- The Times Jumbo Cryptic Crossword Book 5: 50 world-famous crossword puzzles
This supremely fiendish collection contains 50 jumbo-sized cryptic puzzles conceived to vex your wits and baffle your brain. Selected by The Times Crossword Editor, Mike Laws, this original collection will challenge even the most experienced crossword buff. The ultimate and only jumbo cryptic crosswords available, these puzzles will really push you to go that extra step. With unique grids of 23 x 23 squares (in comparison to the standard 15 x 15 grid), they will require serious word power and brain bending to complete. Test your linguistic prowess to its limit and give your brain the workout it has been waiting for.
- Matt Dawson: Nine Lives
The most capped England rugby scrum-half of all time, a captain of his country, and a two-times British Lions tourist, Matt Dawson's career story is a colourful tale spiced with controversy, from club rugby at Northampton to England winning the Rugby World Cup in Australia. Now fully updated with England's first year as World Champions.
The boy from Birkenhead learnt the game the hard way, working as a security guard and an advertising salesman in his formative years, in the days when rugby players found relief in an active and alcoholic social life. (Dawson: 'The drinking started on Saturday night, continued all Sunday and most nights until Thursday.')
Despite the frequent visits to the operating theatre and the physio's table, hard graft for his club Northampton eventually heralded international recognition. Dawson talks about the influential, and occasional obstructive figures in his blossoming career: the likes of John Olver, Will Carling, Ian McGeechan and, more recently, Wayne Shelford, Kyran Bracken and Clive Woodward.
In typically opinionated mode, he also reflects on the successes and failures of the England team and, famously, the Lions in Australia in 2001. After speaking out against punishing schedules, disenchanted players and lack of management support in a tour diary article, Dawson was almost sent home in disgrace. He revisits that bitterly disappointing period in his life and is still not afraid to point out where everything went wrong.
Following England's Rugby World Cup 2003 success, Dawson provides a first-hand account of all the dressing room drama - including a troubled Jonny Wilkinson - and the memorable final itself, followed by the stunning reaction to this historic win back home. And in a new updated chapter for this paperback edition, he reveals how the World Champions have overcome the retirement of key players, reviews the 2004 Six Nations, and looks at his own future in the game.
- Phylloxera: How Wine Was Saved for the World
A historical investigation into the mysterious bug that wiped out the vineyards of France and Europe in the 1860s - and how one young botanist eventually 'saved wine for the world'.
In the early 1860s, vines in the lower Rhone valley, and then around Bordeaux, inexplicably began to wither and die. Panic seized France, and Jules-Emile Planchon, a botanist from Montpellier, was sent to investigate. Magnifying glass in hand, he discovered the roots of a dying vine covered in microscopic yellow insects. The tiny aphid would be named Phylloxera vastatrix - 'the dry leaf devastator'. Where it had come from was utterly mysterious, but it advanced with the speed of an invading army. As the noblest vineyards of France came under biological siege, the world's greatest wine industry tottered on the brink of ruin. The grand owners fought the aphid with expensive insecticide, while peasant vignerons simply abandoned their ruined plots in despair. Within a few years the plague had spread across Europe, from Portugal to the Crimea.
Planchon, aided by the American entomologist Charles Riley, discovered that the parasite had accidentally been imported from America. He believed that only the introduction of American vines, which appeared to have developed a resistance to the aphid, could save France's vineyards. His opponents maintained that this would merely assist the spread of the disease. Meanwhile, encouraged by the French government's offer of a prize of 300,000 gold francs for a remedy, increasingly bizarre suggestions flooded in, and many wine-growing regions came close to revolution as whole local economies were obliterated. Eventually Planchon and his supporters won the day, and phylloxera-resistant American vines were grafted onto European root-stock. Despite some setbacks - the first fruits of transplanted American vines were universally pronounced undrinkable - by 1914 all vines cultivated in France were hybrid Americans.
Phylloxera is an entertaining, revealing and frequently astonishing account of one of the earliest and most successful applications of science to an ecological disaster.
- The Healthy Thyroid: What You Can Do to Prevent and Alleviate Thyroid Imbalance
What you can do to prevent and alleviate thyroid imbalance New edition Thyroid health is an increasingly common concern. This updated edition (formerly titled 'Thyroid Problems') is a clear and practical guide to symptoms, treatment options and self-help measures for those who have, or think they may have a thyroid related problem. Sales Handles: - It's estimated that 1 in 10 women have a thyroid imbalance**, but as symptoms are diverse the problem is often unresolved. This book shows how to identify a thyroid problem, relieve symptoms, and obtain treatment. The symptoms of a thyroid imbalance include Chronic Fatigue, Weight Gain, Mood Swings, as well as dried out skin and hair, changes in libido and menstrual problems. This new edition has been fully re-structured and includes a large amount of new material to reflect the needs of today's readers. Contains detailed information about natural health and complementary treatments to help relieve symptoms. Gives the low-down on thyroid hormone tests and other orthodox medical procedures that may be offered. Is an informative yet simple book that provides a 'patients-eye' view of thyroid imbalance so readers can better understand their doctors. Discusses the links between sub-clinical thyroid problems (the most common sort - that cause longterm problems but are hard to pin down) and other conditions such as depression, obesity.
- The One Minute Manager Meets the Monkey
With a new foreword by Ken Blanchard How management can effectively rid themselves of `monkeys' - other people's responsibilities that cling to them and prevent them managing efficiently. This book explains in simple-minded if abstract terms how to achieve a balance between supervision and delegation for reduced tension and improved productivity in the workplace. `There is a high correlation between self-reliance and morale,' stress the authors. With humour and logic they describe the delicate business of assigning monkeys to the right masters and keeping them healthy, i.e., fed and cared for: `... if monkeys are managed properly, you don't have to manage people so much.'