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Joe Bennett is an English-born travel writer and columnist who lives in New Zealand with dogs. His columns are syndicated in newspapers throughout New Zealand.
Originally British, the author, who has been in New Zealand for 15 years, returns to tour England following in the footsteps of H V Morton. With gentle humour and in very pleasing language, he relates the sights, his reactions to them and his conversations with the locals. It’s a perfect gem.
WITNESS THE LAST STAND OF EARTH'S GREATEST CHAMPION IN LONG LIVE THE KING ! They're here! The Torment - a world-devouring race older than history itself - has arrived on Earth. And now, all that stands between our existence and complete annihilation is Aric of Dacia, heir to the Visigoth throne and wielder of the X-O Manowar armor! But as the Torment unleash a wrath unlike anything the galaxy has seen, even Earth's most powerful protector will find himself hopelessly outmatched. With humanity standing on the brink of extinction, X-O Manowar must turn to his greatest adversary for help - the savage Commander Trill! New York Times best-selling writer Robert Venditti (WRATH OF THE ETERNAL WARRIOR) and acclaimed artists Joe Bennett (52) and Roberto De La Torre (Daredevil) make history across the cosmos as Valiant's flagship series marches toward a planet-shaking finale! Collecting X-O MANOWAR #47-50.
This all started with an accident... Brilliant scientist Phil Seleski had unlimited cosmic abilities, until he exploded and accidentally gave the powers to his daughter Erica (who is absolutely NOT a brilliant scientist). Now Phil's made of energy and Erica's the most powerful (and freaked-out) person on Earth. Can they work together to stop an invading alien armada without killing each other? Includes the complete story arc from issues #1-4 of the Solar comic book series, a complete cover gallery (featuring dozens of pin-ups), plus a complete issue script.
Boom town, modern marvel, commercial hub, where middle-east meets wealthy west, playground for tourists, crawling with ex-pats, built by Indians, owned by Arabs, Dubai has risen from next to nothing to an awful lot in little more than thirty years. How? And can it go on? Has it sold itself to the corporate dollar? Is it anything more than a mall in the desert? Will the sands return? Joe Bennett goes to find out.
When Joe Bennett bought a five-pack of 'Made in China' underpants in his local New Zealand hypermarket for $8.59, he wondered who on earth could be making any money, let alone profit, from the exchange. How many processes and middlemen are involved? Where and how are the pants made? And who decides on the absorbent qualities of the gusset? Where Underpants Come From tells you all you need to know -- in fact, probably more -- about this mystery of global commerce. Leaving his supermarket trolley behind Joe embarks on an odyssey to the new factory of the world, China, to trace his pants back to their source. Along the way he discovers the extraordinarily balanced and intricate web of contacts and exchanges that makes global trade possible -- and rapidly elevating China to the status of world economic superpower. He also grapples with chopsticks, challenges his own prejudices and marvels at the contrasts in one of the world's oldest, but fastest changing, societies. Funny, wise and insightful, it is another wonderful journey from the author of A Land of Two Halvesand Mustn't Grumble.
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