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This Little Britain
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Celebratory, witty and incredibly insightful, Harry Bingham explores the eccentricities and customs of the British nation in a bid to answer a question which has everyone debating -- Who are we? For the British, that's an oddly difficult question. Although our national self-assessment usually notes a number of good points (we're inventive, tolerant and at least we're not French), it lists a torrent of bad ones too. Our society is fragmented and degenerate. Our kids are thugs, our workers ill-educated, our public services abysmal. We drink too much. Our house prices are crazy, our politicians sleazy, our roads jammed, our football team rubbish. When 'The Times' invited readers to suggest new designs for the backs of British coins, one reader wrote in saying 'How about a couple of yobs dancing on a car bonnet or a trio of legless ladettes in the gutter?' Is there really nothing to be proud of? British inventors have been responsible for myriad marvels we now take for granted, from the steam engine to the world wide web.British medical and public health innovations -- vaccination, integrated mains sewerage, antiseptic surgery -- have saved far more lives than all other medical innovations put together. And why stop there? The British empire covered a quarter of the earth's surface but used an army smaller than that of Switzerland to exert its rule. The world speaks our language. Our scientists have won vast numbers of Nobel Prizes. The evolution of 'habeas corpus', trial by jury and the abolition of torture aren't purely British in inspiration, but owe more to us than to anyone else. Our parliamentary democracy has been hugely influential in spreading ideals of liberty and representative government round the world. If the modern world is richer, freer, more peaceful, more democratic and healthier than it was, then Britain has played a leading role in that transformation. This book is about just that. Taking a particular interest in the many things that we did first, or best, or most, or were the only ones ever to do, this book focuses especially on those of our oddities that spread across the world -- everything from football to the rule of law.

Anbieter: buecher
Stand: 13.08.2020
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This Little Britain
11,88 € *
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Celebratory, witty and incredibly insightful, Harry Bingham explores the eccentricities and customs of the British nation in a bid to answer a question which has everyone debating -- Who are we? For the British, that's an oddly difficult question. Although our national self-assessment usually notes a number of good points (we're inventive, tolerant and at least we're not French), it lists a torrent of bad ones too. Our society is fragmented and degenerate. Our kids are thugs, our workers ill-educated, our public services abysmal. We drink too much. Our house prices are crazy, our politicians sleazy, our roads jammed, our football team rubbish. When 'The Times' invited readers to suggest new designs for the backs of British coins, one reader wrote in saying 'How about a couple of yobs dancing on a car bonnet or a trio of legless ladettes in the gutter?' Is there really nothing to be proud of? British inventors have been responsible for myriad marvels we now take for granted, from the steam engine to the world wide web.British medical and public health innovations -- vaccination, integrated mains sewerage, antiseptic surgery -- have saved far more lives than all other medical innovations put together. And why stop there? The British empire covered a quarter of the earth's surface but used an army smaller than that of Switzerland to exert its rule. The world speaks our language. Our scientists have won vast numbers of Nobel Prizes. The evolution of 'habeas corpus', trial by jury and the abolition of torture aren't purely British in inspiration, but owe more to us than to anyone else. Our parliamentary democracy has been hugely influential in spreading ideals of liberty and representative government round the world. If the modern world is richer, freer, more peaceful, more democratic and healthier than it was, then Britain has played a leading role in that transformation. This book is about just that. Taking a particular interest in the many things that we did first, or best, or most, or were the only ones ever to do, this book focuses especially on those of our oddities that spread across the world -- everything from football to the rule of law.

Anbieter: buecher
Stand: 13.08.2020
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Honda Legend
59,00 € *
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The Honda Legend is a Mid-size luxury car made by the Japanese automaker Honda. It was originally developed as part of Project XX, a joint venture with the Austin Rover Group of Great Britain and was a twin of the Rover 800 series. The Legend was initially a four-door sedan, with a two-door coupé added later. It was the model which launched Honda's upscale Acura brand in the United States. Honda was inspired by the word "legend" to create the first Honda vehicle with a V6. The first and second-generation Honda Legend was known as the Acura Legend in North American markets from 1986-1995, and in 1996 the third-generation was renamed as the Acura RL, while the Legend name is still used in Japan and other markets.

Anbieter: Dodax
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Ford Cortina
29,00 € *
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The Ford Cortina is a mid-sized family car built by Ford of Britain in various guises from 1962 to 1982. The Cortina was Ford's mass-market mid-sized car and sold in enormous numbers, making it common on British roads and was Britain's best-selling car of the 1970s. It was replaced in 1982 by the Ford Sierra. In other markets, particularly Asia and Australia, it was replaced by the Mazda 626-based Ford Telstar, though Ford New Zealand did import British-made CKD kits of the Ford Sierra estate for local assembly from 1984. The Cortina was produced in five generations (Mark I through to Mark V, although officially the last one was called the Cortina 80) from 1962 until 1982. From 1970 onward, it was almost identical to the German-market Ford Taunus (being built on the same platform) which was originally a different car model. This was part of a Ford attempt to unify its European operations. By 1976, when the revised Taunus was launched, the Cortina was identical. In fact, this new Taunus Cortina used the doors and some panels from the 1970 Taunus. All variants of the Cortina sold over one million, with each successive model proving more popular than its predecessor.

Anbieter: Dodax
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Stock car racing
74,00 € *
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Stock car racing is a form of automobile racing found mainly in the United States, Canada, New Zealand, Great Britain and Brazil. Traditionally, races are run on oval tracks measuring approximately mile to 2.66 miles (about 400 meters to 4.2 kilometres) in length, but are also raced on road courses. The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is the world's largest governing body for stock car racing, and its Sprint Cup Series (named for its sponsor, Sprint Nextel Corporation) is the de facto premier series of stock car racing. Top level races are 200 to 600 miles (320-1000 km) in length. Average speeds in the top classes are usually within 70-80% of comparable levels of open wheel racing at the same tracks. Some stock cars may reach speeds of in excess of 200 mph (320 km/h) at tracks such as Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Lowe's Motor Speedway. For safety, devices such as restrictor plates may be used at Daytona International Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway that limit top speeds to approximately 187 mph (301 km/h).

Anbieter: Dodax
Stand: 13.08.2020
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Beetle Love
49,90 € *
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Beetle Love never ends. It's global and conquers every generation. And this love is classless. Never mind, if used as a taxi on a daily basis, as a company car owned by a craft brewery in Ecuador, as a show piece in Great Britain or as afamily heirloom in Indonesia: "Beetle Love" introduces all of them. Convertibles and limousines, from red to rusty, from purple to polished. And it's always the story of their owners, who lost their hearts to the Beetle. And rightly so! Hardly any other car arouses more emotions - worldwide. All covered in this book, more than 20 stories, 2018 pages, a wonderful and unique picture- and story book to read, to laugh and to dream about.

Anbieter: Dodax
Stand: 13.08.2020
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The Marches
19,90 CHF *
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LONGLISTED FOR THE ORWELL PRIZE 2017 'This is travel writing at its best.' Katherine Norbury, Observer An Observer Book of the Year His father Brian taught Rory Stewart how to walk, and walked with him on journeys from Iran to Malaysia. Now they have chosen to do their final walk together along 'the Marches' - the frontier that divides their two countries, Scotland and England. Brian, a ninety-year-old former colonial official and intelligence officer, arrives in Newcastle from Scotland dressed in tartan and carrying a draft of his new book You Know More Chinese Than You Think. Rory comes from his home in the Lake District, carrying a Punjabi fighting stick which he used when walking across Afghanistan. On their six-hundred-mile, thirty-day journey - with Rory on foot, and his father 'ambushing' him by car - the pair relive Scottish dances, reflect on Burmese honey-bears, and on the loss of human presence in the British landscape. On mountain ridges and in housing estates they uncover a forgotten country crushed between England and Scotland: the Middleland. They cross upland valleys which once held forgotten peoples and languages - still preserved in sixth-century lullabies and sixteenth-century ballads. The surreal tragedy of Hadrian's Wall forces them to re-evaluate their own experiences in the Iraq and Vietnam wars. The wild places of the uplands reveal abandoned monasteries, border castles, secret military test sites and newly created wetlands. They discover unsettling modern lives, lodged in an ancient land. Their odyssey develops into a history of nationhood, an anatomy of the landscape, a chronicle of contemporary Britain and an exuberant encounter between a father and a son. And as the journey deepens, and the end approaches, Brian and Rory fight to match, step by step, modern voices, nationalisms and contemporary settlements to the natural beauty of the Marches, and a fierce absorption in tradition in their own unconventional lives.

Anbieter: Orell Fuessli CH
Stand: 13.08.2020
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The Lie of the Land
10,90 CHF *
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Like most of us, Ian Vince used to think of the British countryside as average, unexciting - as dramatic as a nice cup of tea. Then, over the course of a single car journey, the features of our green and pleasant land reawakened a fascination with geology that he had long forgotten, and he began to delve beneath the surface (metaphorically, that is). From the rocks of north-west Scotland which are amongst the oldest on the planet to St Michael's Mount off the coast of Cornwall, which was still being shaped in human memory, The Lie of the Land takes us on a journey through a fantastically exotic Britain of red desert sands, shattering continental collisions and tides of volcanic lava. Ian Vince shows us how Britain came to look the way it does; and with warmth and wit transports us back through billions of years to a land that time forgot.

Anbieter: Orell Fuessli CH
Stand: 13.08.2020
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Certain Road
4,40 CHF *
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When first encountered Bobby Ancroft is 41 years old. Though highly successful in his professional life he is extremely unsettled and, perhaps, just a little too preoccupied with the extent of his unsettled state. At much the same time much the same thing might have been said about Liz Clayton. Meeting either one of them at that time may not have prompted a rush of positive perceptions: he, seemingly, impatient and edgy; she,perhaps a little cool and distant. It is undeniable that they need a change of direction but, as any Satnav user will verify, to select a new destination you must first know exactly where you are and then have a clear idea of where you would like to go. Frankly neither of them did. A Certain Road is their love story. It is a story with a happy ending rescued from a difficult start and a painful and traumatic middle. Defining moments in their story happen in St Petersburg, Nottingham, Northumberland, Galveston Texas, Venice, down a large hole on a building site in Abu Dhabi, the Little Chef Newbury and a long-abandoned Kent airfield now used for car boot sales. The precise location which symbolises their happiness is a walled vegetable garden in rural Nottinghamshire nurtured by two immigrants from opposite ends of the planet. Both gardeners are adored by the pair of them - which certainly helped - and the owner of the garden is Bobby's cosest friend and a sort of spare parent to his beloved daughters - which may have helped even more. A Certain Road is about the redeeming power of love, the healing power of friendship, the transformative power of a good example, the difficulty of finding your way with any degree of confidence in our complex physical and emotional landscape - and a little bit about civil engineering. (Civil Engineering is one of the things which made Britain Great - we really should make the effort to be a bit more enthusiastic about it.) Incidentally it's a bit about cleaning as well and who can deny that cleaning is one of the defining features of civilization - so no apology there.

Anbieter: Orell Fuessli CH
Stand: 13.08.2020
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