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Can you identify that tree outside the window? Probably not. Most of us don't know an oak from a sycamore, let alone a beech from a birch. It's time to turn over a new leaf..."Out of the Woods" is an affectionate, convivial guide to Britain's 50 commonest trees, in which Will Cohu takes you on a revelatory journey - from the wildest woodland to municipal carpark, via field hedgerow and orchard garden.
Stunningly illustrated by Mungo McCosh, this is a book to reconnect you with your roots. Read it, and those anonymous structures of wood and leaves will become friends, while every walk will have something of a miniature epic about it: an adventure into the landscape of our history, too long ignored.
"The Surf Cafe Cookbook" is the first book by
Jane and Myles Lamberth, proprietors of Shells Cafe in Strandhill on the west
Eventually they felt the need to put some roots down so they took the plunge and opened their own place, Shells Cafe, in March 2010. And they haven't looked back since. It's the perfect place for Jane and Myles to create great food and live the outdoor lifestyle they love.
In the growing debate over eco-friendly living, it seems that everything is as bad as everything else. Do you do more harm by living in the country or the city? Is it better to drive a thousand miles or take an airplane? In NO IMPACT MAN, Colin Beavan tells the extraordinary story of his attempt to find some answers - by living for one year in New York City (with his wife and young daughter) without leaving any net impact on the environment. His family cut out all driving and flying, used no air conditioning, no television, no toilets...They went from making a few concessions to becoming eco-extremists.
The goal? To determine what works and what doesn't, and to fashion a truly 'eco-effective' way of life. Beavan's radical experiment makes for an unforgettable and humorous memoir in an attempt to answer perhaps the most important question of all: What is the sufficient individual effort that it would take to save the planet? And what is stopping us?
The Rurbanite Handbook explains everything you need to know to achieve this, proving it isn't necessary to move to the country to meet nature head on, including: turning your back garden into an urban homestead putting a green roof on your garden shed planting to encourage wildlife guerrilla gardening keeping bees, hens, quails, ducks learning to identity the wild flowers growing out of cracks in the pavement turning ex-industrial sites into vibrant community gardens
Many people are turning to meditation as an effective way to relax and bring inner peace. Meditation can help you to combat stress, improve your general health, increase your awareness and boost your capacity to think clearly and creatively.Teach Yourself to Meditate is the ideal guide for everyone who wants to learn this powerful technique. Throughout, there are easy-to-follow exercises and enjoyable 'spot meditations' which you can do any time, anywhere.
By investing just a few minutes a day, you will learn a skill that will greatly improve the quality of your life. This excellent book explains:* what meditation is and why it works* how to do it* the 10 core meditation practices which work best for everyone.
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Stimulus: plans: good or bad? Jobs: can we afford them? Money: who's got it? Everybody's talking about the economy, but how can you evaluate what they're saying? How can we, the people, understand what the banks or government knows (or says they know)?
Author Michael Goodwin asked himself the same questions and came up with a good answer: explore the development of economic thought, examine the reality of economic practice, add a wry sense of humour and tell all through the graphic medium. In a word, Economix. Goodwin's wit and clarity of writing along with artist Dan Burr's quirky, iconic art transform the "dismal science" of economics into a fun, fact-filled story about human nature and our attempts to make the most of what we've got ...and sometimes what our neighbors have got.