Overwhelmed by demands on your time? Baffled by the sheer volume of data? You're not alone: modern society is in a state of information overload. Neuroscientist Daniel Levitin investigates how and why our brains are struggling to keep up with the demands of the digital age.The twenty-first century sees us drowning under emails, forever juggling six tasks at once and trying to make complex decisions ever more quickly. The Organised Mindis an antidote to this predicament: it explains exactly how to take back control of your life by storing key information in the physical world instead of the mind. Levitin takes us through every aspect of modern life, from healthcare to online dating to raising kids, showing that the secret to success is always organisation. He explains why there's no such thing as multitasking, why email is so addictive and why all successful people need a junk drawer.In a world where information is power, The Organised Mindholds the key to harnessing that information and making it work for you.
We live in small worlds. An astonishing literary debut and the first book in the monumental How To Live trilogy, How We Are explores the power of habit and the difficulty of change. A story told in three parts, this profound and ambitious trilogy gets right to the heart of what it means to be human: how we work, how we break, and how we mend. As Vincent Deary shows us, we live most of our lives automatically, in small worlds of more or less comfortable routine - what he calls Act One. Conscious change requires deliberate effort, and so, for the most part, we avoid it. But inevitably, from within or without, something will come along to disturb our small worlds - some News From Elsewhere. And with ingrained reluctance, we begin the work of adjustment: Act Two. Over decades of psychotherapeutic work, Deary has been a witness to the theatre of change - the way that ordinary people get stuck, struggle with new circumstances, and eventually transform their lives and get better. He is also keenly aware that novelists, poets, philosophers and theologians have grappled with these experiences for far longer than psychologists have. Drawing on his own personal experience, and a staggering range of literary, philosophical and cultural sources, Deary has produced a mesmerizing and universal portrait of the human condition. Part psychologist, part philosopher, part novelist, Deary helps us to see how we can resist being mere habit machines, and make our acts and our lives more fully our own.
It's 1924 and there have been many changes in the world of Downton Abbey since we were first welcomed by the family and their servants twelve years ago. A generation of men has been tragically lost at the front, there are once again children breathing new life into the great house, a chauffeur now sits at the Grantham dinner table and hems are up by several inches. Yet despite all of this unsettling upheaval, it is a comfort to find that many things at Downton remain largely unchanged. There are still parties to be thrown, summer fetes to be organised, menus to be planned and farms to be run. Join us, then, as we explore the seasonal events and celebrations of the great estate - Christmas, Easter, the debutante season, the hunt and more - and peer with us through the prism of the house as we learn more about the lives of our favourite characters, the actors who play them, and those who create the world we love so much. Packed full of exclusive new photography and brimming with traditional British recipes for each calendar month, such as Eton mess and sloe gin, this beautiful book takes us on a fascinating journey through a year in the life of Downton Abbey.
From the bestselling authors of We're Going on a Bar Hunt, comes another hilarious parody of a much-loved children's book. This time, we follow the quest of one man as he attempts to shake off his hangover, through eating whatever he can get his hands on, and annoying his family in the process. The perfect book for anyone who fondly remembers the original, but has now grown up and knows all too well just how painful hungover days can be ...
The year in politics as observed by Australia's funniest and most perceptive political cartoonists. With Dean Alston, Peter Broelman, Warren Brown, Pat Campbell, Andrew Dyson, John Farmer, firstdogonthemoon, Matt Golding, Fiona Katauskas, Mark Knight, Jon Kudelka, Bill Leak, Alan Moir, Peter Nicholson, Vince O'Farrell, Ward O'Neill, Bruce Petty, David Pope, David Rowe, John Spooner, Ron Tandberg, Andrew Weldon, Cathy Wilcox, Paul Zanetti, and many more ...
Old Law, New Law follows the author's Lawyers Then and Now in offering a miscellany of genuine legal stories drawn from Australian legal history as well as its modern law. If there is any change of focus, this work looks at the people of the law through the prism of established or changing legal doctrines and processes. The chapter headings will show that quirky humanity intrudes into the most doctrinaire of fields (such as statutory interpretation and tort law) and that law intrudes into every facet of human life (including food, drink and sex). As in the former work, there is much comparing of attitudes past and present, while observing the underlying constancy of human values and biases within every corner of the law. Readers will discover: the constitutional distinction between financial and moral bankruptcy the New South Wales judge who responded to a submission on behalf of the Queensland Commissioner for Railways by stating You don't think we are going to let you banana-benders get away with that, do you? Chief Justices who entered dodgy marriages, committed contempts of court or were described as sexy by litigants they encountered judges who upheld appeals from their own judgments strange aspects of matrimonial law and lore, including wife sales and strange outcomes of the biblical one flesh concept some (rare) sightings of appellate judges abusing each other several instances of cannibalism and the law.
The Naked CEO's guide to achieving your dream, starting now...
From suspended schoolboy to disruptive CEO, Alex Malley, The Naked CEO, has led a life rich in successes and mistakes. Through it all he has learned a lot about what it takes to successfully build not only a big career, but also a big life.
Gain insights from a successful CEO who's lived a big life. Be inspired by his unabashed real-life stories. Learn how to dream big and have the courage to pursue your passions and be willing to fail in that quest. Take the practical tips and apply them to your own career.
Whether you're a student, jobseeker, professional, new to the workforce or just stuck in a rut, this book is your guide through the hurdles of the career journey to a big life. As a father of seven, Alex knows that this is the perfect book for parents or mentors looking to inspire the next generation.
Career-readiness is a skill that people need. It can be learned the hard way, after years on the job and many potentially serious missteps, or it can be learned ahead of time by listening to those who have been there. The Naked CEO helps graduates, jobseekers, and professionals learn the lessons and limit their mistakes.
The Naked CEO, Alex Malley (with clothes)
Have you ever become engrossed in a trashy magazine at the dentist, only to realise that it is a decade old? Why do 'mates rates' always favour the buyer and never the seller? Have you noticed the new trends in the language of cafe menus? Over the years Salt has charmed Australian readers with his unique blend of social insight and down-to-earth observations. In More Decent Obsessions Salt channels our innermost thoughts and helps us understand ourselves a little bit better. If not Salt, then who else would tell the Australian people the truth about the Goat's Cheese Curtain, ticket etiquette at the deli counter or how to navigate the introduction of the unisex loo? Join Bernard Salt on a playful yet insightful journey that takes us forward to the 2030s and back to the 1960s examining life, manners and more to sketch a bigger picture of modern life in Australia. 'Bernard is a highly amusing bellwether. He leads the rest of us sheep down a gentle path of truth.' - Ray Martin
We are surrounded by stationery: half-chewed Cristal Bics and bent paper clips, rubber bands to fiddle with or ping, blunt pencils, rubbers and Tipp-ex. They are integral parts of our everyday environment. So much so that we have no idea of the stories they have to tell. But James Ward is here to explain how important stationery is to us. After all, who remains unmoved by the sight of the first sheet of a brand new notepad? And which of humanity's brightest ideas didn't start life on a scrap of paper, a Post-it, or in the margins of a notebook? Exploring these everyday objects, Ward reveals tales of invention - accidental and brilliant - and bitter rivalry. He also asks the difficult questions, who is Mr Pritt? What does shatter-proof resistant mean? How many pens does Argos use? And what do design evolutions in desk organisers mean for society? Perhaps most importantly, it's time to ask Blu-Tack: what are the 1000s of uses they claim? Combining telling details, peculiar facts, a love of humour, hubris and brimming with curious stories, this book will change the way you look at your desk forever.
From the author of the international bestseller Go the Fuck to Sleep comes a book about the other great parental frustration: getting your little angel to eat something that even vaguely resembles a normal meal. Profane, loving, and deeply cathartic, You Have to Fucking Eat breaks the code of child-rearing silence, giving mums and dads - new, old and expectant - a much-needed chance to laugh about a universal problem. You probably shouldn't read it to your children. Praise for Go the Fuck to Sleep: 'The language? WTF! This hilarious, politically incorrect book is totally correct about the feelings of sleepless, brain-dead parents.' - Mem Fox 'A new bible for weary parents.' - New York Times 'Nothing has driven home a certain truth about my generation, which is approaching the apex of its childbearing years, quite like this deranged book.' - New Yorker
Animal puns? How boaring. I think they're a hoot! This is the sealiest book ever! It's turtle awesome!
An entertaining trip through pop culture, for the old fogeys and kids these days Today's teens and twentysomethings have never seen a real airplane ticket. To them, point-and-shoot cameras are so last millennium and Star Wars is a movie, not a defense strategy. The world views of today's young and old have never been more different. In this entertaining romp through American culture, the creators of the Beloit College Mindset List explore 75 icons once-famous and now forgotten-from Abbott and Costello to the singing telegram. Packed with entertaining facts, trivia, and photos, this is the perfect gift for college students, their oh-so-outdated parents, and pop culture mavens nostalgic for days gone by.
Why is my jumper depreciating? Why are people so f***ing hung up about swearing? Why do the asterisks in that sentence make it okay? Why do so many people want to stop other people doing things, and how can they be stopped from stopping them? Why is every film and TV programme a sequel or a remake? Why are we so reliant on perpetual diversion that someone has created chocolate toothpaste? Is there anything to be done about the Internet? These and many other questions trouble David Mitchell as he delights us with a tour of the absurdities of modern life - Ryanair to Downton Abbey, sports day to smoking, Poundland to phone etiquette, UKIP to hotdogs made of cats. Funny, provocative and shot through with refreshing amounts of common sense - drawn from Mitchell's Observer columns and including new material - Thinking About it Only Makes It Worse celebrates and commiserates on the state of things in our not entirely glorious nation.
You name it. I'll paint it. On Paint. Jim'll Paint It is an enigma. As he says on his wildly successful Tumblr and Facebook pages: Got something in your brain that you'd really like to see with your eyes? Just ask and if I like the sound of it I'll paint it for you using incredibly high tech and sophisticated MS Paint software. Generating hundreds of thousands of requests, Jim has painted everything from Brian Blessed punching a polar bear to Mary and Joseph being turned away from a Premier Inn by Lenny Henry, and his recent picture of Vladimir Putin as every member of the Village People became an internet sensation. Here for the first time are the selected works of one of the finest and most popular artists of our day. Electric Dreams also includes many never-seen-before paintings.
Move over, Mother Goose. Congratulations, and welcome to parenthood! Babies are a miracle, but even miracles poop. A lot. Thank goodness she's got your twinkling eyes, he's got your perfect nose, and we've got your aching back. Welcome to Hickory Daiquiri Dock: Cocktails with a Nursery Rhyme Twist--the ultimate gift for new parents everywhere. Featuring 20 classic nursery rhymes with a decidedly grown-up twist, it's time to lose the rattle, pick up a shaker, and throw yourself an extremely quiet party. Especially if you've finally gotten the baby to sleep, which is always worth toasting to. Drinks include: --Eeny, Martini, Miny, Mo --Jack and Coke (and Jill) --Ring Around the Rose --Old MacDonald Had a Flask --Baa, Baa, Black Russian --and more!
In the long run, we're all dead. But for some of the most influential figures in history, death marked the start of a new adventure. The famous deceased have been stolen, burned, sold, pickled, frozen, stuffed, impersonated and even filed away in a lawyer's office. Their fingers, teeth, toes, arms, legs, skulls, hearts, lungs and nether regions have embarked on voyages that criss-cross the globe and stretch the imagination. Counterfeiters tried to steal Lincoln's corpse. Einstein's brain went on a cross-country road trip. And after Lord Horatio Nelson perished at Trafalgar, his sailors submerged him in brandy - which they drank. From Mozart to Hitler, Rest in Pieces connects the lives of the famous dead to the hilarious and horrifying adventures of their corpses, and traces the evolution of cultural attitudes towards death.
Undeniably epic in scale, Tolstoy's masterpiece has intimidated readers since it was published in 1869--until now. This deluxe mini edition makes this massive yet masterful work accessible to readers, who can get to know the greatest novel ever written in just one sitting. It includes comprehensive summaries of each book of War and Peace along with descriptive character profiles, an introduction, and biography of Leo Tolstoy, complemented with two-color illustrations throughout.
For 40 years, Murray Ball's 'Footrot Flats' has ruled both the Australian and New Zealand comic strip roost. In fact, Dog - the central character in the Footrot Flats cartoon strips - has been voted New Zealand's best-loved fictional character. Now, for the final time, the Ball family has put together 'The Best of Footrot Flats'. Taken from more than 5,000 strips produced since the mid-1970s, the book includes 450 hand-picked strips, including 32 colour illustrations - not seen since they were used as covers on the original series in the 1990's - to make up this 'best of' compilation. This beautifully presented volume will incorporate the highest possible production values and will be the final Footrot Flats book ever produced. 'The Best of Footrot Flats' will be a must-own for all fans of this iconic series.
Uncle Scrooge takes Donald and the nephews on a perilous trek in search of the fabled seven cities of gold! This is the Scrooge story famous for providing Steven Spielberg and George Lucas with inspiration for parts of Raiders of the Lost Ark. Speaking of gold and movies, James Bond fans might recognize in The Mysterious Stone Ray a gimmick that was later used in Goldfinger Uncle Scrooge s pores fill with gold dust from his money bin. It makes him ill so he goes on vacation, which turns into a rescue mission for a sailor stranded on an island with some very mysterious baddies. Also, Scrooge decides to run for Treasurer of Duckburg, but it seems the only way to get votes is to spend a lot of money. (Sound familiar?) And you know what Uncle Scrooge thinks of that! Carl Barks delivers another superb collection of clever plot twists, laughout- loud comedy, and all-around cartooning brilliance.
Agatha Christie, the world's bestselling novelist, according to Guinness, centered a majority of her novels and short stories on the adventures of one master detective: Hercule Poirot. Enjoy the best of these works in this tiny tome--all in one sitting. This miniature volume opens with an introduction and biography on the life of Hercule Poirot, followed by summaries of essential Poirot mysteries including Hickory Dickory Death, Murder on the Orient Express, Death on the Nile, and Curtain.
If you have ever been asked to 'not keep your legs', offered a 'villain roast bighead' for lunch, or even thought of visiting Buckshutem Wildlife Reserve, you will know that the English language is truly in a parlous condition. The Mad World of Sign Language is a compendium of the most inappropriate, confusing, poorly translated and downright bizarre signs from every corner of the globe, as spotted by the readers of the Telegraph whilst on their travels. It seems that few things amuse and appal this eagle-eyed tribe as much as the abuse, misuse, mistranslation and utter mangling of the English language. Here we present an entertaining round-the-world tour of their most egregious and amusing sightings, as collected by the weekly feature Sign Language. The ailing art of signwriting offers a timely warning about the imperilled state of modern English, both here and abroad. What more efficient and hilarious way to make the point?
Let Luke and Scott show you how to fit functional exercise and healthy paleo meals into your busy schedule. CLEAN LIVING QUICK & EASY gives even the most time-poor among us all the tools necessary to look after your most important asset - your health.With 30-minute work-outs that anyone can do anywhere - be it in the office on your lunch break, in your living room or at the park down the road - and delicious paleo recipes that everyone can cook and is guaranteed to love, there is no excuse not to be the best that you can be. Give your life a CLEAN LIVING makeover now with CLEAN LIVING QUICK & EASY.
Media Legends celebrates the legends of Australian news media and recognises the men and women who have been inducted into the Melbourne Press Club Hall of Fame. These champions of news have kept generations of Australians informed and entertained. Media Legends profiles journalists and cartoonists past and present including John Pascoe Fawkner, Alfred Deakin, Alice Henry, Rupert Murdoch, Harry Gordon, Keith Dunstan, Bruce Petty, Neil Mitchell and Jana Wendt. Written by some of today's best journalists, including Laurie Oakes, Michelle Grattan Neil Mitchell and Mark Day, and expertly curated by Michael Smith and Mark Baker, Media Legends is a must-have item for those passionate about Australian news media.
What is new about how teenagers communicate through services such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram? Do social media affect the quality of teens' lives? In this eye-opening book, youth culture and technology expert Danah Boyd uncovers some of the major myths regarding teens' use of social media. She explores tropes about identity, privacy, safety, danger and bullying. Ultimately, Boyd argues that society fails young people when paternalism and protectionism hinder teenagers' ability to become informed, thoughtful and engaged citizens through their online interactions. Yet despite an environment of rampant fear-mongering, Boyd finds that teens often find ways to engage and to develop a sense of identity. Boyd's conclusions are essential reading not only for parents, teachers and others who work with teens, but also for anyone interested in the impact of emerging technologies on society, culture and commerce in years to come. Offering insights gleaned from more than a decade of original fieldwork interviewing teenagers across the United States, Boyd concludes reassuringly that the kids are all right. At the same time, she acknowledges that coming to terms with life in a networked era is not easy or obvious. In a technologically mediated world, life is bound to be complicated.
As a parent, you want to see your teen succeed in school and in life--and you do your best to help. But how do you know what will make a difference? Maybe it's time to listen to a teacher. Day in and day out, teachers watch kids interact with peers, make decisions, deal with difficulty, accept or deflect responsibility . . . Teachers are our eyes and ears--and there's a lot they wish we knew. In Teenagers 101, veteran high school teacher Rebecca Deurlein examines how we can support our teens as they cope with the challenges of the modern world. In an age of instant gratification, how do they learn to work hard? How do they become self-reliant when Mom and Dad are quick to step in? How do they make the transition from kids to adults? Speaking as an educator and a parent herself, Deurlein offers practical strategies for getting teens to: Be self-motivated - Take responsibility for learning - Puzzle through problems - Become their own advocate - Present themselves well - And more Packed with engaging anecdotes and backed by years of experience, Teenagers 101 is a crash course on the skills teenagers everywhere need to thrive in college and beyond.
For more than two decades, psychologist and journalist Daniel Goleman has been scouting the leading edge of the human sciences for what's new, surprising, and important. In Focus, he delves into the science of attention in all its varieties, presenting a long overdue discussion of this little-noticed and under-rated mental asset that matters enormously for how we navigate life. Goleman boils down attention research into a three parts: inner, other, and outer focus. Goleman shows why high-achievers need all three kinds of focus, as demonstrated by rich case studies from fields as diverse as competitive sports, education, the arts, and business. Those who excel rely on what Goleman calls Smart Practices such as mindfulness meditation, focused preparation and recovery, positive emotions and connections, and mental 'prosthetics' that help them improve habits, add new skills, and sustain excellence. Combining cutting-edge research with practical findings, Focus reveals what distinguishes experts from amateurs and stars from average performers.
The true story of the man with the Best Job in the World The Best Job in the World is the story of how following your passions can lead to life-changing opportunities. Adventurer Ben Southall shares his experiences and lessons learned as the winner of the inaugural Tourism Queensland's Best Job in the World campaign, and reveals how this has led to ongoing opportunities since. Part autobiography, part insight into the power of a unique marketing campaign, this book follows Ben's journey-from leaving the UK on his own expedition around Africa to his new role as caretaker of Hamilton Island on the Great Barrier Reef. You'll learn about the skills and experiences that shaped Ben's path, together with the inevitable pitfalls that he faced along the way to living his dream. The sole winner of the Best Job in the World campaign, Ben's perspective is a unique one to share the serious challenges that arose from being catapulted into a high profile job in an idyllic location. Humorous and poignant, the story is as much holistic life guide as travel guide, providing a motivational and inspirational tale that may just be the push you need to: Get inspired-see the opportunities around you and grab them with both hands Embrace the unknown, overcome life's obstacles and challenge expectations Live out your dreams and be your authentic self Climb out of the rut and take part in the world around you In The Best Job in the World , Ben Southall answers the questions everyone is asking: What is it like? Is it really the best job in the world? You'll learn how to transform your interests and passions into a flexible, long-term career, and how following the road less travelled can lead to living your best life. If you're dissatisfied, stuck in a rut or merely curious, The Best Job in the World is a must-read tale of aspiration, inspiration and motivation.
We are hard-wired to believe that the world is more predictable than it is. We chase 'winning streaks' that are often just illusions, and we are all too predictable exactly when we try hardest not to be. In the 1970s, Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky coined the phrase 'representativeness' to describe the psychology of this behaviour. Since then representativeness has been used by auditors to catch people fiddling their tax returns and by hedge fund managers to reap billions from the emotions of small investors. Now Poundstone for the first time makes these techniques fun, easy, and profitable for everyone, in the everyday situations that matter. You'll learn how to tackle multiple choice tests, what internet passwords to avoid, how to up your odds of winning the office Premier League sweepstakes, and the best ways to invest your money.
Control anxiety before it begins. Trouble sleeping, panic attacks, knots in your stomach, excessive worry, doubts, phobias - anxiety comes in many shapes and sizes, and affects millions of people. But you don't have to suffer anymore. In Retrain Your Anxious Brain, renowned therapist and anxiety expert John Tsilimparis, MFT, shares the groundbreaking program he's created to help hundreds of people (himself included) free themselves from crippling anxiety and live healthier, happier lives. Rather than just treating or masking symptoms, Tsilimparis's innovative approach helps you identify and short-circuit anxiety triggers, so that you can stop anxiety before it starts. This customisable plan teaches you how to regulate your reactions to life's ups and downs, and outlines techniques to help you shift your perspective so that you can handle anxiety-provoking situations without the anxiety, including: * Altering the fixed thoughts that can cause anxiety * Adjusting your existing personal belief systems * Challenging the idea of consensus reality * Balancing your dualistic mind * Consciously creating your own reality You can break free from anxiety - Retrain Your Anxious Brain will show you how!
This is the New York Times bestseller. As recently as thirty-five years ago, anxiety did not exist as a diagnostic category. Today, it is the most common form of officially classified mental illness. Scott Stossel gracefully guides us across the terrain of an affliction that is pervasive yet too often misunderstood. Drawing on his own long-standing battle with anxiety, Stossel presents an astonishing history, at once intimate and authoritative, of the efforts to understand the condition from medical, cultural, philosophical and experiential perspectives. He ranges from the earliest medical reports of Galen and Hippocrates, through later observations by Robert Burton and Soren Kierkegaard, to the investigations by great nineteenth-century scientists, such as Charles Darwin, William James and Sigmund Freud, as they began to explore its sources and causes, to the latest research by neuroscientists and geneticists. Stossel reports on famous individuals who struggled with anxiety, as well as the afflicted generations of his own family. His portrait of anxiety reveals not only the emotion's myriad manifestations and the anguish it produces, but also the countless psychotherapies, medications and other (often outlandish) treatments that have been developed to counteract it. Stossel vividly depicts anxiety's human toll - its crippling impact, its devastating power to paralyse - while at the same time exploring how those who suffer from it find ways to manage and control it. My Age of Anxiety is learned and empathetic, humorous and inspirational, offering the reader great insight into the biological, cultural and environmental factors that contribute to the affliction.
Heartwarming and Heart-Opening Stories Gathered from Decades of Medical Practice Bernie Siegel first wrote about miracles when he was a practicing surgeon and founded Exceptional Cancer Patients, a groundbreaking synthesis of group, individual, dream, and art therapy that provided patients with a carefrontation. Compiled during his more than thirty years of practice, speaking, and teaching, the stories in these pages are riveting, warm, and belief expanding. Their subjects include a girl whose baby brother helped her overcome anorexia, a woman whose cancer helped her heal by teaching her to stand up for herself, and a family that was saved from a burning house by bats. Without diminishing the reality of pain and hardship, the stories show real people turning crisis into blessing by responding to adversity in ways that empower and heal. They demonstrate what we are capable of and show us that we can achieve miracles as we confront life's difficulties.
Introducing Persuasion uses psychology, expert advice and practical techniques to teach you how to influence the people around you in an ethical way. INCREASE YOUR PRESENCE by knowing when to talk and when to listen DEVELOP A STRATEGY FOR SUCCESS by preparing, planning and crafting opportunities SAVE TIME AND EFFORT by presenting the right content in the right context MAKE CHANGE HAPPEN by understanding what drives your audience
What causes people to continually relive what they most want to forget, and what treatments could help restore them to a life with purpose and joy? Here, Dr. Bessel van der Kolk offers a new paradigm for effectively treating traumatic stress. Neither talking nor drug therapies have proven entirely satisfactory. With stories of his own work and those of specialists around the globe, The Body Keeps the Score sheds new light on the routes away from trauma - which lie in the regulation and syncing of body and mind, using sport, drama, yoga, mindfulness, meditation and other routes to equilibrium.
'I thought I knew a bit about breakfast TV. I was wrong. What we see is nothing compared to what goes on behind the scenes. I was fascinated to read this brutally honest account of so many stories that have become Australian media folklore. The characters, the drama, the egos. It is an unflinching account from the man who has arguably had a greater impact on the way we watch TV than anyone since Graham Kennedy.' Mia Freedman
Between Sunrise and The Morning Show, Adam Boland oversaw thirty hours of network television a week, turning a daggy finance nerd and a suburban mum into household names. He even helped propel Kevin Rudd into The Lodge.
Now, for the first time, he takes us behind the camera, inside the Sunrise family. Brekky Central is the story of the most competitive timeslot on television; the stakes are high and so are the pressures on those who show up each morning to win the ratings. Along the way, celebrities do what celebrities do, television executives outmanoeuvre each other and presenters succeed or fail.
This is a world of hellishly long hours, of silliness and seriousness, an extraordinary mix of egos, scandals and drama but also a celebration of the magic that is television.
In his diverse career as a journalist and wordsmith, Herbert Kretzmer has interviewed and profiled some of the twentieth century's greatest figures in theatre, literature, show business and sport. His meetings with these legends are touching, funny and devastatingly honest, providing brief but lasting snapshots of their lives. Brought together for the first time, these portraits offer unique insights into some of the extraordinary talents and personalities who have shaped our culture. Kretzmer's intimate interviews allow us to meet such charismatic individuals as Truman Capote, Petula Clark, Billy Wilder, Cassius Clay, Anita Loos, John Osborne, Joan Plowright, Nicol Williamson, Peter Shaffer, J. P. Donleavy and many others. They are people who achieved greatness by virtue of their innovations, personalities and flair, and in these glimpses into their lives they share their hopes and opinions, anecdotes and memories.
Part of the TED series: The Art of Stillness In this age of constant movement and connectedness, when so many of us are all over the place, perhaps staying in one place - and locating everything we need for peace and happiness there - is a more exciting prospect, and a greater necessity than ever before. Through his extensive interviews with creative geniuses of our day, as well as historical records and his own life experience, acclaimed author Pico Iyer paints a picture of why so many have found such richness in stillness and how - from Marcel Proust to Blaise Pascal to Phillipe Starck - they've gathered such rare and exhilarating fruits there. He explores the counter-intuitive truth: the more ways we have to connect, the more many of us seem desperate to unplug. In both The Art of Stillness and his captivating TEDTALK Where is Home?, Iyer reflects that this is perhaps the reason why more and more people - even those with no religious commitment - seem to be turning to yoga, or meditation, or tai chi. These aren't New Age fads so much as ways to connect with what could be called the wisdom of an earlier age. There is even a growing trend toward observing an Internet sabbath every week, turning off online connections from Friday night to Monday morning, so as to try to revive those ancient customs known as family meals and conversation.
A brilliant examination into how the internet is profoundly changing the way we think. In this groundbreaking book, 'Wired' writer Clive Thompson argues that the internet is boosting our brainpower, encouraging new ways of thinking, and making us more not less intelligent as is so often claimed. Our lives have been changed utterly and irrevocably by the rise of the internet and it is only now that we can begin to analyse this extraordinary phenomenon. The author argues that as we rely more and more for machines to help us think, our thinking itself is becoming richer and more complex. We're able to learn more, retain it longer, to write in curious new forms, and even to think entirely new types of thoughts. Outsmart is filled with stories of people who are living through these profound technological changes. In a series of postcards from the near future, we meet characters such as Gordon Bell, an ageing millionaire who is saving a digital copy of everything that happens to him, and Eric Hovitz, one of the world's leading artificial-intelligence researchers, who is creating software that is designed to let your computer sense your mood and then predict when you're going to be most productive at work. Lucidly written and argued, 'Smarter Than You Think' is a breathtaking original look at our Brave New World.
Recent revelations from Edward Snowden and others have shown government agencies in the US, UK and elsewhere joining with tech giants like Google and Facebook to collect vast amounts of information. But, as @War shows, email hacking and data collection are only a small part of a much bigger, more complicated and shocking picture. It is not only security operations that have moved on to the internet, in the future our wars will be fought on-line too. In fact, they already are. The United States military currently views cyberspace as the 'fifth domain' of warfare (alongside land, air, sea, and space), and the US Department of Defense, the National Security Agency, and the CIA all field teams of hackers who can, and do, launch computer virus strikes against enemy targets. In fact U.S. hackers played a significant role in the recent war in Iraq. The majority of civil infrastructure is now run across the internet - financial systems, hospitals, nuclear power stations, to name but three. Barack Obama labelled the internet 'a strategic national asset' and the military has formed a new alliance with tech and finance companies to patrol cyberspace, 'actively defending' America's digital infrastructure. In @War Shane Harris delves into the frontlines of this new cyber war and explains what the new cyber-security regime means for all of us who spend our daily lives bound to the Internet - and are vulnerable to its dangers.
It's no secret that psychedelic drugs have the ability to cast light on the miraculous reality hidden within our psyche. Almost immediately after the discovery of LSD less than a hundred years ago, psychedelics began to play a crucial role in the quest to understand the link between mind and matter. With an uncanny ability to reveal the mind's remote frontiers and the unmapped areas of human consciousness, LSD and MDMA (better known as Ecstasy) have proven extraordinarily effective in treating anxiety disorders such as PTSD--yet the drugs remain illegal for millions of people who might benefit from them. Anchoring Tom Shroder's Acid Test are the stories of Rick Doblin, the founder and executive director of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), who has been fighting government prohibition of psychedelics for more than thirty years; Michael Mithoefer, a former emergency room physician, now a psychiatrist at the forefront of psychedelic therapy research; and his patient Nicholas Blackston, a former Marine who has suffered unfathomable mental anguish from the effects of brutal combat experiences in Iraq. All three men are passionate, relatable people; each flawed, each resilient, and each eccentric, yet very familiar and very human. Acid Test covers the first heady years of experimentation in the fifties and sixties, through the backlash of the seventies and eighties, when the drug subculture exploded and uncontrolled use of street psychedelics led to a PR nightmare that created the drug stereotypes of the present day. Meticulously researched and astoundingly informative, this is at once a personal story of intertwining lives against an epic backdrop, and a compelling argument for the unprecedented healing properties of drugs that have for decades been characterized as dangerous, illicit substances.
No matter how savvy the reader is, they are sure to find stories they believed to be true in this collection. Professor Jan Harold Brunvand is the authority on urban legends and Too Good to Be True is his most complete anthology. Whether the reader wants to become an expert debunker or just have a laugh, this book will surprise and entertain.
Along with London buses, bowler hats and cricket, few things are considered more British than fish and chips. In this book, Panikos Panayi unwraps the origins, history and identity of Britain's most popular take-away. Fish and Chips investigates the origins of fish and potato eating in Britain, describes the meal's creation during the nineteenth century and explores the series of technological and economic developments that changed its component foods into items of mass consumption. It describes the height of the dish's popularity in the early twentieth century, and how it has come to remain a favourite today despite new contenders for the title of Britain's national dish. Fish and Chips also explores the connection with issues of class and identity; despite being a notable culinary symbol of Britain, the dish has far more extensive ethnic affiliations. Fried fish was widely consumed by immigrant Jews before spreading to the English working classes in the early nineteenth century, and by the twentieth century other migrant communities such as Italians played a leading role in the fish-and-chip trade.Brimming with facts, anecdotes and historical and modern images, Fish and Chips will appeal to all interested in the story behind one of the world's most iconic and popular meals.
Sir Alex Ferguson's compelling story is always honest and revealing he reflects on his managerial career that embraced unprecedented European success for Aberdeen and 26 triumphant seasons with Manchester United. Sir Alex Ferguson's best-selling autobiography has now been updated to offer reflections on events at Manchester United since his retirement as well as his teachings at the Harvard Business School, a night at the Oscars and a boat tour round the Hebrides, where he passed unrecognised. The extra material adds fresh insights and detail on his final years as United's manager. Both the psychology of management and the detail of football strategy at the top level can be complex matters but no-one has explained them in a more interesting and accessible way for the general reader than Sir Alex does here. MY AUTOBIOGRAPHY is revealing, endlessly entertaining and above all inspirational.
Over a decade after number one bestselling book Serious, John McEnroe is finally back and ready to talk once again. Since his hit book, he's maintained a huge presence announcing at tennis's majors, has guest starred in TV shows like 30 Rock and Curb Your Enthusiasm, and has been competing on the court, winning ATP Tour of Champions and playing in special events, exhibitions and charity events around the globe. The beloved, controversial and respected tennis legend reveals even more from his life and career with the signature style that has made him the enduring cultural figure and icon he is.
In the twenty years since Allan Border retired as Australian cricket captain he's been one of the game's closest and most astute observers. His views on cricket - based on his experiences as a player, a captain, a selector and a commentator - are fascinating, forthright and informed by more than three decades of involvement at the game's highest level. In Cricket as I See it he gives us his wisdom and opinions on the game he loves - from epic Tests, the rising power of India, and the Twenty20 revolution, through to his thoughts on captaincy, and the essential arts of batting, bowling and sledging. He reflects on the great players and contests of his generation, as well as controversies such as the underarm bowling affair, the turbulent events that led to him shouldering the captaincy, the rebel tour of South Africa, Steve Waugh's dropping as one-day captain, and the divisive 'Monkeygate' scandal. With cricket, Allan calls it as he sees it, and the result is a book to be savoured and enjoyed by cricket lovers everywhere.
After a three year losing streak in the Ashes, complete with a painfully recent 3-0 loss in England, facing the victorious English cricket team so soon was never going to be an easy battle. The public's faith in the young Australian team was waning. Despite their failures, captain Michael Clarke records in his diary a feeling of hunger in his team: a hunger to strike back, a hunger to prove their talent to the world. A hunger to return the urn. Michael Clarke led his team to an Ashes victory at home in a 5-0 triumph over the 2013-14 summer. Along the way, the tide of public affection turned in his favour for the first time. Clarke had previously been respected for his deeds as a batsman, but had not truly won the hearts of sports fans. This Ashes series changed that. Clarke showed the grit, talent, charisma and aggression Australian sports fans look for in their leaders. Revealing and insightful, Clarke once again puts his unique mark on the sport, giving us his account of how he rallied both the team and public behind him to bring the urn home.
Stories from the Bondi Lifeguards introduces us to some of the best known characters from the hit television show and takes a closer look at their lives, childhoods, their motivation for becoming lifeguards and their best stories and rescue moments. From hooligans on the beach, to the public literally out of its depth, this book provides an insight into one of the most popular shows aired on screens around the world.
This is Torah's heartfelt account of growing up in a close-knit Mormon family. In it she charts the highs and lows of her professional snowboarding career, during which she became the first Australian snowboarder to be awarded a Gold medal in the Winter Olympics for her sport. She talks about the serious head injury that threatened to end Torah's snowboarding career, the relationship with her brother and coach, Ben; her short marriage to American pro snowboarder Jake Welch; and losing her friend, Canadian freestyle skier Sarah Burke.
The ultimate book for rugby fans -the story of Billy Slater, one of Australia's favourite Rugby League players. Hailing from Innesfail in rugged far north Queensland, Billy Slater's rugby league days began in the tough local Foley Shield competition, where his father and uncles had played before him. The struggle Billy endured to pursue the game, from his modest roots and remote locale, is symptomatic of the strength of character and physicality that saw him go on to play for the Melbourne Storm and eventually be voted the best footballer in the world. Now John Ellicott presents a finely crafted portrait of the star fullback: from his Spanish background and his family's beginnings up north, to the great rivalries of the Queensland towns who battled it out for the Foley Shield, through the eyes of former coaches and players who knew him. He has had a successful career: at Melbourne he set the club record for most ever tries and NRL record for most ever tries by a fullback. Slater also won three grand finals, the Clive Churchill Medal and the Dally M Medal with the Storm. With the Kangaroos he was the 2008 World Cup's top try-scorer and player of the tournament and won the 2008 Golden Boot Award as the World player of the year. Slater was also the winner of the television game show Australia's Greatest Athlete in 2009 and 2010. In 2012 he was the highest scoring fullback try scorer in the NRL. He scored the first try in Melbourne's 2013 World Club Challenge win over Leeds, he played at fullback for Australia in the 2013 ANZAC Test victory against New Zealand. He scored a hat-trick (3 Tries) against the Brisbane Broncos. Slater played all three games of the 2013 State of Origin series in which Queensland extended their record for consecutive series victories to eight. During 2013 Slater also became the 8th player in history of the League to score 150 tries. He was selected in Australia's 24-man squad for the 2013 Rugby League World Cup, which Australia won. The trials and tribulations, blood, sweat and tears that went into what became a victorious lifetime in Rugby League, are revealed and celebrated in this riveting biography.
The greatest run-scorer in the history of cricket, Sachin Tendulkar retired in 2013 after an astonishing 24 years at the top. The most celebrated Indian cricketer of all time, he received the Bharat Ratna Award - India's highest civilian honour - on the day of his retirement. Now Sachin Tendulkar tells his own remarkable story - from his first Test cap at the age of 16 to his 100th international century and the emotional final farewell that brought his country to a standstill. When a boisterous Mumbai youngster's excess energies were channelled into cricket, the result was record-breaking schoolboy batting exploits that launched the career of a cricketing phenomenon. Before long Sachin Tendulkar was the cornerstone of India's batting line-up, his every move watched by a cricket-mad nation's devoted followers. Never has a cricketer been burdened with so many expectations; never has a cricketer performed at such a high level for so long and with such style - scoring more runs and making more centuries than any other player, in both Tests and one-day games. And perhaps only one cricketer could have brought together a shocked nation by defiantly scoring a Test century shortly after terrorist attacks rocked Mumbai. His many achievements with India include winning the World Cup and topping the world Test rankings. Yet he has also known his fair share of frustration and failure - from injuries and early World Cup exits to stinging criticism from the press, especially during his unhappy tenure as captain. Despite his celebrity status, Sachin Tendulkar has always remained a very private man, devoted to his family and his country. Now, for the first time, he provides a fascinating insight into his personal life and gives a frank and revealing account of a sporting life like no other.
Everyone loved Roy Higgins. A warm and genuine character with a great sense of humour, the boy from the bush was known as 'The Professor' for his freakish ability to read the track and his easy eloquence. Higgins' racing record was extraordinary. He rode Bart Cummings' first Melbourne Cup winner, Light Fingers, in 1965, and was one of a handful of jockeys to win the grand slam of racing: the Golden Slipper, Cox Plate, Caulfield Cup and Melbourne Cup. Over his 30-year career, Higgins clocked up 2312 wins, including 108 Group 1 races. All this, despite a never-ending battle with his weight. Roy Higgins died in March 2014, aged 75. His televised funeral took place in the mounting yard at Flemington, a fitting tribute to the humble man who had a profound effect on horseracing for more than five decades as jockey, commentator and teacher. This is a celebration of a great Australian, with racing royalty, friends and family sharing their stories and memories of Roy Higgins, the gentle trailblazer who touched their lives. 'Roy has been an inspiration, an icon and a legend. His legacy will live on forever.' Damien Oliver 'Roy wasn't just a great jockey and a fine ambassador for racing - that's only half the story. He was a great human being, and that might be the bigger story ...because it's harder to be a great human being.' Les Carlyon
Les Murray is Australia's most respected expert on Football. In The World (Game) According to Les Murray he draws upon his many years of watching, critiquing and reporting on football around the world and shares his greatest moments. An entertaining writer, his books are widely read and enjoyed. This is Les Murray's first book in many years and will delight readers with its insights and thoughtful exploration of the World of Football. From the history of the game to the greatest players of all time to World Cup moments, important games and the spread of the world game around the world - this book will resonate with Soccer fans young and old!
The appointment of Darren Lehmann as Australia's head cricket coach was a shock after the removal of South African, Mikey Arthur, as national coach. Here in Darren's Lehmann's autobiography of his playing career, we can reflect on who Darren is and how Darren was shaped by his playing career - and why perhaps the team and Australian fans have taken to him so completely. Darren Lehmann was a highly respected batsman. But for a long time he was a champion-in-waiting. Named 12th man for Australia at just 19, he waited 8 years in the wilderness for a chance in the national team. When he was finally called up to the team he understood the high standards and responsibility that representing Australia demands. Worth the Wait, is a revealing look at the values that have underpinned Darren Lehmann's career; the special moments that led to World Cup wins; he discusses his mateship with star players, Shane Warne and Ricky Ponting; and the tragic death of David Hooks, his hero and confidant. A tale of runs and run-ins, friends and competition foes, in turns funny and compelling - Worth the Wait is a story of a player with old-fashioned values that are truly Australian.
The fastest growing form of recreation today, outdoor adventure sports compel countless individuals to push the boundaries, challenge the elements, and seek out the world's most beautiful and remote regions. Rock climbing the coastal crags of Southeast Asia, free diving the freshwater caves of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, surfing a reef pass in the South Pacific, and skiing an untouched alpine chute are among the many lifestyle-defining, adrenaline-pumping pursuits chronicled in this one-of-a-kind, comprehensive volume. Through firsthand accounts by photographers and explorers, breathtaking photography, and contributions by leading commentators--including Keri Bascetta ( SKI and Skiing ), Amy Silverman ( Outside ), Julie Ellison ( Climbing ), Genny Fullerton ( Backpacker ), Aaron Schmidt ( Canoe & Kayak ), among others-- The Art of Adventure reveals the culture, inspiration, and drive behind those dedicated to living an adventurous life. Complete with insights from behind the lens and far afield, this riveting collection captures the spirit of outdoor recreation like never before. Filled with wisdom and colored by both epic and quiet moments, The Art of Adventure is a gripping reminder of the vast playground awaiting those willing to live on the edge.
There's no getting away from it; I've eaten some pretty extreme things in my time - live tarantulas, raw goat testicles, elephant dung, you name it. In a situation when your life depends on it, you need to put your prejudices aside to keep your stomach filled and your strength up. Whether it's mastering the art of foraging and cooking up a tasty feast around the campfire or learning about the more extreme end of wild food (ever tried a scorpion kebab?), there's a lot to learn when it comes to dinner time in the wild. This book will teach you all the necessary skills and techniques to get your teeth into meals you might never have thought of as food in the first place - and, crucially, how to recognize plants and animals that might end up doing you more harm than good. In today's world, we rarely need to venture beyond the local supermarket and we turn our noses up at the thought of snacking on bugs and grubs. But out in the wild, Mother Nature has provided us with a plentiful supply of nutritious - if not always delicious - food for the taking. And when needs must, we just have to know where to look. Some of it might take you out of your comfort zone. Some of it might turn your stomach. But it's saved my life more than once. And one day, it might save yours...
From laughs and legends to sledges and stuff-ups, this is the cricket season gift.From a horse that took a triple hat-trick, to captains who tossed over the telephone, and an umpire who went missing in mid-over for a wee, Favourite Cricket Yarns is a compelling smorgasboard of tall and mostly true stories, from Australian cricket's master storyteller Ken Piesse.Gaffes, sledges, bloopers and quips just in time from the man who, in the words of Ricky Ponting, lives, eats and breathes cricket. Ken Piesse is a writer and commentator and an author of more than 40 books on cricket.
Sports fans fondly recall the greatest boxing matches of all time, but an obsessive conversation among fight fans will also focus on those bouts that 'should have been', but, for a variety of reasons, never happened. In The Greatest Boxing Matches That Never Were, the author talks about the unique culture of professional boxing where corruption, fear, racism and even friendship, prevented many great fight contests from ever happening.
No bicycle repair was ever made easier by turning your bike upside down. White shorts are for other people. A helmet perched on the back of your head is perfect if you ride your bike backwards - These and a host of other handy pointers jostle for attention within this A - Z guide to being a cyclist. It's an essential manual and source of wisdom for those who would be kings of the road. Many pitfalls await the unwary middle-aged-man-in-Lycra, but fear not, for the Guide is here to steer you through choppy waters. No more passing out halfway up a hill. No more ridicule in the work place. No more hurty knee. And no more sock crimes. Pearls of wisdom are scattered throughout this book like rose petals before a princess on her wedding day. For instance, who could deny that life is too short to drink bad coffee? That a noisy bike is marginally more annoying than a whiney toddler? Or that style should ever be sacrificed for speed? Written by experts who know everything there is to know about cycling, yet never forget that there is nothing funnier than a rabbit playing a trumpet, How to be a Cyclist is mandatory reading for all bike riders.
'Harris is built like a bullock, he approaches the pitch like he's about to shoulder-charge a door. More often than not, the ball goes straight as a desert highway through to the wicketkeeper. When it does, the man who learned his trade on a dead Adelaide deck turns and walks back to try again. Harris is not a magician. He's just very, bloody good. ' - Geoff Lemon, The Roar. An eye-catching fast bowler, Ryan Harris seemed destined for journeyman status until he made his international debut in 2009 at the age of 29. By the end of the following year he had become one of Australia's most prized Test and ODI bowlers, but his worst enemy was his own body. A chronic knee injury will be with him until he retires, and in the third Ashes Test at the MCG, he broke a bone in his left ankle that required surgery and ruled him out for half a year. It was testament to how highly the selectors rated Harris that, despite being 31, they wanted him back for the 2011 Test tour of Sri Lanka. He earned that respect by grabbing nine wickets in his first two Tests in New Zealand and 11 in three Ashes Tests while some of his team-mates struggled. In his initial one-day games, he had been irresistible, with two five-wicket hauls in his first three matches. When Harris took his 100th test wicket in the 2013 Ashes series against South Africa, his reputation as a quality fast bowler was cemented. In his fast paced autobiography Rhino, Harris charts his career from the years spent as a fringe player in South Australia to the behind-the-scenes stories from the Australian test team and what it took to get there.
In thirty-two years of race broadcasting, John Hunt witnessed some of the greatest stories of the track, particularly from the world of harness racing. The champions, the glory, the tragedy, the drama, the passion and the humour. The View From the Clouds peels back the layers of horse racing, revealing the core truths beneath its skin. A biography that recalls the deeds of some of the greatest pacers that ever lived and an industry's human participants, both famed and unheralded. It is also the story of the unique career that evolved in the broadcast box above them, and a tribute to the wonderful world of horses and the people who would guide them.
In Football's Craziest Matches, author Colin Mitchell chronicles the games, facts and stories that make you laugh and shake your head - the biggest scores, the crazy comebacks, the player riots, silly superstitions and mad happening on and off the pitch. You won't believe some of the stories in this book: the manager who peed near the corner flag to get rid of a gypsy curse, the South American goalkeeper who was killed when he conceded a goal, and the fan banned for life for throwing a dog at the ref. The list is seemingly endless. Published in a flexi-back splash proof cover, this 'bathroom edition' is the ideal book for the obsessive football fan.