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Matthew Engel was a journalist at the Guardian newspaper for nearly twenty-five years. During that time he reported on wars, elections, the fall of the Berlin Wall and countless major sporting events, ranging from three Olympic Games to the world tiddlywinks championships. He now writes the least fiscally aware column in the Financial Times and is editor of Wisden Cricketers' Almanack. He lives in Herefordshire with his wife and daughter.
England, says Matthew Engel, is the most complicated place in the world. And, as he travels through each of the historic English counties, he discovers that's just the start of it. Every county is fascinating, the product of a millennium or more of history: still a unique slice of a nation that has not quite lost its ancient diversity. He finds the well-dressers of Derbyshire and the pyromaniacs of Sussex; the Hindus and huntsmen of Leicestershire; the goddess-worshippers of Somerset. He tracks down the real Lancashire, hedonistic Essex, and the most mysterious house in Middlesex. In Durham he goes straight from choral evensong to the dog track. As he seeks out the essence of each county - from Yorkshire's broad acres to the microdot of Rutland - Engel always finds the unexpected . Engel's England is a totally original look at a confused country: a guidebook for people who don't think they need a guidebook. It is always quirky, sometimes poignant and often extremely funny.
Mathew Engel contends that our railways are “the ultimate expression of Britishness” revealing not only our renowned inventiveness but also our liking for nostalgia and tolerance of incompetence and suffering. All this and more he finds on his journeys round the country. A very personal history of the railways, their development and decline, giving us reasons for why, having invented them in the first place we have one of the worst and most expensive systems around. An entertaining journey of discovery with the humour leavened by the wistful wish that it could all be so much better.Like for Like ReadingParallel Lines: Or, Journeys on the Railways of Dreams, Ian MarchantFire and Steam: A New History of the Railways in Britain, Christian Wolmar
Among the mysteries of cricket is the fact that, of all games, it acts as a magnet for amazing, eccentric, humorous and downright weird happenings. For the past quarter-century the Chronicle section of Wisden has been collecting news of cricket's strangest goings-on. This is just a selection... It's normal for rain to stop play in cricket. But that's not all: flying objects, passing dictators, animals of all kinds including a very improbable tiger - they have all had the same effect. But even when the game keeps going, cricket is a magnet for the weird and wonderful. For the past quarter-century the Chronicle section of Wisden has been collecting the most remarkable events in the game: the eccentric, the extraordinary and the excruciatingly funny. This is the cricket that reference books would normally ignore, from the village greens of England to the back alleys of Asia. This selection is about Tendulkar-worshippers and angry neighbours; about scoring a thousand and being all out for nought. There are politicians and protesters; celebs and streakers; judges and jobsworths ... and batsmen who really do murder the bowlers.
Are we tired of hearing that fall is a season, sick of being offered fries and told about the latest movie? Yeah. Have we noticed the sly interpolation of Americanisms into our everyday speech? You betcha. And are we outraged? Hell, yes. But do we do anything? Too much hassle. Until now. In That's The Way It Crumbles Matthew Engel presents a call to arms against the linguistic impoverishment that happens when one language dominates another. With dismay and wry amusement, he traces the American invasion of our language from the early days of the New World, via the influence of Edison, the dance hall and the talkies, right up to the Apple and Microsoft-dominated present day, and explores the fate of other languages trying to fend off linguistic takeover bids. It is not the Americans' fault, more the result of their talent for innovation and our own indifference. He explains how America's cultural supremacy affects British gestures, celebrations and way of life, and how every paragraph and conversation includes words the British no longer even think of as Americanisms. Part battle cry, part love song, part elegy, this book celebrates the strange, the banal, the precious and the endangered parts of our uncommon common language.
You see them in the corner at weddings, spinning the platters that matter, making the bride and groom happy, they are they DJ. There are many good 'How to' books on being a DJ. This is not one of them. This is the true story of a mobile wedding DJ from Northern Lower Michigan who started from scratch and is still scratching. I'M GETTING A BAD RECEPTION takes you down the rollicking road on how I became a DJ, the perils and pitfalls I encountered along the way as well as some interesting and humorous people and stories thrown in for good measure. The first section is how I got my act together and took it on the road. The second section takes you step by step from my experience at playing for the ceremony, all the way to the end of the night. No party animals were harmed in the making of this publication.
Cheaper than therapy is the true story of a naive, sheltered young man from the northern suburbs of Detroit. The young man bobs and weaves his way through high school, and decides to go to college with all the forthought that goes into buying a candy bar at Walmart. Follow the author through those heady days of high school, including the first car, the first job, and a round or two with old John Barleycorn. His spur of the moment decision to go to college, finds him getting in over his head in the shark infested waters of academia, with some humorous misadventures along the way. During his college years he lands a job at a summer camp that changes his life forever. Follow him on a journey that takes him back to that very same camp, to have closure for an accident on a fateful day in July 1981. Cheaper than therapy is a labor of love. It is the author's baby, which took 25 years to deliver.