After spending ten years in the army, James Wharton enters civilian life and settles in the idyllic English countryside with his husband and two dogs, in what seems to be a perfect fairy-tale ending. But only a year later, separated from his husband, James finds himself trying to carve out a new life in London, frequenting the capital's gay clubbing scene in a search for potential friends and lovers. He is quick to discover the phenomenon known as 'chemsex' - a weekend world of drugs, partying and sex. Immediately hooked, James begins to spend hours, often days, with groups of total strangers, locked in drug-induced states of heightened sexual desire. Something for the Weekend compassionately explores the growing popularity of chemsex and considers the motivating factors that have lured people into this underworld. James interviews a variety of characters, from drug dealers and sexual health experts to other gay men who, like himself, became addicted to this often volatile culture, and reveals how chemsex has cemented its status as more than just a short-term craze, becoming a permanent feature in modern gay life.
Every book tells a story And the 70 titles in the Pocket Penguins series are emblematic of the renowned breadth of quality that formed part of the original Penguin vision in 1935, and that continues to define our publishing today. Together, they tell one version of the unique story of Penguin. unknown when he became a Penguin author in 1999. Six TV series and worldwide sales of more than eight million copies of his five books later, he is one of the UK's favourite chefs and an international celebrity who has changed the face of the cookbook. In Something for the Weekend, Jamie pulls together a selection of crowd-pleasers to liven up anybody's Sunday dinner, whether you're partial to traditional fare or you're looking for something a bit more adventurous.
Entertaining at home used to be cause for anxiety, but under Ruth Watson's expert guidance, planning weekend dinner parties and family get-togethers can be fun and notably stress-free. Each designed for eight people, this is a collection of recipes for starters, main courses, desserts and side orders.
This book records the buying, restoring, maintenance and running of 20 interesting, unusual, rare or eccentric cars that the author has owned in the last 25 years. Each car has a been a love affair in its own right and in consequence, like true love, they have not always run smoothly...
A collection of Terry Wogan's best TELEGRAPH columns, with his trademark wry take on life. 'It's my feeling that whatever's bothering you, you ought to be able to say it in less than 500 words. The rest is window-dressing ... Probably explains why I didn't write WAR AND PEACE...' Sir Terry Wogan has been busy over the past 10 years writing his ever-popular SUNDAY TELEGRAPH column. In this first collection of the very best of his weekly musings, Terry delivers his distinctively dry and amusing views on life. From the disappointment of the declining years, the ubiquity of TV cooks ('Nowadays, you can't throw a stone in a country road without hitting a television chef, in full colour'), to vanity and those little daily annoyances that drive you to drink, he never fails to entertain. Terry's modern grumbles, gentle social commentary and witty observations make for a delightful assortment of reading. Charming and wry, with not a hint of lickspittle, this is WOGAN'S WORLD at its most entertaining.
Dublin private-eye Leo Street feigns culinary prowess as she investigates marital infidelity in the countryside. Something for the Weekend is the first comic crime caper of the charming Leo Street series by Pauline McLynn. The perfect read for fans of Janet Evanovich and Joanna Cannon. 'Scandal, infidelity, secrets and soufflé are all explored with a healthy dollop of humour' - Express When private investigator Leo Street is sent to County Kildare to spy on the wife of a loathsome client, she's delighted to be getting away from rainy Dublin and her hopeless, permanently resting actor boyfriend Barry. The one catch is she has to masquerade as a member of a cookery course and the only piece of culinary equipment Leo can handle is a tin opener - Weekend Entertaining Part 1 is daunting to say the least. As she strips away layers of marital infidelity - not to mention several other scandalous secrets - she battles with bread-making and brûlée. But where will it all end - in triumph or tragedy? What readers are saying about Something for the Weekend: 'A well written, engaging plot makes this a page turner' 'Pauline McLynn has created a realistic character that jumps off the page and hits you between the eyes' 'Guaranteed to make you laugh... and then cry'
It contains a year’s worth of weird and wonderful weekends, arranged season by season. Created – and road-tested – by one of the most prolific contributors to UK newspaper travel sections, it is aimed at the reader/traveler who has already done the standard trips to places and is now looking for something different.
This is an autobiographical account of John Barry's business career -- a career that started in a tearoom on the Durban beach front, clerical bank work and to being presented with the JSE Top 100 award. John acquired his sales and marketing skills while working for Shell and later for Muller and Phipps. It was during his years at Muller and Phipps, an international company that handles the marketing and distribution of 'big brand' fast-moving consumable goods (FMCG), that he conceptualized advertising campaigns and brand prominence for products that are still household names today. 'It's not inside it's on top' (the ad campaign for Cremora) and 'Duracell lasts up to six times longer' are two examples of his success in the FMCG world. In a leap of faith and with some persuasion John decided to leave the security of a top-earning position for the chance to start his own business and ultimately to create and unlock real wealth. He bought into Admark, a floundering advertising agency, where he avoided bankruptcy through hard work, unwavering focus and total transparency. When Admark was back on its feet, with all the creditors paid and showing a profit he realized the advertising industry no longer appealed to him. He then set about creating Adcorp, a recruitment advertising agency. Adcorp grew immeasurably over the next few years as John implemented his effective business philosophy -- establishing his own competition through many acquisitions. This enabled him to make the rules of the game himself and therefore massive profit for his company. In 1986 John listed Adcorp on the JSE and in 1999 Adcorp won the prestigious JSE Top 100 award, the first serviced-based company to win this accolade. When Nelson Mandela was released from prison John realized -- before any legislation was passed and before any other company -- that a change in government would mean a complete turnaround in business. A pioneer of empowerment, John then brought Simeka Management into the Adcorp fold and watched them grow autonomously and with great success. John is now a director of Khululeka Corporate Services, a company focused on finding perfect empowerment matches for F.N.B.'s corporate clients. John's passion for successful empowerment partnerships has added massive value to the clients' businesses and continues to reinforce the true principles of empowerment. The book details John's personal and business philosophies clearly and honestly. Despite having only a standard eight, nowhere to call home and struggling as a single father for many years, John overcame these adversities to achieve enormous success. He shares with the reader the lessons he has learned en route, giving the reader a chance to unlock their own real wealth.
Tested principles for transforming an idea into a fully operational company Startup Weekend—the organization behind 54-hour events where developers, designers, marketers, and startup enthusiasts come together to share ideas, form teams, build products, and create startups—has spawned both a global initiative in entrepreneurship as well as numerous successful startups. Startup Weekend, the book, contains best practices, lessons learned, and empowering examples derived from the organization's experiences for individuals and small organizations to follow as they launch businesses. Each of the key beliefs outlined has been tested by Startup Weekend and has yielded powerful results. The principles described in each chapter will give any business idea a greater chance for success. Chapter topics include trust and empowerment, flexible organizational structures, the power of experiential education, action-based networking, and much more Describes consequences for startup development as entrepreneurs and founders begin doing much more, even faster Profiles successful Startup Weekend companies, including two powerful examples: Memolane, an application that captures a user's online life in one timeline making it easy for users to travel back in time and relive memories; and Foodspotting, a mobile and desktop app that allows users to find and share the foods they love Apply these simple actionable principles to launch your own startup revolution.
Five average, middle-age friends take a girls-only weekend vacation together once a year. Leaving the traditional vacations behind for the first time, they decide to tackle camping and head for a beautiful park preserve in the Pennsylvania wilderness. On their first night, things take a turn for the worse when they encounter three mysterious mountain men who abduct them and bring them to their cabin with the intent to rape and torture them. Hell-bent on surviving and making it back to their loved ones, the women quickly cease to be victims and make unrelenting war on the men. Relying on instincts they never knew they possessed, the women resort to brutal and savage tactics, and soon turn the tide on their attackers.
In this enthralling and atmospheric tale of murder, revenge and redemption, a young American struggles to make sense of a world he does not understand, where the price of acceptance may be murder. John Vanbrugh is an outsider in the England of 1905: A determined but unsuccessful American architect, he has moved to London to make a new life for himself and his wife, Margaret. When he receives an unexpected summons to meet the dazzling Duchess of Marlborough at Blenheim Palace, he is skeptical. The young duchess, Vanbrugh comes to understand, has her reasons. Like him, she is American-born: Consuelo Vanderbilt, one of the richest debutantes in America. Seemingly on impulse, the duchess hires Vanbrugh to renovate her rooms at Blenheim - a plum job Vanbrugh accepts. He and his wife join the weekend party at Blenheim, a group that includes the foul-tempered duke; his young cousin Winston Churchill; the society painter John Singer Sargent; the duchess' mother and American suffragette Mrs. O.H.P.Belmont; Gladys Deacon, an American friend of the duchess'; and the enigmatic Catholic Monsignor Vay de Vaya. Almost as soon as he begins work at Blenheim, Vanbrugh uncovers a series of unsettling letters that hint at a long-concealed deceit. As he tries to grasp the meaning of this discovery, a sketchbook owned by Sargent is stolen and a young housemaid is found in the courtyard, strangled. It is then that Vanbrugh realizes he is caught in a maze of duplicity and manipulation with no way out. Struggling to uncover the treachery he sees around him, Vanbrugh is forced to re-evaluate everything he thought about Blenheim, himself, even the very nature of truth. Part mystery, part gothic morality tale, A Weekend at Blenheim is a compelling, mesmerizing, deeply satisfying novel.
The famed Mohonk Mountain House, a rambling Nineteenth Century Victorian resort perched atop a lofty crag of the Shawangunk Mountains in Upstate New York, provides the setting for this Gothic tale of mystery, romance and political intrigue. A lovers? weekend becomes a confusing nightmare of time and space as Jamie Stanner and his fianc? find themselves cast into the past and a terrifying brush with fate as assassins stalk President Theodore Roosevelt along the corridors and grounds of the famous resort.
Something Borrowed Emily Giffin The smash-hit debut novel for every woman who has ever had a complicated love-hate friendship. Rachel White is the consummate good girl. A hard-working attorney at a large Manhattan law firm and a diligent maid of honor to her charmed best friend Darcy, Rachel has always played by all the rules. Since grade school, she has watched Darcy shine, quietly accepting the sidekick role in their lopsided friendship. But that suddenly changes the night of her thirtieth birthday when Rachel finally confesses her feelings to Darcy's fiance, and is both horrified and thrilled to discover that he feels the same way. As the wedding date draws near, events spiral out of control, and Rachel knows she must make a choice between her heart and conscience. In so doing, she discovers that the lines between right and wrong can be blurry, endings aren't always neat, and sometimes you have to risk everything to be true to yourself.
This book is written from a collection of journal entries I kept during my training in California before I went overseas to serve in Iraq, copies of letter I sent home to my two daughters and school that I taught at when activated, as well as some stories that I wrote about my experiences. There are some facts that are incorrect in this book but I kept them in because they were the truth to me at the time. The letters are mostly word for word as they were written and sent. I have included pictures that go along with my writings that help to show, as well as explain, what I experienced. I have changed or omitted the names of people to protect their privacy. I was not a hero, nor was I involved in any large fighting that took place in Iraq. I was just a fifty-three year old man, close to my twenty-year letter for retirement in the National Guard who happened to be sent to war in Iraq. I dont pretend to be brave or have any deep meaning to my experiences. I just want to share an average story of an average soldier in Iraq. Sgt. Joseph Berlin (ret.)
College friends Lucy and Katherine reunite as adults—and build a new friendship as changed women Katherine shows up at Lucy’s Manhattan doorstep having run away from the marriage altar. Lucy isn’t thrilled to see her former sorority sister—her own life as a children’s book illustrator is complicated enough, especially as she may be falling out of love with her boyfriend. Along with Lucy’s oddball best friend, Julia, the women tackle the complicated challenge of being young, lost, and in search of life in New York City. Something Blue is a heartfelt but never sentimental modern classic, capturing three women on the verge of the future, still figuring out the past, and trying to solve the present all at once. A novel that addresses friendship, ambition, and love head on, Something Blue and its three heroines head in surprising directions in their search for meaning.
Against his desires Mac, his friends and brother, set out for a few days away from life's daily grind in Amsterdam. He soon realises that his friends have their own agendas, be it women, drugs or manipulation and as the weekend unfolds he too gets seduced by Amsterdam's charisma and reluctantly drawn into his friends' world of debauchery.