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There is no more quintessentially British tradition than afternoon tea, and nowhere is that tradition taken more seriously than at Buckingham Palace, where 30,000 afternoon teas are served every year at the summer Garden Parties.
In the autumn of 1982 a youthful Australian rugby league squad embarked on a 22-leg tour of the UK and France, with the highlight of three Test matches against Great Britain. Four years earlier the Kangaroos had won a close-fought series 2-1, and another titanic struggle was expected. But this new generation of Aussies proved extraordinarily brilliant. The likes of Mal Meninga, Brett Kenny, Eric Grothe, Wayne Pearce, Peter Sterling and Wally Lewis played an exhilarating brand of high-risk, free-flowing rugby which dazzled British fans. The tourists made history by winning every game, marking the start of a golden era for Test rugby league - and many of the Australian stars went on to enjoy successful stints playing club rugby in England, famously Meninga (St Helens), Sterling (Hull) and Kenny (Wigan). As a rugby league side the Aussies had everything, and became known as the Invincibles. This is their story, told by those who faced the challenge of tackling one of world sport's greatest ever teams.
A few strange places, some strange people with even stranger desires, and the strangest of Drug Lords. Some of the places, people and even desires I think you may be familiar with; I'll warrant that you've never met a man like Manny, the Deity of Dope.
This stylishly illustrated publication is the first-ever cookery book to come from within the Royal Household. Written by the Royal Chef, it enables the reader to recreate a selection of authentic dishes prepared and served to Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family.With an emphasis on sophisticated seasonal cooking and fresh, local ingredients, the recipes will cater for a variety of occasions and range in both scope and scale, with offerings for both new and experienced cooks. The book elaborates on the recipes with tips on enter taining and inspirational ideas for preparation and presentation, including illustrations and explanations of the choice of china, decorations and flowers that accompany royal meals.Also included are fascinating snapshot details of the history of royal dining and entertaining taken from the Royal Library and Archives atWindsor Castle.
Ernest Wilson was the foremost plant collector of his generation, responsible for introducing over 1,000 species to our gardens in the West. The authors of this book reveal Wilson's adventures through excerpts from his own writing as well as describing their own experiences tracing his journeys in the wilds of China today. Wilson's legacy includes glass plate photographs taken in Sichuan at the beginning of the 20th century depicting landscapes, villages, river scenes, people and plants, veteran and exceptional trees. Armed with copies of these images and with the help of Chinese guides and local knowledge, the authors retraced Wilson's footsteps, taking photographs themselves. The result, a splendid series of `then and now' images, is a key feature of this informative homage to a great plant hunter. Further photographs provide a fascinating insight into the changes and continuities in China over a hundred year period, and offer a captivating glimpse of people and places in the remote province of Sichuan.