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By Russell Ash, Brendan Mcginley, Brian Cullen. 2008
It's a fact that men love lists: with lists, men can find the most interesting information with the least amount…of effort. This book contains over 250 lists covering the most important subjects in life - cars, sports, barbecues, gadgets - and answers the most vital questions: Are Ferraris faster than Lamborghinis? What's the most common murder weapon? Who was the fattest Prime Minister? Which city has the highest proportion of women to men? What's the most alcholic beer in the world?No matter what your chosen subject may be, Top 10 for Men is a must for every pub-trivia king.
By Will King. 2010
HOW TO BUILD A GREAT BUSINESS IN TOUGH TIMES is the inspiring entrepreneurial from-the-kitchen-table-to-supermarket-shelf story.Entrepreneur Will King hand-filled the first…10,000 bottles of his original King of Shaves (KoS) shaving oil at his kitchen sink, even getting his ironing lady to pitch in! From such humble beginnings, King of Shaves has grown to become a multi-million pound business. In 2008 a KoS product was sold every 3 seconds. Will explains how to keep the faith and follow your business dream even when the odds are heavily stacked against you.
By Lynda Wright. 2010
Your dream wedding starts with this first simple step. Your wedding day marks the beginning of a new and exciting…chapter in your life, so you'll want to make sure it's as wonderful as you always dreamed it would be. This book will guide you through all the organisational detail of your wedding preparations so that you'll feel completely confident about the many choices and decisions you will have to make. Written and designed in a logical, easy-to-use style, it concentrates on the practical aspects of preparing for your big day and is divided into three parts: * The Countdown Calendar, detailing all the vital steps at each stage of the preparations * The Action Plans, showing the step-by-step sequences needed to organise the transport, flowers, photography and all the other essentials * The Checklists, providing lots of space for you to record all the relevant information, so that you can track your progress and ensure that nothing has been overlooked If you follow this book step by step, you'll feel confident that your big day will be a great success and one that you'll remember for the rest of your life.
By Sir Ronald Cohen. 2007
'One of the best books written on entrepreneurship in recent years' FINANCIAL TIMES In business, everyone can see the first…bounce of the ball. It is the second bounce that is uncertain. Ronald Cohen, one of the world's leading private-equity investors, argues that the entrepreneur's aim is to take advantage of that uncertainty: for it is only in situations of uncertainty that significant gains can be made. Putting it another way, successful entrepreneurs know how to turn risk into opportunity.The book is essential reading for entrepreneurs, wannabe entrepreneurs and all those who want to apply entrepreneurial approaches in all walks of life. It provides relevant background on the development of entrepreneurship and of the venture-capital and private-equity industry through the prism of Cohen's experience at Apax. It provides guidance about how to take advantage of business opportunity: the right people and the right money and the roles played by personality and luck and underlines the importance of ethics.
By Russell Ash. 2009
From the bestselling author of "Hamlyn's Top 10 of Everything" series comes a special collection of 250 unique lists that…observe of the idiosyncrasies of our Isles and encompass everything British. Discover hundreds of essential, intriguing and bizarre facts about your country's most iconic subjects, including: the 10 most produced plays by Shakespeare; 10 defunct British national holidays; the 10 longest seaside piers; the 10 lowest-scoring UK Eurovision entries; the 10 latest winners of the World Conker Championships; the 10 first performed Gilbert & Sullivan operas; the Top 10 singles of all time banned by the BBC; 10 unusual British laws; the Top 10 Tesco's lines; the 10 latest winners of the Pub of the Year award ...plus 240 other fascinating lists in this at-a-glance guide to what makes Britain great.
By Duncan Bannatyne. 2009
The Sunday Times bestselling author and star of Dragon's Den, Duncan Bannatyne, explains how to take control of your finances…and get more from your money.Today's turmoil and uncertainty in the financial markets illustrates how important it is to be in control of your own money. How To Be Smart With Your Money addresses the core fundamentals of financial literacy, telling readers how banks work and why city traders earn such enormous bonuses. It will help you to plot a path out of debt and develop financial confidence so you feel in charge of your finances.Duncan Bannatyne knows the true value of money: now worth £320 million, he was born into extreme post-war poverty. Taking each area of our financial lives in turn - earning, spending, borrowing, investing, saving, budgeting and the wider economy - he helps us understand where we are in our own financial cycle and how to achieve financial security for good.Duncan Bannatyne is the former stoker in the navy who built up his own business empire, worth over £320 million and is a star of the TV series Dragon's Den. His first book, Anyone Can Do it, was a Sunday Times bestseller in hardback and paperback.
By Duncan Bannatyne. 2007
At 30, Duncan Bannatyne had no money and was enjoying life on the beaches of Jersey. He saw a story…of someone who had made himself a millionaire, and decided to do the same. Five years later he had done it, and now he is worth £168 million.In this remarkable book, Bannatyne relives his colourful path to riches, from ice cream salesman to multi-millionaire, explaining how anyone could take the same route as he did - if they really want to. Hugely articulate, and with numerous fascinating and revealing stories to tell, this is an autobiography and a business book unlike any other - but then Bannatyne isn't like any other businessman, either.
By John Bowden. 2006
I know exactly what you are thinking. It seemed such a good idea at the time, but now you are…beginning to realise there's going to be more to it than just turning up on time and handing over the ring. Am I right, or am I right? Fear not. Whether the happy couple has a traditional white wedding vision or a modernist view of their big day, this handbook will show you how to become their perfect best man...a best man who knows how to combine the best of the old with the best of the new. The groom will be glad he chose you. So pour yourself a cold one, sit back and get ready to learn how to turn a stressful honour into a piece of (wedding) cake.
By John Bowden. 2000
What are the golden rules of speech making? How should you respond to the toast to the bride and groom?…And which people do you need to thank and how? The answers to all these questions and more are here in this much-needed book. Now you can make your wedding day speech memorable for all the right reasons!-- Add sincerity, sparkle and humor-- Enjoy the big dayContents: Learning the essentials; conveying your feelings to guests; adding a little humour; finding the ideal beginning and ending; putting it all together; getting the delivery right; stories, jokes and one-liners for your speech; sample speeches.
By Steve Lowe, Alan McArthur. 2005
If you hate: loft living; bar-clubs; Tony Blair; chick lit; global warming sceptics; Keane; loyalty cards; IKEA; Kabbalah; bling and…Richard Curtis...... then you need IS IT JUST ME OR IS EVERYTHING SHIT? - an encylopedic attack on modern culture and the standard reference work for everyone who believes everything is shit. Which it is. This book is for the large percentage of the population interested in saying NO to the phoney ideas, cretinous people, useless products and doublespeak that increasingly dominate our lives. This book is designed for everyone who thinks they may have mislaid their soul in a Coffee Republic. Never before has there been a book so completely full of shit.This very funny, well-informed, belligerent rant of a book adds up to an excoriating broadside against consumer capitalism that the authors hope will sell loads of copies.
By John Bowden. 2000
You have a wonderful opportunity to add to the magic of your daughter's wedding. Your words will linger in memories…- they may even be captured on video for future generations to hear. So what are the golden rules of speech-making? How can you convey emotion, seriousness and add a touch of humour?
By Lynn Picknett, Clive Prince. 2008
This book is not intended as an attack on Christianity of the Christ of faith, but is an assessment of…all the historical evidence about Jesus Christ.Although there is a huge literature on the subject - theological, historical, mythical, New Age and speculative - almost all of it is aimed at a niche market. The Masks of Christ is very different, being a mainstream book aimed at everyone. For the first time, all the various theories and facts about Jesus are considered between the covers of one accessible book.As the phenomenal sales of The Da Vinci Code continue to fuel a growing global appetite for questioning the old certainities and assumptions about Christianity and what it says about its founder, never has there been a more perfect time to launch The Masks of Christ.
By Steve Lowe, Alan McArthur. 2006
Bigger, badder, sharper, ruder, funnier, bestier . . . this all-new companion volume to the 2005 Christmas bestseller IS IT…JUST ME OR IS EVERYTHING SHIT? perfectly complements the first book to form the standard reference work on the shittiness of modern life - like a part-work, only good. Entries include: David Cameron, Lemsip, Baby Asbos, Dream homes, the Chinese Communist Party, Chefs' families, Zac Goldsmith, the Olympics, Credit cards marketed as sources of spiritual enlightenment, Nu-Torture, Cornish nationalism, Detox socks, Stag weeks and Politicians called David. Because, if anything, it just keeps getting worse . . .
By Elizabeth Catherine Myers, Elizabeth Myers. 2009
The average cost of a wedding in the UK is now over GBP 11,000. This excellent pocket planner shows you…easily how to keep control of the costs without compromising on the quality of your big day. Experienced wedding planner Liz Myers has written a concise, easy-to-read guide that covers every aspect of organizing a fabulous wedding. Follow the checklists to find out how to deal with the hen and stag parties; the venue; drink and catering; cars and drivers; photographs; flowers; DJs; invitations; and - if you're the bride - The Dress! Keep the romance of the occasion without the stress of spiraling costs - find out how to save hundreds if not thousands of pounds.
By Tim Clissold. 2006
The incredible story of a Wall Street banker who went to China with $400,000,000 and learned the hard way how…(not) to do business there . . . In the early nineties, China finally opened for business and Wall Street wanted in on the act. When the investment bankers arrived from New York with their Harvard MBAs, pinstripes and tasselled loafers, ready to negotiate with the Old Cadres, the stage was set for collision. This is the true story of a tough Wall Street banker who came to China looking for glory. He teamed up with an ex-Red Guard and a Mandarin-speaking Englishman. Together, they raised over $400,000,000 and bought up factories all over China. Only as they watched those millions slide towards the abyss did they start to understand that China really doesn't play by anyone else's rules. Tim Clissold was there at the beginning of China's transformation and he's still there, doing business. In this new edition of his hugely successful book he describes just how much - and how little - has changed in China since his story began.
By Adam LeBor. 2009
How America fell for financier Bernie Madoff's $65 billion investment scam.It was luxurious Palm Beach, by the manicured lawns and…Olympic-sized swimming pool, that financier Bernard Madoff ravaged the world of philanthropy and high society he had strived so hard to join, vaporising the assets of charities, foundations and individuals that had trusted him with their funds. It seems nothing was sacrosanct to Madoff, possibly the greatest con-man in history. Even Elie Wiesel's foundation has lost tens of millions. How could Madoff, a pillar of the Jewish community, do this to a Nobel Laureate and Auschwitz survivor? But Wiesel was hardly alone in trusting the rogue financier. How could some of the most sophisticated and worldly people in America fall victim to a collective delusion for year after year? THE BELIEVERS answers these unsettling questions. It opens up the clubbish world where Madoff operated, tracing the links from Palm Beach and The Hamptons to the salons and clubs of Manhattan society. It details the network of relationships across which flows hundreds of millions of dollars. 'The Believers' shows how despite material success and acclaim, some human impulses remain eternal. It reveals how an underlying sense of insecurity still shapes some of the richest and most successful individuals in America, making them crave ever more status and peer acclaim. By focusing on Madoff's connection to, and catastrophic impact on, the American Jewish community, THE BELIEVERS dramatically humanises a story that is part financial scandal and part Greek tragedy.
By Dr Graeme Davis. 2009
This is a step-by-step guide to using the wealth of online records to trace your family tree from your own…computer, without the need to travel to national and regional record offices. Whether you are a novice or an experienced genealogist, and whether you plan to devote just a few hours of your time or embark on a life-time hobby, this book will guide you through the mass of records available - birth, marriage and death, the census, and much, much more - so that you can trace your line back hundreds of years. You will also learn how to upload your results to the internet, both to preserve your family's heritage and to connect with relatives, so that you can exchange photos and reminiscences.Contents: Welcome!; 1. What the internet offers the genealogist; 2. How to start; 3. Finding records of birth, marriage and death; 4. Using census records; 5. Other major sources; 6. Military; 7. Wills and where to find them online; 8. Migration; 9. Newspapers; 10. Occupations; 11. The poor and workhouse records; 12. Noble ancestors; 13. Directories; 14. School and university records; 15. Working with the wider context; 16. Family medical history; 17. DNA; 18. Working with names; 19. Recording your family tree; 20. Online recording options; 21. Problems of online trees; 22. Finding living relatives; 23. Genealogical miscellany; 24. Accent and dialect; 25. Final; Key websites; Index
By Lisa Sodeau. 2010
The average cost of a wedding is about as much as a deposit on a house, but one thing the…'credit crunch' taught us all is that there are many areas in our lives where we can save money by doing things ourselves. So why should weddings be an exception? Whether it's boom or bust you don't have to spend a fortune. You really can create your own special day by doing it yourself and having fun along the way. This book is packed with top tips and money saving ideas for: Stationery, Venues, Flowers, Transport, Hair and Make-up, Photographs, Food and Drink, the Reception and much more - including tips from live brides and over 100 budget busting ideas.
By Michelle Turner. 2011
Long gone are the days of lining up the wedding party for predictable and overly-staged group shots. Now more than…ever, couples want to remember their wedding day - and the run up to it - with candid, photojournalistic-style photos and innovatively-designed albums.The Wedding Photography Field Guide is a source of inspiration and illumination, and sets out how to capture the true essence and atmosphere of this emotionally-charged and very special day.- Get the latest information on digital gear and a professional's take on top techniques for covering all the action.- Stuffy, staged wedding photos are a thing of the past. Master modern wedding reportage and capture the true spirit of the event and the personalities of the couple and guests.- Discover the secrets of creating uniquely personal and contemporary bridal portraits and albums.- Don't get left behind in this competitive marketplace. Follow Michelle Turner's advice and build up a portfolio that can pack a punch.- Whether you are simply shooting a friend's wedding, breaking into the business or looking to refresh your approach, this book is essential.
By Frederick Lewis Allen. 1949
A revealing biography of J. P. Morgan, one of the most powerful and enigmatic financiers in history, from bestselling author…Frederick Lewis Allen. Celebrated as a titan of industry by some and decried as a monopolizing robber baron by others, John Pierpont Morgan was without a doubt a dominant player in American finance at the turn of the twentieth century. He founded U.S. Steel, a conglomeration of leading steel and iron producers, which was the nation's largest coast-to-coast railroad system, and the first company to be worth more than $1 billion. Morgan was also instrumental in developing the Federal Reserve after working with political leaders to prevent a potentially devastating fiscal crisis in 1907. Indeed, he was a driving force in the modernization of American business, and the effects of his acumen and foresight continue to resonate today--on Wall Street and beyond. Additionally, known for his displays of wealth and power, Morgan was a prominent figure of the New York society scene--a member of the original one percent--as well as a notable art connoisseur with a sizable collection now housed in Manhattan's lavish Morgan Library & Museum, once his own private library. In this meticulously researched and comprehensive biography, Frederick Lewis Allen, former editor of Harper's magazine and author of Only Yesterday, delves into the life and character of a fascinating, multidimensional man. Allen also probes the evolution of the business landscape during Morgan's lifetime, when giant corporations with unparalleled economies of scale began to absorb and replace smaller competitors. This richly detailed portrait of a man whose name is inseparable from American finance is essential reading for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of banking and business history.