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Opis - Pierwsze na świecie świadectwo ofiary zbrodni honorowej. Miała siedemnaście lat i zakochała się: zhańbiła rodzinę. Więc rodzina wydała na nią wyrok śmierci... Pokochała go pierwszą miłością. Myślała, że się z nią ożeni. Ale ukochany zniknął, a ona odkryła, że jest w ciąży. A w jej świecie to najcięższa zbrodnia... W zapomnianej przez Boga wiosce w Cisjordanii kobiety są warte mniej niż zwierzęta domowe. Tu mężczyzna jest panem życia i śmierci żony, córki, siostry. Brat może bezkarnie zabić siostrę, matka - córkę, kolejną bezużyteczną dziewczynkę, jaka się urodzi. Tu kobiecie odbiera się godność, a nawet życie zgodnie z odwiecznym obyczajem i uświęconą tradycją. A śmierć jest karą dla dziewczyny, która zhańbi rodzinę. Tak jak Souad. Wyrok wydaje jej ojciec. Szwagier dokonuje egzekucji. Oblewa Souad benzyną i podpala... SOUAD przeżyła - cudem, ale rodzina usiłowała zabić ją nawet w szpitalu. Na zawsze jednak pozostanie straszliwie okaleczona - na ciele i duszy. I wciąż musi się ukrywać; dopóki żyje, jej rodzinę okrywa hańba. Spalona żywcem, opublikowana pod pseudonimem szokująca opowieść o piekle, jakim było jej dzieciństwo i młodość, stała się międzynarodowym bestsellerem. Wydana w 37 w krajach książka przerywa tabu milczenia wobec istniejącej nadal w krajach muzułmańskich barbarzyńskiej tradycji. Nieludzkiego obyczaju, prawa mężczyzn, na mocy którego co najmniej pięć tysięcy kobiet pada co roku ofiarą zbrodni honorowej. Nazwa - Spalona Żywcem Wyd. Kieszonkowe Autor - Souad Oprawa - Miękka Wydawca - Amber Kod ISBN - 9788324159406 Kod EAN - 9788324159406 Wydanie - 1 Rok wydania - 2016 Tłumacz - 31182,maria rostworowska; Format - 110 x 175 x 14 Ilość stron - 224 Podatek VAT - 5% Premiera - 2016-06-23
Paint it White Transworld Publishers Ltd
Książki / Literatura obcojęzyczna
In his dedication to Leeds United, Gary Edwards has no rivals. He has seen every Leeds game since 17 January 1968, home and away. League, Cup and Europe. And pre-season friendlies.* Hell, he even watches the reserves in his spare time. Following Leeds, he's been there, done that and designed the T-shirt. Although a painter and decorator-cum-signwriter-cum-cartoonist, he's never taken a break from his life as a full-time football fan. He's made a name for himself covering over red paint with white for free. He's visited every country in Europe and flown all over the rest of the world to watch Leeds play. If Leeds organised a five-a-side on the moon, he'd be on the first shuttle flight there. Travelling the world to watch hundreds of players run around acres of grass, he's also found time to drink gallons of ale, see oceans of flesh and protect hundreds of animals. He's saved lobsters in Barcelona, clay pigeons in Worksop, frogs in Kuala Lumpur and worms - yes, worms - in Yorkshire. He's been shot at in Greece, run over in Denmark, frightened the king in Sweden and had a beer with an elephant in Bangkok. All this and still found the time to never miss a match or another chance to rid the world of the evil that is red in all its forms. Behind him are almost four decades of Leeds, lunacy, laughter and white paint.
PLAYING FOR PIZZA Arrow Books
Książki / Literatura obcojęzyczna
Rick Dockery was the third-string quarterback for the Cleveland Browns. In the AFC Championship game against Denver, to the surprise and dismay of virtually everyone, Rick actually got into the game. With a 17-point lead and just minutes to go, Rick provided what was arguably the worst single performance in the history of the NFL. Overnight, he became a national laughingstock and, of course, was immediately cut by the Browns and shunned by all other teams.
Mind Game Wolf
1. I've Made Nights By Myself 2. Use What You Got 3. Pink Champagne 4. That's All I Need 5. I'm So Blue 6. Look On Yonder's Wall 7. You've Got Me Licked 8. Let Me Love You Baby 9. Trying To Play A Mind Game 10. Forty-four 11. Feel Like Breaking Up Somebody's Home 12. Eddie's Groove
Książki / Literatura obcojęzyczna
Get a head start in your game development career with this all-genre guide for absolute beginners. Whether you're into action games, role-playing games, or interactive fiction, we've got you covered. Mostly Codeless Game Development empowers new developers with little or no previous programming experience and explores all major areas of game development in a succinct, entertaining fashion. Have you dreamed of making your own video game? Do you find the prospect daunting? Fear not. A new generation of game engines has emerged. Lengthy and complicated feats of programming are largely a thing of the past in video game development. To create commercially viable games you simply need the right tools, many of which are discussed in this book. A gigantic software team isn't a must-have prerequisite for success. The one-person operation is back. What You Will Learn Master the concepts and jargon used in game creation for the beginner Find the best game development suite for your project Make the most out of related graphics and audio production software Discover video game marketing essentials Who This Book Is For People with no programming experience who desire a career in the video game industry as producers or independent, single-person developers.
Only Game Harper Collins Publishers
Książki / Literatura obcojęzyczna
'One of Britain's most consistently excellent crime novelists' Marcel Berlins, The Times '[Reginald Hill] keeps one on the edge of one's wits throughout a bitterly enthralling detection thriller' Sunday Times When a four-year-old child is abducted from an Essex kindergarten, Detective Inspector Dog Cicero soon realizes that this is to be no routine investigation. Something about the child's mother troubles him. Maybe it's just the fact that she comes from Derry, and Cicero's Northern Ireland scars go deeper than his ruined face. But he feels there's more to it than that. Why, for instance, is Superintendent Toby Tench leaving his devious Special Branch footprints all over Cicero's Romchurch patch? And why does he want the courts to release Jane Maguire on bail after she makes an incriminating confession? Tench plays his cards close to his chest, and Cicero finds the odds are stacked against him both personally and professionally - not that he will let that stop him. For Dog's a gambling man, and when death's the only game in town, a gambling man has got to play.
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Consolations of Philosophy Penguin
Alain de Botton, best-selling author of How Proust can Change Your Life, has set six of the finest minds in the history of philosophy to work on the problems of everyday life. Here then are Socrates, Epicurus, Seneca, Montaigne, Schopenhauer and Nietzsche on some of the things that bother us all; lack of money, the pain of love, inadequacy, anxiety, the fear of failure and the pressure to conform.
Roots Of Rock & Roll Membran
Muzyka>Rock>Rock & Roll
1. Caldonia 2. Wild, Wild Young Men 3. Honeysuckle Baby 4. Roll, Hot Rod, Roll 5. Beer Bottle Boogie (With Marylin Scott) 6. Shake Baby, Shake 7. Work With Me Annie 8. Lillie Mae 9. Lipstick, Powder And Paint 10. Boogie Woogie Teenage 11. Fluffy's Debut 12. Rocket 88 13. You Know Yeah! 14. I'm Wise 15. Crazy Lover 16. Teenage Mambo 17. Space Guitar 18. Oh Well 19. Watch My Signals 20. Shooty Booty 101. No Good Lover 102. Go To The Mardi Gras 103. (Every Time I Hear) That Mellow Saxophone 104. Roll 'Em Pete 105. I Ain't Mad At You 106. Drinkin' Wine, Spo-dee-o-dee 107. King Kong 108. Rockin' Pneumonia 109. Ding Dong Daddy 110. Little Red Hen (With Redd Lyte) 111. W-o-m-a-n 112. Sexy Ways 113. Whipper Snapper 114. Just Can't Stay 115. Ee-bop-a-liba 116. Jersey Rock 117. Red Light 118. I Ain't Got You 119. Shufflin' Jive 120. Dimples 201. Bump Miss Susie 202. I Want My Lovin' 203. Motorhead Baby 204. Cupid's Boogie (With Little Esther & Mel Walker) 205. Hello Little Boy 206. Caldonia 207. Ain't Got No Home 208. They Call Me Big Mama 209. Music Goes Round And Round 210. Beep, Beep, Beep 211. Hit, Git And Split 212. That's All 213. You Got Me Reelin' And Rockin' 214. Rag Mop 215. That's Right Little Girl 216. Bip Bop Bip 217. My Man 218. Rock That Boogie 219. Crawfishin' 220. Annie Had A Baby 301. Waiting And Drinking 302. Got My Mojo Working 303. I Got Love If You Want It 304. Open The Door 305. Tell Me Who 306. Chew Tobacco Rag 307. Wildfire (Instrumental) 308. Annie's Aunt Fannie 309. Hey Little Girl 310. Don't Let Go 311. Saturday Nite Boogie Woogie Man 312. Jump And Shout 313. Please Baby Please 314. Mama, He Treats Your Daughter Mean 315. Flatfoot Sam 316. Motor Head Baby 317. Honey Hush 318. Take It Home To Grandma 319. All That Oil In Texas 320. New Orleans Wimmen 401. Booted 402. Brand New Rockin' Chair 403. Way Down Boogie 404. Tick Tock 405. Henry's Got Flat Feet 406. Much Later 407. Don't Be Angry 408. Little Bitty Pretty One 409. Romp And Stomp Blues 410. Twitchy 411. Flip, Flop And Fly 412. Bottle It Up And Go 413. Bumpity Bump 414. Hop, Skip And Jump 415. Let's Have Some Fun Honey 416. Bom Bom Lulu 417. Play Boy Hop 418. Blow Wind Blow 419. Wine Woogie 420. Rock Me Baby 501. Hollerin' And Screamin' 502. You Got To Give 503. Hi Ho Sylvester 504. You Eat Too Much 505. The Walkin' Blues 506. The Deacon Don't Like It 507. Fanny Brown Got Married 508. Hey Ba-ba Re-bop 509. It's You Baby 510. Hey Now 511. Come On, Come On, Come On 512. Safronia B. 513. Ride Daddy, Ride 514. Flip Our Wigs 515. Hole In The Ground 516. Breakin' Up The House 517. She Knocks Me Out 518. Damp Rag 519. Three Times A Fool 520. I'm Tired Of Beggin' 601. Bloodshot Eyes 602. Short Fat Fannie 603. Mister Hound Dog's In Town 604. Nursery Rhyme Rock 605. Don't Start Me To Talkin' 606. Jim Dandy 607. Shame, Shame, Shame 608. Smoke Stack Lighting 609. Rock And Roll Blues 610. Sweet Little Thing 611. Chicken Shack Boogie 612. One Monkey Don't Stop No Show 613. Alabama Rock And Roll 614. Gator's Groove 615. Butcher Pete 616. Jam Up 617. Oakie Boogie 618. Bony Maronie 619. Soft Pillow 620. Tough Lover 701. Milton's Boogie 702. Juiced 703. Low Down Dog 704. Rock, H-bomb, Rock! 705. I'm Out Of My Mind 706. Easy, Easy Baby 707. Ring Dang Dilly 708. Corn Bread 709. Ma (He's Making Eyes At Me) 710. I Can't Rock And Roll To Save My Soul 711. Country Woman 712. Bald Head 713. Blue Jean Shuffle 714. Rock-a-bop 715. Give It Up 716. Rocking After Midnight 717. She's Got Me Hook, Line And Sinker 718. Misery 719. Tiger Man 720. Hands Off 801. California Baby 802. Shim Sham Shimmy 803. Bye Bye Baby 804. Rocket 69 805. I Love My Baby 806. My Pretty Baby 807. Rockin' The House 808. Women And Cadillacs 809. I'm The Fat Man 810. Mercenary Papa 811. In My Real Gone Rocket 812. Oh Babe 813. She's Dynamite 814. Sad Head Blues 815. Hey Spoo-dee-o-dee 816. Mountain Oysters 817. Let's Party 818. New Hound Dog 819. Walk That Mess 820. Jumpin' From Six To Six 901. Rock Around The Clock 902. Rock-a-beatin' Boogie 903. Hound Dog 904. Shake, Rattle And Roll 905. Don't You Just Know It 906. K.c. Loving 907. Choo Choo Ch'boogie 908. Rock The Joint 909. Later Alligator 910. Red Hot 911. Let's Play House 912. The Train Kept A-rollin' 913. Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On 914. Tutti Frutti 915. Razzle Dazzle 916. Bo Diddley 917. Lucky Lips 918. Keep A Knockin' 919. Maybellene 920. Good Rocking Tonight
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Nazwa - Módl się i zwyciężaj Autor - Ks. Krystian Wilczyński Oprawa - Miękka Wydawca - Emmanuel Kod ISBN - 9788363757625 Kod EAN - 9788363757625 Rok wydania - 2014 Format - 105x145 Ilość stron - 31 Podatek VAT - 5%
Shadow of the Sun Penguin
'Only with the greatest of simplifications, for the sake of convenience, can we say Africa. In reality, except as a geographical term, Africa doesn't exist'. Ryszard Kapuscinski has been writing about the people of Africa throughout his career. In a study that avoids the official routes, palaces and big politics, he sets out to create an account of post-colonial Africa seen at once as a whole and as a location that wholly defies generalised explanations. It is both a sustained meditation on the mosaic of peoples and practises we call 'Africa', and an impassioned attempt to come to terms with humanity itself as it struggles to escape from foreign domination, from the intoxications of freedom, from war and from politics as theft. The Beginning: Collision, Ghana 1958 More than anything, one is struck by the light. Light everywhere. Brightness everywhere. Everywhere, the sun. Just yesterday, an autumnal London was drenched in rain. The airplane drenched in rain. A cold, wind, darkness. But here, from the morning
Roots Of Soul Documents
Muzyka>Rhythm & Blues / Soul
1. Please, Please, Please 2. Reet Petite 3. Georgia On My Mind 4. You Send Me 5. Over And Over 6. Get It 7. Empty Arms 8. Play It Fair 9. Good Timin' 10. Why Do You Do Me 11. Ooh Poo Pa Doo 12. Just To Hold My Hand 13. I'm Leavin' It All Up To You 14. Good Rockin' Daddy 15. School Bell Rock 16. Carry Me Back To Old Virginny 17. Just A Little Bit 18. Money 19. I Don't Know 20. Just Out Of Reach 101. Kansas City 102. I Cried A Tear 103. I Feel That Old Feeling Coming On 104. Bim Bam 105. Lonely Teardrops 106. Paper Dollar 107. Confessin' The Blues 108. Since I Met You Baby 109. I'm All Alone 110. Fine Fine Frame 111. No, No, No, No 112. Rock And Cry 113. What Do You Want To Make Those Eyes At Me For? 114. I'll Come Running Back To You 115. So Long 116. It's Love Baby 117. I'm Moving On 118. Hold My Baby's Hand 119. The Letter 120. Come Seven 201. To Be Loved 202. I Won't Plead No More 203. I Almost Lost My Mind 204. Lawdy Miss Clawdy 205. One Mint Julep 206. I Want To Do More 207. Handy Man 208. Teardrops On Your Letter 209. (I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons 210. You Got What It Takes 211. Chonnie-on-chon 212. All Shook Out 213. A Picture Of You 214. 100 Years From Today 215. My Blue Heaven 216. My Nerves 217. My Bonnie 218. It's You I Love 219. Seven Days 220. Just Won't Do Right 301. Sticks And Stones 302. Never Let Me Go 303. Hey Girl, Hey Boy 304. Let's Make It 305. Flatfoot Sam 306. You Were Made For Me 307. Twice As Nice 308. That's Why (I Love You So) 309. See See Rider 310. C.c. Rider 311. Send Me Some Lovin' 312. Gonna Try 313. Shake A Hand 314. I'm In Love 315. Tell The Truth 316. A Tear Fell 317. Finger Poppin' Time 318. Daylight Saving Time 319. Can't Be The Same 320. When The Swallows Come Back To Capistrano 401. Messing With The Blues 402. Treasure Of Love 403. Lonely Island 404. Teardrops From My Eyes 405. Ain't Gonna Cry No More 406. (Night Time Is) The Right Time 407. I'll Be Satisfied 408. Valley Of Tears 409. I'm Gonna Get Married 410. You're Mine, You're Mine 411. Bumble Bee 412. I Need You Tonight 413. Mother-in-law 414. You Be My Baby 415. Let The Good Times Roll 416. I'll Be True 417. Chain Gang 418. Can't Believe You Wanna Leave 419. Love Or A Game 420. I Had A Dream 501. That's All I Want 502. 5-10-15 Hours 503. I Walked Alone 504. Let The Little Girl Dance 505. Let The Good Times Roll 506. (I Got Loaded At) Smokey Joe's 507. Fannie Mae 508. Don't Wreck My Life 509. That's All I Need 510. Doggin' Around 511. Mess Around 512. That Dood It 513. Little Sally Walker 514. Win Your Love For Me 515. Morning, Noon And Night 516. You Went Back On Your Word 517. Pretty Girls Everywhere 518. Tell Me How Do You Feel 519. Baby Cries Over The Ocean 520. The Wallflower (Dance With Me Henry) 601. What'd I Say 602. Begging, Begging 603. Still 604. Schooldays Are Back 605. So Long Baby 606. Mambo Baby 607. Love You Most Of All 608. Come What May 609. Chickee Wah Wah 610. That's When I Lost My Heart 611. Drown In My Own Tears 612. The End 613. Pledging My Love 614. Night 615. If You Need Me 616. Get On The Right Track Baby 617. The Buggy Ride 618. Mama Needs Your Lovin' Baby 619. Spanish Harlem 620. Try Me 701. Gotta New Girl 702. I Want You So Bad 703. Old Faithful And True Love 704. Send Me A Picture Baby 705. You Better Know It 706. Ain't That Love 707. This Old Heart 708. A Lover's Question 709. Just A Little Bit 710. They Always Say 711. There Must Be A Reason 712. Swanee River Rock 713. As Long As I'm Moving 714. Happy Home Blues 715. 1960 716. Hallelujah I Love Her So 717. Little Turtle Dove 718. Keep A-walkin' 719. Tell Me What I Did Wrong 720. Everybody Likes To Cha Cha Cha 801. Talkin' 'Bout You 802. Talk That Talk 803. I've Got To Change 804. Lovin' Machine 805. Say Yes 806. Leave My Woman Alone 807. My Ding-a-ling 808. Just Because 809. Bad, Bad Whiskey 810. Only Sixteen 811. Doodle Bee 812. I Hear You Knockin' 813. Chains Of Love 814. It's Too Late 815. Forgive Me, Clawdy 816. I Am The Man 817. I've Got A Woman 818. Oh What A Dream 819. It Was You 820. Alone Too Long 901. Good Good Lovin' 902. Don't You Know 903. What Am I Living For 904. Darling, If I Had You 905. One Night 906. A Woman, A Lover, A Friend 907. Hang Up My Rock And Roll Shoes 908. Think 909. Let's Go, Let's Go, Let's Go 910. Young Boy Blues 911. Wonderful World 912. Personality 913. Gee Whiz 914. You've Got The Power 915. Sweet And Easy 916. This Little Girl Of Mine 917. The Bells Are Ringing 918. Goodbye Kansas City 919. Unchained Melody 920. I'll Go Crazy
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Opis - From the author of the New York Times bestseller All the Bright Places comes a heart-wrenching story about what it means to see someone - and love someone - for who they truly are. Everyone thinks they know Libby Strout, the girl once dubbed 'America's Fattest Teen'. But no one's taken the time to look past her weight to get to see who she really is. Since her mum's death, she's been picking up the pieces in the privacy of her home, dealing with her heartbroken father and her own grief. Now, Libby's ready: for high school, for new friends, for love, and for EVERY POSSIBILITY LIFE HAS TO OFFER. I know the part I want to play here at MVB High. I want to be the girl who can do anything. Everyone thinks they know Jack Masselin too. Yes, he's got swagger, but he's also mastered the art of fitting in. What no one knows is that Jack has a secret: he can't recognize faces. Even his own brothers are strangers to him. He's the guy who can re-engineer and rebuild anything, but he can't understand what's going on with the inner workings of his own brain. So he tells himself to play it cool: Be charming. Be hilarious. Don't get too close to anyone. Until he meets Libby. When the two get tangled up in a cruel high school game which lands them in group counseling, Libby and Jack are both angry, and then surprised. Because the more time they spend together, the less alone they feel. Because sometimes when you meet someone, it changes the world - theirs and yours. Nazwa - Holding Up the Universe Autor - Jennifer Niven Oprawa - Miękka Wydawca - Penguin Books Kod ISBN - 9780141357058 Kod EAN - 9780141357058 Rok wydania - 2016 Język - angielski Format - 13.0x19.0cm Ilość stron - 424 Podatek VAT - 5%
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
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A Game of Thrones LCG: Valar Morghulis "Death is not the worst thing," the kindly man replied. "It is His gift to us, an end to want and pain. On the day that we are born the Many-Faced God sends each of us a dark angel to walk through life beside us. When our sins and sufferings grow too great to be borne, the angel takes us by the hand to lead us to the nightlands, where the stars burn ever bright."
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