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Born in Surrey in 1966, Michael Wright enjoyed an unfashionably happy education at Windlesham House and Sherborne and graduated from Edinburgh University with a degree in English Literature. He spent several years working as a theatre critic, arts columnist and literary diarist in London whilst wondering what to do when he grew up. The answer turned out to lie in rural France, where he now lives.
It’s not all paradise at La Folie, Michael Wright’s new home in France and that’s why I so enjoyed his first book, C’est la Folie. Almost alarmed at his own daring in giving up everything for a home in France, Michael Wright chronicles his ups and many downs in his new home. I was therefore ready to catch up with the what happened next in Je T’Aime à la Folie - and now it is love that is the new passion – that and getting to fly a Spitfire. Both cherished dreams are pursued with intensity and I’ll leave you to discover this gem of a French memoir and to see if dreams do come true. Like for Like ReadingC’est La Folie, Michael WrightExtra Virgin: Among the Olive Groves of Liguria, Annie Hawes
This book, originally published in 1985, examines the practical effects of management buy-outs in terms of improvements in financial and managerial performance and sets them in their general theoretical context. It opens by considering buy-outs from the standpoint of economic analysis, entrepreneurship and the wider economic implications for industrial restructuring. It goes on to look at the effects of buy-outs in practice in a range of case studies developed by the authors. These consider the financial, economic and managerial impacts. Finally, it discusses the implications of management buy-outs for government policy and presents some general conclusions. This title will be of interest to students of business studies and management.
The Wright Beat is a simple yet unique approach to achieving an advanced level of play on the double-bass drum kit. It is intended for instructors, journeyman and professionals alike, from the intermediate to the advanced drummer.
The jews-harp is a distinctive musical instrument of international importance, yet it remains one of those musical instruments, like the ocarina, kazoo or even the art of whistling, that travels beneath the established musical radar. The story of the jews-harp is also part of our musical culture, though it has attracted relatively little academic study. Britain and Ireland played a significant role in the instrument's manufacture and world distribution, particularly during the nineteenth and first half of the twentieth centuries. Drawing upon previously unknown written sources and piecing together thousands of fragments of information spanning hundreds of years, Michael Wright tells the story of the jews-harp's long history in the Britain and Ireland. Beginning with an introductory chapter describing the instrument, Part One looks at the various theories of its ancient origin, how it came to be in Europe, terminology, and its English name. Part Two explores its commercial exploitation and the importance of the export market in the development of manufacturing. Part Three looks the instrument's appearance and use in art, literature and the media, finally considering the many players who have used the instrument throughout its long history.
The Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) is one of the most successful and well-known gaming consoles ever released. Take a close look at the timeline leading up to its launch, its commercial success, the technology inside, and its legacy with this comprehensive book from author Michael Wright.
Provides a definitive statement on stormwater management and rainwater recycling in urban park landscape design Landscaping is a critical element in improving both the function and appearance of rainwater recycling and stormwater management practices. Designing landscaped areas to soak up rainfall runoff from building and paved areas helps protect water quality in local creeks and waterways. These landscape designs reduce polluted runoff and help prevent creek erosion. As the runoff flows over vegetation and soil in the landscaped area, the water percolates into the ground and pollutants are filtered out or broken down by the soil and plants. As Mike Breedlove, landscape architect and head of Breedlove Land Planning in Conyers, GA, likes to say, The role of the landscape architect is to successfully marry mankind to nature. His statement is even more succinct than the description used by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), which highlights how landscape architects use a comprehensive working knowledge of architecture, civil engineering, and urban planning to design aesthetic and practical relationships with the land. This integrative function of landscape architecture makes the profession seem a natural spawning ground for the innovation needed to successfully meet the considerable challenges posed by stormwater-related pollution and erosion. Fencing or hiding stormwater facilities out of view not only loses the opportunity to create an aesthetically pleasing site design, but also sends the message that stormwater is an attractive nuisance. Furthermore, constructing rain parks is becoming an essential part for urban landscape planning. AUTHOR: Michael Wright has a wide-ranging track record in landscape design and construction, having worked on projects at every scale from small private courtyards to entire new city plans. He has also worked as a horticulturist, stonemason, design-construct contractor, and for two years was a lecturer in design at the University of New South Wales. Michael's 24 years of experience underpins his approach to the resolution of projects from conception to detail. His intuitive responses to each project are site based and result in unique design approaches for every landscape and urban design proposition. SELLING POINTS: - Provides a definitive statement on stormwater management and rainwater recycling in urban park landscape design - Introduces comprehensive information on stormwater cleaning and reuse in the urban park landscape - Showcases a collection of award-winning projects that will be inspirational and a strong reference for architects, planners, preservationists, landscape designers; all who are directly involved in landscape design - Features rich, full-colour photography, with numerous full-colour diagrams, and informative statistical panels and tables throughout 300 col.
One hundred years on, the First World War has not lost its power to clutch at the heart. But how much do we really know about the war that would shape the 20th Century? And, all the more poignantly, how much did people know at the time? Today, someone fires a shot on the other side of the world and we read about it online a few seconds later. In 1914, with storm clouds gathering over Europe, wireless telephony was in its infancy. So newspapers such as the Daily Telegraph were, for the British public, their only access to official news about the progress of the war. These reports, many of them eye-witness dispatches, written by correspondents of the Daily Telegraph, bring the First World War to life in an intriguing new way. At times, the effect is terrifying, as accounts of the Somme, Flanders and Gallipoli depict brave and glorious victories, and the distinction between truth and propaganda becomes alarmingly blurred. Some exude a sense of dramatic irony that is almost excruciating, as one catches glimpses of how little the ordinary British people were told during the war of the havoc that was being wrought in their name. Poignant, passionate and shot-through with moments of bleak humour, The Telegraph Book of the First World War is a full account of the war by some of the country's most brilliant and colourful correspondents, whose reportage shaped the way that the war would be understood for generations to come.
How do you find the woman of your dreams when you're nearly forty, living in the middle of nowhere and spectacularly ungifted in the art of seduction? Three years into his solo adventure in rural France, Michael Wright has everything he ever wanted: a ramshackle house, several manly power tools, a cat, a grand piano and a vintage aircraft. Yet the lovelier his life becomes, the lonelier he feels. Three unfulfilled wishes return to haunt him: to grow a perfect potato, to fly a Spitfire and, most of all, to meet his soulmate. Written with honesty, self-deprecating wit and life-affirming passion, Michael Wright's new memoir reveals how, while his livestock seem bent on reproduction, a solitary man can learn to accept being single . . .Or so he thinks until a bumptious American Labrador and a perilous landing in a light aircraft conspire to offer a glimpse of romance that could turn his whole world upside down.
Since the turn of the century, there has been worldwide growth in the effort to improve the quality of end of life care. Alongside these initiatives, growing interest in the international development of hospice and palliative care has created the need for an informed, in depth overview of the state of development in different world regions. A follow-up to the successful Hospice and Palliative Care in Africa: a review of developments and challenges (Wright and Clark, OUP 2006), this book provides a detailed evidence-base of the palliative care provision in Malaysia, Thailand, and the Philippines, identifies barriers to development and how these may be overcome. The book aims to stimulate a more informed debate around these issues, to improve policy-making among intergovernmental and governmental organisations on end of life care in these regions, and to encourage further research and improved practice. Hospice and Palliative Care in Southeast Asia: a review of developments and challenges in Malaysia, Thailand, and the Philippines includes in-depth country reports that analyse the current state of hospice and palliative care. The book is written using a template that allows effective comparison between countries and regions. Data has been gathered from multiple sources, field visits, and interviews with key activists made possible by close working relations with hospice-palliative care colleagues across the region and in particular through links with the Asia Pacific Hospice Palliative Care Network (APHN) and the national associations of each country. This book will be of relevance to anyone interested in international palliative care, including practitioners, researchers, policy-makers, social scientist, and medical historians.
One day in late summer, Michael Wright gave up his comfortable South London existence and, with only his long-suffering cat for company, set out to begin a new life. His destination was 'La Folie', a dilapidated 15th century farmhouse in need of love and renovation in the heart of rural France... Inspired by the success of his column in the Daily Telegraph about La Folie, this book is his winningly honest account of his struggle to fulfil a childhood dream and become a Real Man - to make the journey from social townie to rugged, solitary paysan. And in chronicling his enthusiastic attempts at looking after livestock and coming to terms with the concept of living Abroad Alone, the author discovers what it takes to be a man at the beginning of the 21st century, especially if one is short sighted, flat footed and not very good at games. Life-affirming, laugh out loud funny (and boasting more than its fair share of larger-than-life locals, bilingual chickens, diminutive but over-sexed sheep, invisible rodents, manly power tools with unpronounceable names, plus the occasional femmes fatale), this tale of a new-found life in France with a cat, a piano and an aeroplane, is both an elegy for a world that's fast disappearing as a hymn to the simple pleasures of being alive.
800 million people live in Africa, a continent which covers 22% of the world's surface and encompasses some 50 countries. Conflict, poverty, endemic diseases, and lack of clean water pose serious challenges for the population, made worse by a rampaging AIDS pandemic. Huge loss of life has impacted dramatically on both health systems and social and family structures. As the attention of the world focused increasingly on Africa, the International Observatory on End of Life Care was commissioned to conduct a timely review of hospice and palliative care development across the continent. The Observatory undertook this review using an approach specially designed for resource poor settings. Information was collected against an agreed template to allow comparisons between countries and regions. As a result, an insight is given into the challenges, opportunities and successes faced by hospice and palliative care workers, country by country, throughout the 26 countries in Africa where a palliative care initiative is underway. Strategies and models of care are explored, and the development of palliative care is viewed from various standpoints including ethnographic, historical, ethnic, demographic and epidemiological perspectives. This is the first comprehensive reference focusing exclusively on palliative care and hospice development in Africa, and makes fascinating reading.
Making the trip of a lifetime or heading off for a two week break to some far-flung destination fills you with a sense of adventure and excitement. But don't be caught out by being unprepared for any health hazards you might face along the way. The Virgin Travel Health Handbook will help you assess the risks, avoid many of them altogether, or - if the worst really comes to the worst - know how to get help and deal with them. -Making sure you're fit to travel -Jabs, health insurance and other precautions -Keeping fit and healthy on the journey itself - including in-flight exercise to avoid DVT -Health hazards and how to deal with them, including: food and drink; heat, cold and the sun; hazards from mosquitoes and other biting insects; STIs; and more -How to find medical help - and how to pay for it -Region-by-region guide to hazards and health services -Things to watch out for after you get back home - A multilingual guide to medical terms and phrases. Written, researched and carefully checked by health and travel experts who have travelled around the world many times, The Virgin Travel Health Handbook is essential packing whether you are setting off for a month, a year or an open-ended round-the-world adventure.
Christian stewardship has changed and grown into a much broader and richer vision of grateful response to God for all creation. This book helps us with our attitude to money, lifestyle, and generosity; gives guidance on making a mission statment, coping with change, personal appraisal and action. It is backed by the Council of Churches for Britain and Ireland Christian Stewardship Network, the Christian Stewardship Committee of the Central Board of Finance of the Church of England, the Archbishop of the Church in Wales, the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, the General Secretary of the Baptist Union, the Moderator of the General Assembly of the United Reformed Church, the Territorial Commander of the Salvation Army and the Secretary of the Methodist Stewardship Organisation.