Ready, Steady, Go: Swinging London and the Invention of Cool [EPUB]
23 February 2015, 17:10
2002 | EPUB | 0.4MB
Shawn Levy brings alive London in the Swinging Sixties with a groovy story of those who created the scene that changed the world. For a few years in the 1960s, London was the coolest city on earth: a spontaneous, dizzying stew of pop music, fashion, film, scandal, drugs and sex, crime, the avant garde underground and the tabloid obsession with fame. The rest of the world watched in awe.
Much Ado about English [PDF]
05 February 2015, 16:11
2011 | PDF | 0.4MB
- If we say one mouse and two mice, why don't we say one house and two hice?
- How did rhinoceros come to have four possible plurals?
- And (silly) nine different meanings?
- Would you talk about an 'ambush of tigers' or a 'shrewdness of apes?'
- How about an 'absence of waiters?'
- What do 'zenzizenzizenzic' and 'tatterdemalion' mean?
English is the world language - it is used in 115 countries, and around 70 percent of webpages are in English. But English is also complex and unpredictable. Its massive range and wealth of quirks make it fascinating and surprising to native speakers and newcomers alike. Richard Watson Todd's Much Ado About English: Up and Down the Bizarre Byways of a Fascinating Language takes readers on an entertaining journey through the peculiarities, illogicalities and sheer charm of the English language, wandering down the language's idiosyncratic and surprising byways.
Richard Watson Todd considers everything from erratic spelling to unexpected uses, where words have come from and how they have changed, and the myriad ways we use this flexible tongue. From onomatopeia to cliches, politically correct language to Cockney rhyming slang, metaphors and oxymorons, here is a light-hearted and engaging view of a mother tongue.
Germania: In Wayward Pursuit of the Germans and Their History [EPUB]
05 February 2015, 16:05
2010 | EPUB | 2.27MB
A UNIQUE EXPLORATION OF GERMAN CULTURE, FROM SAUSAGE ADVERTISEMENTS TO WAGNER
Sitting on a bench at a communal table in a restaurant in Regensburg, his plate loaded with disturbing amounts of bratwurst and sauerkraut made golden by candlelight shining through a massive glass of beer, Simon Winder was happily swinging his legs when a couple from Rottweil politely but awkwardly asked: “So: why are you here?”
This book is an attempt to answer that question. Why spend time wandering around a country that remains a sort of dead zone for many foreigners, surrounded as it is by a force field of historical, linguistic, climatic, and gastronomic barriers? Winder’s book is propelled by a wish to reclaim the brilliant, chaotic, endlessly varied German civilization that the Nazis buried and ruined, and that, since 1945, so many Germans have worked to rebuild.
Germania is a very funny book on serious topics—how we are misled by history, how we twist history, and how sometimes it is best to know no history at all. It is a book full of curiosities: odd food, castles, mad princes, fairy tales, and horse-mating videos. It is about the limits of language, the meaning of culture, and the pleasure of townscape.