ABBEY'S CHOICE JULY 2014 ----- Turn the conventional tea cosy into a knitted piece of art.
Loani Prior, tea cosy knitter extraordinaire, is back with more of her fabulously outrageous creations. Pretty Funny Tea Cosies contains 25 knitted cosies and pretty things, with the focus on the pretty: flowers, leaves, fruit, loopy stitches and beautifully knitted and woven fabric.
Including basic stitches, techniques and patterns, Pretty Funny Tea Cosies is a must-have for knitters and crafters and anyone who has ever wanted to have a Tibetan Tea Warrior tea cosy.
Loani Prior, author of Wild Tea Cosies Really Wild Tea Cosies, and How Tea Cosies Changed The World lives on Queensland's Sunshine Coast where her woolly obsessions border on becoming a disorder. The Queen of the Tea Cosies exhibits her knitted objets d'art in galleries, blogs with the global community of knitters, gives Wild Knitting workshops and judges the odd tea cosy competition.
In this exclusive insider account Mary Delahunty takes us behind closed doors to tease out the personal from the political and reveals the human cost of brutal modern politics. In Gravity we are eyewitnesses to history.
Our first female Prime Minister, Julia Gillard came to power suddenly after the night of the long knives in a coup that perplexed the nation. She hurried to an election and was chained to a hung parliament. She out negotiated Tony Abbott and formed a minority government but the deepest threat was from within. The man she beat for the top job was to relentlessly undermine her for three tortuous years.
In gathering material for the book, journalist and politician, Mary Delahunty had rare and unparalleled access to Prime Minister Julia Gillard, following her for her last 6 months. She was present at public speeches, party events and community cabinet. Mary was in her private office and the PM's wider office during parliamentary sitting weeks, particularly witnessing from the inside the compelling dramas of the no-show coup in March and the defeat in June.
Mary was the only journalist/writer to speak with the PM on June 26 ( the spill and caucus vote was that evening) and she has the exclusive conversation with the vanquished PM in her private office the Morning After.
The book uses Gillard's own words to reveal the personal behind the political, the colour of contest, the cost of defeat, the drama from within the PMO bunker and just how fast power drains away. It explores resilience in public life and the disposability of modern leaders.
Never before has Australia enjoyed such economic, commercial, diplomatic and cultural clout. Its recession-proof economy is the envy of the world. It's the planet's great lifestyle superpower. Its artistic exports win unprecedented acclaim. But never before has its politics been so brutal, narrow and facile, as well as being such a global laughing stock.
A positive national story is at odds with a deeply unattractive Canberra story. The country should be enjoying The Australian Moment, so vividly described by the best-selling author George Megalogenis. But that description may turn out to be inadvertently precise. It could end up being just that: a fleeting moment. At present the country seems to be in speedy regression, with the nation's leaders, on both sides, mired in relatively small problems, such as the arrival of boat people, rather than mapping out a larger and more inspiring national future.
In The Rise and Fall of Australia, BBC correspondent and author Nick Bryant offers an outsider's take on the great paradox of modern-day Australian life: of how the country has got richer at a time when its politics have become more impoverished.
In this thoroughly entertaining and thought-provoking book, dealing with politics, racism, sexism, the country's place in the region and the world, culture and sport, the author argues that Australia needs to discard the out-dated language used to describe itself, to push back against Lucky Country thinking, to celebrate how the cultural creep has replaced the cultural cringe and to stop negatively typecasting itself.
Rejecting most of the national stereotypes, Nick Bryant sets out to describe the new Australia rather than the mythic country so often misunderstood not just by foreigners but Australians themselves.
How has the Fairfax empire arrived at its current shabby, sorry state - and what does its demise mean for the future of independent journalism?
A decade ago Fairfax Media was one of the most powerful institutions in the country; staffed by gun reporters, funded by its 'rivers of gold', offering up high quality, fearless journalism. Since then, it has become a car wreck in slow motion. But how did it come to this? Why did one overpaid, underwhelming manager after the next fail to see the future coming - or come up with a coherent plan? Why were they fighting with each other rather than fighting to save the company? And what was happening to journalism in the meantime?
In his dramatic, no-holds barred book, Ben Hills exposes the characters who took Fairfax to the brink of destruction - the dynastic princes, the acolytes, the self-interested, the would be owners waiting in the wings. He tells the sometimes poignant, sometimes hilarious tales of what unfolded behind boardroom doors and at team bonding retreats. And he asks if the trail of greed and incompetence could have been avoided.
More than just another Fairfax book, Stop the Presses tackles vital issues around the death of independent media and the rise of the Internet age and asks what the price will ultimately be for democracy itself.
During 2010-11, Stephen Mills conducted on-the-record interviews with every living national campaign director of the two major political parties. Their experience covers the 15 federal election campaigns from 1974 to the present day.
Built around ten critical moments in Australian electoral history, The Professionals traces the transformation of the party official from administrative servant to highly influential, professional campaign manager, and the election campaign from the pre-television days to the contemporary world of social media, focus groups and million dollar campaign budgets.
Mills shows how Australia's political parties went from mass-membership organisations - which provided opportunities for grassroots participation - to top-down managerial enterprises. Internal control of the parties has shifted to a new centre of power: the Head Office.
The Professionals provides a fascinating new perspective on the contours of Australian political history and shows political parties as they have rarely been seen before - from the inside.
Journalism is being transformed by the digital revolution. Journalists working for media organisations are having to file and update stories across multiple platforms under increasing time pressures. Meanwhile, anyone with sufficient literacy skills and access to the internet can aspire to practise journalism, and many are doing so. And yet journalism in any form still depends for its legitimacy on the observance of ethical principles and practices. For example, it has to maintain a commitment to telling the truth, and to minimise deception and betrayal; deal with conflicts of interest; protect sources and their confidences; know how to report traumatised and vulnerable people; and know when to respect privacy. Journalism Ethics for the Digital Age covers all these areas and more. It traces the ethics of journalism from their origins in philosophy to the new problems brought about by digital technology, with practical examples to show how these values and principles can play out in the real world. An invaluable tool for ethical decision-making, this is a book for professional journalists and citizen journalists, for students in the disciplines of journalism, media, communications, and applied ethics, and for the engaged reader everywhere.
Presenting the one and only Mr Paul Keating - at his straight-shooting, scumbag-calling, merciless best. Paul lets rip!
On John Howard: 'The little desiccated coconut is under pressure and he is attacking anything he can get his hands on.'
On Peter Costello: 'The thing about poor old Costello is he is all tip and no iceberg.'
On John Hewson: '(His performance) is like being flogged with a warm lettuce.'
On Andrew Peacock: '...what we have here is an intellectual rust-bucket.'
On Wilson Tuckey: '...you stupid foul-mouthed grub.'
On Tony Abbott: 'If Tony Abbott ends up the prime minister of Australia, you've got to say, God help us.'
And that's just a taste...
The world is changing fast. The dust has barely settled on the digital revolution and now we have to strap ourselves in for another certain thrust into the unknown: the material revolution. Look at 3D printing, for example. They're talking about being able to print human organs in the not-too-distant future. They're going to be printing KIDNEYS! What's it all about? When is it coming? Will I be able to sit this one out? Guy Rundle talks to the who's who in this mind-bogglingly new world, and paints a vivid picture of how life will change throughout the 21st century when emerging technologies like this become mainstream. There will be enormous implications not just for Australia but for the global economy, international relations and the fundamental structures of our lives.
Cheats and Chuckers is a colourful collection of infamous (and sometimes ingenious) rorts, schemes and swindles covering over a hundred years of Australian sports history - in all its underhanded glory. From illegal goat racing and fake pigeon races to faulty oars, underweight ostrich riders and jockeys who jump off mid-race and head for the hills, there is never a dull moment. Perfect reading for all sports lovers.
Uncommon Heroes of the Rugby League documents a time when players who came from the city's mean streets got the chance to play Rugby League and make a name for themselves. These are the stories of the uncommon heroes: hard working, hard playing, tough and warm-hearted. They are the stories of a time when Rugby League was a bruising tribal contest with local rivalries, when muddy country grounds were packed with fans and the corporate juggernaut of today's game was incomprehensible. This book takes a look at the days when rugby players had 'real jobs', smoked cigarettes at half time and had a beer together after training. Days when rugby boots were a treasured possession and rules and regulations barely mattered. Read about how legends were forged in steel by men who refused to countenance defeat. When back then, before full time professionalism, you might buy your bread or vegetables from someone you barracked for on Saturday: an uncommon hero of the Rugby League.
The way we work has changed profoundly in recent years. This timely edition of the multi-award-winning Griffith Review explores the extraordinary structural changes triggered by globalisation, the internet and the collapse of unions. Job security is a thing of the past - many welcome the flexibility of the new environment while others find it hard to adjust. The Way We Work features stories from the coalface of work - traditional and non-traditional jobs described with insight, flair and passion. Contributors include Ashley Hay, Rebecca Huntley, Gideon Haigh, Peter Mares, Kathy Marks, Craig McGregor, David Peetz and more.
In American Savage, Dan Savage addresses a broad range of controversial topics with his signature honesty and irreverent humor, including: why Obamacare, as good as it is, is 'still kinda evil'; why straight people should have straight 'pride' parades too; why public school sex-ed is more like 'sex dread' and why the Bible is 'only as good and decent as the person reading it'. This widely acclaimed book cements Savage's place as an important voice in popular culture.
Cat lovers will purr-aise this litter of sophisticated kitties, all dreamed up by one of the New Yorker's star cartoonists and an author/illustrator of more than twenty-five books. Irresistibly original, elegant, and humorous, Cattitudes is a feline feast for the eyes featuring more than seventy watercolor illustrations. Delight in this eclectic collection of images, all cats of singular talent and endless appeal: they're literary, artistic, ecclesiastic, acrobatic, and masochistic. There are beautiful cats, international cats, and bad cats and mad cats in need of a little therapy. Meet the languorous Henry (Miller) and Anais (Nin); the self-portrait-painting Frida Kahlo, with whiskers included; and cat choreographers Merce (Cunningham) and Martha (Graham), modern dance pioneer. Watch cats indulging in small pleasures, like playing with wool and walking on stilts. But no matter what they're doing, these cats look marvelous--and they know it, too! With a sense of wit, fun, and endless charm, this is a must for feline fans everywhere and a treat for anyone. But be warned: Not every creature in this book is declawed!
A Dictionary of Journalism is an accessible and authoritative quick reference dictionary. It covers over 1,400 wide-ranging entries on the terms that are likely to be encountered by students of the subject, and aims to offer a broad, accessible point of reference on an ever-topical and constantly-changing field that affects everyone's knowledge and perception of the world. Assuming little or no prior knowledge of the subject, it covers terminology relating to the practice, business, and technology of journalism, as well as its concepts and theories, organizations and institutions, publications, and key events. Related topic areas are covered where they impact on or offer explanations of journalism: for example in law, where legislation affects journalistic activity; and where sociological studies seek to aid the understanding of journalism. Appendices include a timeline of journalistic developments, contextualising the ever-evolving nature of journalism, as well as an index of significant individuals in the field. It is an essential companion to all students taking courses in Journalism and Journalism Studies, as well as related subjects such as Communications Studies, Media Studies, and Television and Radio Production.
The ultimate expose of the Misunderstood Millennials Understanding Y is a fresh and incisive book that offers a better understanding, appreciation and awareness of the Millennial generation. In this groundbreaking work, author Charlie Caruso has amassed a diverse array of papers, articles and journals from prominent individuals, noted entrepreneurs and bestselling authors who collectively explore how Gen Y thinks, interacts and works. Understanding Y gives insight into the generation and examines their motivations and passions. Understanding Y: #andYyoushould provides a refreshingly comprehensive and candid account of the current disconnect between reality and perception surrounding the Millennial cohort. The impressive list of contributors and collaborators each bring their unique insight to explore the myths, facts and motivators behind this generation. Contributors include notables such as David Burstein, author of Fast Future: How the Millennial Generation is Shaping Our World, Ryan Heath, author of Please F Off: It's Our Turn Now, Bernard Salt, author, demographer and social commentator; and many more. Discover how to motivate, lead, inform, educate, integrate and collaborate with Millenials Learn what experts have to share about the psychology that drives Millenials Uncover the motivators and passions that excite this up-and-coming generation This is a book that offers anyone who interacts with the Millennial generation a humorous, educational, statistical, theoretical and conversational journey for connecting with Gen Y.
Explore four of Shakespeare's comedies like never before--with LEGO bricks! This book presents Shakespeare's most delightful comedies, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, The Taming of the Shrew, and The Tempest, in one thousand amazing color photographs. This unique adaptation of the world's most famous plays stays true to Shakespeare's original text, while giving audiences an exciting new perspective as the stories are retold with the universally beloved construction toy. Get caught up in hilarious misadventures as brick Puck leads the lovers astray through the brick forests of Athens. Watch Cupid kill with traps in the plot to marry Beatrice and Benedict. Marvel at the changing disguises of the men vying for brick Bianca's affections, and feel the churn of the ocean as Prospero sinks his brother's ship into the brick sea. These iconic stories jump off the page with fun, creative sets built brick by brick, scene by scene! This incredible method of storytelling gives new life to Shakespeare's masterpieces. With an abridged form that maintains original Shakespearean language and modern visuals, this ode to the Bard is sure to please all audiences, from the most versed Shakespeare enthusiasts to young students and newcomers alike!
Australian sports fans have fallen in love with cycling's Tour de France, especially since one of their own, Cadel Evans, won it in 2011. One of the wide world of sport's most demanding challenges, the three-week marathon was staged for the 100th time in 2013.
The Tour de France is one of the most prestigious and physically challenging sporting events in the world and is the jewel in professional cycling's crown. This pocket-sized miscellany is packed with the Tour's most memorable moments, with curious facts, amazing anecdotes and intriguing statistics from over a century of unforgettable racing.
In May 1936, the Australian Olympic team set sail for Berlin with a live kangaroo for a mascot. On board was Western Australian swimmer Evelyn de Lacy who recorded her experiences in a diary. Seventy-six years later her grandniece, Sally Foster, qualified for the London Olympics. Inspired by Evelyn's words she decided to write her own diary. The 1936 Berlin Olympic Games were contested as the world was on the edge of collapse. Oblivious to the impending war, Evelyn wrote with delight of touring the airfields of the Reich and mock bombing raids; and of sitting in Hitler's box in the Olympic Stadium. Sally takes us from the swimming trials in Adelaide onto the starting blocks in London. The Australian Swim Team was embroiled in controversy before the 2012 London Olympic Games even started. Accusations of recreational drug use and bullying whilst the team prepared in a camp in Manchester were followed by disappointment in the pool during the Games. Born to Swim tells the story of two young Australians, of the times they lived in and the challenges faced as they lived their Olympic dream.
This is a special era in the history of tennis. The physicality and skill, as well as the commercial and public interest, have hit levels not seen before. At the heart of the game's growing appeal are four players: Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Andy Murray. Never in the history of the game have so few players dominated for so long and it is their rivalry that makes this the 'Golden Age of Tennis'. However, in 2013, the dominance of the Big Four came under sustained pressure and a new era beckoned. Break Point chronicles how the old guard met the challenge of the hungry young contenders determined to break their stranglehold on the Tour, from the genteel lawns of Wimbledon to the raucous bleachers of Flushing Meadows, and all points in between.
Christophe Bassons is a former professional cyclist. His career was a successful one albeit never in the full glare of the media. That all changed when, in 1998, the Festina doping scandal broke and Bassons shot to fame as one of the handful of clean riders in the peloton - and as the only professional who dared to speak openly about the topic. Having been seen as a possible champion, his instinctive and stubborn refusal to dope saw him outstripped in physique, stamina and speed by men he'd once equalled or exceeded. His willingness to denounce the doping culture set him against the entire ethos of professional cycling: owners, management and his peers - the likes of Lance Armstrong, Richard Virenque, Christophe Moreau. A year later, Bassons' career was over. Having clashed publicly with other riders - notably with Armstrong during the 1999 Tour de France - and written in French newspapers of his disbelief and disgust, Bassons found himself exhausted and exiled - chewed up and spat out by the sport he loved. First published in French in 2000 and now updated following recent revelations from Armstrong, Tyler Hamilton and other high-profile figures, A Clean Break is unmissable reading for all cycling fans. It offers a unique and heartbreaking take on the subject.
Rugby league has entered an era when the coach generates as many front bar debates as the players. In Jeff Apter's inimitable and fast-paced style, the book traces the evolution of the rugby league coach, back to the humble era of the captain-coach, and charts the careers of the legends, as well as the superstars of the modern era.
The autobiography of the fastest man of all time and a superstar whose talent and charisma have made him one of the most famous people on the planet. Whether you know Athletics or not, and even whether you know sport or not, chances are you know Usain Bolt. The fastest man on the planet, not just now but ever, Usain has won the hearts of people everywhere with his mind-blowing performances and his infectious charisma - uniting supporters around the world. In this, his full autobiography, Usain tells his story in his own words: from humble beginnings in Jamaica, to international stardom at Beijing and on to the new heights of superstardom he has reached since lighting up London 2012. Full of the charm and charisma that has made him the most popular sporting figure of our time and a universal celebrity, this is a book that Usain's millions of fans will love.
As the inexorable rise of the bicycle continues, many casual cyclists are moving into a more serious brand of cycling, riding in road races, groups or in cycle clubs--and stumbling straight into a minefield of etiquette. From how to wear your socks, to the position of your tan-line, to the eternal quandary of leg-shaving, there are things that any serious cyclist should know. The Road Cyclist's Companion covers all this and more. Divided into chapters covering kit, bike, group riding and training, it imparts all the essential knowledge that those who have grown up in clubs instinctively know. Peter Drinkell, author of The Bike Owner's Handbook, writes clear, accessible text, which is accompanied by beautiful photography and illustration. Interviews with pro-cyclists, clothing designers and established figures in the field add further attractions for the true enthusiast.
Lance Armstrong won a record-smashing seven Tours de France after staring down cancer, and in the process became an international symbol of resilience and courage. In a sport constantly dogged by blood-doping scandals, he seemed above the fray. Then, in January 2013, the legend imploded. He admitted doping during the Tours and, in an interview with Oprah, described his mythic, perfect story as one big lie. But his admission raised more questions than it answered - the full story is much bigger than the fall of one sporting hero. Wall Street Journal reporters Reed Albergotti and Vanessa O'Connell broke the news at every turn. In Wheelmen they reveal the broader story of how Armstrong and his supporters used money, power, and cutting-edge science to conquer the world's most difficult race. Wheelmen introduces U.S. Postal Service Team owner Thom Weisel, who in a brazen power play ousted USA Cycling's top leadership and gained control of the sport in the United States, ensuring Armstrong's dominance. It reveals the competitiveness and ingenuity that sparked blood-doping as an accepted practice, and shows how the Americans methodically constructed an international operation of spies and revolutionary technology to reach the top. Wheelmen paints a compelling and vivid portrait of what is, without question, the greatest conspiracy in the history of sport.
Currently, about one in six of us suffer from chronic headache. In Australia, it is estimated that around three million adults get migraines; based on that figure, on any one day almost 100,000 will have one, with about half missing work or school. And that one-in-six statistic is narrowing every year. Why is headache becoming an increasing problem? Why do particular drugs work for some people and not others, who continue to struggle with tension headache, chronic headache, and migraine? How much of a role do genetics, the environment, and diet play in causing headache? And what could you try if you've done everything for relief and got nowhere? In this timely book, family doctor and former headache sufferer Carole Hungerford addresses what we know about treating and preventing this common health problem, including what triggers headaches, food, chemicals to avoid, and the latest research on the role that genetics play in causing migraine. She explores the evolutionary role of headache, and examines which approaches to treatment work best for which types of patients. Some of us only get the occasional headache; for others, headache dominates their lives. This book explains the science behind headache, the possible causes, and what can be done to stop the problem. It's the one book every headache sufferer will need.
Eighteen million people around the world live with HIV but do not know they are infected. Endangering both themselves and countless others, they represent a public health challenge that affects not only Africa but every part of the world, including Europe and the United States. We stand at a tipping point in the AIDS crisis - and unless we can increase the numbers tested and treated, we will not defeat it. In spite of the progress since the 1980s there are still over 1.5 million deaths and over 2 million new HIV infections a year. Norman Fowler has travelled to nine cities around the globe to report on the position today. What he discovered was a shocking blend of ignorance, prejudice, bigotry and intolerance. In Africa and Eastern Europe, a rising tide of discrimination against gays and lesbians prevents many from coming forward for testing. In Russia, drug users are dying because an intolerant government refuses to introduce the policies that would save them. Extraordinarily, Washington has followed suit and excluded financial help for proven policies on drugs, and has turned its back on sex workers. In this lucid yet powerful account, Norman Fowler reveals the steps that must be taken to prevent a global tragedy. Aids: Don't Die of Prejudice is both an in-depth investigation and an impassioned call to arms against the greatest public health threat in the world today.
In your hand is an indispensable pocket-sized training manual for new dads. Written by ex-Commando and father of three, Neil Sinclair, this no-nonsense guide will teach you how to: prepare base camp for your baby trooper's arrival; survive the first 24 hours; establish feeding/sleeping routines and much, much more. Let training commence!
Beyond the Baby Blues is a comprehensive resource guide to perinatal depression and anxiety (PND). The book includes the scientific explanation for PND an exploration of perinatal screening and the ideals and the realities of early parenthood. There is still a heavy stigma attached to perinatal depression in Australia compared to the rest of world. The authors want to increase understanding and open the conversation about depression during and after pregnancy so that parents do not suffer alone. Caring professionals, family members and friends explain how they helped sufferers of depression, as well as how their caretaker involvement affected their own lives. Included are self-care strategies aimed to help parents take care of themselves and their families throughout the difficult first year of parenthood. Beyond the Baby Blues is supportive and encouraging, deeply personal yet backed up with science and medical expertise.
Commando Dad Raw Recruits is a must-have manual for all dads-to-be. It demystifies pregnancy and childbirth; provides the essential back-up information men need to support their partners and prepares them for the radical changes to their life that a new BT (baby trooper) will inevitably bring. It is packed with straightforward advice, guidance, clear diagrams, advice and tips. This accessible guide is loosely based on the British Army's Basic Battle Skills - and has a light-hearted military flavour throughout. With Commando Dad's rules and specially adapted military phrases such as: 'deployment date' (due date); 'BT' (baby trooper); 'CO' (Commanding Officer - the person in charge - or, in this context, the mum-to-be), 'Deployment Kit List' (the essential kit needed for the birth) and 'Sensory Overload' (used to explain the situation when you get so overwhelmed with new information being thrown at you that it impacts your ability to act effectively) - this a fun but ultimately useful book for every man about to embark on his greatest ever mission: fatherhood. www.commandodad.com
Every parent of a teenage boy knows there are certain conversations they must have with their son. But too often they put them off - or don't have them at all - because they simply don't know where to start. Internationally recognised in the field of raising and educating boys, Dr Tim Hawkes provides practical, accessible and invaluable advice about how to get these discussions started.Helping parents to negotiate their way through what can be difficult territory, Dr Hawkes explores the why, what and how of ten key topics: love, identity, values, leadership, achievement, sex, money, health, living together and resilience. For each topic, Dr Hawkes offers ideas about how parents can share their own experiences, values and knowledge with their sons.This book will help you prepare your son for adulthood.
A book of helpful advice on the most common concerns from parents of young children aged 2 to 10 years. In a reassuringly sane and accessible style, Professor Kim Oates exelements of child development and behaviour and how they imon the ways we parent. Over many decades, his advice will help parents develop an understanding of child behaviour as well as what chilneed from us. Topics include: being a 'good enough' parent; lovunconditionally; separating the behaviour from the personality; saving your energy for what really matters; using discipline that works; letting your children play; the effects of stress on children; and setting a good example. The foreword is written by Professor Fiona Stanley, founder of the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research.
Inspired by one Dad's calamitous entry into the peculiar cosmos of arch parenting, SuperDad SpeedBible is truly a High-performance toolbox for Dads with young Kids . It is a big fun, no-nonsense, fast-paced, effective source of information on child health and safety, your health and safety, diet and nutrition, entertainment, sleeping, behavior, milestones, balancing work and parenting, finding good childcare and plenty more. There's even a chapter with (almost) foolproof techniques to help you keep your partner happy or pick up women if you're single.
In Intuition Pumps, Daniel Dennett, one of the world's leading philosophers, and author of Consciousness Explained and Freedom Evolves, offers aspiring thinkers his personal trove of mind-stretching thought experiments Thinking is hard. A few of us may be natural geniuses; others are blessed with reserves of willpower. Then there's the rest of us: not prodigies and short on time, but still aspiring to understand the world. What can we do? Daniel Dennett, one of the world's most original thinkers, reveals a collection of his favourite thinking tools, or 'intuition pumps'. From Occam's Razor to the benefit of mistakes, the 90 per cent rule to avoiding 'deepitites', this entertaining guide will enable you to tackle life's most fundamental questions - evolution, meaning, consciousness and free will - and teach you to think truly independently and creatively. Daniel Dennett is one of the most original and provocative thinkers in the world. A brilliant polemicist and philosopher, he is famous for challenging unexamined orthodoxies. His books include Brainstorms, Brainchildren, Elbow Room, Consciousness Explained, Darwin's Dangerous Idea and Freedom Evolves. He lives in North Andover, Massachusetts. One of the world's most original and provocative thinkers . (Daily Telegraph). A master class . (Guardian). Intelligence, insight and flair ...They don't come much bigger than Daniel Dennett . (Julian Baggini, Guardian). A philosopher's box of tools for the musing mind . (Melvin Konner, Nature). You'll enjoy and be challenged by it . (Steven Rose, Guardian). A lively primer on the radical answers Mr. Dennett has elaborated to the big questions in his nearly five decades in philosophy . (Jennifer Schuessler, The New York Times). America's most important and entertaining philosopher . (Observer).
We've all known the heady thrill of a conversation that goes on all night. Once we had opinions on everything but as life becomes more humdrum we often lose that passion. Sometimes we can't remember what we really think at all. This brilliant book encourages us all to think anew. Olivia Fane provides the starting points for 66 conversations to be had with a partner, friend, stranger or simply with ourselves. These though-provoking and stimulating short discussions on happiness, vanity, infidelity, education and more, ask you the questions that will help you get to know those with whom you share your life. Whether you agree or vehemently disagree, The Conversations provides endless food for thought and a surprising window onto some of the big subjects that define who we are and how we live.
Here is a prayer book that offers you the wisest, most comforting of prayers, while also guiding you on how to pray. Whatever your experience of prayer, you will find a new depth of inspiration and support in these pages. From the most ancient heartfelt prayers to those newly written by the author herself, this is a collection that meets us where we are - and takes us where we most want to go. As a writer and spiritual leader who has supported and guided many thousands of people to live more hopefully, Stephanie Dowrick has a rare understanding of what prayer is and how steadfastly it can support you, whatever your faith background or journey. Some of the world's most beautiful words are gathered here; so are many of the most uplifting and consoling. From prayers to be shared with family, friends or community, to prayers that take you within to your own soul's depths, this is a collection to be used and cherished.
This revelatory tour de force by an acclaimed and internationally bestselling science writer upends our understanding of 'survival of the fittest' - and invites us all to think and act more altruistically The phrase 'survival of the fittest' conjures an image of the most cutthroat individuals rising to the top. But Stefan Klein, author of the #1 international bestseller The Science of Happiness and winner of the Georg von Holtzbrinck Prize for Scientific Journalism, makes the startling assertion that the key to achieving lasting personal and societal success lies in helping others. In fact, Klein argues, altruism is our defining characteristic: Natural selection favored those early humans who cooperated in groups, and with survival more assured, our altruistic ancestors were free to devote brainpower to developing intelligence, language, and culture - our very humanity. As Klein puts it, 'We humans became first the friendliest and then the most intelligent apes.' To build his persuasive case for how altruistic behavior made us human - and why it pays to get along - Klein synthesizes an extraordinary array of material: current research on genetics and the brain, economics, social psychology, behavioral and anthropological experiments, history, and modern culture. Ultimately, his groundbreaking findings lead him to a vexing question: If we're really hard-wired to act for one another's benefit, why aren't we all getting along?
From the author of the bestselling Mindfulness: Be Mindful. Live in the Moment. With her bestselling book Mindfulness , Gill Hasson has helped thousands of people worldwide to be calm, collected and live in the moment. Now she is here to help us increase our Emotional Intelligence and become better communicators, more self-aware and in control of our moods and feelings. Emotional Intelligence is the ability to identify, assess and control the emotions of yourself and others. Raising your EQ will improve your performance, satisfaction and confidence. Some say a high EQ is more important to the quality of your life and your success than your IQ. It's all about having an astute ability to perceive emotions -- so being able to detect and decipher emotions in people's faces, words, body language; the ability to harness your emotions and use them effectively for decision making, problem solving and more; and how to manage them -- keeping emotions regulated in yourself and others. Emotional Intelligence will show you how to heighten your EQ and improve your home and work life . Includes; How to make clearer, more confident decisions Motivate others Deal with bullying at work Manage pressure, stress and deadlines Improve your ability to learn and study Manage jealousy and forgiveness Give advice and support to others Be an emotionally intelligent parent and raise emotionally intelligent children
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics there are more than 3 million Australians over the age of 65, and this number is only going to grow (in fact, it's the fastest growing demographic in Australia). Thanks to compulsory superannuation many of these older Australians are relatively well prepared financially. However few, if any, are adequately prepared psychologically! The good news is that many older Australians are well educated and keen to take the initiative in looking after themselves and keeping fit and healthy so as to continue living a full and rich life. In Live Happier, Live Longer Dr Sharp focuses on the key things people can do to increase their happiness and wellbeing as they get older, from emphasizing the importance of positive thinking and the benefits of physical activity, sleep and relaxation to the practical benefits of continuing to strive towards motivating goals. With loneliness a major issue amongst the elderly, he also provides tips on keeping in contact with family and friends, as well as making new friendships. This is the perfect book for anyone over 50 who wants to live a long and happy life.
Everyone wants to know how to be more influential. But most of us don't really think we can have the kind of magnetism or charisma that we associate with someone like Bill Clinton or Oprah Winfrey unless it comes naturally. Now, in Compelling People, which is already being taught at Harvard and Columbia Business Schools, John Neffinger and Matthew Kohut show that this isn't something we have to be born with-it's something we can learn. Expanding on the themes in their co-authored Harvard Business Review cover story Connect, Then Lead, they trace the path to influence through a balance of strength (the root of respect) and warmth (the root of affection). Each seems simple, but only a few of us figure out the tricky task of projecting both at once. The ability to master this dynamic is so rare that we celebrate and elevate those people who have managed to do it. Drawing on cutting-edge social science research as well as their own work with Fortune 500 executives, members of Congress, TED speakers, and Nobel Prize winners, Neffinger and Kohut reveal: - The common thread connecting Machiavelli and Martin Luther King - The secret technique behind the success of Bill Clinton, Ann Richards and Denzel Washington-one that you can use today - How looks affect our career prospects - The single best strategy for getting someone to agree with you Offering practical advice for a range of common and challenging situations, Compelling People explains how we size each other up-and how we can learn to win the admiration, respect, and affection we desire.
Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning how to dance in the rain What does happiness mean to us? Where does it come from? Can we really decide to be happy? We are all chasing happiness. We spend our lives searching for that one thing we think will finally make us happy; that promotion at work, those amazing shoes, having the perfect home. But is happiness something deeper than that, more fundamental? How can this deeper happiness be achieved? His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa reveals that the secret to happiness lies in the mind. Exploring the simple ways we can train our minds to recognise a happiness that is already there, he gives us the tools to calm anxiety, let go of expectations and embrace an appreciation for life as it is, rather than as we feel it should be. Happiness is a State of Mind is the toolbox you need to live a more fulfilling life. Choose to make today a happy day.
How to Sit is the first in a new series of how-to titles by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh that introduces beginners to and reminds seasoned practitioners of the essentials of mindfulness practice. Pocket-sized with bold black-and-white illustrations by Jason DeAntonis, How to Sit provides explicit, simple directions on the mechanics of posture and breathing, along with instructions for how best to achieve the awakened, relaxed state of clarity to cultivate concentration and compassion. Following the instructions, Thich Nhat Hanh shares a series of secular guided meditations that help us return to our breath, spend some time in the present moment, and come home to ourselves. The function of meditation practice is to heal and transform. Scientific studies indicate that meditation contributes tremendously to well-being, general health, and longevity. How to Sit is a unique gift for those who want a comprehensive yet simple guide to getting started with meditation practice, as well as meditators with training in any spiritual tradition who want to be reminded of the foundation of practice.
Introducing Confident Speaking, by voice, acting, communication and public speaking coach Alan Woodhouse, teaches you to express yourself more clearly, persuasively and confidently. Whether you want to ask your boss for a pay rise, chair meetings better, or deliver a faultless best-man speech, this book will teach you how to plan what to say, manage your anxieties and project your best self on the big day. TAILOR YOUR SPEECHES and find the perfect words for every occasion PROJECT YOUR VOICE and make sure you can be heard OVERCOME STAGE FRIGHT and get your point across
Let's Talk About It is the essential book on death and dying to transform the way we die. Lea's unique and innovative approach educates us on: finding the courage to face our fear of death; empowerment for making conscious choices; creating a care team of family and friends to support real connection; and the true value of communication through open discussions in our own family. Gripping true stories are included to personalise the experience of death, to break down barriers and negative associations.
What happens when we die? People have been guessing since humans first began to think. Spirituality and religion provided the answers in the past, but in the age of science we're thrown back into the dark. If science cannot 'prove' there is life - or something - after death, then it doesn't exist. And yet ordinary people continue to experience unexplained phenomena when a friend or family member dies. These are normal people, even sceptics like Patricia Pearson. Prompted by her family's surprising experiences around the deaths of her father and her sister, Pearson set out on an open-minded journey of inquiry as a journalist. She discovered that far more people were having uncanny and transcendent experiences than generally let on: roughly half the bereaved population, plus all those who observe the dying (nurses, hospice workers, soldiers, etc.). With many years of examination into current grief research under her belt, she concludes that we cannot simply deprive people the legitimacy of these experiences until there is more solid evidence that 'we inhabit a purely material and mechanistic universe'. Pearson points to new scientific explanations around how dying is experienced, giving these luminous moments credence and understanding. As she says, 'The dying may finally be able to convey to us what they are feeling, and where they glimpse themselves to be going.' Opening Heaven's Door recounts deeply affecting stories of messages from the dying and the dead in a fascinating work of investigative journalism, pointing to new scientific explanations that give these luminous moments the importance felt by those who experience them. This riveting and intelligent work will be welcomed by the many thousands of readers of Proof of Heaven and Heaven Is for Real.
Far from being the work of a madman, Anders Breivik's murderous rampage in Norway was the action of an extreme narcissist. As the dead lay around him, he held up a finger asking for a Band-Aid. Written with the pace of a psychological thriller, The Life of I is a compelling account of the rise of narcissism in individuals and society. Manne examines the Lance Armstrong doping scandal and the alarming rise of sexual assaults in sport and the military, as well as the vengeful killings of Elliot Rodger in California. She looks at narcissism in the pursuit of fame and our obsession with 'making it'. She goes beyond the usual suspects of social media and celebrity culture to the deeper root of the issue: how a new narcissistic character-type is being fuelled by a cult of the self and the pursuit of wealth in a hypercompetitive consumer society. The Life of I also offers insights from the latest work in psychology, looking at how narcissism develops. But Manne also shows that there is an alternative: how to transcend narcissism, to be fully alive to the presence of others; how to create a world where love and care are no longer turned inward.
Suicide presents a real and often tragic puzzle for the family and friends of someone who has committed or attempted suicide. 'Why did they do it?' 'How could they do this?' 'Why did they not see there was help available?' For therapists and clinicians who want to help those who are vulnerable and their families, there are also puzzles that often seem unsolvable. What is it that causes someone to end his or her own life, or to harm themselves: is it down to a person's temperament, the biology of their genes, or to social conditions? What provides the best clue to a suicidal person's thoughts and behaviour? Each type of explanation, seen in isolation, has its drawbacks, so we need to see how they may fit together to give a more complete picture. Cry of Pain examines the evidence from a social, psychological and biological perspective to see if there are common features that might shed light on suicide. Informative and sympathetically written, it is essential reading for therapists and mental health professionals as well as those struggling with suicidal feelings, their families and friends.
A chilling and provocative scientific dissection of the psychopath's brain Fact: A psychopath is 6 times more likely to commit a new crime after release from prison. Fact: Some forms of group therapy make psychopaths more likely to commit a new crime compared to no treatment at all. Fact: A psychopath is born every 47 seconds. Kent Kiehl is the 'Psychopath Whisperer', a neuroscientist who has dedicated his career to understanding what makes a mind turn criminal. Are psychopaths 'evil' and untreatable, or do they suffer from a mental illness comparable to schizophrenia or epilespsy? Do they - do we - have free will? Based on breathtaking research, including personality surveys and brain imaging scans of thousands of criminals, Kiehl pinpoints the biological machinery of psychopathy - and offers a radical new perspective on identifying & treating the psychopaths in our midst.
Many of us take our mental health for granted, so when we are confronted by mental illness in friends or family members, or in ourselves, we can be overwhelmed. Understanding Troubled Minds is a calm and authoritative guide that takes us through the full range of mental illnesses and their treatments, emphasising the value of partnerships between psychiatrists, patients and their families. There are chapters that deal with mental illnesses afflicting children and adolescents, women and the elderly, as well as covering eating disorders, self-harm, gender identity and alcohol and drug dependence. Sidney Bloch, an eminent academic psychiatrist of many years' clinical experience, highlights the place of hope and optimism throughout, pointing to the great strides being made in the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses. Acknowledging the complexity of human nature, Professor Bloch weaves stories of real people and the insights of many writers and artists throughout the text. Balanced, humanistic and thoroughly readable, this updated edition of Understanding Troubled Minds serves as a practical guide to mental illness and its treatment.
Think you know young Australians? Think again. This collection profiles 15 extraordinarily talented, inspiring and hard-working young people achieving amazing things in fields as varied as politics, industry, the arts, and medicine. These uplifting and daring agents of change are turning generational stereotypes on their heads, proving that our country's future is bright. Compiled by the CEO of FYA, Jan Owen, the collection features absorbing interviews with: Alissa Holton; Benson Saulo; Chris Raine; Elliot Costello; Holly Ransom; Jack Manning-Bancroft; James (Jimmy) Reade; Lucinda Hartley; Marita Cheng; Michelle Law; Nathan Murphy; Dr Sam Prince; Samah Hadid; Viv Benjamin; Yassmin Abdel-Magied
This is a hilarious collection of the weirdest, stupidest and most outrageous things ever said on the internet on sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Ebay, Amazon, YouTube and even in good old-fashioned emails. Years ago if you said or did something stupid or embarrassing, it would have remained relatively private and have would soon been forgotten. Now thanks to advances in technology every cringe-making remark that we make online is preserved not only for the rest of eternity but is also instantly available for all the world to see! Wow! I'm a Genieous! presents an irresistible collection of ill-thought out comments, opinions, online disputes and sheer unashamed ignorance. So join us as we find the people who put the twit in Twitter and the mess in instant message. Contents include: Stupid Questions and Stupid Answers: e.g. Does anyone know Obama's last name? Are there any lakes in the Lake District? ; Angry Outbursts: Furious, insane or wildly over the top comments from You Tube etc Harrods it ain't - buying and selling on the internet: I won a filthy Powerbook 540 which took about one month to arrive. The seller clearly used rubbish from their bin to pack the box; complete with McDonalds wrappers with old french fries and lettuce! Observations To Leave You Speechless: Does it rain in Australia? Because it's the other side of the world doesn't the rain just fall away into space? , The Olympics has been going three thousand years?! We're only up to 2012! I like to tape my thumbs to my hands to see what it would be like to be a dinosaur. Reviews from Hell: The beach was too sandy and there were too many fish in the sea... , We went on holiday to Spain and had problems with the taxi drivers as they were all Spanish . Online Slip Ups: Internet-based disasters e.g. the school headmaster who asked his bursar to reply to a complaint from an old lady by telling her to get stuffed but accidentally copied her in on the message. Communication Problems: Extraordinary spelling mistakes and terrible grammar e.g. nothing more fun than wachting sex and city and raping Christmas pressants , Why is the USA bombin Labia? People Who Really Don't Deserve Our Money: e.g. An email from a Euromillions winner promising you a share of their win. As if!
Nobody likes to think about death, but the world would be awfully crowded without it.From YouTube sensation Ken Tanaka and actor David Ury, who was crushed by an ATM on AMC's Breaking Bad, comes Everybody Dies, a colorful story and delightful assemblage of games that makes it easy-even fun- to come to grips with mortality.
Does an airline pilot really need to surrender his tweezers at airport security when he's about to board an aircraft equipped with an axe on the back of the cockpit door? Can a mobile phone really cause a major explosion at a petrol station? And is there really a good reason why you should be prevented from swimming in a lake more than a foot deep? These rules exist, and they exist in the name of our own protection. But in this engrossing dissection of global health, safety and security regulations, authors Tracey Brown and Michael Hanlon dig a little deeper to discover the real reasons behind many of the instructions we obey without questioning their creators' motives. Their conclusions range from the startling to the staggering, and in presenting them the authors seek to empower readers to question the people and organisations who come up with them in the first place.
Flemmi ng Flinders, a dapper greengrocer more often engrossed in a book than attuned to his turnips, dreamt of adventure, fame, and fortune. When the wide-eyed Mr. Flinders finally sets outwith high hopes, he finds himself living one of his fairy tales. But everyone he encounters the wart-nosed Drukamella, the beautiful young Ingaborg, and the talking crow with his nemesis, Signor Monteverdi is surely not. In Cobweb Castle, author Jan Wahl and illustrator Edward Gorey whisk readers along to watch Flemming bumble through the brambles of reality, illustrating the extent our imaginations can take us. Last printed in 1968, this is one of the enigmatic artist's original works in color. Wahl's prose keeps readers privy as the adventure becomes more frenetic, but the fantasy ends nearly as it started with a swift bonk on the head. Fleming returns to his shop, dreaming.
Join the fun as Bart meets his double-crossing doppelganger, Homer proves there is cause to be alarmed at the nuclear power plant, Moe and the barflies invent a popular beer-flavored donut, the whole family makes itself busy as bees while trying to make money in the honey business, and Bartman faces his deadliest foe of all . . . the Bartman of the Future! Then, build your very own Moe's Tavern with your very own two hands!
Landscape architecture plays an important role in shaping the places in which we live and work. But what is it? Landscape architects are involved, amongst other things, in the layout of business parks, the reclamation of derelict industrial sites, the restoration of historic city parks, and the siting and design of major pieces of infrastructure such as motorways, dams, power stations, and flood defences, as well as the planning of parks and gardens. Taking a historical perspective, Ian Thompson looks at both the roots of landscape architecture and the people that established it. This Very Short Introduction explores some of the misconceptions about landscape architecture and considers the discipline's origins in landscape gardening. Thompson takes a look at a number of areas, including the influence of Modernism, the difference between landscape design and landscape planning, and the way that planning legislation has driven the growth of the discipline. He also explores contemporary environmentalism, the debate as to whether landscape architecture is an art or a science, landscape architecture in the community, post-industrial projects, and its relationship with ecological urbanism. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.