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The Atlas of Christmas - The Merriest, Tastiest, Quirkiest Holiday Traditions from Around the World (Hardcover): Alex Palmer The Atlas of Christmas - The Merriest, Tastiest, Quirkiest Holiday Traditions from Around the World (Hardcover)
Alex Palmer
R418 R339 Discovery Miles 3 390 Save R79 (19%) Pre-order

A festive, delightfully-illustrated compendium that features holiday traditions from around the world. From Jolabokaflod (Christmas Book Flood) in Iceland to Festa dei sette pesci (Feast of Fishes) in Italy and Christmas lanterns in the Philippines, The Atlas of Christmas uncovers the fascinating (and sometimes, downright odd) ways that people and nations celebrate the holiday season, and inspires us to share these unique traditions together with family and friends. Do you know that in Guatemala there's a "Burn the Devil" tradition to kick off the Christmas season, where people gather to set fire to devil-pinatas? Or that in Sweden, a popular figure in Christmas traditions is the Yule Goat, a rowdy, menacing character who demands gifts? Serbian men traditionally throw grain and corn at a tree, then kiss its bark, before they cut it down to make a Yule Log. And in Japan, a big bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken has become the classic Christmas Day feast. These and many other global Christmas traditions are featured here in this delightful little book. From decorations and activities to feasts and special treats, there's a wide range of both lovely and unusual traditions from around the globe.

Weird-o-pedia - The Ultimate Book of Surprising Strange and Incredibly Bizarre Facts About (Supposedly) Ordinary Things... Weird-o-pedia - The Ultimate Book of Surprising Strange and Incredibly Bizarre Facts About (Supposedly) Ordinary Things (Paperback)
Alex Palmer
R381 R295 Discovery Miles 2 950 Save R86 (23%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Check out the weird and wonderful facts in this massive encyclopedia of alphabetized oddities:

* HUMANS ARE THE ONLY ANIMALS THAT ENJOY SPICY FOOD (there's a reason no one sells Tabasco-flavored cat food)

* NAPPING CAN SAVE YOU FROM A HEART ATTACK (assuming you are not operating heavy machinery at the time)

* PSYCHOLOGISTS CAN ASSESS YOUR PERSONALITY FROMHOW YOU DIP FRIES IN KETCHUP (nice fries, sociopath)

* SURFING THE INTERNET ACTUALLY MAKES YOU SMARTER (but not as smart as reading this book will)

Now the next time someone tells you smugly that Pluto isn't a planet, you can counter with any one of these hundreds of weird facts and remain king or queen of the cocktail (or kegger) chatter.

Danny Boyle Collection (DVD): James Franco, Kate Mara, Amber Tamblyn, Sean Bott, Koleman Stinger, Treat Williams, John... Danny Boyle Collection (DVD)
James Franco, Kate Mara, Amber Tamblyn, Sean Bott, Koleman Stinger, … 1
R111 R84 Discovery Miles 840 Save R27 (24%) Ships in 20 - 25 working days

A collection of four films directed by Danny Boyle. '127 Hours' (2010) traces the true story of trapped hiker Aron Ralston's fight for survival. Setting out alone and telling no-one where he's going, Ralston (James Franco) begins a hiking expedition in the mountains of Utah. Young, and with a zest for life, he takes rock-climbing in his stride, fearing nothing, with a permanent smile on his face. Soon after crossing paths with fellow hikers Kristi (Kate Mara) and Megan (Amber Tamblyn), however, Ralston becomes trapped in a remote canyon when a falling boulder crushes his arm. Over the following days, and with nobody to hear his calls for help, Ralston undergoes a gruelling fight for survival that tests his spirit to the limits, and ultimately decides whether he lives or dies. The thriller '28 Days Later' (2002) follows what could happen after a viral attack, with the virus so deadly that within seconds the infected person is taken over by a murderous rage, permanently. After 28 days there is only a handful of non-infected survivors, but the virus is not the only thing they have to contend with... In the futuristic thriller 'Sunshine' (2007) it's 50 years from now and the sun is on its way out, threatening mass destruction here on Earth. It falls to eight sexy astronauts (including Cillian Murphy, Rose Byrne, Michelle Yeoh and Chris Evans) who have been dispatched to the heart of the solar system in a ship called, ominously, the Icarus II - to kickstart the sputtering star. Finally, in the multi-award winning 'Slumdog Millionaire' (2008), Jamal Malik (Dev Patel) is an 18-year-old street kid from the slums of Mumbai who has managed to get through to the final round on the Indian version of 'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire'? But how can a young man from his background of poverty have acquired the knowledge to be only one correct answer away from winning 20 million rupees? With only one more question to be asked, however, the dream turns to nightmare. As the hooter sounds to signal the end of the show, Jamal is arrested and accused of cheating. Nobody believes that he could really know all of the answers he has given. As Jamal tells the story of his life to the police, the reasons for his success begin to appear. Will Jamal be freed to hear the final question and, if so, will he know the answer?

The Santa Claus Man - The Rise and Fall of a Jazz Age Con Man and the Invention of Christmas in New York (Hardcover): Alex... The Santa Claus Man - The Rise and Fall of a Jazz Age Con Man and the Invention of Christmas in New York (Hardcover)
Alex Palmer
R521 Discovery Miles 5 210 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Before the charismatic John Duval Gluck, Jr. came along, letters from New York City children to Santa Claus were destroyed, unopened, by the U.S. Post Office. Gluck saw an opportunity, and created the Santa Claus Association. The effort delighted the public, and for 15 years money and gifts flowed to the only group authorized to answer Santa's mail. Gluck became a Jazz Age celebrity, rubbing shoulders with the era's movie stars and politicians, and even planned to erect a vast Santa Claus monument in the center of Manhattan - until Gotham's crusading charity commissioner discovered some dark secrets in Santa's workshop. The rise and fall of the Santa Claus Association is a caper both heartwarming and hardboiled, involving stolen art, phony Boy Scouts, a kidnapping, pursuit by the FBI, a Coney Island bullfight, and above all, the thrills and dangers of a wild imagination. It's also the larger story of how Christmas became the extravagant holiday we celebrate today, from Santa's early beginnings in New York to the country's first citywide Christmas tree and Macy's first grand holiday parade. The Santa Claus Man is a holiday tale with a dark underbelly, and an essential read for lovers of Christmas stories, true crime, and New York City history.

28 Days Later (DVD): Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, Christopher Eccleston, Megan Burns, Noah Huntley, Brendan Gleeson, Alex... 28 Days Later (DVD)
Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, Christopher Eccleston, Megan Burns, Noah Huntley, …
R131 Discovery Miles 1 310 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Danny Boyle ('Trainspotting' and 'The Beach') directs this look at what could happen after a viral attack, but this time the virus is so deadly that within seconds the infected person is taken over by a murderous rage, permanently. After 28 days there is only a handful of non-infected survivors, but the virus is not the only thing they have to contend with...

Danny Boyle Collection (Blu-ray disc): James Franco, Kate Mara, Amber Tamblyn, Sean Bott, Koleman Stinger, Treat Williams, John... Danny Boyle Collection (Blu-ray disc)
James Franco, Kate Mara, Amber Tamblyn, Sean Bott, Koleman Stinger, … 1
R627 Discovery Miles 6 270 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A collection of four films directed by Danny Boyle. '127 Hours' (2010) traces the true story of trapped hiker Aron Ralston's fight for survival. Setting out alone and telling no-one where he's going, Ralston (James Franco) begins a hiking expedition in the mountains of Utah. Young, and with a zest for life, he takes rock-climbing in his stride, fearing nothing, with a permanent smile on his face. Soon after crossing paths with fellow hikers Kristi (Kate Mara) and Megan (Amber Tamblyn), however, Ralston becomes trapped in a remote canyon when a falling boulder crushes his arm. Over the following days, and with nobody to hear his calls for help, Ralston undergoes a gruelling fight for survival that tests his spirit to the limits, and ultimately decides whether he lives or dies. The thriller '28 Days Later' (2002) follows what could happen after a viral attack, with the virus so deadly that within seconds the infected person is taken over by a murderous rage, permanently. After 28 days there is only a handful of non-infected survivors, but the virus is not the only thing they have to contend with... In the futuristic thriller 'Sunshine' (2007) it's 50 years from now and the sun is on its way out, threatening mass destruction here on Earth. It falls to eight sexy astronauts (including Cillian Murphy, Rose Byrne, Michelle Yeoh and Chris Evans) who have been dispatched to the heart of the solar system in a ship called, ominously, the Icarus II - to kickstart the sputtering star. Finally, in the multi-award winning 'Slumdog Millionaire' (2008), Jamal Malik (Dev Patel) is an 18-year-old street kid from the slums of Mumbai who has managed to get through to the final round on the Indian version of 'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire'? But how can a young man from his background of poverty have acquired the knowledge to be only one correct answer away from winning 20 million rupees? With only one more question to be asked, however, the dream turns to nightmare. As the hooter sounds to signal the end of the show, Jamal is arrested and accused of cheating. Nobody believes that he could really know all of the answers he has given. As Jamal tells the story of his life to the police, the reasons for his success begin to appear. Will Jamal be freed to hear the final question and, if so, will he know the answer?

Happiness Hacks (Paperback): Alex Palmer Happiness Hacks (Paperback)
Alex Palmer
R306 R287 Discovery Miles 2 870 Save R19 (6%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Did you know putting a plant on your desk will boost your productivity? Or that taking smaller sips of coffee over a longer period of time will make you happier than just downing a shot of espresso? These are Happiness Hacks! They're easy and they work. Here are hundreds of shortcuts to brighten your day and boost your mood - and the science to prove why they work. From happiness at work and happiness in love, to happiness in history or simply finding that so-called "happy place," Happiness Hacks is the ultimate life hack to improve your life, one curiously effective step at a time. Did you know. Happy people have lower heart rates, Putting yellow objects around the house will cheer you up, The less you worry about happiness, the more likely you are to find it!

Happiness Hacks - 100% Scientific! Curiously Effective! (Standard format, CD): Alex Palmer Happiness Hacks - 100% Scientific! Curiously Effective! (Standard format, CD)
Alex Palmer; Narrated by Stephanie Spicer
R1,116 R845 Discovery Miles 8 450 Save R271 (24%) Out of stock
Weird-o-Pedia - The Ultimate Book of Surprising, Strange, and Incredibly Bizarre Facts about (Supposedly) Ordinary Things... Weird-o-Pedia - The Ultimate Book of Surprising, Strange, and Incredibly Bizarre Facts about (Supposedly) Ordinary Things (Paperback)
Alex Palmer
R319 R301 Discovery Miles 3 010 Save R18 (6%) Out of stock

It's weird! It's an encyclopedia. It's Weird-o-Pedia! Check out the weird and wonderful facts in this massive encyclopedia of oddities-cover Mind and Body, Work and Play, Animals and Nature and so much more! The next time someone tells you smugly that Pluto isn't a planet, you can counter with any one of these hundreds of weird facts and remain king or queen of the cocktail (or kegger) chatter. Humans are the only animal that enjoys spicy food (there's a reason no one sells Tabasco-flavored cat food). Napping can save you from a heart attack (assuming you are not operating heavy machinery at the time). Psychology can assess your personality from how you dip fries in ketchup. (Nice fries, sociopath!). Surfing the internet actually makes you smarter (but not as smart as reading this book will). What's weird and smart at the same time? You after you've read this book!

Literary Miscellany - Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Literature (Hardcover, New): Alex Palmer Literary Miscellany - Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Literature (Hardcover, New)
Alex Palmer
R326 R299 Discovery Miles 2 990 Save R27 (8%) Out of stock

Wouldn't it be great to be a fly on the wall as the great writers took pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard)? While reading this work, you'll be just that. Here are behind-the-book stories and facts about authors, publishing and everything literary that will entertain both casual and serious readers. Among the questions asked and answered:
- When Did Literature Finally Get Sexy?
- Is Coffee or Opium Better for Literary Creativity?
- Why Are the Best Autobiographies so Embarrassing?
- Why Do Some Detectives Use Their Minds and Others Their Fists?
Who knew that bestseller lists and children's books could be the source of intense controversy? Or that even the biggest writers had to scrape by, with odd jobs and inventions like the Mark Twain Self-Pasting Scrapbook? In "Literary Miscellany," examine the trend of "fake memoirs," with a list of who lied about what, and a rogues' gallery of hoaxers dating back centuries. From epic poetry and Homer to pulp fiction and Harry Potter, "Literary Miscellany" is a breezy tour through the literature of today and yesterday, packed with enough interesting facts to entertain both the erudite professor and pleasure reader.

Happiness Hacks - 100% Scientific! Curiously Effective! (MP3 format, CD): Alex Palmer Happiness Hacks - 100% Scientific! Curiously Effective! (MP3 format, CD)
Alex Palmer; Narrated by Stephanie Spicer
R665 R516 Discovery Miles 5 160 Save R149 (22%) Out of stock
The Santa Claus Man - The Rise and Fall of a Jazz Age Con Man and the Invention of Christmas in New York (Paperback): Alex... The Santa Claus Man - The Rise and Fall of a Jazz Age Con Man and the Invention of Christmas in New York (Paperback)
Alex Palmer
R430 R391 Discovery Miles 3 910 Save R39 (9%) Out of stock

Before the charismatic John Duval Gluck, Jr. came along, letters from New York City children to Santa Claus were destroyed, unopened, by the U.S. Post Office. Gluck saw an opportunity, and created the Santa Claus Association. The effort delighted the public, and for 15 years money and gifts flowed to the only group authorized to answer Santa's mail. Gluck became a Jazz Age celebrity, rubbing shoulders with the era's movie stars and politicians, and even planned to erect a vast Santa Claus monument in the center of Manhattan - until Gotham's crusading charity commissioner discovered some dark secrets in Santa's workshop. The rise and fall of the Santa Claus Association is a caper both heartwarming and hardboiled, involving stolen art, phony Boy Scouts, a kidnapping, pursuit by the FBI, a Coney Island bullfight, and above all, the thrills and dangers of a wild imagination. It's also the larger story of how Christmas became the extravagant holiday we celebrate today, from Santa's early beginnings in New York to the country's first citywide Christmas tree and Macy's first grand holiday parade.The Santa Claus Man is a holiday tale with a dark underbelly, and an essential read for lovers of Christmas stories, true crime, and New York City history.

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