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The Abbot's Return to Earth

By David Bird
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David Bird
The pompous and self-important Abbot returns from his heroics in the Chennai Bermuda Bowl to discover that his fellow monks have taken little interest in this adventure. It is no easy matter for him to once again endure the aggravating ups and downs, familiar to us all, of life as a bridge player. The Abbot plays matches and duplicate sessions against a range of colourful opponents. How can it be that a battle-hardened veteran of the Bermuda Bowl cannot always sweep such moderate opposition aside?Claude Yorke-Smith, his overbearing brother from Devon pays the monastery a visit. The Abbot spends a week in the Convent of Hilda's and is shocked by the severe attitude of the Mother of Discipline. In the final part of the book, the Abbot is visited by his partner from Chennai, the Parrot. How will the bridge players of Hampshire react to such a feathered and outspoken opponent?Other Abbot titles by David Bird: Miracles of Card Play; Unholy Tricks; Doubled and Venerable; Cardinal Sins; The Abbot's Great Sacrifice; Heavenly Contracts; Celestial Cardplay; The Abbot and the Sensational Squeeze; Divine Intervention; The Abbot, the Witchdoctor and the Disastrous Double; The Abbot, the Parrot and the Bermuda Bowl.
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The Abbot, The Parrot and the Bermuda Bowl

By David Bird
Authors:
David Bird
In this book, the pompous and self-important Abbot spots a chance to take part in that Holy Grail of Bridge - the Bermuda Bowl world championships. Casting all ethics aside, he pursues this dream. Partnered by the Parrot, with the Witchdoctor, Mbozi, Mrs Okoku and Miss Nabooba as team-mates, he travels to India's Chennai and faces many of the world's real-life players.Regular followers of David Bird's work will know what to expect - a first-rate mixture of amazing bridge, entertaining characters and sparkling dialogue.
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  • The Abbot, the Witchdoctor and the Disastrous Double

    By David Bird
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    David Bird
    For more than three decades, David Bird's tales of the bridge-crazy monks of St Titus have appeared in magazines around the world. In this eleventh collection in book form, the pompous and self-important Abbot travels to the Upper Bhumpopo mission in Africa. He plays against the Witchdoctor, the Parrot, Mrs Okuku and Miss Nabooba, Mhozi and Mjubu - characters that are familiar from earlier books in the series.Regular followers of David Bird's work will know what to expect - a first-rate mixture of excellent bridge, entertaining characters and sparkling dialogue.
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  • The Abbot and the Sensational Squeeze

    By David Bird
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    David Bird
    David Bird has surpassed even himself and his inimitable combination of scintillating bridge and humour will swell the ranks of the cognoscenti with equally delighted new recruits. If you are not already happily enrolled, join now!
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  • Adventures In Card Play

    By Hugh Kelsey, Geza Ottlik
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    Hugh Kelsey, Geza Ottlik
    Géza Ottlik had a remarkable talent for discovering and analysing strange and fascinating aspects of card play in bridge. This brilliant book is the result of his collaboration with Hugh Kelsey whose skill at high-level analysis of bridge problems was equalled only by his ability as a writer able to express complex ideas in simple prose.ADVENTURES IN CARD PLAY is regarded universally as one of the all-time great classics of bridge.
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    Acol Bridge Flipper

    By Ron Klinger
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    Ron Klinger
    The unique fast fact finder which enables players to check rapidly important points in bidding and play. Acol Bridge Flipper is aimed at the vast number of people who already play and who want to improve.
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  • The Abbot's Great Sacrifice

    By David Bird
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    David Bird
    In this eighth collection of stories featuring the bridge-crazy monks of St Titus, the pompous and self-important Abbot suffers more than his fair share of the game's aggravations. The world's worst house guest, Brother Herman from Australia, pays the monastery a visit. A team of attractive girls arrives at St Titus, playing unexpectedly well and unsettling the monastery novices. A disastrous start sends the Abbot to the bottom row of Swiss Teams, where he receives unwelcome advice from Josie Threlfall, a local teacher of the game.
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    Acol Bridge Made Easy

    By Ron Klinger
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    Ron Klinger
    More and more people are finding out what a great joy it is to be able to play bridge. You can learn at any age, but one thing is sure - you will wish you had started earlier.Bridge is the most stimulating, most intriguing, most fascinating and most challenging of all card games. It will give you more lasting pleasure than any other recreation because of its unending variety.Once you start playing, you will want to play again and again...
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    Art of Basketry

    By Kari Lonning
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    Kari Lonning
    Illustrated in colour throughout.Suitable for beginners with more complex designs to try when you've had a bit of practice.
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    Aromatic Candles

    By Rosevita Warda
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    Rosevita Warda
    Full of ideas for candles that you can make yourself, with a variety of blends of special oils. The world of aromatherapy can be your world, as you practice these simple instructions for using flame and fragrance to turn eating into dining, resting into meditation, and an evening at home into unforgettable romance. Start by learning to recognise, select, and purchase essential oils and waxes. Then, it¿s on to the basics of candle making, as you learn methods such as dipped, moulding, floating and whipped wax, as well as techniques of embedding and finishing. For your own personal style, follow the tips on how to mix and match candle making methods and oil recipe blends.

    The Art Of Rubber Stamping

    By Suze Weinberg
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    Suze Weinberg
    If you¿re ready to take your passion for rubber stamping to the next level and crave a new challenge, try these innovative techniques ¿ you¿ll use them again and again, on everything you make, from gift-wrap to scrapbooks. They¿re easy to learn yet produce sophisticated results on cards. Take cheesecloth out of the kitchen and onto the crafting table for crating dynamic patterns. Combining a brayered background with coloured tissue paper or garden leaves can be spectacular, especially if you develop an attractive layout, colour-copy it, then stamp directly onto it. A resist method will have you working with embossing, markers, and dye ink. Paint with blender pen and dry pigment powder, add shimmer with gilding, or fill in the open areas of your stamped image with dimensional products like coloured glitter glue.

    Adorable Furniture For Dolls And Teddy Bears

    By Anita Louise Crane
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    Anita Louise Crane
    Transform readily available materials and objects, into delightful dolls furniture using simple techniques.Easy to follow step-by-step projects.Delightful illustrations and instructions throughout.
  • All Hands On Deck!

    By David Bird
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    David Bird
    Bridge cruises are all the rage and David Bird, the world number one humorous bridge writer, provides here a feast of hilariously funny stories in exotic settings and, of course, some excellent bridge.David Bird, creator of the famous Abbot series, is acknowledged as the world's best when it comes to humorous bridge fiction. Here he strikes out in an intriguing new direction, with humorous tales of a mixed group of players on a world bridge cruise. Nor is the action confined to the ship's card-room. The players disembark at various ports of call, encountering bridge adventures in Morocco, Italy, Israel, the Yemen and India. Will the less-than-expert bridge host, Rupert Knight, get his hands on the lovely Debbie or Sandra? Read on to find out!
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    Art Of Making Elegant Jewellery Boxes

    By Tony Lydgate
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    Tony Lydgate
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