Ice Cream : A History

This history of ice cream by food historian Ivan Day tells the whole story of ice cream in Britain, a story that has seen both the democratisation of this favourite frozen dessert and a fall in the standards of its production and presentation.

The Art Therapy Colouring Book

Beautiful… just oozes appeal as soon as you pick it up ……….I would recommend this book to anyone who has a creative flair and suffers from stress – five stars …..This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
About the Author

Hannah Davies (Author) Hannah Davies is an award winning Welsh based freelance designer and illustrator. She is a fine-detail Surface Pattern Design specialist who draws on her love of nature for inspiration, producing intricate work rich in texture and colour. Combining illustrations and pattern design, ‘I use my imaginative and detailed hand-drawing as a starting point. I then develop this using my own vibrant watercolours and collage techniques creating quirky stories and inspiring patterns’. Hannah has worked with many design companies from all ends of the spectrum contributing in design, publishing and advertising.Cindy Wilde (Author) Using bold graphic shapes and blocks of flat colour combined with areas of intricate pattern I make simple, joyful, quirky designs. All the elements within my work are made by hand using acrylic paint, indian ink and simple print techniques. They are then cut and reassembled to create the final piece.

Severed : A History of Heads Lost and Heads Found

The human head is exceptional. It accommodates four of our five senses, encases the brain and boasts the most expressive set of muscles in the body. It is our most distinctive attribute and it connects our inner selves to the outer world more evocatively than any other part of the body.

Yet there is a dark side to the head’s pre-eminence. Over the centuries, human heads have decorated our churches, festooned our city walls and filled our museums. Long regarded as objects of fascination and repulsion, they have been props for artists and specimens for laboratory scientists, trophies for soldiers and items of barter.

Today, as videos of decapitations circulate online and scientists promise the wealthy among us that our heads may one day live on without our bodies, the severed head is as contentious and compelling as ever. From the western colonialists whose demand for shrunken heads spurred brutal massacres to the troops in the Second World War who sent the remains of Japanese soldiers home to their girlfriends; from the memento mori in Romantic portraits to Damien Hirst’s With Dead Head; from grave-robbing phrenologists to enterprising cryonicists, Larson explores the bizarre, often gruesome and confounding history of the severed head. Its story is our story.

Breeds : A Canine Compendium

Breeds is charmingly illustrated, delightfully humorous guide to over 100 different breeds of dog (and one cat). From aloof Afghan’s to tearaway terriers, Breeds will strike a chord with dog lovers everywhere. Corgi – spirited yet loyal dogs.

Unusably large ears, all the better for hearing with. The Queen’s favourite and they know it. Dachshund – a long, loving and inquisitive dog.

Slightly neurotic – will spend large parts of the day worrying. Make excellent draft excluders. Scottie – elegant and compact.

Trot along like a dressage horse. Deeply suspicious of other dogs, all of whom are considered lesser beings.

Tweet of the Day : A Year of Britain’s Birds from the Acclaimed Radio 4 Series

Imagine a jazz musician, improvising on a theme. Then imagine that he is able to play half a dozen instruments – not one after another, but almost simultaneously, switching effortlessly between instruments and musical styles with hardly a pause for breath. If you can countenance that, you are halfway towards appreciating the extraordinary song of the nightingale …Wherever we are, there are birds.

And wherever there are birds, there is birdsong. It’s always a pleasure (and a relief) to hear sounds which prove the world’s still spinning: whether it’s the sighing of migrating redwings on a damp October night, the twitter of swallows fresh in from South Africa in April or the call of the cuckoo in May. Based on the scripts of BBC Radio 4’s beloved year-long series, and distilling two lifetimes’ knowledge, insight and enthusiasm into these pages, Brett Westwood and Stephen Moss take you month by month through the year, and the changing lives of our favourite birds.

From peregrines swapping sea-cliffs for skyscrapers to swifts spending almost their entire lives on the wing; from charms of goldfinches to murmurations of starlings; from ptarmigans thriving in the Highland snow to the bright green parakeets thronging London’s parks; this book is packed full of extraordinary insights and memorable facts. Tweet of the Day is a book for everyone who loves Britain’s birds. (Illustrations (c) Carry Akroyd)

 

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