Stories and phrases can powerfully shape the ways in which we experience and manage our environment. What languages have been used to characterize Australian landscapes and how have they influenced the way we see and treat our environment? This work answers this question and more, while exploring the inter-relationship between Australia's landscape and language. It covers a collection of essays whose subjects range from the Ord River in the far north-west to Antarctica in the south, from the center to the coast, the prehistoric to the present. Its terrain is both environmental and cultural, political and poetic.
This is a unique and charming collection of cooking and kitchen-based sayings, proverbs and country wisdom. Containing the familiar and the unfamiliar, this mixture of practical tips and amusing anecdotes is the perfect addition to any kitchen. Ruth Binney explores the origin and merits of each saying, often proving that 'old wives' tales' are just as relevant today as they were in times past.It features tips and advice on a wide range of subjects from meat and fish to fruit and veg, cooking methods to kitchen equipment, all the time providing pertinent lessons in the healthier and much less wasteful ways of former generations.Illustrated with delightful line drawings throughout, Wise Words and Country Ways for the Cook is the ideal gift for any cook or nostalgia lover.
This charming guide to the world of the English country house reveals all the essential hints and tips for living in and running a great house, whether you were lord, lady, maid or cook. By esteemed author Ruth Binney and with a Foreword by Julian Fellowes, creator of the much-loved Downton Abbey. Discover the rules of etiquette and manners that existed both 'upstairs' and 'downstairs', the daily routines of servants, bygone housekeeping maxims for everyone from the scullery maid to the gardener, and learn how to prepare for a grand ball. The intricate way in which the country house worked is reflected in the six chapters of this book, beginning with Keeping House and progressing to The Daily Routine and The Country House Kitchen . Since correct behavior was so important to all activities of the house, A Matter of Manners addresses the essentials of etiquette, a theme that also extends into Leisure, Entertainment and Sport . Finally Garden and Grounds focuses on everything from the cultivation of exotic fruit for the table to brewing and the care of horses and other animals. With beautiful line drawings, Wise Words and Country House Ways will be fascinating for anyone who has wondered what it would be like to be served, or in service in a grand country house.
Contains generations of advice on simple ways to run an environmentally-friendly home, based around well-known, and not-so-well-known, sayings. Everyone is keen to reduce their carbon footprint, conserve resources, eat and live more healthily. Ruth Binney's fascinating collection of traditional wisdom shares how our forbears lived well within the resources available.
An enthralling book that not only satisfies our fascination for lost wisdom of our ancestors but also indulges the British obsession with the weather. Probably the best known country saying of them all is 'red sky at night, shepherd's delight'. Wise Words and Country Ways Weather Lore presents us with dozens more similar, but largely now forgotten, words of wisdom that are imbued with a centuries-old understanding of the patterns of British weather, seasonal changes and the behavior of plants and animals around us. It has highly relevant content for an age where we all feel we have lost touch with the patterns of nature.
Aboriginal Australian literature by Robert M. W. Dixon
Few lives reflect their times as much as the life of Abdel Bari Atwan. Born in a refugee camp in Gaza in 1950, he left age seventeen and has since become one of the world's most foremost commentators on the Middle East. In this revealing memoir, Atwan recounts with humour and honesty his extraordinary journey. He depicts both the horror of camp massacres and the unexpected consequences of Britain's involvement in the region - such as when a British paratrooper fell from the sky with his sizeable parachute and everyone in his mother's village got new silk trousers. Atwan shares his many extraordinary encounters, including tea with Margaret Thatcher, a weekend with Osama bin Laden, intimate meetings with Yasser Arafat, and the row between Colonel Gaddafi and the Shah of Iran that earned him his first journalistic break. But his is also a touching, personal story, never more so than when he describes taking his British-born children to meet his family, who still live in a camp surrounded by barbed wire. 'This portrait of the life and times of a distinguished journalist offers a penetrating insight into the world as seen from the point of view of someone born and bred a Palestinian refugee in a Gaza camp. Abdel Bari Atwan's authentic voice and sharp, descriptive writing brings alive a childhood full of life-affirming sparkle amid a lifetime spent deep in the travails of the Middle Eastern tragedy' Polly Toynbee 'Atwan's enthralling memoir charts his meteoric rise form the shoeless urchin in the 1950's to cultured commentator whose opinion is now sought all over the world ... A skilful raconteur.' Tribune Magazine
"A Glossary of Words used in the Country of Wiltshire" by George Edward Dartnell, E. H. Goddard. Published by Good Press. Good Press publishes a wide range of titles that encompasses every genre. From well-known classics & literary fiction and non-fiction to forgotten−or yet undiscovered gems−of world literature, we issue the books that need to be read. Each Good Press edition has been meticulously edited and formatted to boost readability for all e-readers and devices. Our goal is to produce eBooks that are user-friendly and accessible to everyone in a high-quality digital format.
This insightful biography provides a closer look at one of the entertainment world's biggest stars, with a focus on what got her to the top—and what has kept her there. • Rare photographs of Parton's early career from legendary photographer Les Leverett, retired staff photographer for the Grand Ole Opry • Interviews with many of Parton's collaborators over the years, including producers, engineers, and other artists • A discography of Dolly Parton's albums and hit songs and a list of her awards
by Anthony Ashley COOPER (7th Earl of Shaftesbury.)
In this humorous and playful short book arguing against censorship of language and recounting his own growth from repressed prude to libertarian, freewheeling slinger of juicy-Lucy words, the author suggests that sexual words, slang, and wordplay are “to be celebrated as joyous, vital, funny, juicy, the very essence of life. Man is a neutered animal without them; polite language is effete, artificial, and an unspoken admission of one’s total and abject submission to the System." Still, in the large and growing-ever-larger vocabulary of naughty words, there is a hierarchy, which is explained with humor and wordplay in the book's central essay, "What Do You Call It? A Gentleman's Opinionated Guide to the Basic Words." The only truly “bad” words, the author says, are monstrosities like “birthing,” “interfacing,” and “modalities.” Around 8,000 words. (This has two short chapters extra compared to the edition of the book under a different title at a different store.) Keywords: linguistics, sociology, language, sexual terms, sexual slang, sexual humor, wordplay and double entendres; censorship; political correctness.
Why should you throw washing-up water on lilies? Will gravel deter slugs and snails? Why is water the life and soul of the garden? Does a wet summer bring on tomato blight? The Gardener's Wise Words and Country Ways is a unique and captivating collection of accumulated wisdom, proverbs and superstitions, encapsulating everything that makes gardening so appealing. Ruth Binney beautifully conveys the emotions that gardens evoke, as well as addressing the practical tasks that gardeners undertake. Here you will find good old-fashioned advice, as well as plenty of up-to-date information on everything from being aware of the seasons and wildlife in your garden, to growing better fruit, vegetables, herbs and trees. Famous gardening names who share their knowledge include Vita Sackville-West, Gertrude Jekyll and Robert Thompson, but also presented are the voices of ordinary gardeners, whose experiences come alive in their sayings, prose and poetry.