By Quentin Letts
From the Sunday Times bestselling author of 50 People Who Buggered Up Britain, Quentin Letts, comes his blistering new book on how Britain's out-of-touch, illiberal elite fills its boots.'HILARIOUS' Daily Mail'With its vicious takedowns, Quentin Letts' laugh-out-loud Patronising Bastards will have the lefty-elite running scared' The SunNot since Marie Antoinette said 'Let them eat cake' have the peasants been so revolting. Western capitalism's elites are bemused: Brexit, Trump, and maybe more eruptions to follow. But their rulers were so good to them! Hillary Clinton called the ingrates 'a basket of deplorables', Bob Geldof flicked them a V sign, Tony Blair thought voters too thick to understand the question. Wigged judges stared down their legalistic noses at a surging, pongy populous.These people who know best, these snooterati with their faux-liberal ways, are the 'Patronising Bastards'. Their downfall is largely of their own making - their Sybaritic excesses, an obsession with political correctness, the prolonged rape of reason and rite. You'll find these self-indulgent show-ponys not just in politics and the cloistered old institutions but also in high fashion, football, among the clean-eating foodies and at the Baftas and Oscars, where celebritydom hires PR smoothies to massage reputations and mislead, distort, twist. Political columnist and bestselling author Quentin Letts identifies these condescending creeps and their networks, their methods and their dubious morals. Letts kebabs them like mutton. It's baaaahd. It's juicy.Richard Branson, Emma Thompson, Shami Chakrabarti, Jean-Claude Juncker and any head waiter who calls you 'young man' - this one's for you!
The Physics of Everyday Things
By James Kakalios
Most of us are clueless when it comes to the physics that makes our modern world so convenient. What's the simple science behind motion sensors, touch screens and toasters? How do we enter our offices using touch-on passes or find our way to new places using GPS? In The Physics of Everyday Things, James Kakalios takes us on an amazing journey into the subatomic marvels that underlie so much of what we use and take for granted.Breaking down the world of things into a single day, Kakalios engages our curiosity about how our refrigerators keep food cool, how a plane manages to remain airborne, and how our wrist fitness monitors keep track of our steps. Each explanation is coupled with a story revealing the interplay of the astonishing invisible forces that surround us. Through this 'narrative physics' The Physics of Everyday Things demonstrates that - far from the abstractions conjured by terms like the Higgs boson, black holes and gravity waves - sophisticated science is also quite practical. With his signature clarity and inventiveness, Kakalios ignites our imaginations and enthralls us with the principles that make up our lives.
By Maryn McKenna
'This is an important book. You can't understand the radical cheapening of food, with all its unpleasant effects, for farm animals and our most cherished rural landscapes, until you begin to understand the industrialisation of chicken. Industrial chicken is now displacing many more sustainable farming systems, driving them out of business. This book explains how that happened and why we should all be worried about it and demand change' James Rebanks, author of The Shepherd's LifePlucked! examines everything that has gone wrong in the modern agricultural system: overuse of antibiotics, threats to the environment, violations of animal welfare, destruction of farming communities, disruption of international trade and delivery of over-processed, obesity-promoting, nutritionally hollow food.Drawing on years of research into the 'big chicken' industry, acclaimed science writer Maryn McKenna uncovers the people searching for solutions and seeking to return chicken to a sustainable and honoured place on our plate and asking whether, with reform, chicken can safely feed the world. Rich with characters who together propelled the story of chicken's unintended consequences, Plucked! will reveal how the antibiotic era created modern agriculture. It is an eye-opening exploration of how the world's most popular meat came to define so much more than just chicken nuggets.
By Natalie Kossar
McCall's Pattern Behavior couples the beloved vintage sewing patterns with captions that are droll, deadpan, and hysterically funny. Budding comedian Natalie Kossar began publishing her snarky cartoons on a Tumblr blog in 2015, and has since won the attention of Kat Harding at Jezebel, Paul Einlyng at Sweet Paul, and Dan Savage of Savage Love-along with thousands of enthusiastic followers. She has also won the support of the McCall's brand, who is opening their archives to Natalie to produce over 100 new cartoons for the book, as well as lending marketing muscle upon publication. McCall's Pattern Behavior's wry sense of humor will appeal to a wide swathe of readers, whether or not they remember the vintage McCall's patterns from their youth.Praise from blog fans: "I don't drink milk because it comes out of my nose when I read stuff as funny as Pattern Behavior.""I just spent approx. 20 min ugly cry-laughing over Pattern Behavior. My friend nearly had a hilarity-induced asthma attack.""I just discovered Pattern Behavior, died, and then died again because we finished them all. MOAR PLZ (sic)."
Pusheen: A Magnetic Kit
By Claire Belton
Pusheen is a chubby tabby cat who has taken the Internet by storm with her animated GIFs and comics, garnering millions of fans online and beyond. Now, you can bring the naughty, adorable, and pleasantly plump kitty to your fridge (her favorite hangout) or office with Pusheen: A Magnetic Kit! The kit features dozens of magnets featuring Pusheen, her lovable sister Stormy, and many of their favorite accessories along with illustrated backgrounds to build your favorite scenes.
The Princess Bride Talking Book
The Princess Bride Talking Book features an interactive molded plastic book that opens to play 15 of the movie's unforgettable quotes, from "Inconceivable!" to "My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die." The kit also comes with a 32-page mini book that highlights classic quotes and film stills from The Princess Bride.This kit includes:* Molded plastic Princess Bride book that opens and plays sound. Includes 15 sound clips from the iconic movie.* 32-page mini book featuring stills and quotes from the film.
By Nikki Van De Car
Casual clairvoyants and weekend witches will find all the tools they need to enchant the everyday with Practical Magic! Covering the essentials of modern magic and mysticism, this kit comes with a rose quartz stone, tiger's eye stone, fill-in astrological chart, and 3 sheets of metallic tattoos. With a fully illustrated, 48-page miniature book on a variety of magical topics, including crystals, horoscopes, and herbal healing, this charming kit is the perfect gift for the good witch in your life.This kit includes: * Two crystals (rose quartz and tiger's eye). * Fold-out astrological chart to fill in.* 3 sheets of metallic temporary tattoos.* 48-page miniature book.
Pickles and Ice Cream
By Vicky Jacob-Ebbinghaus, Juarez Rodrigues
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJm1VyB9ENQ&feature=youtu.beHusband-and-wife design team Vicky Jacob-Ebbinghaus and Juarez Rodrigues set up their hugely popular website eatingfortwocookbook.com when they started interviewing pregnant women on their strangest cravings.They 'cooked', tasted, rated and photographed each discovery, giving it the look of haute cuisine and a similarly fancy-sounding name. When they posted these creations on their blog, the crowd went wild with reposts and tags. More and more pregnant women submitted their cravings for the 'Vicki and Juarez treatment' and soon media pundits were raving. Pickles and Ice Cream feature 75 almost- never-before-seen recipes, uniquely beautiful (even if their appeal as food might be questionable) photographs of the recipes, along with the stories of the pregnant women who dreamed them up.
Pokémon Coloring Kit
The Pokémon franchise is more popular than ever with the launch of Pokémon GO and new video games Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon. The latest in our growing and hugely successful coloring kit series, the Pokémon Coloring Kit includes 10 colored pencils and 46 illustrated cards featuring different Pokémon to color, connected by an accordion fold to create a banner display. Pokémon Trainers of all ages will love bringing their favorite Pokémon to vibrant life with this portable coloring kit. Kit includes:* accordion fold of 46 illustrated cards of various Pokémon characters to color * 10 colored pencils
The Power of Different
By Gail Saltz
The Power of Different is an illuminating and uplifting examination of the link between brain differences and aptitude. Psychologist and bestselling author Gail Saltz presents the latest scientific research and profiles famous geniuses and lay individuals who have been diagnosed with all manner of brain 'problems' - including learning disabilities, ADD, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and autism. Saltz shows that the source of our struggles can be the origin of our greatest strengths. Rooted in her experience as a professor and practicing psychiatrist, and based on the latest neurological research, Saltz demonstrates how specific deficits in certain areas of the brain are directly associated with the potential for great talent. She also shows how the very conditions that can cause difficulty at school, in social situations, at home or at work, are bound to creative, disciplinary, artistic, empathetic and cognitive abilities.In this pioneering work, readers will find engaging scientific research and stories from historical geniuses and everyday individuals who have not only made the most of their conditions, but who have flourished because of them. Enlightening and inspiring, The Power of Different shows how the unique wiring of every brain can be a source of strength and productivity, and can contribute to the richness of our world.
By Christine Temple
Where does creativity come from? Why are some people more creative than others?Eminent neuropsychologist Christine Temple navigates a wide range of factors from the hard science (visual memory, spatial ability, brain functions) to the environmental (the 'mad genius' myth, and Gladwell's 10,000 hours of practice) in her study of what contributes to creativity. Using Pablo Picasso as her model of a creative genius, she weighs up each theory as it applies to Picasso and shows how his own creativity came from a combination of many factors.In this book, she looks at Picasso's playful mindset and passionate relationships, investigates the possibility that genius is genetic and can be inherited in families, considers whether creative genii perceive the world in a different way, and determines whether single-mindedness and focus play a part. This is the first book to look at a multitude of traits in creativity, and nail down the key factors that matter (and also which ones don't) to provide an overall picture of this fascinating area, linking the science to the personal.
Peanuts: A Charlie Brown Christmas Coloring Kit
By Charles M. Schulz
Celebrate the beloved holiday classic with Charlie Brown and the whole gang! This portable colouring kit includes 10 coloured pencils and 40 illustrated cards connected by an accordion fold, featuring text on alternating cards so the story can be read as you bring this timeless favourite to vibrant life. Once complete, you can display or share your art the whole season through.
By Ian Bogost
Play Anything is nothing short of brilliant... I will be recommending this provocative and entertaining book to everyone I know." u- Jane McGonigal, bestselling author of Reality is Broken and SuperBetter ife is boring: filled with meetings and traffic, errands and emails. Nothing we'd ever call fun . But what if we've gotten fun wrong? In Play Anything, visionary game designer and philosopher Ian Bogost shows how we can overcome our daily anxiety transforming the boring, ordinary world around us into one of endless, playful possibilities.The key to this playful mindset lies in discovering the secret truth of fun and games. Play Anything, reveals that games appeal to us not because they are fun, but because they set limitations . Soccer wouldn't be soccer if it wasn't composed of two teams of eleven players using only their feet, heads, and torsos to get a ball into a goal Tetris wouldn't be Tetris without falling pieces in characteristic shapes. Such rules seem needless, arbitrary, and difficult. Yet it is the limitations that make games enjoyable, just like it's the hard things in life that give it meaning. Play is what happens when we accept these limitations, narrow our focus, and, consequently, have fun. Which is also how to live a good life. Manipulating a soccer ball into a goal is no different than treating ordinary circumstances, like grocery shopping, lawn mowing, and making PowerPoints,as sources for meaning and joy. We can play anything" by filling our days with attention and discipline, devotion and love for the world as it really is, beyond our desires and fears.Ranging from Internet culture to moral philosophy, ancient poetry to modern consumerism, Bogost shows us how today's chaotic world can only be tamed,and enjoyed,when we first impose boundaries on ourselves. "An essential read for those seeking to understand how a new idea of play can be positive for our lives." u- Library Journal (STARRED review) /u Play Anything is a profound book: both a striking assessment of our current cultural landscape, and at the same time a smart self-improvement guide, teaching us the virtues of a life lived playfully." u- Steven Johnson, author of How We Got To Now and Everything Bad Is Good For You /u
By Tom Connor, Jim Downey
Against all odds, the Donald doesn't appear to be going away anytime soon. In fact, Trump's chances of continuing to lead the Republican field remain strong with each passing week, and it's scary as hell.In PRESIDENT TRUMP, the special collector's edition magazine, readers will uncover the full range of President Trump's plans (such as they are) for the nation's highest office. From the Inauguration to the new Cabinet of highly inappropriate members; and the repurposing of the White House, to hot topic issues such as immigration, readers will quickly learn why the hardest and scariest words in the English language are: "Elected!"
Peter Rabbit Finger Puppets
By Beatrix Potter, Beatrix Potter
This adorable finger puppet kit features two of Beatrix Potter's most popular characters, Peter Rabbit and his mother Ms. Josephine Rabbit. Also included is a two-sided diorama and five sheets of electrostatic stickers to decorate the scene.This kit is sure to delight fans of all ages
Playing by the Rules
By Tracey Brown, Michael Hanlon
Does an airline pilot really need to surrender his tweezers at airport security when he's about to board an aircraft equipped with an axe on the back of the cockpit door?Can a mobile phone really cause a major explosion at a gas station?And is there really a good reason why you should be be prevented from swimming in a lake more than a foot deep?These rules exist, and they exist in the name of our own protection. But in this engrossing dissection of global health, safety and security regulations, authors Tracey Brown and Michael Hanlon dig a little deeper to discover the real reasons behind many of the instructions we obey without questioning their creators' motives. Their conclusions range from the startling to the staggering, and in presenting them the authors seek to empower readers to question the people and organisations who come up with them in the first place.Previously published as In the Interests of Safety.
A Practical Wedding Planner
By Meg Keene
You just got engaged! Or you've been engaged for a while but are finally sitting down to plan this party. Or maybe you haven't made anything exactly official yet, but you know you want to spend your lives together. Whichever it is, when you're ready to take a deep breath and start planning, this is the book you want,need,to have. Meg Keene has put together the (practical) companion to A Practical Wedding : smart, clear focused guidance,with a hefty does of reassurance,to help you plan your big day.From figuring out what you really want,as opposed to what everyone else thinks you should want,to help you keep an eye on the ceremony itself and the vows (a.k.a. why you're throwing this party in the first place), Meg helps you cover all the essentials:Setting a budget,and sticking to itChoosing a venue: traditional, non-traditional, and everything in betweenHiring good vendors, keeping your friendors, and why DIY doesn't always save moneyCatering, rentals, and everything else Pinterest forgot to tell youWedding décor: a realist's guideCreating and writing a ceremonyGetting everyone to show up...and have a good timeWith checklists (such as flowers, food, final venue walk-through) and key spreadsheets (guest list and seating chart, budget, venue search, and more), Meg helps you plan a wedding that will leave you feeling joyful, not emotionally exhausted and broke.
Plants vs. Zombies: Light-Up Sunflower
By Running Press
Plants vs. Zombies T is the wildly popular video game where players defend their home from a zombie mob with an arsenal of zombie-zapping plants. In our second Plants vs. Zombies mini kit, fans can collect one of the most popular characters,the Sunflower. This unique component lights up and plays the credit song from the game! Kit also includes an illustrated 32-page book of plant profiles.
The Peanuts Movie: Snoopy the Flying Ace
By Charles M. Schulz
Based on The Peanuts MovieT starring Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, and the rest of the lovable gang adored by generations of fans, this mini kit is a treasured keepsake for fans of all ages, including a collectible figurine of Snoopy as The Flying Ace and 16-page full-colour sticker book featuring artwork from the film.
Paint-Your-Own Sugar Skull
By T.L. Bonaddio
The art of making sugar skulls to honor the dead has been a long-standing tradition for Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead. Included in this kit is everything you need to paint a mini-size sugar skull including 4 pots of paint, 1 paintbrush, gems and sequins, 1 pot of glitter, 1 piece of ribbon, and a skull. Also included is an illustrated 32-page book on the history of sugar skulls and how to decorate your own.