The Power of Positive Bidding
By Wladyslaw Izdebski, Dariusz Kardas, Wlodzimierz Krysztofczyk, Ron Klinger
This remarkable book is based on the close observation of the solutions by the Italian Champions to bidding problems. Acute judgements produced astonishing results, which Wladyslaw Izdebski and a leading bridge coach, Wlodzimierz Krysztofczyk, have analysed to create an exhilarating text. No competent bridge player will want to miss the opportunity of following this exciting work.
Playing Doubled Contracts
By Ron Klinger
The opponents have doubled your contract and you have to decide how best to play the hand. Are you aiming to make your doubled contract? Is there a possibility of doubled overtricks? These are attractive objectives, but often they are not realistic.Should you accept that you will not make your contract and limit your losses as best you can? Obviously it is better to go one down than three or four down and it is important not to panic just because of the double. If you have sacrificed against the opponents' game or slam, which would have made, it is vital that your loss does not exceed the value of their contract.This quiz book contains problems taken from major national and international championships. In most cases you have the opportunity to outperform the actual declarers. No matter how you do, seeing the logic and technique behind the right play will no doubt improve your own standard.
Pushing the Limits
By Casey Stoner
The two-time World MotoGP champion's own explosive storyShowing anything is possible when determination meets talent, two-time World MotoGP champion Casey Stoner shares his incredible journey from Queensland toddler with an extraordinary ability on a motorbike, to his decision to retire at twenty-seven with nothing left to prove.For the first time, he tells of his early family life, the development of his riding skills and why his parents decided to sell everything and travel from Australia to Europe to chase the dream and support his aim to become World Champion when he was only fourteen years old.As fearless with his opinions as he is on the racetrack, Casey includes all the highs and lows of his life so far: the real reason he left for Europe so young, his thoughts on racing as it stands today, the riders' hierarchy, the politics of racing, the importance of family, his battle with illness and why he decided to turn his back on a multimillion-dollar contract when he was still winning. And he will let us in on some of the new goals he has set for himself.PUSHING THE LIMITS is a unique and remarkable account of self-sacrifice and tenacity to succeed against the odds, the uplifting story of a young Australian who took on the world on his terms, his way ... and won.
By Guillem Balague
'Pep' Guardiola has transformed Barcelona into arguably the greatest club side of all time, and this entertainingly perceptive biography explains how.Guardiola spent the majority of his playing days with Barca and was an integral part of Johan Cruyff's European Cup-winning 'dream team'. But it was on retiring from playing that he really made his mark on the club. After travelling the world, he became a coach of the Barcelona reserve team, and a year later, in 2008, he was appointed the first-team manager. The club went on to win an unprecedented 13 of the 16 competitions they entered under his leadership, and he became the youngest ever manager to win the Champions League. Then, at the end of the 2012 season, after having been awarded the FIFA WORLD COACH OF THE YEAR, he resigned following four years of unprecedented achievement. He immediately became the most sought-after free-agent in football, and his next move was keenly anticipated.Some call Guardiola's influence on Barca revolution, others evolution. Whatever the answer, the impact he has had goes beyond football. He represents a style, a club, a country and even old-fashioned values, at a time when they seem so scarce. Guillem Balagué's insightful book reveals how Pep Guardiola's Barcelona played the 'Beautiful Game' - and won.
Playing To Win At Bridge
By Ron Klinger
BRIDGE WORLD said of the first edition: 'is as good a quiz book as has ever appeared...Instead of examples of well-known ideas, the author presents truly practical situations...the questions emphasise those aspects of bridge play that are truly important at the table. Our quibbles with the analysis are minor, and we recommend the book as outstanding of its kind.'
The Power Of Shape
By Ron Klinger
Average players tend to focus on point count for their bidding decisions, but the expert recognises that the shape of the hand also plays a vital role. Knowing the implications of shape will help you find the best contract more often. The book not only reveals how to use hand patterns to winning effect, but also how to incorporate the ideas of shape in your bidding system.The power of shape is not limited to the bidding. Successful play or defence is often linked to a knowledge of the pattern of the opponents' hands. The second part of this book will show you how to discover and make use of this invaluable information.Follow the recommendations in this exciting and original book and your partnership will be in great shape!
Papermaking For the First Time
By Rhonda Rainey
full colour throughout
Paper Crafting Beautiful Book Covers, Boxes and Frames
By Valeria Ferrari, Ersilia Fiorotta
With this short course in paper craft, you can make elegant designs for boxes, album and book covers, and picture frames. Introduce yourself to ¿varese¿ paper, the best type for paper crafting, as well as to silky, glossy, and hand-designed papers, and cloth fabrics. Simple techniques for cutting, mounting, and gluing are illustrated, too. Projects include a ring binder; concertina portfolio; classical rectangular box and lid; wall diplay and multiple frames.
Painting Faux Stained Glass
Have you longed for the brilliance of stained glass in your home but been put off by the difficulty, mess, and expense such a big project entails? If you can squeeze Glass Art Paint from a bottle and follow the simple techniques explained here, you can make windows into authentic works of art, reflecting colourful light throughout your interiors, easily, inexpensively, and without any special glass cutting or soldering expertise. Patterns for more than two dozen projects include colour guides, methods for applying lead strips, and instructions for preparing and painting gorgeous classic cameos, and Victorian designs of varying difficulty. Liven up a child¿s room with playful kites and kittens, decorate your kitchen with fruit motifs or your sun room with garden scenes in minutes.
Perfect Party Games
By Andrea Campbell, Sandy Hoffman
What makes a perfect part? Food? Drinks? A host who¿s constantly fussing over details? NO! The party should be sparkling and the atmosphere should be vibrant by playing fantastic party games¿ Nothing beats competitive games and fun activities that bring everyone together.Start with pre-party contests and icebreakers that establish the tone and give early arrivals something to do: treasure hunts, guessing games, and skits encourage mingling and laughter. As the jollity builds, move on to more ¿risqué¿ challenges, like ¿To Your Health¿ ¿ a drinking game.
Playful Patchwork Projects
By Kari Pearson, Friends
Choose from ¿Lots of Fun Stuff¿ like an Annie and Andy Quilt (sure to become a toddler¿s beloved security blanket) or Classic Pillow and a Bloomin¿ Bunnies Gift Bag.A little Sprouts Baby Vest and Garden Patch Jumpers make ¿Wonderful Wearables.¿ And, for the merriest, most Santa-filled Christmas, stitch up an ¿Oh My Stars, It¿s Santa¿ quilt, plus festive socks to fill with treats and hang on the mantelpiece.
Picture Frames In An Afternoon
By Kaye Evans
Make a frame worthy of any work of art in a mere afternoon. Or take a simple shop-bought frame to decorate and turn into an expensive looking picture frame. Learn every aspect of framing ¿ from how to cut standard mats and more elaborate mat styles through mounting the art and joining frames to fitting and finishing your work.
Painting Fabulous Floorclothes
Floorcloths are a terrific alternative to a rugGet the kids involvedguide is packed with colour photographs and detailed instructions on all aspects of creating your own floorcloth.
Perplexing Lateral Thinking Puzzlers
By Paul Sloane