Meet Pete Brown: beer jounalist, beer drinker and author of an irreverent book about British beer, Man Walks Into A Pub. One day, Pete's world is rocked when he discovers several countries produce, consume and celebrate beer far more than we do. The Germans claim they make the best beer in the world, the Australians consider its consumption a patriotic duty, the Spanish regard lager as a trendy youth drink and the Japanese have built a skyscrapter in the shape of a foaming glass of their favourite brew. At home, meanwhile, people seem to be turning their back on the great British pint. What's going on? Obviously, the only way to find out was to on the biggest pub crawl ever. Drinking in more than three hundred bars, in twenty-seven towns, in thirteen different countries, on four different continents, Pete puts on a stone in weight and does irrecoverable damage to his health in the pursuit of saloon-bar enlightenment. 'A fine book. . . the exact tone that a work on this social drug requires.' The Times 'Over 300 bars later and the man still manages to make you laugh.' Daily Mirror 'Carlsberg don't publish books. But if they did, they would probably come up with Three Sheets to the Wind...' Metro 'A marvellous book which is as enlightening about the countries he visited as any travel guide.' Adventure Magazine
Arriving on a summer weekend at any stretch of water without one's own craft behind the car or swaying proudly at its moorings is like attending a dance with a broken leg - not to mention the damage to one's social status. This is a humorous manual of instruction for sailors anywhere.
The origins of a remarkable number of everyday words and phrases are anchored in our seafaring past. Three Sheets to the Wind: The Nautical Origins of Everyday Expressions is an entertaining compilation revealing the maritime roots of common English expressions. The original “slush fund” was the fatty scraps from boiled meat that the ship’s cook secretly stashed away to sell at port to candle makers. The man who originally “turned a blind eye” was Admiral Nelson. In one of Naval history’s most famous acts of insubordination, Nelson, in the heat of battle, raised his telescope to his blind eye and announced he could not see the signal flag commanding him to break off action. The perfect companion for etymology lovers, factophiles, ocean dreamers, and the conversationally curious, Three Sheets to the Wind features 200 words and expressions that are nautically inspired. Alphabetically organized (from A to Sea) readers can also enjoy 100 original illustrations as well as relevant excerpts from the great novels of Melville, Forester, O’Brian, and others. These passages illustrate how such literary giants reached for these expressions in their classic masterpieces. Our everyday speech is peppered with language used by sailors when someone says they are “pooped” because they stayed to the “bitter end” of “happy hour”.
Ellianne had been a ward of the system until she was eighteen. Then, for two years ,she had worked for the orphanage. They had told her she must leave when she was twenty, so she had rented a small apartment and had gotten a job in a music store. When she became twenty it was an easy move. The sisters had presented her with a small box on her last day. It was the two figurines she had in her pocket the day she came to the orphanage. She had rescued them from the trash where her mother had thrown them. She discovered she liked living alone. She had never known privacy nor ownership and she found it to be quite pleasant. She had spent weeks getting her small flat livable .Combing the antique shops looking for treasures to make her little home special.
Comparing his progression through life to the erratic gait of a drunken sailor, Gropman recounts his life at sea on a three-masted schooner, then proceeds to the story of two years in the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) during the 1930s. Working in the forests of coastal Oregon and then on the slopes of snow and ice covered mountains in Montana's Glacier Park, he tells the gripping story of fighting a leaping crown fire in the forest near St. Mary's Lake. These early adventures are followed by his escapade when picked up as a hitch-hiker by a man driving a stolen car.
George Jean Nathan (1882-1958) was formative influence on American letters in the first half of this century, and is generally considered the leading drama critic of his era. With H. L. Mencken, Nathan edited The Smart Set and founded and edited The American Mercury, journals that shaped opinion in the 1920s and 1930s. This series of reprints, individually introduced by the distinguished critic and novelist Charles Angoff, collects Nathan's penetrating, witty, and sometimes cynical drama criticism.
"Three Sheets In The Wind" is a hilarious but dark mystery novel that promises to keep you on the edge of your seat. It is the sequel to "The Cat on Salter's Point." It's been three years since Jamie Lee's tragic death. Salter's Point Regional, known as the nuthouse in the community, continues to attract crazy and peculiar professionals to its ranks. The hospital has thrived, despite its dubious reputation and the many changes over the years. Still struggling with the hospital's daily challenges, Rachel and her colleagues stumbled on another shocking and unnerving revelation.
Dictionary of Phrase and Fable Giving the Derivation Source Or Origin of Common Phrases Allusions and Words that Have a Tale to Tell