Download and read online Gone for a Burton in PDF and EPUB Set in the South Wales steel town of Port Talbot, this is a tale of love, pride, ambition and the lengths that one man will go to put his town, rugby team and his country firmly on the map. Our unlikely hero is Turpin Thrust, a disaffected council clerk, fed up with the degradation of his beloved home town and its rugby team, and wanting to restore them to their former glory. How does he plan to do this? Well, by bringing home one of the town's most famous sons - Richard Burton - and opening a theme park in his name. The only problem is of course that said Mr Burton is currently located in a churchyard in Switzerland! Undeterred, Turpin and his pals plan to travel to Switzerland to bring him back and create a fitting monument. There follows a hilarious account of real life in a town that is lost in time. Dave Cox has an uncanny knack of depicting characters and places that anyone with a connection with Wales will strongly relate to. We follow Turpin and his friends as they carry out their crazy plans to travel to Switzerland in a camper van armed only with a couple of shovels and the best of intentions. The plot and characters will have you in stitches as it wends its way via a bus full of nurses, a rugby club strip show and an international rapping contest.
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Download and read online Allen s Dictionary of English Phrases in PDF and EPUB Allen’s Dictionary of English Phrases is the most comprehensive survey of this area of the English language ever undertaken. Taking over 6000 phrases, it explains their meaning, explores their development and gives citations that range from the Venerable Bede to Will Self. Crisply and wittily written, the book is packed with memorable and surprising detail, whether showing that 'salad days' comes from Antony and Cleopatra, that 'flavour of the month' originates in 1940s American ice cream marketing, or even that we’ve been 'calling a spade a spade' since the sixteenth century. Allen’s Dictionary of English Phrases is part of the Penguin Reference Library and draws on over 70 years of experience in bringing reliable, useful and clear information to millions of readers around the world – making knowledge everybody’s property.
Download and read online Selected Poems 1933 1988 in PDF and EPUB Poems offer a satiric look at nature, childhood, school, mortality, women, business, poetry, love, movies, history, religion, ghosts, and war
Download and read online The Word Detective in PDF and EPUB The "Word Detective" searches out clues to the origin of interesting words and phrases, such as Big Apple, moxie, yahoo, gormless, feed a cold, and many others, in a collection of articles from the syndicated "Word Detective" column. Reprint.
Download and read online Idiomantics The Weird and Wonderful World of Popular Phrases in PDF and EPUB Idiomantics is a unique exploration of the world of idiomatic phrases. The very etymology of the word 'idiom' reveals what's so endlessly fascinating about the wide range of colourful phrases we use in everyday speech: their peculiarity. They're peculiar both in the sense of being particular or unique to the culture from which they originate, and in the sense of being downright odd. To cite three random examples - from American English, Dutch and Italian - what on Earth are a snow job, a monkey sandwich story, and Mr Punch's secret? Fascinating and illuminating, Idiomantics explains all... The ideal gift for word buffs and in fact, anyone who enjoys a good yarn, this playful book looks at 12 groups of idioms around the world, looking at subjects such as fun and games, gastronomic delights and the daily grind.
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Download and read online The Few Preparation for the Battle of Britain in PDF and EPUB This new addition to the Images of War series is sure to prove welcome, illustrating as it does the preparatory stages of the iconic Battle of Britain. Whilst the country geared up for action, the air forces rallied, readying the high-performance Hawker Hurricane and Supermarine Spitfire fighters that were to characterize this aerial conflict so dramatically. The nine month period that elapsed prior to the German dive-bombing attacks on British shipping in the English Channel (an event that signaled, what Winston Churchill labeled, The Battle of Britain) is the focus of this photographic study. The so-called 'Phoney War' that played out under the leadership of William Maxwell Aitken, the British Minister of Aircraft Production, saw all arms of the Air Force tasked with the job of ensuring that Britain and its forces were prepared for the German challenge that existed on the horizon.??Images of some of pilots and various aircrews preparing for battle feature alongside shots of Spitfires in waiting, volunteer ambulance crews in readiness, civilians filling sandbags on the beaches of Britain to be used in an effort to protect its buildings. All these images serve to illustrate the times at hand, and the co-operative, resilient spirit of British pilots and civilians during this anticipatory period of uncertainty. ??Military enthusiasts and historians of the Second World War will be intrigued by the new insights opened up by these images. All are accompanied by Kaplan's illuminating prose, setting each image within context. A second volume will follow, focussing on the Battle itself, and The Few who achieved so much.
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