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The World Puzzle Championship Challenge

By Gareth Moore
Authors:
Gareth Moore
ARE YOU AS BRIGHT AS THE BEST?Test your skills by following this link https://pages.littlebrown.co.uk/the-world-puzzle-championship-challenge/ and answering two puzzles correctly to be entered into the prize draw for five people to win a copy of The World Puzzle Championship Challenge and a bundle of other Gareth Moore puzzle books. (The prize draw is open to UK residents excluding Northern Ireland aged 18 and over. Terms and Conditions apply.)Try puzzles from the world puzzle championships, where teams of solvers from all around the world compete to find that year's fastest and best puzzle solver.The book contains over 190 puzzles of over 90 different types arranged over 20 themed chapters, including a wide range of unique puzzle variations created especially for the world puzzle championship. Puzzle types include battleships, cave, dominoes, fillomino, heyawake, kakuro, LITS, masyu, number link, nurikabe, slitherlink, yajilin and many, many more.Compare your own puzzle-solving times against past world championship winners, and find out where you stand on a world scale.Try some of the world's toughest puzzles, designed to challenge the very best solvers.No language skills or general knowledge required - all the puzzles are designed to work for any solver from any country in the world.Discover some of the most exciting and innovative new puzzles from the world's most creative puzzle setters.The book concludes with an entire round from a competition as a final challenge.

A Woman Lived Here

By Allison Vale
Authors:
Allison Vale
'A pretty awesome present for the feminist in your life' - Caroline Criado Perez, OBE, author of Do It Like a WomanAt the last count, the Blue Plaque Guide honours 903 Londoners, and a walking tour of these sites brings to life the London of a bygone era. But only 111 of these blue plaques commemorate women.Over the centuries, London has been home to thousands of truly remarkable women who have made significant and lasting impacts on every aspect of modern life: from politics and social reform, to the Arts, medicine, science, technology and sport. Many of those women went largely unnoticed, even during their own lifetimes, going about their lives quietly but with courage, conviction, skill and compassion. Others were fearless, strident trail-blazers. Many lived in an era when their achievements were given a male name, clouding the capabilities of women in any field outside of the home or field. A Woman Lived Here shines a spotlight on some of these forgotten women to redress the balance. The stories on these pages commemorate some of the most remarkable of London's women, who set out to make their world a little richer, and in doing so, left an indelible mark on ours.
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Wedding Speeches For Women

By Suzan St Maur
Authors:
Suzan St Maur
More and more women are giving speeches at weddings today - even within the most traditional of cultures. And it's not just a case of "saying a few words." Whether you're the bride, bridesmaid, mother, grandmother, sister, friend or colleague, you want your speech to be meaningful and memorable, something everyone present will cherish forever.Wedding Speeches For Women is any woman's complete handbook to devising and presenting a wedding speech to remember. In it, you'll find all you need to know about how to: - Understand where your speech fits into the day- Prepare and write your speech- Make it work for you, not just the audience- Choose content that's perfect for the occasion and individuals- Pick a speech structure and approach from a selection of ideas- Choose from a wide range of joke concepts- Find good, poignant quotations- Select or even write a poem for the occasion- Overcome nervousness or "stage fright"- Benefit from professionals' presentation tips and tricks

The World's 100 Weirdest Sporting Events

By Geoff Tibballs
Authors:
Geoff Tibballs
When we think of the world's great sporting events, we tend to focus on spectacles such as the World Cup, the Olympics, the Derby, the Monaco Grand Prix or the University Boat Race. Yet there is also an alternative world of competition where participants risk life, limb and often dignity for meagre rewards in truly weird sporting pursuits. Step forward the Indonesian sport of sepak bola api, a variation of football in which the barefoot players kick a ball that is on fire; Germany's Mud Olympics, at which competitors play soccer, volleyball and handball while knee-deep in mud; yak racing from Mongolia; Oregon's Pig-N-Ford Races where drivers speed around the track while carrying a live pig under one arm; and Australia's variation of the Boat Race, the Henley-on-Todd Regatta, where, instead of rowing, teams carry their boats along the dry bed of the River Todd.This book lists geographically the world's 100 weirdest sports events, giving full details of their rules and colourful history. They include the grotesque (the national sport of Afghanistan is buzkashi, in which riders on horseback aim to drag the headless carcass of a dead goat towards their opponents' goal), the dangerous (Japanese hardcore wrestlers batter each other with glass fluorescent light tubes instead of their bare hands), and the downright daft in the form of the World Black Pudding Throwing Championships, the World Flounder Tramping Championships, the World Gravy Wrestling Championships and the World Shin-Kicking Championships.Races are staged in all kinds of transportation. Canada is home to the Great Klondike Outhouse Race (for portable toilets), the Vancouver Bathtub Race, and the Windsor Pumpkin Regatta; Colorado hosts the annual Emma Crawford Coffin Races; and the pride of Yorkshire is the Great Knaresborough Bed Race, where teams push a bed (containing human occupant) along a 2.4-mile course that requires a wet crossing of the River Nidd. Animals feature heavily, too. As well as traditional races for ostriches (complete with jockeys), cockroaches (no jockey required), armadillos, sheep, and Oklahoma City's splendid Dachshund Dash, rubber-duck racing is one of the fastest growing sports of recent years with events being held in several countries. Other competitions test an animal's ability to do more than just run or float, such as elephant polo, dog surfing, camel wrestling, rabbit show jumping and pig diving. It is not beyond the realms of possibility that in the near future we may even be treated to synchronized pig diving.Although the plunging porkers might disagree, the appeal of many of these sports is enhanced by taking part. If cheese rolling or volcano boarding are too energetic for your taste, ice golf or underwater hockey too uncomfortable, and lingerie football wouldn't show off your legs to best effect, you could always enjoy more leisurely pursuits like the world championships in rock, paper, scissors or pooh sticks. If, on the other hand, you prefer a watching brief, you could try your hand at cow patty bingo, a North American contest where a field is divided into numbered squares, and contestants bet on which square the cow will take a poop. It is probably the only occasion in life when you can make money from one number two on top of another.
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  • Wild Cycling

    By Chris Sidwells
    Authors:
    Chris Sidwells
    'A wildly inspiring adventure - from armchair to saddle.'Nichiless'A lovely concise guide.'A. W. BairdHere is plenty of inspiration for anyone who loves to ride off road and get out into the wild and stunning scenery of the British mainland. Each route suggests further routes and the book as a whole introduces the wild cyling potential of a range of different locations. These natural routes to wild places link country lanes, green lanes, bridleways, towpaths, trails and often ancient ways between places. The book is illustrated in colour and each ride includes an annotated route map and ride profile, also OS grid references. And a fact file gives further indispensable details, including an indication of how hard each ride is, and how wild. From Chalk Cliffs and Curious Sound Mirrors in the south-east to Cape Wrath in the north-west, the purity, beauty and essential wildness of these rides will ensure that over the years many of them will become classic, even legendary cycling challenges.
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    Where am I Going and Can I Have a Map?

    By Jonathan Black
    Authors:
    Jonathan Black
    'We will certainly be recommending the book to all our parents. It's quite simply the best available' - George Fussey, Head of Career Education, Eton College'One of the most practical and comprehensible career guides ever produced' - Baroness Gillian ShephardFrom the Financial Times careers adviser, this book of wisdom will help you feel more empowered about your career. You can read it from beginning to end, or dive into specific sections for immediate advice on, for example, writing your CV. There are three sections:Stepping Back - What's this all about? The bigger issues that frame the whole area of your career and jobs; looking down on your career map from 10,000 feet. Practicalities - What do I do on Monday Morning? CVs, applications, interviews and all the other details on your map. Along the Way - Or, How do I Keep Going? How to cope with the hurdles and challenges that you might encounter while you're travelling along your route It includes an extensive set of real examples to bring it all alive, and is grounded with helpful statistics and sociological research.'Indispensable, inviting and engaging' - Prof Dame Carol Black, DBE, FRCP, FMedSci'A book about how to lead a happy life' - James Hodgson, Bedford School'A uniquely powerful guidebook' - Mark Byford, Egon Zehnder'The definitive careers guide' - David Palfreyman, OBE'Wise, calming and pragmatic' - Emma Jacobs, FT'A true career design compendium' - Caroline Konrad, Ryerson University'Winningly combines anecdotes, surveys and years of professional experience' - Dr Tim Hands, Winchester School'Elegant, light and humorous style' - Prof Dame Carol Black, DBE, FRCP, FMedSci'From an expert at the top of his game' - David Palfreyman, OBE
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    The World's 100 Weirdest Museums

    By Geoff Tibballs
    Authors:
    Geoff Tibballs
    When we think of the world's great museums, we tend to think of the Louvre, the Guggenheim or the Victoria and Albert. We do not immediately think of the Dog Collar Museum, the Kansas Barbed Wire Museum, the Museum of Broken Relationships or Barney Smith's Toilet Seat Art Museum. Yet scattered across the globe are museums dedicated to every conceivable subject, from bananas to Bigfoot, lawnmowers to leprechauns, teapots to tapeworms, mustard to moist towelettes, and pencils to penises. Many are serious collections housed in grand buildings, others are located in tiny premises and are open to visitors by appointment only, often the result of one person's crazy lifetime obsession. This book lists the world's 100 weirdest museums in order of quirkiness, encompassing such delights as The Museum of Witchcraft in Cornwall, a museum in Kentucky that houses 800 ventriloquists' dolls, the Museum of Bad Art in Massachusetts, the Paris Sewer Museum, the French Fry Museum in Bruges, the Museum of Contraception and Abortion in Vienna, the Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum in Tennessee, Japan's Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum (quite possibly the world's only museum devoted to instant noodles), and the Kunstkamera in St Petersburg, home to Peter the Great's collection of oddities including deformed fetuses and the decapitated head of a love rival preserved in vinegar. After all, what holiday is complete until you have seen a 300-year-old decapitated human head in a jar?Each entry will include address, contact and admission details, so the next time you are in Berlin there is no excuse for missing out on a visit to the Currywurst Museum, the world's leading museum dedicated to sausages in hot ketchup.
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    Waves of Prosperity

    By Greg Clydesdale
    Authors:
    Greg Clydesdale
    When the Genoese merchant, Marco Polo, first arrived in Dynastic China he was faced with a society far advanced of anything he had encountered in Europe. The ports were filled with commodities from all over the eastern world, while new technology was driving the economy forward. It would take another 400 years before European trade in the Atlantic eclipsed the Pacific markets.From China's phenomenally successful Sung dynasty (c. AD 960-1279), Cargoes reveals the power of the Mughals merchants of Gujarat, who built an empire so powerful that, even in the 17th century, the richest man in the world was a Gujarat trader. It was not until the opening up of the spice routes and the discovery of South American gold that medieval Iberia came to the fore. It was only then that the Atlantic Empire of the west came to dominate world trade, first the Dutch Republic in the seventeenth century, then the British Empire in the age of the Industrial Revolution, American supremacy in the twentieth century, and the development of post-war Japan. Along the way Greg Clydesdale looks at the parallel lives and ideas of merchants and explorers, missionaries, kings, bankers and emperors. He shows how great trading nations rise on a wave of technological and financial innovation and how in that success lies the cause of their inevitable decline.
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    Who's in Charge?

    By Michael Gazzaniga
    Authors:
    Michael Gazzaniga
    The prevailing orthodoxy in brain science is that since physical laws govern our physical brains, physical laws therefore govern our behaviour and even our conscious selves. Free will is meaningless, goes the mantra; we live in a 'determined' world.Not so, argues the renowned neuroscientist Michael S. Gazzaniga as he explains how the mind, 'constrains' the brain just as cars are constrained by the traffic they create. Writing with what Steven Pinker has called 'his trademark wit and lack of pretension,' Gazzaniga ranges across neuroscience, psychology and ethics to show how incorrect it is to blame our brains for our behaviour. Even given the latest insights into the physical mechanisms of the mind, he explains, we are responsible agents who should be held accountable for our actions, because responsibility is found in how people interact, not in brains.An extraordinary book, combining a light touch with profound implications, Who's in Charge? is a lasting contribution from one of the leading thinkers of our time.
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    Wake Up and Sell More Coffee

    By John Richardson, Hugh Gilmartin
    Authors:
    John Richardson, Hugh Gilmartin
    These experts and coffee shop owners seek to answer two main questions:1. What is the one thing they wish they'd known before they started 2. What is the secret to success of their business and of great coffee shops and cafés in general.Some of these owners have just one site and some have multiple sites and worldwide success but all are acknowledged as being exceptional.
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    A Woman's Guide to Divorce

    By Phyllida Wilson, Maxine Pillinger
    Authors:
    Phyllida Wilson, Maxine Pillinger
    This book will inform and empower women who have decided to divorce, or are deciding whether to do so.It will give them the `heads up` on what to expect, and the confidence to manage and control the formidable process; from the first meeting with a solicitor to the financial implications, the court processes, communication with the `ex`, and managing children, family and friends.It offers guidance on living arrangements and emotional aspects, and on the characteristics of `extreme` divorces including violence, harassment, custody battles, non-compliance and aggressive financial deprivation.
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    The Weight Escape

    By Joseph Ciarrochi, Russ Harris, Ann Bailey
    Authors:
    Joseph Ciarrochi, Russ Harris, Ann Bailey
    Today's the day to start making real changes. Diet fads and fitness trends may offer the prospect of losing weight, but they rarely work out long-term. The Weight Escape is different. Using the psychological science of ACT - Acceptance and Commitment Therapy - Dr Russ Harris, medical doctor and author of The Happiness Trap, psychological practitioner Ann Bailey and scientist Joseph Ciarrochi will help you make the lasting changes you want. Focusing on the mental barriers that can stop us setting and achieving our goals, it promotes a holistic approach to wellbeing and weight loss - one that goes beyond meal plans and calorie counting to give a deeper meaning and mindfulness to how you live and what you eat. Through practical exercises, quizzes and personal stories, it shows you how to: · Set goals and give direction to your life · Overcome destructive habits and exercise self-control · Deal with cravings and stressful situations · Develop self-acceptance. Get the weight-loss results you want - and so much more.
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    Why Does My Dog Do That?

    By Caroline Spencer
    Authors:
    Caroline Spencer
    We all want a dog that we can take anywhere with us, a kind gentle dog with whom we can relax, walk and play without stress or anger. This practical, accessible book provides a unique way of communicating with dogs which will give you a better understanding of why dogs do what they do. This will enable you to correct undesirable behaviour in your dog and develop a friendship built on love, harmony and mutual trust. The methods used in this book don't seek to dominate your dog but rather to show that you are the decision-maker so that your dog can sit back and relax, knowing that all the important decisions regarding danger, safety and food are taken by you. This form of natural canine communication can be used to resolve any issue, such as:Aggression.Separation anxiety.Running off.Excessive or attention barking.Pulling on the lead.Digging up the garden.Jumping up.Difficulties associated with rescue dogs.
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    The Whole-Brain Child

    By Tina Payne Bryson, Daniel Siegel
    Authors:
    Tina Payne Bryson, Daniel Siegel
    In this pioneering, practical book for parents, neuroscientist Daniel J. Siegel and parenting expert Tina Payne Bryson explain the new science of how a child's brain is wired and how it matures. Different parts of a child's brain develop at different speeds and understanding these differences can help you turn any outburst, argument, or fear into a chance to integrate your child's brain and raise calmer, happier children. Featuring clear explanations, age-appropriate strategies and illustrations that will help you explain these concepts to your child, The Whole-Brain Child will help your children to lead balanced, meaningful, and connected lives using twelve key strategies, including:Name It to Tame It: Corral raging right-brain behavior through left-brain storytelling, appealing to the left brain's affinity for words and reasoning to calm emotional storms and bodily tension.Engage, Don't Enrage: Keep your child thinking and listening, instead of purely reacting.Move It or Lose It: Use physical activities to shift your child's emotional state.Let the Clouds of Emotion Roll By: Guide your children when they are stuck on a negative emotion, and help them understand that feelings come and go.SIFT: Help children pay attention to the Sensations, Images, Feelings, and Thoughts within them so that they can make better decisions and be more flexible.Connect Through Conflict: Use discord to encourage empathy and greater social success.
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  • Wilful Impropriety

    By Ekaterina Sedia
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    Ekaterina Sedia
    The Victorian era is significant for the rise of the middle classes and marked changes in social relationships, both in the home and in wider society, with the proliferation of domestic help and the development of increasingly rigid gender roles. These are romances that chafe against the restrictions of the period, with heroes and heroines who defy social convention, igniting firestorms of gossip. The aristocrats, impostors, social climbers, domestic workers and undercover agents of these stories exist in an authentically lush world, depicted here with telling attention to detail. While most of the stories are strongly realistic, some incorporate elements of fantasy.
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    Writing A Report, 9th Edition

    By John Bowden
    Authors:
    John Bowden
    Now in its 9th edition, this extensively revised and updated handbook explains how you can write reports that will be: * Read without unnecessary delay * Understood without undue effort Accepted, and where applicable, acted upon / Divided into three parts, the book looks in detail firstly at the practical side of report writing: * Preparation and planning * Collecting and handling information * Writing and revising / Secondly, at the creative side of report writing: * Achieving a good style and choosing the correct words * Improving the overall appearance of reports  / And thirdly at 23 common types of report, including: * Annual reports/ Appraisal reports * Audit reports Minutes/Progress reports * Student project reports/Technical reports / There is also an extensive glossary and a selection of sample reports.
  • World War II: The Autobiography

    By Jon E. Lewis
    Authors:
    Jon E. Lewis
    How will the Second World War be remembered? Not as a series of strategic battles but as a dramatic turning point in world history, recorded through the personal accounts, diaries, and speeches of those that were there. World War Two: the Autobiography places centre stage the individual accounts of over 200 people who saw events unfolding before their eyes: from the first stirrings of Nazi aggression, to the phoney war and the Blitzkrieg; from the frozen wastes of the Eastern Front to life under the threat of the Blitz in London. This autobiography offers a panoramic view of the conflict and with entries from all the major figures of the war, including Churchill, Field Marshal Montgomery, Hitler, Stalin and Rommel, as well as accounts from the men and women on the front line, the home front and those unfortunate to be prisoners of war, from all sides of the conflict.
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    Wake Up and Smell the Profit

    By Hugh Gilmartin, John Richardson
    Authors:
    Hugh Gilmartin, John Richardson
    Witty, authoritative, comprehensive and fun, Wake Up and Smell the Profit is the ultimate guide to making more money in your coffee business.In this book you'll find the sharpest insights and the best ideas from two of the UK's top Coffee Business Gurus. Together 'The Coffee Boys' have 40 years' experience in how to make money in the coffee selling business. Whether you operate a single site espresso bar, a Michelin starred restaurant or chain of hotels, there is something in this book for everyone.With 52 motivating tips and suggestions (plus an extra bonus idea for good measure), all you need to do is apply one initiative a week for a year and you could have a much more profitable and easier to manage business within twelve months.With this book you'll be able to:* Make more money and work less* Have happier customers who spend more money* Win more customers without spending a fortune* Enjoy running your business more* Create customers who rave about your business and consequently generate more customers through word of mouthWhat are you waiting for?Contents: Introduction; 1. It's all about the money - the good news; 2. It's all about the money - the bad news; 3. It's all about the money - a little story; 4. Focus on coffee for profit; 5. Great coffee (profits) come from great training; 6. Great coffee sales come from one thing - great taste; 7. It's all about the food; 8. There are three ways and only three ways to grow your business; 9. Be brave about your prices; 10. Know your figures and have a plan - a plan that works for you!; 11. Get accountable and know your figures; 12. Know your food cost for every single item; 13. Know your labour/wage cost and stay accountable; 14. It's your fault - get this and then get it again; 15. A coffee shop is all about people - and people need clear rules; 16. Make sure your employees understand the numbers; 17. Every pound is not equal. A pound earned is worth a lot less than a pound saved; 18. View your coffee business as if you were a customer; 19. View the business every day as if you were an employee; 20. Break the whole selling process down and make it better; 21. Keep your toilets spotless; 22. Treat lunch like a restaurant; 23. Create food stories about your star products and sell, sell, sell; 24. Get crafty with your menu and signage; 25. Watch your language; 26. Say hello; 27. Don't point and watch your body language; 28. Nod your head when asking a customer if they would like something; 29. Thank them; 30. The Granny Rule; 31 Keep the kids occupied; 32. Sell more coffee with cake and more cake with coffee Up selling and cross selling; 33. Sell more cold drinks; 34. Get your customer flow right; 35. Make it easy for the customer to buy; 36. Work out your lifetime customer value; 37. Consider the sizes - carefully; 38. Make it accessible and open. Make it all look great; 39 Use your sign wisely. Spend money and make yourshop look obvious; 40. Get creative with signage; 41. Avoid A"sour faced hagsA"; 42. Make the customers feel you care; 43. Use the list -cheapest marketing you'll ever do; 44. Create a catering side to your business; 45. Post the utility bills; 46. Incentives for saving money and making money; 47. Get creative with your marketing and steal ideas from other industries; 48. Create a A"bibleA"; 49. Beware staff attitudes towards business ownership; 50. Make a big deal of the big days; 51. Think wisely before you open your second shop; 52. Give a bit extra; 53. Work A"onA" the business not A"inA"it; And finally; Thanks; More from The Coffee Boys.
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    Why the Toast Always Lands Butter Side Down etc

    By Richard Robinson
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    Richard Robinson
    The frustrating component of life known as Murphy's (orSod's) Law is no respecter of persons. The more you aredesperate for things to go right, the more they go wrong. But,is that really the case, and, if so, is there a rational explanation?So: when you drop the toast how do you know it will landbutter-side down? Why does the queue you're in always goslowest? That tune you hate - isn't it the one you can't get outof your head? However odd it seems, there is generally ascientific explanation. Much of Murphy's Law stems from theway the mind works - its physical limitations, evolutionarybiases and social impressionability. In this fascinating book,popular-science presenter Richard Robinson teases out theanswers, accessibly and entertainingly.

    Why Therapy Isn't Working

    By David Smail
    Authors:
    David Smail
    These four works re-issued in two volumes, form a synthesis of his theory and practise, together offering an understanding of the origins of psychological disorder and the therapy that will help or hinder it. They offer a welcome corrective for the psychology student or practitioner and an encouraging new overview for the general reader.