The Enigma of Kidson

The Portrait of an Eton Schoolmaster
Author: Jamie Blackett
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781846892509
Page: 336
View: 485
"A great read about a great man" - Taki, The Spectator The Enigma of Kidson is a moving, thought-provoking, inspiring and hilarious biography of an inspirational and controversial teacher Move over Mr Chips! Michael Kidson had everything that central casting requires of a legendary schoolmaster: a passion for his subject, a brilliant didactic style, a silly walk, a smelly spaniel, breath-taking rudeness, eccentric mannerisms and catchphrases, a maverick attitude towards authority, and above all, a deep empathy, loyalty and dedication towards his boys. He had an extraordinary influence on his pupils: David Cameron, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Johnnie Boden, Nicky Henderson, Sir Matthew Pinsent, Lupin and Dominic West among them. 'I didnt expect to be moved to tears by a tribute book to an Etonian schoolmaster. But the story of Michael Kidson (1929-2015) drew me in and moved me deeply' - Ysenda Maxtone Graham, The Oldie This unique portrait features recollections and vignettes of incidents in the classroom and the tutorial. As Kidson was an inspirational History Beak (master), history is a strong theme throughout the book and through Kidson's life story we get a vivid social history of the latter part of the twentieth century, where the themes of education, culture, teaching, adolescence, discipline, mentorship, pronunciation, parenting, redemption and old age are all examined.

Red Rag to a Bull

Rural Life in an Urban Age
Author: Jamie Blackett
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781846892882
Page: N.A
View: 6210
Author Jamie Blackett arrives home from the Army to take over a small family estate on the Solway Firth in Dumfries and Galloway and finds a rapidly changing countryside. In a humorous and occasionally moving tale he describes how he grapples with the intricacies of farming, conservation and estate management and tells the story of founding a pack of foxhounds and a herd of pedigree beef cattle. Part childhood memoir, part biopic of rural life, readers are transported to a remote and beautiful part of Scotland and acquainted with its wildlife, its people and its peccadilloes. One minute he is unblocking his septic tank the next minute he is watching Glenn Close film a sex scene in his bedroom. Set over the first two decades of the 21st century through the Scottish independence referendum, Brexit and the hunting ban, the result is a tour d'horizon of the challenges threatening a vulnerable way of life and an emerging rural philosophy about the directions Scotland, farming and the countryside might take in the brave new world of Brexit.

His Master's Voice

Sir Joeseph Lockwood and Me
Author: William Cavendish
Publisher: Unicorn
ISBN: 9781910787700
Category: Administrative assistants
Page: 528
View: 978
"Joseph Lockwood was born in poverty next to his grandfather's mill in Southwell Nottinghamshire; from there he went on to become a world expert and author of the standard textbook on flour milling. In mid-life he turned from managing and designing flour mills to becoming Chairman of EMI, "The Greatest Recording Organisation in the World." A much sought after public figure, businessman and government advisor, he played a major role in building the National Theatre, restoring the Royal Opera House, as well as sitting on the Arts Council and becoming Chairman of the Royal Ballet. For twenty years his good friend William Cavendish worked alongside Sir Joe, as he was always known, when Sir Joe was the Chairman of EMI, and the last record company to remain in British ownership. This book is the story of how this relationship developed, as Sir Joe's prestige brought him ever increasing influence in industry and the arts, while William remained by his side, quietly observing in the background."--Publisher's website.

Landscape Detailing |:

Author: Michael Littlewood
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136153977
Category: Architecture
Page: 240
View: 4752
Michael Littlewood's Landscape Detailing is now well established as a valuable source of reference for architects, landscape architects, other professionals and students designing external works. For this third edition it has been split into three volumes to give a greater depth of coverage than ever before. Volume 3 covers pergolas, arbours, arches, gazebos, summer houses, sheds, shelters, decks, footbridges, furniture and roofs. Each section begins with technical guidance notes on design and construction. This is followed by a set of drawn-to-scale detail sheets. These details can be traced for direct incorporation into the set of contract drawings. A list of relevant references, bibliography and a list of association and institutions indicate where further guidance can be obtained. A ready reference for landscape designers and an indispensable time-saving tool, Landscape Detailing is an essential for the design office.

The English Public School

An Irreverent and Personal History
Author: Martin Stephen
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781786068774
Page: 320
View: 9165

Dear Lupin

Letters to a Wayward Son
Author: Roger Mortimer,Charlie Mortimer
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 1250038502
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 208
View: 4660
"Among the funniest [letters] ever dispatched in the vain hope of steering a black sheep onto something like the straight and narrow." —The Wall Street Journal Nostalgic, witty, and original, Dear Lupin by Roger Mortimer and Charlie Mortimer tracks the entire correspondence between a father and his only son. When the book begins, Charlie, the son, is studying at Eton, although the studying itself is not a priority, much to his father's chagrin. After Charlie graduates and moves from South America to Africa and eventually back to London, Roger continues to write regularly, offering advice (which is rarely heeded) as well as humorous updates from home ("Your mother has had the flu. Her little plan to give up spirits for Lent lasted three and a half days"). Roger's letters range from reproachful ("You may think it mildly amusing to be caught poaching in the park; I would consider it more hilarious if you were not living on the knife edge") to resigned ("I am very fond of you, but you do drive me round the bend"), but his correspondence is always filled with warmth, humor, and wisdom that offers unique insight into the relationship between father and son.

Two Owls at Eton

A True Story
Author: Jonathan Franklin
Publisher: MetroBooks
ISBN: 9781786060303
Category: Owls as pets
Page: 224
View: 3674
When Jonathan Franklin takes two baby tawny owls back to Eton, he has no idea how chaotic the following months will be. The birds show no respect for Etonian routine and tradition. They trash his room and rule his daily life, and are known throughout the school as "Dum" and "Dee". Although a keen naturalist, Jonathan struggles to understand his charges and to find the right food for them; at first meat and feathers, soon mice and rats. Even so, they nearly die of malnutrition on two occasions. Frantic, he searches for natural food. How to keep them alive is a constant worry. He watches them grow from ugly balls of fluff into beautiful adults, every change of plumage and behavior noted. They play truant, they shock others, and lead Jonathan into hilarious adventures. They charm his housemaster and everybody who meets them. Best of all is seeing them flying about over those famous playing fields. All the time, Jonathan works to train them for eventual return to the wild. Will that be possible? He is never sure whether he will succeed. Now updated by the author to tell the end of this extraordinary story, Two Owls at Eton--very British, very witty, yet always close to the rawness of the natural world--is a story to delight everyone--whether they ever trod those playing fields, or have never wished to set eyes on the place.

Dearest Jane...

My Father's Life and Letters
Author: Jane Torday,Roger Mortimer
Publisher: Constable
ISBN: 1472105931
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 160
View: 4952
As the eldest daughter of a prolific letter writer, Jane Torday received hundreds of letters from her father over the years. From irreverent advice and hilarious family anecdotes to moments of great poignancy, Roger Mortimer`s missives are a touching and witty portrait of his life and relationships over the years. Dearest Jane begins with Roger?s time as a young army officer in Egypt, and then as a POW in the Second World War, where his sense of humour endured despite the conditions. Jane accompanies her father?s letters with her own memories and anecdotes, as we meet familiar characters such as Nidnod, Lupin and Lumpy, and learn more about the extended family, friends and pets who leap from the pages of his letters. This is an arresting and extraordinary record, not only of Roger Mortimer?s life but also of the history of an entire family between 1960 and 1991. Sparkling with the dry wit for which Mortimer?s letters are famous, and accompanied by an affectionate personal portrait, this book will delight both old and new readers.

Terms & Conditions

Life in Girls' Boarding Schools, 1939-1979
Author: Ysenda Maxtone Graham
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 0349143056
Category: Art
Page: 304
View: 704
When I asked a group of girls who had been at Hatherop Castle in the 1960s whether the school had had a lab in those days they gave me a blank look. 'A laboratory?' I expanded, hoping to jog their memories. 'Oh that kind of lab!' one of them said. 'I thought you meant a Labrador.' 'The cruel teachers. The pashes on other girls. The gossip. The giggles. The awful food. The homesickness. The friendships made for life. The shivering cold. Games of lacrosse, and cricket. 'The girls' boarding school! What a ripe theme for the most observant verbal artist in our midst today - the absurdly undersung Ysenda Maxtone Graham, who has the beadiness and nosiness of the best investigative reporter, the wit of Jane Austen and a take on life which is like no one else's. This book has been my constant companion ever since it appeared' A. N. Wilson, Evening Standard 'A wonderful book' Craig Brown, Mail on Sunday

Toward a Positive Psychology of Relationships

New Directions in Theory and Research
Author: Meg A. Warren,Stewart I. Donaldson
Publisher: Praeger
ISBN: 9781440838309
Category: Psychology
Page: 245
View: 8521
Providing an invaluable resource for scholars and researchers, this book investigates positive psychology and relationships theory and research across a range of settings and life stages—intimate, work, educational, senior/retirement, and in the context of diversity. * Explores recent relationships research in the most important life domains and life stages—in romance and at work, during youth and in old age, and in contexts of diversity * Brings together contributions from renowned leaders and prolific thinkers in positive relationships * Presents science-based information that will be useful to scholars and students as well as general readers


The Life of Basil Rathbone
Author: David Clayton
Publisher: History Press
ISBN: 9780752494463
Page: 224
View: 5981
Though Basil Rathbone had a long and distinguished acting career, it was as Sherlock Holmes that he achieved worldwide fame. This long overdue biography discusses how, appearing in 14 Holmes films, Rathbone made the role his own, and every actor who has since played the ingenious detective has been compared to him--almost always failing to live up to Rathbone's legacy. He continued his career in Hollywood, appearing in numerous roles, but he found it difficult to free himself of Holmes, eventually accepting he never would. The book spans Rathbone's journey from the trenches of World War I, when he was awarded a Military Cross for bravery, through to a Hollywood career that earned him three Walk of Fame stars. It also takes in his life away from the silver screen, which included his lifelong friendship with Nigel Bruce, his trusty sidekick Dr. Watson in all the Sherlock Holmes films.

An Intelligent Person's Guide to Education

Author: Tony Little
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1472913116
Category: Education
Page: 288
View: 2222
Tony Little is The Head Master of Eton. One of the most progressive and imaginative people in British education today he has hitherto kept a low profile. This book, published to coincide with his retirement, sets out his educational fundamentals. There is a crisis in the British education system. Year on year GCSE and A Level pupils post better exam results, with more students achieving top grades. Yet business leaders and employers complain bitterly that our schools are not producing people fit for purpose. Far from being locked in an ivory tower, a bastion of privilege, Mr Little has used his time as a teacher and headmaster to get to grips with fundamental questions concerning education. He wants to produce people fit to work in the modern world. How do children absorb information? What kind of people does society need? What is education for? Not only is the author one of the great reforming headmasters of our time but he has planted Academies in the East end of London, founded a state boarding school near Windsor and yet is a passionate advocate of single sex schools. This book is not a text book for colleges of education - it is a book to enlighten the teaching profession and just as much for anxious parents. The book is simply arranged under topics such as authority, expectations, progress, self-confidence, sex, crises and creativity. Tony Little thinks it is time to ask some fundamental questions, and to make brave decisions about how we make our schools and our schoolchildren fit for purpose.

American Culture in the 1950s

Author: Martin Halliwell
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
ISBN: 9780748618842
Category: History
Page: 313
View: 6825
This book provides a stimulating account of the dominant cultural forms of 1950s America: fiction and poetry; theatre and performance; film and television; music and radio; and the visual arts. Through detailed commentary and focused case studies of influential texts and events -- from Invisible Man to West Side Story, from Disneyland to the Seattle World's Fair, from Rear Window to The Americans -- the book examines the way in which modernism and the cold war offer two frames of reference for understanding the trajectory of postwar culture. The two core aims of this volume are to chart the changing complexion of American culture in the years following World War II and to provide readers with a critical investigation of 'the 1950s'. The book provides an intellectual context for approaching 1950s American culture and considers the historical impact of the decade on recent social and cultural developments. Key Features: Focused case studies featuring key texts, genres, writers, artists and cultural trends Chronology of 1950s American Culture Bibliographies for each chapter More than twenty illustrations

Webster's New Explorer Large Print Dictionary

Author: Merriam-Webster, Inc
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781596951464
Category: Reference
Page: 784
View: 7078
A large print English language dictionary which includes definitions and pronunciations of over 40,000 words.

A Race Too Far

Author: Chris Eakin
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 0091932599
Category: Sailors
Page: 320
View: 8591
In 1968, the Sunday Times organised the Golden Globe race - an incredible test of endurance never before attempted - a round the world yacht race that must be completed single-handed and non-stop, going into port for repairs or supplies would mean disqualification. This remarkable challenge inspired the daring to enter - with or without sailing experience. A Race Too Far is the story of how the race unfolded, and how it became a tragedy for many involved. Of the nine sailors who started the race, four realised the madness of the undertaking and pulled out within weeks. The remaining five each have their own remarkable story. Chay Blyth, fresh from rowing the Atlantic with John Ridgway, had no sailing experience but managed to sail round the Cape of Good Hope before retiring. Nigel Tetley sank whilst in the lead with 1,100 nautical miles to go, surviving but dying in tragic circumstances two years later. Donald Crowhurst began showing signs of mental illness and tried to fake a round the world voyage. His boat was discovered adrift in an apparent suicide, but his body was never found. Bernard Moitessier abandoned the race whilst in a strong position and carried on to Tahiti, where he settled and fathered a child by a local woman despite having a wife and family in Paris. Robin Knox-Johnston was the only one to complete the race. It has undoubtedly become the most legendary of modern stories of men pitting themselves against the sea. Forty years on, Chris Eakin recreates the drama of the epic race, talking to all those touched by the tragedies surrounding the Golden Globe: the survivors, the widows and the children of those who died. It is a book that both evokes the primary wonder of the adventure itself and reflects on what it has come to mean to both those involved and the rest of us in the forty years since.

Short Ride on a Fast Machine

Author: Magnus McGrandle
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781910985694
Category: Norway
Page: 236
View: 9120

Invisible Man

The Story of Rod Temperton, the 'Thriller' Songwriter
Author: Jed Pitman
Publisher: The History Press
ISBN: 0750983299
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 224
View: 4912
This is the remarkable story of how Rod Temperton worked his way up from a fish factory to become one of the most successful songwriters of all time. Temperton first embarked on a career in music with the funk band Heatwave, for whom he wrote the international hits "Boogie Nights" and "Always and Forever," before his songwriting talent caught the attention of legendary producer Quincy Jones. For Michael Jackson's Off the Wall album, Temperton penned both "Rock with You" and the title track. Three years later, continuing his relationship with the pair, Temperton started work on what would become the bestselling album of all time—Michael Jackson's Thriller—writing three songs, including the now legendary title track. Yet despite collaborating with some of music's biggest stars, including Donna Summer and Michael McDonald, Temperton was reclusive and seldom gave interviews, one of the exceptions being with author Jed Pitman, whose Sony Award-winning radio documentary on Temperton allowed him unprecedented access to the great man.

MI5 and Me

A Coronet Among the Spooks
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781408888131
Page: 256
View: 7126
'A Jilly Cooper heroine in a John le Carré world' (Libby Purves, TLS); a beguiling comic memoir about a young woman who discovers her father is a spy (and was the model for John le Carré's George Smiley) and goes to work as a secretary in 1950s MI5Much to her surprise, eighteen-year-old Lottie has just found out that her aloof, rather unexciting father is a spy. And now he's decreed that she must make herself useful and get a Proper Job - so she's packed off to MI5 herself, trussed up in a dreary suit. Luckily her delightful colleague Arabella is on hand to enliven the torments of typing and decode the enigmas of office life. But as Lottie's home fills with actors doubling as spies, and Arabella's mother is besieged with mysterious telephone calls, the girls start to feel well and truly spooked... A hilarious true story, and a unique window into 1950s Britain - where Russian agents infiltrate the highest echelons, where debutantes are typists and where Englishness is both a nationality and a code of behaviour - MI5 and Me is a sparkling comic memoir.

First Lady

The Life and Wars of Clementine Churchill
Author: Sonia Purnell
Publisher: White Lion Publishing
ISBN: 9781781313077
Category: Great Britain
Page: 400
View: 9282
Without Churchill's inspiring leadership Britain could not have survived its darkest hour and repelled the Nazi menace. Without his wife Clementine, however, he might never have become Prime Minister. By his own admission, the Second World War would have been 'impossible without her'. Clementine was Winston's emotional rock and his most trusted confidante; not only was she involved in some of the most crucial decisions of war, but she exerted an influence over her husband and the Government that would appear scandalous to modern eyes. Yet her ability to charm Britain's allies and her humanitarian efforts on the Home Front earned her deep respect, both behind closed doors in Whitehall and among the population at large. That Clementine should become Britain's 'First Lady' was by no means pre-ordained. Born into impecunious aristocracy, her childhood was far from gilded. Her mother was a serial adulteress and gambler, who spent many years uprooting her children to escape the clutches of their erstwhile father, and by the time Clementine entered polite society she had become the target of cruel snobbery and rumours about her parentage. In Winston, however, she discovered a partner as emotionally insecure as herself, and in his career she found her mission. Her dedication to his cause may have had tragic consequences for their children, but theirs was a marriage that changed the course of history. Now, acclaimed biographer Sonia Purnell explores the peculiar dynamics of this fascinating union. From the personal and political upheavals of the Great War, through the Churchills' 'wilderness years' in the 1930s, to Clementine's desperate efforts to preserve her husband's health during the struggle against Hitler, Sonia presents the inspiring but often ignored story of one of the most important women in modern history.

Better Chess for Average Players

Author: Tim Harding
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 0486133699
Category: Games
Page: 256
View: 2501
Clear, straightforward guide covers fundamentals of attacking and positional play, the endgame, assessing positions and choosing moves, difficult positions, time-trouble, much more. 384 diagrams.