The Angry Island

The Angry Island

Author: A.A. Gill

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9780297864684

Category: Travel

Page: 256

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Foreigner Adrian Gill (a Scot) goes in search of the essence of England and the English The English are naturally, congenitally, collectively and singularly, livid much of the time. In between the incoherent bellowing of the terraces and the pursed, rigid eye-rolling of the commuter carriage, they reach the end of their tethers and the thin end of their wedges. They're incensed, incandescent, splenetic, prickly, touchy and fractious. They sit apart on their half of a damply disappointing little island, nursing and picking at their irritations. Perhaps aware that they're living on top of a keg of fulminating fury, the English have, throughout their history, come up with hundreds of ingenious and bizarre ways to diffuse anger or transform it into something benign. Good manners and queues, roundabouts and garden sheds, and almost every game ever invented from tennis to bridge. They've built things, discovered stuff, made puddings, written hymns and novels, and for people who don't like to talk much, they have come up with the most minutely nuanced and replete language ever spoken - just so there'll be no misunderstandings. In this hugely witty, personal and readable book, A.A. Gill looks anger and the English straight in the eye.

No Angry Islands

No Angry Islands

Author: Jay Cohen

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 9780595195503

Category: Poetry

Page: 104

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Memory hangs over this moving collection of poems like a veil of wistful longing. All may be ephemeral – love, nature, life itself – but memory lives on. In the title poem, “No Angry Islands,” Jay Cohen captures the lost moment of two lovers, separated by time and space. Their bond is now frozen in the elements of nature: “Only the wind to weep of former days./Only the dawn to take us back again.” Cohen’s unique perspective as both a poet and a scientist overlays his reflections on the physical world and the human soul. He explores the lasting impact of celebrated men such as Robert Frost, Louis Pasteur, and Itzak Perlman. But what of the ordinary man? He, too, has a chance for immortality, through his words and deeds. Cohen’s deep, lyrical voice echoes through this book as he, indeed, lives on through his poems, honoring the mundane and the mighty, marveling at the idiosyncrasies of nature and man. Ten years after his death, his insights remain as relevant and palpable as ever.

The Importance of Respect

The Importance of Respect

Author: Thomas Schachtebeck

Publisher: GRIN Verlag

ISBN: 9783640807277

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 8

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Seminar paper from the year 2006 in the subject English - Discussion and Essays, grade: 1,7, Free University of Berlin (Fachbereich Englisch), course: Introduction to Cultural Studies II , language: English, abstract: 1 Introduction Since Margaret Thatcher’s radical influence on the economic policy of the United Kingdom (UK) during the 1980s, many state-owned industries, but also municipal utilities have been deregularised and privatised in order to diminish the government’s influence on economy. Today, the UK is a leading trading power and one of the most important financial centres worldwide. Moreover, the rate of unemployment in the UK is lower than in many other European countries. Although the British government has reduced its efforts to advance the growth of the so-called Welfare State since the 1980s, the present government under Tony Blair still follows most of the Welfare State’s main ideas to ensure health, education, employment and social security for its citizens. However, the modern UK still has to face a couple of problems which endanger a harmonious social life, although the British people live in one of the most prosperous societies in the world. Hooliganism, nationalism, vandalism and excessive alcohol misuse are certainly the most prominent national problems, which have already become part of the everyday life in some British communities. Since all these problems are certain forms of anti-social behaviour, which is usually based on a lack of self-respect or respect for others, Tony Blair presented his long-awaited respect agenda on the 10th of January this year. He introduced his Respect Action Plan, which is about his political initiative to tackle the causes of anti-social behaviour, “which lie in families, in the classroom and in communities.” (Respect Task Force 2006: 1). Nevertheless, Blair’s approach to ‘eradicate’ anti-social behaviour from society is rather controversial. Many critics claim that Blair’s concept tackles the wrong causes for the loss of respect and therefore, they question the success of Blair’s respect campaign. In order to get a little more insight into the topic of anti-social behaviour and Blair’s concept to re-establish respect in the UK, this essay will first try to work out how come that the respect has gone and morals have been brutalised in parts of the British society. Then, Tony Blair’s Respect Action Plan to fight anti-social behaviour will be highlighted in more detail by pointing out its major aims and aspects, and finally, it will be considered whether Blair’s concept can be a success or is condemned to fail.

The Cotswolds

The Cotswolds

Author: Jane Bingham

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780195398762

Category: History

Page: 244

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"With its gentle hills and timeless villages, the Cotswold countryside is a vision of rural calm, but the region's history reveals a darker picture. Over the centuries, people in the Cotswolds have known prosperity, but they have also experienced war, poverty, and despair. Lying between the provinces and the capital, the region has been home to kings and aristocrats, and has played a dramatic role in the story of Britain. Everywhere in the Cotswolds are reminders of the past: prehistoric monuments, ruined Roman villas, and Tudor mansions. Wealthy medieval wool merchants paid for fine churches and manor houses. Later, the landscape was scarred by the English Civil War, while evidence of an industrial past can be seen in the mills and factories of the south-west. After the wool trade reached its peak in the fifteenth century, the fortunes of the Cotswolds suffered a slow decline. By the 1890s poverty was widespread and villages were sinking into picturesque decay. It was around this time that William Morris and his followers discovered the area and established thriving centers for Arts and Crafts. In the following century writers and artists moved to the Cotswolds and tourism gathered pace. Today, the region continues to attract visitors, as well as country-weekenders and celebrities. Observing such changes, and describing the landscape, has been a lively company of writers, artists, and musicians. Some belong to a particular place, while others have viewed the region as outsiders. In their writings, art, and music, they have all celebrated the distinctive character of the Cotswolds"--Provided by publisher.

The Queens of Innis Lear

The Queens of Innis Lear

Author: Tessa Gratton

Publisher: Tor Books

ISBN: 9780765392480

Category: Fiction

Page: 576

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Dynasties battle for the crown in Tessa Gratton's debut adult epic fantasy, The Queens of Innis Lear. Three Queens. One crown. All out war. Gaela. Ruthless Commander. I am the rightful heir of Innis Lear. No more will I wait in the shadows and watch my mother’s murderer bleed my island dry. The King’s hold on the crown must end—willingly or at the edge of my sword. Regan. Master Manipulator. To secure my place on the throne, I must produce an heir. Countless times I have fed the island’s forests my blood. Yet, my ambition is cursed. No matter what or whom I must destroy, I will wield the magic of Innis Lear. Elia. Star-blessed Priest. My sisters hide in the shadows like serpents, waiting to strike our ailing king. I must protect my father, even if it means marrying a stranger. We all have to make sacrifices. Love and freedom will be mine. "Amazing. Just Amazing."--Robin McKinley At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.