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Longman Dictionary of English Language and Culture

, Longman
*Covers everything you are likely to need 15,000 encyclopaedic entries covering people, places, history, geography, the arts and popular culture *Get in-depth understanding on topics such as festivals, special days and key events in British and American history from the colour feature pages *No need to carry two dictionaries also includes a full language dictionary *80,000 words and phrases with clear definitions

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Arctic Meltdown

Richard Hollingham ,
In 1996 US entrepreneur and explorer Gary Comer took his boat to the Northwest Passage in search of adventure. Inspired by the stories of early explorers like Roald Amundsen, who had tried to navigate the winding route through northern Canadian sea ice, Comer expected high adventure. Instead he found where there had once been ice, there was now easily navigated open water.

Book of the Week - Adrift in Caledonia

Nick Thorpe ,
Nick Thorpe takes the reader on boat-hopping odyssey through Scotland's canals, lochs and coastal waters, from the industrial Clyde to the scattered islands of Viking Shetland. Whether rowing a coracle with a chapter of monks, scanning for the elusive Nessie, hitting the rocks with Captain Calamity or clinging to the rigging of a tall ship, Thorpe weaves a narrative that is by turns funny and poignant - a nautical pilgrimage for any who have ever been tempted to try a new path just to see where it might take them. Part travelogue, part memoir, Adrift in Caledonia is a unique portrait of a sea-fringed nation

Book of the Week - Lost Cosmonaut

Daniel Kalder ,
"Lost Cosmonaut" documents Daniel Kalder's travels in the bizarre and mysterious worlds of Russia's ethnic republics. Obsessed with a quest he never fully understands, Kalder boldly goes where no man has gone before: in the deserts of Kalmykia, he stumbles upon a city dedicated to chess and a forgotten tribe of Mongols; in Mari El, home to Europe's last pagan nation, he meets the Chief Druid and participates in an ancient rite; while in the bleak industrial badlands of Udmurtia, Kalder looks for Mikhail Kalashnikov, inventor of the AK-47, and accidentally becomes a TV star. Profane yet wise, utterly honest and yet full of lies, "Lost Cosmonaut" is an eye-opening, blackly comic tour of the most alien planet in our cosmos: Earth.

Book of the Week - Preferred Lies

Andrew Greig ,
Andrew Greig grew up on the East coast of Scotland, where playing golf is as natural as breathing. He sees the game as the great leveller, and has played on the Old course at St Andrews as well as on the miners' courses of Yorkshire. He writes about the different cultural manifestations of the game, the history, the geography, the different social meanings, as well as the subjective experience, the reflections between shots. An indispensable book for golfers and non golfers alike.

Book of the Week - Wildwood: A Journey Through Trees

Roger Deakin ,
From the walnut tree at his Suffolk home, Roger Deakin embarks upon a quest that takes him through Britain, across Europe, to Central Asia and Australia, in search of what lies behind man's profound and enduring connection with wood and with trees. Meeting woodlanders of all kinds, he lives in shacks and cabins, builds hazel benders, and hunts bush-plums with aboriginal women. At once autobiography, history, a traveller's tale and a work of natural history, "Wildwood" is a lyrical and fiercely intimate evocation of the spirit of trees: in nature, in our souls, in our culture, and in our lives.

Cosmic Ocean 1

Leo Enright ,
Programme 1: Water - a unique molecule. Our planet is dominated by water: it covers nearly three quarters of the Earth’s surface, is fundamental to plate tectonics, carves the landscape through erosion and is necessary for all life on Earth – and therefore all life as we know it.

Cosmic Ocean 2

Leo Enright ,
Programme 2: Water elsewhere. NASA’s mission statement is to “follow the water”. The recent dramatic results from the small armada of probes on Mars suggest this approach is now paying off. It appears the planet was bathed in a watery past. But the surface is now dry and barren. Scientists are now using experiments on board both European and American probes to work out where all of the planet’s water has gone.

Great Lives - Captain James Cook

Greg Dyke ,
James Cook is one of Britain's foremost explorers. His three voyages to the Pacific added greatly to the fields of navigation, anthropology and biology. His aim was to go, "farther than any man has been before me, but as far as I think it possible for a man to go".

In Our Time - Oceanography

Melvyn Bragg ,
With Margaret Deacon, visiting Research Fellow at Southampton Oceanography Centre and author of Scientists and the Sea, Tony Rice, Biological Oceanographer and author of Deep Ocean, Simon Schaffer, Reader in History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge, and a fellow of Darwin College.In_Our_Time/Margaret Deakin, Simon Scheffer, Tony Rice - The Sea.pdf


Reading

Kleine geografie van Nederland

Ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken , Informatien Documentatiecentrum voor de Geografie van Nederland
A brief geography of the Netherlands

Leyendas de España

Genevieve Barlow & William N. Stivers , Edward Arnold (Publishers) Ltd.
The sixteen legends in this book have been condensed to a few pages, and are accompanied by useful information on the geography, history, and customs of Spain. Margin notes are included on each page to aid with the most difficult vocabulary. Exercises follow each story, and test vocabulary, grammar points, and comprehension, the latter through multiple-choice questions. A comprehensive vocabulary appears at the end of this book.

Special Interest

AA - Illustrated Guide to Britain

Various , Drive Publications Ltd
Explores the history and culture of Britain

Britain - The Country and its People: An Introduction for Learners of English

James O'Driscoll , Oxford University Press
This book is aimed at intermediate and advanced learners of English who want to know more about Britain and the British

Britain in Close-Up: Second Edition

David McDowall , Pearson
This book is an in-depth study of the public and private faces of contemporary Britain, and thoroughly examines the changes and challenges the nation faces as it enters the 21st century

Korea - People, Country and Culture

Keith Howard, Susan Pares & Tessa English , SOAS
From centuries of relative obscurity, Korea is rapidly becoming a major economic force in the world. This book is intended to act as a useful resource bank of information, including sections on geography, history, religion, art and economics


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