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POTD: Royal Marines in Cold Weather Survival Course

Learning how to survive and fight in the winter is essential for some soldiers. In our Photo Of The Day we’re taking a closer look at Royal Marines participating in the Cold Weather Survival Course together with helicopter pilots and aircrew. Before taking to the skies over the Arctic Circle, the aviators of the UK’s […] Read More … The post POTD: Royal Marines in Cold Weather Survival Course appeared first on The Firearm Blog.
Tags: UK, Guns, Defense, Training, Royal Navy, Photo of the Day, Sa80, Cold Weather Survival


Kobo Libra H20 Sale UK

The Libra just popped a sale price on the UK Kobo site at £119.99 https://uk.kobobooks.com/collections...kobo-libra-h2o
Tags: Books, UK, Kobo Reader, UK Kobo, Kobo Libra


Olga Tokarczuk's 'magnum opus' finally gets English release – after seven years of translation

The Books of Jacob, praised by the Nobel prize judges and winner of Poland’s prestigious Nike award, will be published in the UK in NovemberThe magnum opus of Nobel laureate Olga Tokarczuk – a novel that has taken seven years to translate and has brought its author death threats in her native Poland – is to be published in English.The Books of Jacob, which will be released in the UK in November, is the Polish author’s first novel to appear in English since she won the 2018 Nobel prize for litera...
Tags: Europe, Books, Publishing, UK, Fiction, Culture, Poland, Fiction in translation, Jacob, Olga Tokarczuk


Introducing SHAPE: Q&A with Sophie Goldsworthy and Julia Black (part one)

OUP is excited to support the newly created SHAPE initiative—Social Sciences, Humanities, and the Arts for People and the Economy. SHAPE has been coined to enable us to clearly communicate the value that these disciplines bring to not only enriching the world in which we live, but also enhancing our understanding of it. The contributions that SHAPE subjects make are more important now than ever as they can help us to navigate how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the global economy, dramaticall...
Tags: Books, UK, Oxford, British Academy, Oup, London School of Economics and Political Science, Janko Ferlič, Julia Black, Sophie Goldsworthy, Social Sciences Humanities


PW Jailbreaking a PW (FW: 5.6.1.1)

Hey guys! I'm trying to jailbreak my old PW Kindle (the serial starts B024), it's got Wifi only and was bought in the UK. I want to jailbreak it so I can change the Collections Manager as Amazon's version totally sucks. The Firmware is 5.6.1.1 but I can't find any reference to this early PW, I can only find stuff for the later versions. Any ideas? Thanks in advance :)
Tags: Amazon, Books, UK, Kindle Developer's Corner


Bathroom of the Week: Ferren Gipson Upgrades Her London Loo (and Makes Room for the Laundry)

Last month, we spotlighted Ferren Gipson’s Ikea hack kitchen that she designed herself. The existing kitchen had been encumbered by a washer/dryer and giant boiler that needed to be moved elsewhere. That’s what led Ferren to overhaul the bathroom first. An American art historian in London, Ferren finds visual inspiration all over—for the bath, she looked to Victorian public restrooms for design ideas and started sketching plans. Ferren worked with local contractors Palali Construction on the bat...
Tags: Books, UK, London, Sweden, Ikea, Hoover, Tiles, Bathrooms, Bob Vila, Jamison, Arezzo, Remodel & Renovation, Industrial Lighting, Black & White, Ferren, Subway Tiles


HOW DO YOU CARE FOR RIBES SANGUINEUM?

How do you care for Ribes sanguineum? During the late 17th century when I was a pre-horticultural, yet eager, teenager working in a south London garden centre, I had clear memories of block displays of flowering Forsytha x  intermedia cultivars and Ribes sanguineum. Both were early flowering and both would flower strongly on the new wood. By pruning them back to the crown the previous year you ensured nursery stock with top to bottom blooms. Both very eye-catching, both very impressiv...
Tags: Gardening, UK, London, United States, Edward VII, David Douglas, Ribes, Simon Eade, Canada Ribes


Wheelgun Wednesday: Early Gas-Seal Revolvers

Not So Fast, Nagant When we think of a revolver candidate for a suppressor, invariably our mind drifts to the M1895 Nagant.  A good revolver, to be true.  Gas-sealed revolvers, however, were around far earlier, with the UK having a rich history of development in this type of firearms.  What is a gas-seal revolver?  In […] Read More … The post Wheelgun Wednesday: Early Gas-Seal Revolvers appeared first on The Firearm Blog.
Tags: UK, Guns


Philadelphia Flower Show-A New Chapter

Breaking a 191-year-old tradition—necessitated by the current pandemic but long overdue in this gardener’s opinion—the Philadelphia Flower Show (PFS, shown above)) will, this year, be held outside. It would seem natural to hold a flower show outside, but, in the US, it is not the norm. Seattle, Sacramento, Chicago, Boston, and even South Carolina all have indoor flower shows. Most have been cancelled for this upcoming season. The PFS is adapting and this is a change for the better. It ...
Tags: Gardening, UK, US, South Carolina, Chelsea Flower Show, Public Gardens, Philly, Chestnut Street, South Philly, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia Flower Show, Masonic Hall, Frederick Law, Your Gardening Dollar, Philadelphia Flower Show PFS


Troubleshooting Kindle Keyboard 3 (D00901) Battery

A blast from the past here but would be grateful to check my thinking please Especially from knc1 I've had this old kindle stuck on the child under tree graphic (I vaguely remember it having the battery warning and resetting it though holding on the power button some months ago but wouldn't totally trust that memory) Orange light comes on whilst charging ok I've today disconnected the battery and confirmed that it's giving 4.2V at the battery terminals The battery has .08V It's now back o...
Tags: Books, UK, Amazon Kindle


What Does Brexit Mean For You?

If you’re wondering how Brexit will affect your design sales on the Marketplace, you’ve come to the right place. Is my account ready for Brexit? Brexit will not affect the way you sell your designs and products. Even if you live and are registered in the UK, only one detail will change for you, and we’ve already taken care of that. Your tax domicile is now no longer within, but outside of the EU. With this change, your is already Brexit-compatible and you don’t have to do anything else. Y...
Tags: UK, Eu, Brexit, T-shirts, Partner Area


Nude selfies: are they now art?

Lockdown has triggered a boom in the exchange of intimate shots – and now a new book called Sending Nudes is celebrating the pleasures and perils of baring all to the cameraHave you ever sent a nude selfie? The question draws a thick red line between generations, throwing one side into a panic while the other just laughs. And yet, as far back as 2009, that fount of moral wisdom, Kanye West, was advising how to stay safe. “When you take the picture cut off your face / And cover up the tattoo by t...
Tags: Books, Photography, UK, Sex, Relationships, Poetry, Women, Social Media, Life and style, Kanye West, Dating, Culture, Men, Short Stories, Online Dating, Jamie Foxx


Currently Coveting: In Casa By Paboy’s Ruffled Cushions

During last summer’s lockdown in Naples, Italy, 28-year-old Paboy Bojang posted his venture’s first message on Instagram: “My name is Paboy, I am an asylum seeker trying to build a future in Europe. I risked my life crossing the deadly desert and the Mediterranean Sea to get here. I used to work at a prestigious majolica workshop called Stingo making tiles and vases but lost my job because the immigration bureaucracy is so bad and I am still waiting for my documents to be renewed. I’ve been wait...
Tags: Europe, Books, UK, London, Vogue, Italy, Libya, States, Black Lives Matter, Gambia, Textiles, Financial Times, Alice, Naples, Romantic, Decor


HOW TO BUILD A PROGRAMMABLE, DAY AND NIGHT, THERMOSTATICALLY CONTROLLED, PROPAGATOR FOR GERMINATING BANANA SEEDS

  If you are looking for a touch of the tropics in your cold, northern European garden then their is very little that can compete with having banana plants growing in your traditional borders. Of course you can purchase banana plants from you local garden center, but let's be honest neither availability or range are particularly strong in the UK. That being said they is a usually a good range of banana seeds available on the internet, mostly eBay although other sites are available. The trick i...
Tags: Europe, Gardening, UK, Simon Eade


Winter Colour in the Garden

Kaffe Fasset: Well, how do we feel about him? A knitter, embroiderer, patchwork maker, teacher and writer. Famous in the UK, travelled here from California. For many years such craft workers have been predominantly women, (though, small nudge of pride, my father was an embroiderer). Yet Kaffe Fassett is a man who managed to get knitting taken seriously, from a hobby or ‘pastime,’ (that word gives me the horrors) to a craft worthy of a show in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. He was an o...
Tags: Garden, Gardening, UK, London, California, Victoria, Charles, Embroidery, Knitting, Winter Gardens, Kaffe Fassett, Winter Interest, Victoria and Albert Museum, Kaffe, Albert Museum London, Defiantly Uncategorical


Steal This Look: A Subtly Colorful Kitchen in Lewes, England

When you opt for an unexpected color combination in the kitchen, the result is particularly memorable. As much as we like an easygoing palette, we’ve begun to tire of kitchen cabinets painted in the usual neutrals. That’s why we can’t get this colorful kitchen off our minds. The design comes by way of English kitchen maker Inglis Hall, who collaborated on the palette with Simon March of paint company Marchand Son, also known as Colour Makes People Happy. Here is a look at the individual componen...
Tags: Books, UK, Kitchens, Palette & Paints, Steal This Look, Perrin Rowe, Fisher Paykel, Multi-Color, Color-Blocking, Deborah Ehrlich, Inglis Hall, Lewes England, New York Kitchen, Plaster Pink Kitchen, Leigh Simpson, Marchand Son


Steal This Look: A Colorful Kitchen with Impact in Lewes, England

When you opt for an unexpected color combination in the kitchen, the result is particularly memorable. As much as we like an easygoing palette, we’ve begun to tire from kitchen cabinets painted in the usual neutrals. That’s why we can’t get this colorful kitchen off our minds. The design comes by way of English kitchen maker Inglis Hall who collaborated on color with Simon Marchand of paint company Marchand Son. Here is a look at the individual components of the kitchen, color and beyond, to pic...
Tags: Books, UK, Kitchens, Palette & Paints, Steal This Look, Perrin Rowe, Fisher Paykel, Multi-Color, Color-Blocking, Deborah Ehrlich, Inglis Hall, Lewes England, New York Kitchen, Plaster Pink Kitchen, Leigh Simpson, Simon Marchand


The Bad-Tempered Gardener

From the GardenRant Archives This post from 2011 seems to foreshadow Anne Wareham joining GardenRant this year. In it, Amy described Anne “one of us.  She is opinionated, ill-tempered, witty, and slightly crazy.” There’s a lot of hand-wringing going on in the publishing world right now.  The poor economy, the closure of many fine independent bookstores, the rise of ebooks—it’s causing a lot of anguish.  And there are some numbers to back up the anguish:  sales of all print books declined ten p...
Tags: Gardening, UK, London, Telegraph, Amy, Anne, Wareham, Unusually Clever People, Charles Hawes, Anne Wareham, Rant Reviews, Veddw House Garden, Anne Wareham Wareham, Glouchester They, Dear Ms Wareham


MASTERCLASS: How to Perfect Your Submission to Agents and Publishers – with Scott Pack (Online, Weds 15th Sep, 2021)

If you want to get traditionally published, you need to submit a compelling book proposal to agents or publishers. This masterclass with Scott Pack will maximize your chances of success. Masterclass: How to Perfect Your Submission to Agents and Publishers Speaker: Scott Pack When: Wednesday 15th September 2021, 6:30pm UK time Where: Online – join us from anywhere in the world Price: £10-£30 (or equivalent in your currency) Booking: Eventbrite (Limited places available – book early!) This p...
Tags: Amazon, Books, UK, Harpercollins, Waterstones, Get Published, Scott, BST, DON T, Masterclasses, Ask an Agent, Scott Pack, Scott Pack Scott Pack


Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie to publish memoir about her father's death

Notes on Grief will recount the life of ‘a remarkable man of kindness and charm’ and the author’s struggle to absorb his loss during lockdown last yearChimamanda Ngozi Adichie has written a memoir about the sudden death of her father in lockdown last year. Notes on Grief, by the Orange prize-winning author of Half of a Yellow Sun and Americanah, will be published on 11 May. Her UK publisher 4th Estate described it as “a timely and deeply personal … work of meditation, remembrance and hope”.Adich...
Tags: Books, Publishing, UK, Nigeria, Africa, US, Culture, Autobiography and memoir, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Adichie, Americanah, Yellow Sun, Ngozi Adichie, James Nwoye Adichie


Beretta Holding Acquires Holland & Holland

Beretta Holding has announced the acquisition of Holland & Holland Ltd., which is one of the most iconic gunmakers in the world. According to the Beretta Holding Group, this acquisition solidifies their commitment to the key UK market in the post-Brexit era. To our knowledge, all the shares of Holland & Holland were previously owned by […] Read More … The post Beretta Holding Acquires Holland & Holland appeared first on The Firearm Blog.
Tags: UK, News, Guns, Companies, Holland, Beretta, Brexit, Daily News, Holland & Holland, Beretta Holding, Beretta Holding Group, Beretta Holding Acquires Holland, Holland Holland Ltd, Beretta Holding Acquires Holland Holland


ARE AZALEAS EASY TO GROW?

Are Azaleas easy to grow? It's hard not to be tempted when faced with a garden centre full of flowering Azaleas. Of course it would lovely to have one or more in your own garden, and why wouldn't you want them? Evergreen, hardy and resistant to most plant nasties found in the UK, surely they are a perfect package? The trouble is this, they look a little exotic, and maybe that means they are a bit too-good-to-be-true? So the question is this, are Azaleas easy to grow?Well the good news...
Tags: Gardening, UK, Don, CC BY SA, Simon Eade


Canna, hot greenhouse fantasies, and the brutality of ice. A Letter to the Midwest.

December 29, 2020 Lovettsville, VA Dear Scott, Well, I think we’ve established that you’re the better person at this point.   As we will not agree about using shallow phrases for the sake of filling socially-distanced space, let us discuss plants instead. We can start with that canna of yours, which, had you stopped typing your letter and finding new ways of shaming me, and instead gone outside and dug the damn thing out of the friable and fertile Midwestern soil; you might have saved. I know, f...
Tags: Facebook, Gardening, UK, Atlantic, Marine Corps, Michael, Midwest, Elizabeth, Kevin, Kevin He, Jane, Michele, Buffalo NY, Marc Antony, Canna, Author 's Guild


Hi from the UK.

Hello American Gardeners, What do I know of you, American garden-interested people? Very little, I believe, even about Americans generally. Well, as a child I knew you were all fabulously rich, with central heating and huge fridges. This is our central heating. I have since learned that you all like to have endless sweeps of joined up lawn in front of your houses: houses which strangely have no names. And in the Land of the Free you have lots of regulations about what to grow and how. (Is thi...
Tags: Gardening, UK, Britain, Bellis, Who's Ranting About Us, Anne Wareham, Veddw House Garden, Hallellujah


Why we can be cautiously optimistic for the future of the retail industry

Before COVID-19 struck with such vengeance, the retail industry globally was already in a state of accelerated and highly disruptive change, enabled by the transformative impacts of technology in general and digital connectivity in particular. This was changing how shoppers around the world wanted to shop as well as the possibilities for retailers to engage with shoppers in previously unimaginable ways—most notably by the internet, of course.The COVID-19 pandemic and the attendant lockdowns are ...
Tags: Books, UK, Featured, Retail industry, Social Sciences, Business & Economics, COVID-19


Novelist William Boyd says he’s had ‘the usual nightmare experiences’ working in TV and film

Forty years ago this month, William Boyd’s first novel, the satirical “A Good Man in Africa” was published to great acclaim, winning the Somerset Maugham Award and the Whitbread Book Award for a first novel…even though it was technically Boyd’s fourth. “While getting a post-graduate degree and teaching at Oxford University, I wrote three novels, which all ended up in a drawer,” he recalls. “They were like my apprentice work so my first published novel was really my fourth novel, which is why ...
Tags: Books, UK, England, France, Russia, Nigeria, Africa, America, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, James Bond, William Boyd, Oxford University, Ghana, Southern California


'I'm flabbergasted': Monique Roffey on women, whiteness and winning the Costa

The Mermaid of Black Conch’s author explains why she expected ‘a quiet life’ for the formally daring, magical realist novel that has been declared book of the yearAfter two decades of splashing around in the shallows of success, Monique Roffey was taking no chances with The Mermaid of Black Conch. The novel, which won the Costa book of the year award on Tuesday, is written in a Creole English and uses a patchwork of forms, from poetry to journal entries and an omniscient narrator, and “employs m...
Tags: Books, UK, Fiction, UK News, Culture, Awards and prizes, Costa book awards, Costa, Trinidad And Tobago, Monique Roffey, Mermaid of Black Conch, Peepal Tree Press


Word of the week: Fig

This post was going to be a short riff on a line in that Inauguration poem by Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman—the line about the vine and the fig tree, which got me thinking about figs. Mmmm, figs. But one fig led to another, and next thing you know I was way down a figgy rabbit hole from which there was no escape. Go figure. Here’s the line from “The Hill We Climb”: Scripture tells us to envision that everyone shall sit under their own vine and fig tree, and no one shall make them afra...
Tags: Toys, UK, Texas, Congress, California, Washington, Mexico, France, Finance, Virginia, Poetry, Religion, Linguistics, Food And Drink, Isaac Newton, Redundancy


How to get a literary agent – 7 steps to success

If you want to land a publishing deal, you’ll need a literary agent first. Here’s how to go about it. Reading Time: 9 minutes Do you dream of being a published author? Want to see your book on the shelves of your local bookshop, have your work read by legions of appreciative fans, and be fêted at literary festivals? For such dreams to come true, first you need to land a publishing deal. And, before that, you need to get taken on by a literary agent. Where do you start? Learn more abo...
Tags: Books, UK, Wikipedia, US, Get Published, Literary Agent, Kirsty McLachlan, Scott Pack


7 steps to get a literary agent

If you want to get a publishing deal, you need a literary agent. Here’s how to go about it. Reading Time: 8 minutes Do you dream of being a published author? Want to see your book on the shelves of your local bookshop, have your work read by legions of appreciative fans, and be fêted at literary festivals? For such dreams to come true, first you need to land a publishing deal. And, before that, you need to get taken on by a literary agent. Where do you start? Learn more about submitt...
Tags: Books, UK, Wikipedia, US, Get Published, Literary Agent, Kirsty McLachlan, Scott Pack



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