The New Complete Book of Bridge
By Albert Dormer, Ron Klinger
This book gives a full account of modern Acol and of the whole range of defensive and competitive bidding. It is suitable for players up to a high standard but will readily be understood by less experienced players as each topic starts with the fundamentals.The play of the cards is covered in all important aspects, with an emphasis on mental approach and on principles of wide application. Deals are presented in a way that allows the reader to develop his thoughts and arrive at solutions. There are many hints of practical value that will stay in the mind.
By Rob Young
A colourful collection of pieces on the enigmatic genius of Scott Walker from THE WIRE.Scott Walker has travelled from teen idol to the outer limits of music. From 'The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Any More' reaching No.1, through to recordings of meat being punched on his last album, THE DRIFT, he somehow seems to have reached a passionate and committed fan base. Throughout his career, his impeccable critical reputation as a serious and uncompromising musician has never been questioned. The recent film, 30TH CENTURY MAN, had a litany of stars queuing up to praise Walker: the likes of David Bowie, Damon Albarn, Jarvis Cocker, Radiohead, Johnny Marr and Sting. But despite this, in 40 years of music, there has yet to be a serious book on Scott Walker. This collection, put together by Rob Young of THE WIRE magazine, features a handful of previously published articles and newly commissioned pieces, largely drawn from the orbit of THE WIRE's writers including Ian Penman, Chris Bohn and Rob Young.
New Instant Guide to Bridge
By Hugh Kelsey, Ron Klinger
NEW INSTANT GUIDE TO BRIDGE is designed as a quick reference book for every bridge player who wants to be sure of the best bid, lead or play. It includes what you need to know for opening bids, responses and rebids. There is also guidance on hand evaluation, competitive bidding strategy, opening leads, declarer play and defence so that the reader will have all the basic essentials of good play within easy reach.
By Mike Wenble, Sally Brock
The aim of this book is to describe a complete and coherent method of partnership bidding after the opening bidder has announced a balanced hand. Balanced hands are more common than unbalanced hands, so it is important to be able to describe them accurately and efficiently - to show their precise strength and distribution. The scheme proposed here is independent of your bidding system, and so it can be adopted whether you play a natural system such as Acol or Standard American, or a Strong Club system or something more exotic.
New Faux Finishes
By H. John Johnson
Thankfully, the days of all white walls and monochromatic furnishings are over; the new trend in home design is all about colour, depth, and texture. Faux finishes deliver these qualities and more: they also add depth, drama, and a lifetime of beauty to your home. By using sponges, rags, feathers, paper, and burlap, as well as brushes and rollers on your walls and ceilings, you can simulate that appearance of bamboo cloth, antique mouldings, even formal wallpaper, while energising your interiors. From colour selection and preparing to paint mixing, application and cleanup, the author walks you through every step of the rolling, stippling, colour layering, and other remarkably simple ¿ and surprisingly fun ¿ decorative painting techniques that imbue your rooms with New Age elegance or Old World charm.
The New Paper Style
By Mimi Christensen
These fresh ideas break new ground, incorporating unexpected objects and achieving unsurpassed levels of elegance and fun! Guests eyes will light up when they receive crepe-covered masquerade balls containing a special surprise. Photocopy a collage of treasured letters and envelopes and use it as a backdrop for a framed heirloom, like grandma¿s silverware. Or make Oriental Tube Invitations ¿ the creativity never ends.
By Marie Browning
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Nearly Impossible Brain Bafflers
By Tim Sole