The Red Dragon & The West Wind: The Winning Guide to Official Chinese & American Mah-Jongg
The Red Dragon & The West Wind is the perfect introduction to this ancient game of strategy and subterfuge, covering all aspects of the two most common varieties, American and Chinese, along with an overview of other global approaches. The book begins with the history and origin and moves on to the rules of play and ways to win and avoid essential errors as well as the etiquette to follow. With everything from clear instructions on dealing, building, and distributing tiles to a look at the history and future of the game, this is the essential book for anyone who wants to have fun–and win–while playing mah–jongg.
A back-street boy from a broken home, a hod-carrier who became captain of Wales, a loving husband who has experienced much lonliness and many more tears, the countryman who became a huge film star, Vinne Jones has never been a one-dimensional character. At last the chance has come for him to tell his story and hit back at his critics. A player like no other, Vinnie's autobiography is like the man himself: open, honest and without fear.
To date, Steve Redgrave has won a record-breaking four Olympic gold medals and eight world championships for his spectacular rowing achievements, and is consequently regarded with awe by rivals, crew-mates and top sportsmen alike. Now, at the age of 38, Steve is bidding to win an unprecedented fifth gold medal at Sydney. Win or lose, it will mark the end of a remarkable twenty-three year long career. This autobiography discusses Redgrave's partnerships, the difficulty of maintaining a balanced family life, and the strain of battling against the odds with the debilitating diseases of both colitis and diabetes.
Lenny McLean was one of the deadliest bare-knuckle fighters Britain has ever seen. He had dear, powerful friends, but he also had terrible enemies. So much so that he has two bullet wounds in his back, and has been stabbed repeatedly—always from behind. Lenny, however, is also a warm, grizzly bear of a man, whose main weakness is an overwhelming desire to put the welfare of his mates ahead of his own well-being. In this autobiography he tells of how the mafia flew him to New York to take on their greatest bare-knuckle boxer in a multi-million pound illicit challenge bout. The Mafia's man lasted less than three minutes. When the IRA fronted up a London gang in a money-laundering scam, Lenny was brought in to intimidate the terrorists. The IRA, not surprisingly, backed off. Lenny's most serious trial came when he was accused of murder. Fighting to prove his innocence against a minimum sentence of 25 years, Lenny never gave up, and went on to be found not guilty. After deciding to retire from the violent life, Len turned his hand to acting, having parts in The Fifth Element and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.
With his beaming personality and high-octane television commentaries peppered with wonderful blunders, Murray Walker was a national treasure known far beyond Formula 1. This book is a marker for the great man's retirement at the end of 2001. Now available in a re-formatted paperback and containing fascinating new material, this widely researched book, full of fun and anecdotes, will appeal to the thousands of fans who view Murray as a friend.
Julie, Me and Michael Owen Make Three (A Dolphin paperback)
The day Terry sees Julie in the gym for the first time is the day of the England vs Romania match—the latest of the Great English Disasters—and the day his father announces that he's going to walk out. Things couldn't be worse. Only they could. Gorgeous Julie is a Liverpool fan. Even if he could summon up the courage to speak to her, Terry has a problem. This is Terry's diary as he tries to cope simultaneously with his first love, the unexpected break-up of his parent's marriage, and the traumas of the Beautiful Game. A lighthearted, fast-paced, bang-up-to-the-minute, and totally credible account of a 15-year-old boy who worries that he looks like Chris Evans.
Jeff Stelling is a legend among soccer fans. To the millions unable to get to their teams' games on Saturday afternoons, the next best thing is undoubtedly the pleasurable company of Jeff and the Sky Sports videprinter for a cozy marathon on the sofa. If someone's got to reveal that your beloved team have just gone 30 down away from home and had a man sent off, it's best if it's consummate professional Jeff who breaks the news to you. Avid Hartlepool fan Jeff knows our pain and shares our joybut mostly he knows our pain. The long-time host of SkySports' iconicSoccer Saturdayshow has become a cult figure, universally admired for his encyclopedic knowledge of the game, his genuine and unlimited enthusiasm for all levels of soccer, and his wicked sense of humor which makes the six-hour long show simply whiz by. This deliciously chaotic, hugely entertaining, anecdote-ridden, humorous taste of life in theSoccer Saturdaystudio reveals what Jeff has to say about some of the show's legendary pundits over the yearsex-players such as George Best, Rodney Marsh, Chris Kamara, Charlie Nicholas, and Matt Le Tissier. Get the inside track on all those great one-liners: "Mansfield Town's Gareth Jellyman has been shown the red card for dissent. Looks like Jellyman's thrown a wobbly." "Darlington's equalizer has been scored by Guyain Ndumbu-Nsungu. Very much a case of local boy makes good." "They'll be dancing in the streets of Total Network Solutions tonight." "James Brown's grabbed a second for Hartlepool. I feel good!"Jellyman's Thrown a Wobblygoes a long way to demonstrate how a six-hour long, studio-based show with no live action pictures and featuring men gazing into TV monitors which the viewer can't see, can hold a huge audience enthralled every Saturday afternoon between August and May.
Another fantastic title in "The World's Stupidest series". Featuring the famous (and the infamous) from several decades of celebrity life, this is a collection of the downright stupidest, strangest, most bizarre stories and quotes by and about all your favourite pop idols, screen stars, models and many more. This book is guaranteed to puncture the inflated egos of those in the media spotlight. As is right and proper, "The World's Stupidest Celebrities" is a celebration of dire moments and preposterous statements from among the ranks of the famous and wannabe-famous. Sometimes strange, sometimes unfathomable, frequently weird and always hilarious, it is a fine tribute to those who'll do anything for attention, and a reminder that many of the incidents and quotations in this book will long outlive their authors' often all too brief moments of glory...Shortly after the release of 1995's "The Usual Suspects", the model and actress Sienna Miller spotted Kevin Spacey in a bar. Excited to find herself so close to one of the film's stars, she approached him and sat down. 'I just wanted to say,' she declared, 'I can't believe I'm sitting in a bar drinking champagne next to Kevin Bacon.' 'Spacey,' Kevin politely remarked. 'Yeah,' Miller emphatically replied, 'it is, isn't it!'
After a heavy night of tequila comedian Dave Gorman embarks on a quest to find all the other people in the world with same name as him. Sounds simple, but it wasn't. In this wonderful book, flatmates Dave and Danny set off on what turns out to be a 24,000-mile journey. Along the way they meet many Dave Gormans. They visit Scotland, Israel, America, France. They even hold a party in London where 50 Dave Gormans attend. Including two women who have kindly changed their name via deed-poll. Silly, but engrossing, fascinating and strangely addictive. If you think about it, it's about our fundamental desire to be connected to other human beings.
An entertaining memoir of a rollicking life in New York of an Irish immigrant. The title is derived from the young Malachy's mishearing of the words 'amongst women' in Hail Mary. Malachy McCourt, younger brother to Frank, had his childhood portrayed in the much loved best-selling book, Angela's Ashes. Here he tells the story of his own hell-raising days when he left Ireland and went in search of fame, fortune and fun in New York. The Exuberance of the Irish lifestyle in New York is matched with the scenes of rollercoaster emotional life, and a fair amount of alcohol. A MONK SWIMMING, the story of a life lived uproariously, is light-hearted and immensely readable, outrageous and comic
Mr. Morello is a slightly confused, pear-shaped, 45 year-old Italian immigrant living with his larger, plump wife and three children. As a family, they share a curious fondness for all things British and yet by dint of their Italian heritage, struggle to come to terms with some of our more esoteric characteristics. Mr. Morello, a fastidious and prodigious letter writer, takes it upon himself to correspond with some of the great institutions and individuals—from Tony Blair, George W. Bush, The Lord Chancellor, Richard Branson, and the Archbishop of Canterbury to Gordon Ramsay and The Bank of England. All in an attempt to have his seemingly endless list of quandaries answered by the experts and, at times, in vain attempts to secure employment for his idling children. These hilarious letters, composed in Mr. Morello's bizarre English-Italian hybrid vernacular, and plethora of responses from the great and not so good, follow a long and successful tradition of prankish correspondence, as pioneered by Lazlo Toth and Henry Root. This good-natured exploration of British customs and idiosyncrasies is written with gentle and generous humor.
Monopoly: The World's Most Famous Game--And How It Got That Way
Philip Orbanes, master of all things Monopoliana, traces the remarkable story of the world’s most famous board game, from its origins as a collegiate teaching tool in the early twentieth century through Monopoly’s explosive growth in the postwar decades, to the game’s current status as a fixture in homes across the globe. Along the way, Orbanes includes memorable Monopoly personality portraits, surprising Monopoly legends and lore, and an extraordinary tour of the ingenious advertising that contributed to the game’s rise in popularity. This is the first and only book to cover comprehensively the origin, growth, and global reach of the game that has become a universal and everyday cultural icon.
Humphrey Lyttelton passed away on the 25th of April. The week before he sent a message to be read out at the SIHAC live show in Bournemouth. It read: 'I'm sorry I cannot be with you this evening I'm in hospital.' There was a typically wonderful Humph pause, after which, 'I wish I had thought of this earlier.' As a tribute to this wonderful man we present Humphrey Lyttelton's Britain, a tour of this Septic (or is that Sceptred) Isle in the hands of a national treasure.
The I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue team of Barry Cryer, Graeme Garden and Tim Brooke-Taylor, in the company of their esteemed chairman Humphrey Lyttelton, have been recording their BBC radio show around the UK for longer than any of them can remember … that’s about a week – or twenty minutes in the case of Barry Cryer. At each venue Humph would present a short history of the location, written by Iain Pattinson, to the mutual delight of the audience, the team and their delightful scorer Samantha (who somehow always found time for a rewarding poke around the area’s backstreets).
We are privileged to present, in gazetteer form, the very best of Humph’s local histories form Radio 4’s multi award-winning ‘antidote to panel games’. As accurate as Wikipedia and as comprehensive as Reader’s Digest, this unique guide tells you everything you never knew you wouldn’t ever need to know about the background and inhabitants of Britain’s most prominent towns and cities. The intelligent reader will waste no time in adding it to their collection.
It was from Bristol in 1497 that John Cabot set off to find a new route to the Spice Islands by sailing north-west. He instead discovered a strange, hostile world which he named ‘Newfoundland’, until the natives explained that they actually called it ‘Swansea’.
It’s well documented in official records that the city’s original name was ‘Snottingham’ or ‘home of Snotts’, but when the Normans came, they couldn’t pronounce the initial letter ‘S’, so decreed the town be called ‘Nottingham’or the ‘home of Notts’. It’s easy to understand why this change was resisted so fiercely by the people of Scunthorpe.
A settlement is first recorded in Brighton as long as ago as 3000 BC, when Celtic Druids practised their ancient worship of oaks, mistletoe and virgins, and indeed, oaks and mistletoe are still plentiful in Brighton.
An idiosyncratic mix of (often loose) fact and wild fiction. Rightly deemed worthy of publication.
Scott Quinnell's book is called "The Hardest Test". It is the story of how he became a successful rugby player, in spite of having to fight against learning difficulties at school. When he retired in 2005 he continued his battle with dyslexia in order to change both his and his children's lives for ever.
Lister, the last human being alive in "Red Dwarf", decides to leave a log describing the greatest achievements of mankind, in case there is a posterity to find it. All these deeds have a distinct "Lister" swing to them, and feature many of the "Red Dwarf" crew .
Passing notes has never been this much fun! Hot 'n Sticky Notes let you post nine different sexy sticky notes anywhere your mood suits: the bedroom the car or on you. Sharpen your pencils whip our your erasers and start writing.
Lance Armstrong inspires millions the world over, not just as a sports champion, but as a champion at life. His heroic survival from deadly cancer and his hard-fought triumphs in the bicycle race that is thought to be the most gruelling endurance test in sports are a tribute to the strength of the human spirit. Filled with never-before-seen pictures - including photos of his historic seventh Tour win - and revealing insights by the people who know him best, this treasured keepsake celebrates in words and photographs Armstrong's indomitable will and champion's heart. See inside Lance's tour with intimate pictures of Armstrong in competition and off the bike, as well as stunning full-colour views capturing the grandeur of the sport, by cycling's top photographer, Graham Watson.
Written with Shane Broderick's authorization and cooperation, this text tells the story of one of the rising stars of Irish racing, his early life, his association with the great Doran's Pride and then the aftermath of his tragic injury at Fairy House in April 1997 when he broke his neck and became paralyzed from the neck down. The book covers his life after the accident and his struggle to lead as normal a life as possible. It also describes the response from the public which led to the growth of the Shane Broderick Fund and his determination to set up structures to help other jockeys in a similar situation.
For all those people who say they aren't cat people, but deep down know they are.Helen Brown wasn't a cat person, but her nine-year old son Sam was. So when Sam heard someone mention that her cat had just had a litter, he pleaded to go and see them. Helen was powerless to resist and the deal was done ' to be delivered when the kitten was big enough to leave her mother.Just a week later, Sam was killed in a road accident. Not long after this, a little black kitten was delivered to the family's doorstep. Totally numbed by Sam's death, Helen had completely forgotten about the new arrival, which belonged in another universe when Sam was still alive.Helen was ready to send her back, but Sam's younger brother, Rob, identified with the kitten who'd also lost her brothers. Stroking her, it was the first time Helen had seen him smile since Sam's death. There was no choice, the kitten ' dubbed Cleo ' had to stayCleo's immense character slowly taught the family to laugh again, giving them hope of getting back to normal. She went on to become the high priestess of Helen's household - vetoing her new men, terrifying visiting dogs and playing an integral role in their lives to become both a guardian and friend.
Fast forward to the 21st century and Tony has left these heady music biz days behind. That cherished appearance on 'Top of the Pops' is but a distant memory. These days music is just a hobby. That is until it is suggested that Tony is a One Hit Wonder. That he would never have been a hit again. Ever. Really? Well, we'll see about that...Over eighteen months Tony battles against all the odds to have a hit, somewhere anywhere in the world. He changes act and styles with a bewildering lack of integrity. He travels to Nashville, the song writing capital of the universe. To Amsterdam for that elusive novelty Euro anthem.He beats the grubby streets of London in search of a million dollar deal, and journeys to a remote African village to discover the ultimate melody. Amidst all the uncertainty only one thing is clear. If anyone is optimistic and determined enough to pull this off, it is Tony Hawks. In ONE HIT TO HOLLYWOOD anything is possible...
Sam Torrance is one of the most popular and charismatic golfers in the world. He has spent the last three decades at the top of the professional game, but it is his exploits in the Ryder Cup that are truly astounding. As a player, he is famous for his winning putt for Europe on the 18th green at the Belfry in 1985, which secured Europe's first Ryder Cup victory for 28 years. And it was as captain of the team that Sam was to cap his glorious career, when on the 29th September 2002.Europe regained the Ryder Cup. Captained by Torrance to devastating affect, the European team defeated the Americans by 3 points with Torrance taking a gamble by putting his best players out first.In his autobiography, Sam, who turns 50 this year, and his life-long friend and Daily Mail sportswriter Alan Fraser, tell the story of a fascinating life - the highlights and low points of a remarkable 30 years in golf.
'The British inland waterway system...combines beauty with utility to a unique degree.L.T.C Rolt's love for; and knowledge of, the waterways of Great Britain were unparalleled. Most important, he brought the eye of a trained engineer to bear on the canals and waterways which were the brainchildren of the first civil engineers.
Dating from ages past until now, we humans, for a good part of our lifetime, live with many fanciful and supernatural dreams we know will never materialize in the near future. One of those many futile dreams is time travel. Frequently one would imagine to have in possession a remote that can rewind or fast-forward the series of events occurred or about to occur respectively.
While close attention is given to these two buttons by most of us, there is another infrequently thought-about entity that has power at par with them in the so-called “future remote,” which is the pause button. This button, or more suitably, this concept forms the basis of this fictional work.
About the Author
Hi, mates. I am Sai, completing my final year of B.Tech Food Technology at Anna University in India. I live in Chennai with my mom, dad, and sister. My foremost hobby is writing (if you leave out eating and sleeping, the two hobbies that consume most of my time). As far as this book is concerned, I firmly believe I have done a good job. To give your verdict, go on and read this book. Well, that pretty much sums me up. To know more details about how I ended up writing this book, read the book’s introduction.