Always Look on the Bright Side of Life

Author: Various Authors

Publisher: Summersdale Publishers LTD - ROW

ISBN: 1783721146

Category: Humor

Page: 160

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This little book of sunshine is bursting with witty and optimistic quotes, perfect both for those who always see life sunny side up and for those who might need reminding of the silver lining now and then.

Cricket, Literature and Culture

Symbolising the Nation, Destabilising Empire

Author: Anthony Bateman

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 9780754665373

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 236

View: 546

In his important contribution to the growing field of sports literature, Anthony Bateman traces the relationship between literary representations of cricket and Anglo-British national identity from 1850 to the mid 1980s, with an in-depth look at cricket during the interwar period and the sport's transmission throughout the British empire. Examining newspaper accounts, instructional books, fiction, and poetry, Bateman elaborates how the long tradition of literary discourse produced cricket's cultural status and meaning.

Always Look on the Bright Side of Life

A Sortabiography

Author: Eric Idle

Publisher: Crown Archetype

ISBN: 1984822608

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 304

View: 8363

From the ingenious comic performer, founding member of Monty Python, and creator of Spamalot, comes an absurdly funny memoir of unparalleled wit and heartfelt candor We know him best for his unforgettable roles on Monty Python—from the Flying Circus to The Meaning of Life. Now, Eric Idle reflects on the meaning of his own life in this entertaining memoir that takes us on a remarkable journey from his childhood in an austere boarding school through his successful career in comedy, television, theater, and film. Coming of age as a writer and comedian during the Sixties and Seventies, Eric stumbled into the crossroads of the cultural revolution and found himself rubbing shoulders with the likes of George Harrison, David Bowie, and Robin Williams, all of whom became dear lifelong friends. With anecdotes sprinkled throughout involving other close friends and luminaries such as Mike Nichols, Mick Jagger, Steve Martin, Paul Simon, Lorne Michaels, and many more, as well as John Cleese and the Pythons themselves, Eric captures a time of tremendous creative output with equal parts hilarity and heart. In Always Look on the Bright Side of Life, named for the song he wrote for Life of Brian and which has since become the number one song played at funerals in the UK, he shares the highlights of his life and career with the kind of offbeat humor that has delighted audiences for five decades. The year 2019 marks the fiftieth anniversary of The Pythons, and Eric is marking the occasion with this hilarious memoir chock full of behind-the-scenes stories from a high-flying life featuring everyone from Princess Leia to Queen Elizabeth.


Author: Pelham Francis Warner

Publisher: N.A


Category: Cricket

Page: 348

View: 2210

The Jubilee Book of Cricket (Classic Reprint)

Author: K. S. Ranjitsinhji

Publisher: Forgotten Books

ISBN: 9781333837075

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 482

View: 7031

Excerpt from The Jubilee Book of Cricket Cricket implies a certain amount of physical capacity, and cricket-matches are a pretty good test of physique. In order to make the body fit to undergo a severe season's work, men and boys alike must cultivate health and strength. With regard to boys, the discipline in vogue at all schools in England puts excess of almost every kind out of the question. A good night's rest and a perfect digestion are two of the 'chief foundations of success in cricket. In the words of the greatest of all cricketers Temperance in food and drink, regular sleep and exercise, I have laid down as a golden rule. From my earliest cricketing days I have carefully adhered to this rule, and to it I attribute in a great degree the measure of health and strength I Still enjoy. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.

The Bright Side of My Condition

Author: Charlotte Randall

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 1742539580

Category: Fiction

Page: 248

View: 3226

The latest novel from award-winning author, Charlotte Randall, The Bright Side of My Condition is based on the true story of four convicts who were marooned on the remote Snares Islands in the early years of the nineteenth century. A gripping story of survival from a brilliantly intelligent novelist.

Arlott on cricket

his writings on the game

Author: John Arlott,David Rayvern Allen

Publisher: N.A


Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 308

View: 4605

Following On

A Memoir of Teenage Obsession and Terrible Cricket

Author: Emma John

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1472916883

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 272

View: 8318

It's one thing to be 14 years old and a loser. It's one thing to be the class swot, and hopelessly infatuated with someone who doesn't know you exist. But what kind of teenager is besotted with an entire sports team – when the players are even bigger losers than she is? In 1993, while everyone else was learning Oasis lyrics and crushing on Kate Moss or Keanu, Emma John was obsessing over the England cricket team. She spent her free time making posters of the players she adored. She spent her pocket money on Panini stickers of them, and followed their progress with a single-mindedness that bordered on the psychopathic. The primary object of her affection: Michael Atherton, a boyishly handsome captain who promised to lead his young troops to glory. But what followed was one of the worst sporting streaks of all time – a decade of frustration, dismay and comically bungling performances that made the English cricket team a byword for British failure. Nearly a quarter of a century on, Emma John wants to know why she spent her teenage years defending such a bunch of no-hopers. She seeks out her childhood heroes with two questions: why did they never win? And why on earth did she love them so much?


Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: English wit and humor

Page: N.A

View: 6992

The History of Sport in Britain, 1880-1914: The varieties of sport

Author: Martin Polley

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9780415231374

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 5

View: 6426

This five volume set is a comprehensive collection of primary sources on sports in the late Victorian and Edwardian eras. At the beginning of the period few sports were regulated, but by the outbreak of the First World War organized sports had become an integral part of British cultural, social and economic life. Specialist Martin Polley has collected articles from a wide range of journals including "Blackwood's Magazine,"" Nineteenth Century," "Fortnightly Review" and "Contemporary Review," all of which reveal changing middle-class attitudes to sports. The five volumes cover the varieties of sports being promoted, sports and education, commercial and financial aspects, sports and animals and the globalization of sports through empire.

Victorian Figurative Painting

Domestic Life and the Contemporary Social Scene

Author: Mary Cowling

Publisher: Andreas Papadakis Pub


Category: Art

Page: 208

View: 3927

Provides a unique insight into the nature and true value of Victorian genre with reference to contmeporary sources throughout. Uncovers the real significance of the paintings discussed and what they meant to a contemporary public.

Seasons of a Scholar

Some Personal Reflections of an International Business Economist

Author: John H. Dunning

Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing

ISBN: 1848444974

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 232

View: 5750

In his perceptive and easily readable autobiography, John Dunning walks the reader through the four seasons of his professional and private life. With just the right touch of humour, he recounts his boyhood experience during the eventful days of the Second World War, his three-year spell in the Royal Navy, as well as his years as a student and research assistant at University College London. He then goes on to describe his times as teacher and researcher at Southampton, Reading and Rutgers Universities, and the origin and evolution of the Reading School of International Business scholarship. Along the way, the author shares some of his many and varied consultancy assignments and travelling experiences, offering some insights into his personal values and home life in Henley-on-Thames and Cornwall. This remarkable book gives a unique personal insight into the life and work of one of the most influential figures in the study of international business. It will no doubt prove a fascinating read to all those with an interest in the field and its development and especially to those who have benefited from the work of one of its great thinkers and scholars.

Indian Cricket Through the Ages

A Reader

Author: Boria Majumdar

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA


Category: History

Page: 425

View: 1154

This is the first anthology of its kind--it takes us through the course of Indian cricketing history from 1780 to 2003, with an introduction that assesses the role of cricket in Indian life. The narrative is enhanced with archival photographs and original printed material from several regional primary sources.

My Life

Author: Brett Lee,James Knight

Publisher: Random House India

ISBN: 8184002939

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 471

View: 4759

Brett Lee is one of cricket’s most prolific personalities. Recipient of the prestigious Allan Border Medal and a former Test Player of the Year—the blond speedster has amassed over 300 test wickets, and continues to add more feathers to his cap. Tearing in at over 160 kilometres an hour, ‘Binga’ has dented many a helmet and inspired fear in the best batsmen. My Life is his story—honest, engaging, and laced with charming wit. The book takes you inside the dressing room and sheds light on the highs and lows of the game—the pride of possessing a baggy green, the camaraderie between the boys, superstardom, and the inevitable controversies. It provides a glimpse into the life of one of Australia’s most successful fast bowlers and his love for music, fashion, and above all India.

Cricket and the Victorians

Author: Keith A. P. Sandiford

Publisher: Scolar Pr

ISBN: 9781859280898

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 207

View: 5779

Cricket and the Victorians fills a gap in the literature on the social history of England during the nineteenth century. It is based on the premise that the Victorians and Victorianism cannot be properly understood unless their approaches to leisure, sport and recreation are carefully examined. In accounting for cricket's emergence at that time as England's national game, this book examines its relationship to the Victorian mores and ethos and stresses the influence of the religious and academic institutions in promoting it to a position of prominence. Based mainly on extensive research in secondary and periodical materials, the study tries also to explain how and why the cult of cricket spread so rapidly to so many parts of the empire. Cricket in nineteenth-century England became a useful tool used by the political and cultural élite as an instrument of socialisation especially during an important age of transition when society was attempting to adapt to the processes of industrialisation and urbanisation. Aimed as much at a general readership as at undergraduates with a special interest in sports history, it throws much new light on Victorian amateurs, professionals, crowds and evolving cricket techniques.