL Team 6, his training and the training he conducted and the operations that took him within an inch of his life. This will be the most up-to-date, comprehensive book on SEAL Team 6. There are 6500 Navy SEALS but only a select few reach the most rigorous, effective team of all, so secret that its operations are only beginning to be understood: known as SEAL Team 6, it's one of the United States's two secretive Tier One counter-terrorism and Special Missions Units; the other such group is 1st SFOD-D (Delta Force). SEAL Team 6 trains and operates over 300 days a year away from home. They have been secretly involved in every major US military operation since their founding in World War II. They are the only unit qualified to operate in all terrains and most recently, they were responsible for the capture and death of Osama Bin Laden. On air, on land, at sea--the SEALS are the dominant, misunderstood, and secrecy-shrouded American special operations unit, and here, they come to vivid life.
Six Star Treats JASMINE
1. Special Delivery Stomp 2. Summit Ridge Drive 3. Keepin' Myself For You 4. Cross Your Heart 5. Dr. Livingstone, I Presume 6. When The Quail Come Back To San Quentin 7. My Blue Heaven 8. Smoke Gets In Your Eyes 9. Dr. Livingstone, I Presume 10. The Grabtown Grapple 11. The Sad Sack 12. The Sad Sack 13. The Grabtown Grapple 14. I Was Doing All Right 15. You Took Advantage Of Me 16. Scuttlebut 17. The Gentle Grifter 18. Mysterioso 19. Mysterioso 20. Hop, Skip & Jump 21. Summit Ridge Drive 22. Scuttlebut 23. Hop, Skip & Jump 24. The Sad Sack 25. The Grabtown Grapple 101. Summit Ridge Drive 102. The Grabtown Grapple 103. Smoke Gets In Your Eyes 104. The Pied Piper Theme 105. Cross Your Heart 106. There Must Be Something Better Than Love 107. Nothin' From Nothin' 108. Crumbum (Shaw) 109. The Shekomeko Shuffle 110. My Kinda Love 111. Dancing On The Ceiling 112. Where There's Smoke, There's Fire 113. My Little Nest Of Heavenly Blue 114. Besame Mucho 115. That Ols Feeling 116. Tenderly 117. Stop & Go Mambo 118. The Sad Sack 119. Stop & Go Mambo 120. Sunny Side Up 121. Star Dust 201. When The Quail Come Back To San Quentin 202. Someone To Watch Over Me 203. Besame Mucho 204. Love Of My Life 205. Lyric 206. The Chaser (Sequence In B Flat) 207. Autumn Leaves 208. Back Bay Shuffle 209. I've Got A Crush On You 210. Begin The Beguine 211. Summit Ridge Drive 212. Dancing In The Dark 213. Scuttlebut 214. I Can't Get Started 301. Imagination 302. The Pied Piper Theme 303. Don't Take Your Love From Me 304. Cross Your Heart 305. How High The Moon 306. Frenesi 307. The Chaser (Sequence In B Flat) 308. Rough Ridin' 309. Dancing On The Ceiling 310. Autumn Leaves 311. Crumbum 401. Sunny Side Up 402. Imagination 403. Tenderly 404. Lugubrious 405. The Grabtown Grapple 406. That Old Feeling 407. Bewitched, Bothered & Bewildered 408. Rough Ridin' 409. Dancing On The Ceiling 410. S'posin' 411. September Song 412. Too Marvellous For Words 413. My Funny Valentine 414. Yesterdays
Casey Stoner Six Straight Mpix Photography
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Casey Stoner is a MotoGP legend. With two MotoGP World Championships and six consecutive victories at the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix, Stoner simply walked away from the sport. Fed up with the politics and endless sponsor commitments, Stoner decided to spend time with his family and live a more normal life, away from the prying eyes of the media. Stoner, to this day, remains the last person to win a MotoGP event on the difficult Ducati. Yet he has been often remembered and much maligned for his frank nature and somewhat dour personality. His record speaks for itself, world titles with manufacturers who had struggled to achieve these outcomes, first with Ducati and finally with Honda. This book is a largely pictorial coverage of Stoner's races at the iconic Phillip Island International Raceway, home to the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix. It is a tribute to a rider who is a true champion of the sport. With his return to Ducati as a test rider, there is a glimmer of hope that he will one day return to racing at the island to claim a seventh victory.
Midlife Tune-up Pelican Publishing Co
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"Midlife Tune-Up is a practical, comprehensive, well-written guide for anyone wishing to improve the quality of their life in every major dimension. If you want to make the second half of your life much better than the first, this guide points you in the right direction. Bravo, Tim Burns!" --Michael LeBoeuf, author of Working Smart, The Millionaire in You, and How to Win Customers and Keep Them for Life Coming from a baby boomer who has packed more highs and lows into his first forty-eight years than most people dare to dream, Tim Burns' common-sense lifestyle recommendations, drawn from his own varied experiences and observations, offer sturdy, clear advice for adults at every age. Follow his proven framework; apply your own discipline, focus, and courage. Whether you're at the top of your game or dismayed by your current direction, you can benefit from his experiences, observations, and research and dramatically improve your life. Approached with insight, zeal, and redirection--if necessary--a midlife tune-up can be the catalyst for a more meaningful, satisfying, and rewarding life. This guidepost illuminates personal passion, purpose, power, planning, perspective, and perseverance. Building on these six empowering elements, Burns offers solid, concrete steps to design your own midlife direction in seven key areas: emotional, financial, career and relationship opportunities, and physical, mental, and spiritual well-being . Rousing, inspirational quotes and real-life examples spirit you to higher levels as you make these practical steps work for you.
S.U.M.O. Shut Up Move On The Straight-Talking Guide Capstone Publishing
"A superb book. It combines honesty, humour and inspiration to help people move ahead in life."
Wake Up And Live! JASMINE
1. Jammin' 2. There's A Lull In My Life 3. Wake Up And Live 4. I Married An Angel 5. Let's Pack Our Things And Trek 6. Oh, He Loves Me 7. Mean To Me 8. The Nickel Serenade 9. At Sonya's Cafe 10. Sweet Molly Malone (Cockles And Mussels) 11. I Wish I Had A Dime 12. Why Don't We Do This More Often? 13. He Said, She Said 14. Boolee Boolee Boolee (Toy Balloon) 15. The Hummingbird 16. East Of The Rockies 17. Sing 18. One, Two, Three O'leary 19. Ain't It A Shame About Mame? 20. Lonesome Mama 21. Underneath The Arches 22. Down In The Valley 23. Straighten Up And Fly Right 24. What Did I Do? 25. Never Too Busy To Say Hello 26. Riders In The Sky 27. Twenty-four Hours Of Sunshine 28. Sabre Dance 29. Wunderbar 30. Nobody's Darlin' But Mine 31. Too Fat Polka 101. Near You 102. Rumors Are Flying 103. It's A Pity To Say Goodnight 104. Red River Valley 105. Money Is The Root Of All Evil 106. Johnny Fedora 107. Zing Zing Zoom Zoom 108. All The World To Me 109. Muskrat Ramble 110. The Blue Tail Fly 111. I'm Goin' Down The Road 112. I Wish I Knew 113. I Didn't Know The Gun Was Loaded 114. Walk With A Wiggle 115. Toolie Oolie Doolie 116. One For The Wonder 117. Idle Chatter 118. The House Of Blue Lights 119. Sabre Dance 120. This Little Piggy Went To Market 121. Six Times A Week And Twice On Sunday 122. Great Day 123. Smile! Smile! Smile! (Pack Up Your Troubles In Your Old Kit Bag) 124. My Sin 125. I'd Love To Call You My Sweetheart 126. Teresa 127. Quicksilver 128. Have I Told You Lately That I Love You? 129. Adieu 201. Your Red Wagon 202. There Will Never Be Another You 203. Can't We Talk It Over? 204. I'm Gonna Paper All My Walls With Your Love Letters 205. Jack Jack Jack 206. The Lady From 29 Palms 207. I Don't Know Why (I Love You Like I Do) 208. I'm Bitin' My Fingernails And Thinking Of You 209. Don't Rob Another Man's Castle 210. Hurry! Hurry! Hurry! 211. Goodbye Darling, Hello Friends 212. On The Avenue 213. Civilisation (Bongo Bongo Bongo) 214. The Woody Woodpecker Song 215. Underneath The Linden Tree 216. The Turntable Song 217. Malaguena 218. Put That Ring On My Finger 219. How Lucky You Are 220. Don't Fence Me In 221. I Can Dream, Can't I? 222. The Tennessee Waltz 223. The Wedding Samba 224. Lock, Stock And Barrel 225. The Freedom Train 226. The Liberty Network Interview 227. High On The List 228. Life Is So Peculiar 229. National Safety Council (Promotion #1) 230. National Safety Council (Promotion #2) 301. Carmen's Boogie 302. Let A Smile Be Your Umbrella 303. Oh, You Sweet One 304. Now! Now! Now Is The Time! 305. Charley, My Boy 306. She Wore A Yellow Ribbon 307. You Call Everybody Darling 308. Sing A Tropical Song 309. I've Just Gotta Get Out Of The Habit 310. I'm Sorry 311. Here In My Heart 312. Crazy Arms 313. I Want To Linger 314. Silver Bells 315. A Child's Christmas Song 316. No, Baby! 317. Rum And Coca-cola 318. Stars, Stars 319. Give Me Back My Heart 320. I'm Goin' Home 321. By His Word 322. Melancholy Moon 323. One Mistake 324. Torero 325. Sunshine 326. My Love Is A Kitten 327. I've Got An Invitation To A Dance 328. Mr. Bass Man 329. My Midnight Prison 330. Bei Mir Bist Du Schă
Power Up! New Generation Publishing
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She wanted an explanation as to why her most important patient-Jean Silverstein, Mayor of Detroit, a forty-six- year-old mother of two, happily married, in the prime of life-had suddenly dropped dead. The doctors at Sinai Hospital in Detroit are baffled by the death of their mayor. An undetected brain aneurysm is suspected at first, but when Dr. Newman witnesses the mysterious deaths of other influential public figures, it becomes clear that something is amiss. His suspicions are confirmed following brain surgery on the Governor of New Mexico. Soon, he finds himself taking part in top-secret military action of the highest importance. Dr. Fred Zydeck has an extensive background in medicine. After graduating from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University in 1966, he spent a number of years in academic medicine. While teaching and being involved in biomedical research at a leading school of medicine in the U.S.A., he published numerous research articles in various human and veterinary medical journals. After retiring from biomedical research as Chairman of the Medical Schools Department of Comparative Medicine, he practiced small animal veterinary medicine for a number of years. He is now enjoying a happy retirement with his wife of almost fifty years, Betty. They spend their time between homes in Michigan and Florida in the United States of America.
Pulling Up Stakes Rare Bird Books
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On a High Sierra packtrip with her husband and their six llamas, psychologist Harriet Wrye felt a millennial call to pull up stakes in her life, as she did with tent stakes and llama stakes each day as they moved along the trail. Inspired, she closed her Los Angeles psychoanalytic practice of thirty years , they leased their house at the beach, and set out on a journey to the back of beyond. Creating a sabbatical from the familiar, her journey became a life-changing spiritual pilgrimage that led to a deep practice of letting go of assumptions, habits and patterns, and stepping into freedom.
Pathway Of My Life Bear Family Records
1. If I Lose You Tomorrow 2. I'll Set My Teardrops To Music 3. Number One On The Hurt Parade 4. I've Got A Date With A Teardrop 5. Clubs, Spades, Diamonds And Hearts 6. The Great Society 7. On Tap, In The Can, Or In The Bottle 8. Let The Four Winds Choose 9. New Blackboard Of My Heart 10. Smoky The Bar 11. The Big One Got Away 12. Lend Me A Dollar 13. Where Is The Circus 14. Love Walked Out Long Before She Did 15. He's Got A Way With Women 16. I See Them Everywhere 17. Green Light 18. Most Of All 19. Whoa Sailor 20. Humpty Dumpty Heart 21. Squaws Along The Yukon 22. Today 23. Breaking The Rules 24. Tomorrow Night 25. Wildwood Flower 26. John Henry 27. Take The A Train 28. Brazos Valley Blues 29. La Golondrina 30. Steel Guitar Rag 31. Turkey On The Strings 32. Chihuahua 33. Polka 34. Ja-da 101. When The Saints Go Marching In 102. Fiddleitis 103. Maiden's Prayer / Faded Love 104. Salute To Bob 105. Cold Cold Heart 106. I'm Movin' On 107. Six Days On The Road 108. Walking The Floor Over You 109. She Thinks I Still Care 110. Together Again 111. Slipping Around 112. Smoke Smoke Smoke That Cigarette 113. He'll Have To Go 114. Sixteen Tons 115. Pop A Top 116. New Records On The Jukebox 117. Cocaine Blues 118. Bright Lights And Blonde Haired Women 119. What's Made Milwaukee Famous 120. Ace In The Hole 121. Let's Get Drunk And Be Somebody 122. My Rough And Rowdy Ways 123. Drunkard's Blues (Take 14) 124. Girl In The Night (Take 19) 125. The Pathway Of My Life 126. At Certain Times 127. Mutiny On The Monotony 128. Drunkard's Blues (Take 9) 129. Girl In The Night (Take 18) 201. Oklahoma Hills 202. Dusty Skies 203. Dear Okie 204. Oklahoma Home Brew 205. The Everlasting Hills Of Oklahoma 206. Take Me Back To Tulsa 207. Guthrie (With Strings) 208. Happy Oklahoma 209. O-k-l-a-h-o-m-a 210. Homesick, Lonesome, Hillbilly Okie 211. Big Boat Across Oklahoma 212. Oklahoma Stomp 213. Guthrie (W/o Strings) 214. I'm Afraid I Lied 215. But That's All Right (With Strings) 216. One Of The Fortunate Few (With Strings) 217. Take It All Away 218. Cozy Inn 219. Everybody Loves A Pretty Baby 220. Where My Sweet Baby Used To Walk 221. Next Time I Fall In Love (I Won't) 222. I'd Do It Again 223. Swing Wide Your Gate Of Love 224. Waiting In The Lobby Of Your Heart 225. We've Gone Too Far 226. The Wild Side Of Life 227. Yesterday's Girl 228. It's Better To Have Loved A Little 229. But That's All Right (W/o Strings) 230. One Of The Fortunate Few (W/o Strings) 301. I'll Be Around 302. Gloria 303. Glow Worm 304. Be My Life's Companion 305. Paper Doll 306. Till Then 307. You Always Hurt The One You Love 308. Cab Driver 309. Lazy River 310. You're Nobody Till Somebody Loves You 311. Across The Alley From The Alamo 312. Promise Her Anything 313. The Mark Of A Heel 314. I've Come Awful Close 315. That's Why I Sing In A Honky Tonk 316. Fifteen Dollar Draw 317. Roses In The Wine 318. Teardrops On The Rocks 319. The Older The Violin, The Sweeter The Music 320. Kindly Keep It Country 321. Jill's Jack In The Box 322. The Lord Knows I'm Drinking 323. Loving On Back Streets 324. Southern Loving 325. It's Four In The Morning 326. Behind Closed Doors 327. I Ain't Never 328. A Six Pack To Go 329. When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again 330. Whatever's Left 331. The Corner Of My Life 332. I Recall A Gypsy Woman 401. Won't You Ride In My Little Red Wagon 402. Who Left The Door To Heaven Open 403. The Same Old Way (Take 4) 404. Let It Burn 405. Red Necks, White Socks And Blue Ribbon Beer 406. Country Bumpkin 407. There's A Honky Tonk Angel 408. Wait A Little Longer Baby 409. Mama Don't Allow No Music 410. Fair Weather Love 411. After You Have Made Me Over 412. That's Just My Truckin' Luck 413. Mississippi Sam 414. Answer Me, My Love 415. Ramblin' Rose 416. Mona Lisa 417. A Blossom Fell 418. It's Only A Paper Moon 419. If I May - Too Young 420. The Gypsy 421. Pretend 422. That's All There Is, There Isn't Any More 423. Oh Mary Don't You Weep 424. Annie Over 425. Hangover Tavern 426. She's Just A Whole Lot Like You 427. The Same Old Way (Take 6) 501. Modine 502. Golden Turnpike In The Sky 503. I Lost My Love To A Truck Drivin' Man 504. Movin' On 505. Trucker's Lullaby 506. Fifteen Miles To Clarksville 507. Asphalt Cowboy 508. Truck Drivers Turn Them On 509. Fifteen Gears 510. Truck It On Down To My House Baby 511. Honky Tonk Girl 512. I'll Sign My Heart Away 513. Yesterday's Girl 514. Another Shot Of Toddy 515. Forgive Me 516. Play For Me One Polka 517. Big Band Days 518. Bring Back The Waltzes 519. Three Little Swigs 520. Don't Get Around Much Anymore 521. Bummin' Around 522. Just One Step Away 523. Absent Minded Me 524. Comin' In For Rye 525. Johnny On The Spot 526. Simple Simon, Simple Heart 527. It Gets More Like Monday Everyday 528. When You've Seen One Broken Heart 529. Just An Old Flame 530. Tell Me When The Flag Is Passing By 531. Time Wounds All Heels 532. It's Five O'clock Somewhere 601. Ages And Ages Ago 602. She Loves The One She's With 603. If Worst Come To Worst 604. Window In My Heart 605. If I Had An Ounce Of Sense 606. We Don't Love There Anymore 607. Cheaters Never Win 608. Dance With Me Molly 609. Point Of No Return 610. Signs Of Love 611. That Want You, Need You, Got To Have You Feelin' 612. Through The Bottom Of The Glass 613. I Hear The South Callin' Me 614. Tony's Tank-up, Drive-in Cafe 615. Money Trouble And Love 616. I'm Just Gettin' By 617. Have A Good Time 618. World's Greatest Feelin' 619. Take Me Back To Tulsa 620. Gettin' Down, Gettin' Together, Gettin' In Love 621. Texans And Okies 622. Rollin' In Your Sweet Sunshine 623. One Hell Of A Weekend 624. You're Poppin' Tops 625. Star Of The Starlight Saloon 626. The King Of Western Swing 627. A Little More Country 628. If I Were In Your Shoes 629. Pistol Packing Mama 630. Driving Nails In My Coffin 631. Whatever Happened To Mary 632. The Convict And The Rose 701. All That Goes Up 702. Big Boat Across Oklahoma 703. Cocaine Blues 704. Drop Me Gently (So My Heart Won't Break) 705. Shame On You 706. Rockin' In The Congo 707. Stars And Stripes On Iwo Jima 708. Take The A Train 709. Hello Request Line 710. Let's Stop What We Started 711. Honey's Mobile Love Repair 712. Always A Lady 713. I Woke Up With A Few 714. Rainy Days And Whiskey Nights 715. Once In A Blue Moon 716. A Six Pack To Go 717. The Wild Side Of Life 718. Oklahoma Hills 719. Breakin' The Rules 720. Blondes With No Last Name 721. Walkin' On New Grass 722. Pick Pocket 723. Honky Tonk Good Ole Gals And Hillbilly Bands 724. I Let Me Heart Do The Talking For Me 725. Swingin' Side Of Them Swingin' Doors 726. I Woke Up With A Few (Alternate Take) 727. Oklahoma Hills 728. Wild Side Of Life 729. Green Light 730. Old Time Fiddle Medley 731. A Six Pack To Go
Letter from America Penguin
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When Alistair Cooke retired in March 2004 and then died a few weeks later, he was acclaimed by many as one of the greatest broadcasters of all time. His Letters from America, which began in 1946 and continued uninterrupted every week until early 2004, kept the world in touch with what was happening in Cooke's wry, liberal and humane style. This selection, made largely by Cooke himself and supplemented by his literary executor, gives us the very best of these legendary broadcasts. Over half have never appeared in print before. It is a remarkable portrait of a continent - and a man. Fred Astaire 26 June 1987 Movie stars don't make it. Nor statesmen. Not Prime Ministers, or dictators unless they die in office. Not even a world-famous rock star, unless he's assassinated. But last Monday, none of the three national television networks hesitated about the story that would lead the evening news. On millions of little screens in this country and I don't doubt in many other countries around the world, the first shots were of an imp, a graceful wraith, a firefly in impeccable white tie and tails. And for much longer than the lead story usually runs, for a full five minutes on NBC, we were given a loving retrospective of the dead man, ending with the firm declaration by Nureyev that 'He was not just the best ballroom dancer, or tap dancer, he was simply the greatest, most imaginative, dancer of our time.' And the newsmen were right to remind us of the immortal comment of the Hollywood mogul, who, with the no-nonsense directness of an expert, reported on Fred Astaire's first film test: 'Has enormous ears, can't act, can't sing, dances a little.' That Hollywood mogul, long gone, spent his life ducking round corners, to avoid being identified as the oaf who looked in the sky and never saw the brightest star. However, that expert opinion was, as the lawyers say, controlling at the time and in Astaire's first movies, there was no thought of allowing him to act or sing. But not for long. And thanks to the invention of television, and the need to fill vast stretches of the afternoon and night with old movies, it has been possible for my daughter, for instance, to claim Fred Astaire as her favourite film star from the evidence of all the movies he made fifteen, ten, five, three years before she was born. When I got the news on Monday evening here, and realized with immediate professional satisfaction that the BBC had smartly on hand a musical obituary tribute to him I put together eight years ago, I couldn't help recalling the casual, comic way this and similar radio obituaries came about. I was in London at the end of 1979, and Richard Rodgers - one of the two or three greatest of American songwriters - had just died, I believe on New Year's Eve or the night before. Britons, by then, were getting accustomed, without pain, to making what used to be a two-day Christmas holiday into a ten-day much-needed rest. For all laborious research purposes, the BBC was shut up. And there was no retrospective programme on the life and music of Richard Rodgers in the BBC's archives. Of course, in a gramophone library that looks like an annex to the Pentagon, there were hundreds, perhaps thousands, of recordings of his songs. The SOS went out to a writer, a producer, and - I presume - a man who had the key to the gramophone library. The silent place was unlocked, and the three of them laboured through the day to put together an hour's tribute to Richard Rodgers. It was done. It was competent enough, but rushed to an impossible deadline. This hasty improvisation happened just when my own music producer and I, who had enjoyed working together for six years or so on American popular music, were wondering what we could offer next. We'd done a sketch history of jazz, through individuals. We'd gone through all the popular music of the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s, and were stumped for a new series, at which point I asked if we mightn't go and talk to the head of the channel, network or whatever. We went in, and the genial boss asked me what we had in mind. 'A morgue,' I said. A what? 'Where', I asked, 'is your morgue?' He was not familiar with the word, a newspaper term. 'Well,' I said, 'all newspapers have them.' 'How d'you mean?' 'If, I explained, 'Mrs Thatcher died tonight and you woke up and read a two-sentence obituary, you'd be rightly outraged. But if you saw a two-page obituary, you'd take it for granted. When d'you suppose it was written?' 'That's right,' he said thoughtfully. What I was proposing was a morgue of the Americans eminent in popular music and jazz, so they'd not get caught short again. A splendid idea, the man said; pick your stars. We made a list and were commissioned to return to America and finish all of them. Naturally, we looked at a calendar, and birthdates of Hoagy Carmichael, Earl Hines, Harold Arlen, Ethel Merman, Stephane Grappelli, Ella Fitzgerald. But then, in a spasm of panic, we thought of two giants - if the word can be used about two comparative midgets: Irving Berlin and Fred Astaire. Berlin was then 91. And Fred Astaire was just crowding 80. The boss man, to whom the idea of a morgue had been, only a few minutes before, quaint if not morbid, wondered what we were waiting for. Better get busy, at once, on Berlin and then on Astaire. I remember doing the Astaire obit, then and there, while I was still in London. Meanwhile, we'd simply pray every night that the Lord would keep Irving Berlin breathing till I could get home and get busy. I remember being picked up in a car by a charming young girl to get to the BBC and record my Astaire narration - there wasn't a moment to lose. She asked me, in the car, what the script was that I was clutching. 'It's an obituary', I said, 'of Fred Astaire.' 'Fred Astaire,' she shrieked, 'dead?' and almost swerved into a bus. 'Of course, he's not dead,' I said, 'but he's going to be one day.' She, too, was new to the institution of a morgue. I recalled that when I was a correspondent for a British paper in the United States, and when for example. Dean Acheson was appointed Secretary of State, the first cable I had from my editor said, 'Welcome Acheson obituary soonest.' How ghoulish, she said. I imagine that to two generations at least, it's assumed that Fred Astaire, this slim, pop-eyed newcomer to Hollywood who couldn't act, couldn't sing, danced a little, only made a fool of the mogul through the movies he made, with Ginger Rogers, in the mid- and late 1930s. But long before then, from the mid-1920s on, he was already an incomparable star - as a dancer - to theatre audiences both in New York and in London. Perhaps more in London than anywhere, certainly in the 1920s, with the early Gershwin hits, Funny Face and Lady Be Good, and lastly, in 1933, in Cole Porter's Gay Divorce (which was the title of the theatre show; Hollywood would not then allow so shocking a title and called the movie version, The Gay Divorcee). Of all the thousands of words that have been written this week, and will be written, there is a passage I went back to on Tuesday night which, I think, as well as anything I know, sums up Astaire's overall appeal - the appeal that takes in but transcends one's admiration for his dancing and for his inimitably intimate singing style. This was written in November 1933, by a theatre critic who had so little feel for dancing that he marvelled why London should go on about 'Mr Astaire's doing well enough what the Tiller Girls at Blackpool do superbly'. The critic, the writer, was James Agate, the irascible, dogmatic, opinionated but brilliant journalist, and I believe the best critic of acting we have had this century. He is writing his review of Gay Divorce, after declaring yet again his contempt for musical comedy as an entertainment for idiots, deploring the play's plot and the acting and hoping 'Micawberishly, for something to turn up'. 'Presently,' he wrote, 'Mr Fred Astaire obliged, and there is really no more to be said.' Except
Life and Laughing MICHAEL JOSEPH
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Discover Michael McIntyre's hilarious life-story in "Life and Laughing". Michael McIntyre is Britain's biggest comedy star. He has released two record-breaking DVDs, "Live and Laughing" and "Hello Wembley"; hosts his own BAFTA-nominated BBC1 series, "Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow"; and has picked up British Comedy Awards for Best Live Stand-Up and Best Male TV Comic. Last year he became the youngest ever host of the Royal Variety Performance, and now in 2011 he takes the hot seat as a judge in the hit ITV show "Britain's Got Talent". How did he get there? Michael reveals all in his remarkably honest and hilarious autobiography. His showbiz roots, his appalling attempts to attract the opposite sex, his fish-out-of-water move from public to state school and his astonishing journey from selling just one ticket at the Edinburgh Festival to selling half a million tickets on his last tour. Michael McIntyre's "Life and Laughing" is riveting, poignant, romantic and above all very, very funny. Michael McIntyre was born in South London in 1976 to parents from the world of showbiz. His Hungarian mother was a dancer and his Canadian father co-wrote "The Kenny Everett Television Show". Now he is a stand-up comedian who in 2009 sold out a record six nights at Wembley Arena and four nights at London's O2. Michael lives in North London with his wife Kitty and their sons Lucas and Oscar. This is his first book.
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Opis - Rok 1972 był wyjątkowy w historii wielkiej legendy rocka progresywnego, brytyjskiej grupy Yes. Jej piąty album, "Close To The Edge", okazał się wielkim sukcesem artystycznym i komercyjnym (platyna w USA i Wielkiej Brytanii), a fani tłumnie walili na koncerty, aby zobaczyć idoli w akcji. Zapis tego, co się działo na żywo, Yes zawarł częściowo na potrójnej koncertowej płycie "Yessongs" z 1973 roku. Rozeszła się w ponad milionie kopii i charakteryzowała się niesamowitą oprawą graficzną Rogera Deana. Niedawno muzycy Yes poszperali w swoich przepastnych archiwach i odnaleźli pełnych siedem zarejestrowanych koncertów z trasy z 1972 roku! Występów, które odbyły się przed tymi, z których kompozycje wypełniły "Yessongs". Dzięki współczesnej technologii, nagrania z oryginalnych analogowych taśm odrestaurowano pod kątem wydania ich współcześnie. Każdy detal brzmieniowy został dopracowany z pietyzmem, aby dać słuchaczowi wyjątkowe doznania podczas obcowania z tą ponadczasową muzyką. Jest wrażenie jakby było się w pierwszym rzędzie podczas tych wspaniałych koncertów. Zebrano dwa wydawnictwa z niepublikowanym wcześniej koncertowym materiałem Yes. Pierwsze to "Highlights From Seventy-Two", 90 minut muzyki live z różnych koncertów. Przygotowano je na dwóch CD oraz potrójnym winylu. Całość sprawia wrażenie jednego spójnego występu od początku do samego końca. "Progeny: Seven Shows From Seventy-Two" to z kolei box składający się z aż 14 krążków! Zebrano na nich wszystkie siedem koncertów z jesieni 1972 roku, gdy Yes frunęli z Kanady aż do Północnej Karoliny potem do Georgii i Tennessee, by zwieńczyć dzieło 20 listopada 1972 roku występem w Nowym Jorku, w Nassau Coliseum. Płyty zapakowano niczym eleganckie cygara w rozsuwanym wiekiem pudełka. Specjalną oprawę graficzną wydawnictwa przygotował oczywiście Roger Dean. Tournée z 1972 roku było pierwszym z Alanem White'em roli perkusisty. Zastąpił on genialnego Billa Bruforda, który nagrał z Yes album "Close To The Edge", po czym odszedł do King Crimson. Oprócz Alana w składzie zespołu byli wówczas: Jon Anderson (śpiew), Steve Howe (gitara), Chris Squire (gitara basowa) i Rick Wakeman (klawisze). Lista utworów - Płyta 1 [CD1] 1. Opening (Excerpt From Firebird Suite) / Siberian Khatru (Live At Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, New York November 20, 1972) 2. I've Seen All Good People: Your Move / All Good People (Live At Knoxville Civic Coliseum, Knoxville, Tennessee November 15, 1972) 3. Heart Of The Sunrise (Live At Knoxville Civic Coliseum, Knoxville, Tennessee November 15, 1972) 4. Clap/Mood For A Day (Live At Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, North Carolina November 12, 1972) 5. And You And I [I. Cord Of Life, Ii. Eclipse, Iii. The Preacher The Teacher, Iv. Apocalypse] (Live At Cameron Indoor Stadium, Durham, North Carolina November 11, 1972) Płyta 2 [CD2] 1. Close To The Edge (I. The Solid Time Of Change, Ii. Total Mass Retain, Iii. I Get Up I Get Down, Iv. Seasons Of Man) [Live At Cameron Indoor Stadium, Durham, North Carolina November 11, 1972] 2. Excerpts From "The Six Wives Of Henry Viii" (Live At Cameron Indoor Stadium, Durham, North Carolina) 3. Roundabout (Live At Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, Ontario October 31, 1972) 4. Yours Is No Disgrace (Live At Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, North Carolina November 12, 1972) Nazwa - PROGENY: HIGHLIGHTS FROM SEVENTY-TWO (2CD) Autor - Yes Kod EAN - 0081227956578 Rok wydania - 2015 Nośnik - Płyta CD Ilość elementów - 2 Podatek VAT - 23% Premiera - 2015-05-25
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Lista utworów - Płyta 1 1. Opening (Excerpt from Firebird Suite)/Siberian Khatru 2. I've Seen All Good People: Your Move/All Good People 3. Heart of the Sunrise 4. Clap/Mood for a Day 5. And You and I (Cord of Life/Eclipse/The Preacher the Teacher/Apocalypse) Płyta 2 1. Close to the Edge (The Solid Time of Change/Total Mass Retain/I Get Up I Get Down/Seasons of Man) 2. Excerpts from 'The Six Wives of Henry VIII' 3. Roundabout 4. Yours Is No Disgrace Nazwa - PROGENY: HIGHLIGHTS FROM SEVENTY-TWO (3LP) Autor - Yes Kod EAN - 0081227956707 Rok wydania - 2015 Nośnik - Płyta winylowa Ilość elementów - 3 Podatek VAT - 23% Premiera - 2015-05-25
The Rebel League: The Short and Unruly Life of the World Hockey Association MCCLELLAND & STEWART
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The wildest seven years in the history of hockey "The Rebel League celebrates the good, the bad, and the ugly of the fabled WHA. It is filled with hilarious anecdotes, behind the scenes dealing, and simply great hockey. It tells the story of Bobby Hull's astonishing million-dollar signing, which helped launch the league, and how he lost his toupee in an on-ice scrap.It explains how a team of naked Birmingham Bulls ended up in an arena concourse spoiling for a brawl. How the Oilers had to smuggle fugitive forward Frankie "Seldom" Beaton out of their dressing room in an equipment bag. And how Mark Howe sometimes forgot not to yell "Dad!" when he called for his teammate father, Gordie, to pass. There's the making of "Slap Shot, that classic of modern cinema, and the making of the virtuoso line of Hull, Anders Hedberg, and Ulf Nilsson. It began as the moneymaking scheme of two California lawyers. They didn't know much about hockey, but they sure knew how to shake things up. The upstart WHA introduced to the world 27 new hockey franchises, a trail of bounced cheques, fractious lawsuits, and folded teams. It introduced the crackpots, goons, and crazies that are so well remembered as the league's bizarre legacy. But the hit-and-miss league was much more than a travelling circus of the weird and wonderful. It was the vanguard that drove hockey into the modern age. It ended the NHL's monopoly, freed players from the reserve clause, ushered in the 18-year-old draft, moved the game into the Sun Belt, and put European players on the ice in numbers previously unimagined. The rebel league of the WHA gave shining stars their big-league debut and others their swan song, and providedhigh-octane fuel for some spectacular flameouts. By the end of its seven years, there were just six teams left standing, four of which - the Winnipeg Jets, Quebec Nordiques, Edmonton Oilers, and Hartford Whalers - would wind up in the expanded NHL. "From the Hardcover editi
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