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John Wright is a passionate natural historian and the author of the River Cottage Handbooks Mushrooms, Edible Seashore, Hedgerow and Booze. As well as writing for national publications, he often appears on the River Cottage series for Channel 4. He gives lectures on natural history and every year he takes around fifty 'forays' showing people how to collect food - plants from the hedgerow, seaweeds and shellfish from the shore and mushrooms from pasture and wood. Over a period of twenty years he has taken around five hundred such forays. Fungi are his greatest passion and he has thirty-five years' experience in studying them. John Wright is a member of the British Mycological Society and a Fellow of the Linnaean Society. He lives in rural West Dorset with his wife and two teenage daughters. @johnmushroom / www.wild-food.net
Latin names - frequently unpronounceable, all too often wrong and always a tiny puzzle to unravel - have been annoying the layman since they first became formalised as scientific terms in the eighteenth century. Why on earth has the entirely land-loving Eastern Mole been named Scalopus aquaticus, or the Oxford Ragwort been called Senecio squalidus - 'dirty old man'? What were naturalists thinking when they called a beetle Agra katewinsletae, a genus of fish Batman, and a Trilobite Han solo? Why is zoology replete with names such as Chloris chloris chloris (the greenfinch), and Gorilla gorilla gorilla (a species of, well gorilla)? The Naming of the Shrew will unveil these mysteries, exploring the history, celebrating their poetic nature and revealing how naturalists sometimes get things so terribly wrong. With wonderfully witty style and captivating narrative, this book will make you see Latin names in a whole new light.
This book is about the desire of a sixteen year-old high school student, Nic James, to ';be a condom' as his future career. The expression of that desire, during a lesson on Careers, not only threw the class teacher into a state of delirium and embarrassment, in the presence of the supervising Teacher Education professor, but led to earthshaking and transformational changes in the perception and thinking of the condom. It also brought together a team of experts who demonstrated, through analysis and hard empirical evidence, that the condom has two distinct characteristics: a physical aspect, the aspect by which it is known, generally, by most persons; and an inherent spirit that drives anyone, possessed with that spirit, to do only good deeds.These inherent virtues, values and qualities, with which the condom is endowed, are the moral equivalent of those generally seen and accepted as noble and beneficial to the human person. What is interesting here is that the expression of the student to have a career of that kind has brought together persons of significance in this nation state to discuss how the condom spirit, the condom mentality, can literally revolutionize the thinking and behavior of all those smart enough to submit themselves to the ';condomization process, at a newly established Condom Academy.' The series of events, meetings, personal disclosures, admissions and confessions are enough to blow the reader's mind.
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