What a Ride: Rupert Guinness
An exclusive edition of the perennially popular BBC Radio 4 series for gardeners everywhere. Gardening can be both a challenge and a joy. Get it right, and it can provide boundless pleasure; get it wrong, and it is a source of infinite frustration. Help is at hand, however, in this specially recorded ‘Gardeners’ Question Time’ compilation, in which the regular team offers all-year round advice on everything from plants and planting to pests, diseases, design and seasonally topical tips. Chairman Eric Robson and panelists Matthew Biggs, John Cushnie, Bob Flowerdew, Pippa Greenwood, Bunny Guinness, Roy Lancaster and Anne Swithinbank address key gardening questions for every season. They include: how to protect your container plants from winter frost; how to ensure your spring bulbs flower; how to grow summer vegetables in a tiny courtyard, and how to find trees or shrubs that provide stunning autumn colour. There’s also a plethora of information for any time of year, such as how to attract birds into your garden, obtain the perfect lawn, and clean and maintain your pond. Best of all, the number one question from gardeners - ‘how can I get rid of slugs and snails?’ - is authoritatively answered. So join the team in the potting shed, and look forward to a whole year of trouble-free gardening! 1. Language: English. Narrator: Eric Robson, Matthew Biggs, John Cushnie, Bob Flowerdew, Pippa Greenwood, Bunny Guinness, Roy Lancaster, Anne Swithinbank. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bbcw/005033/bk_bbcw_005033_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Cheap. Cheap suit. Cheap date. Cheap shot. It´s a dirty word, an epithet laden with negative meanings. It is also the story of Lauren Weber´s life. As a child, she resented her father for keeping the heat at 50 degrees through the frigid New England winters and rarely using his car´s turn signals - to keep them from burning out. But as an adult, when she found herself walking 30 blocks to save $2 on subway fare, she realized she had turned into him.In this lively treatise on the virtues of being cheap, Weber explores provocative questions about Americans´ conflicted relationship with consumption and frugality. Why do we ridicule people who save money? Where´s the boundary between thrift and miserliness? Is thrift a virtue or a vice during a recession? And was it common sense or obsessive-compulsive disorder that made her father ration the family´s toilet paper? In answering these questions, In Cheap We Trust offers a colorful ride through the history of frugality in the United States. Readers will learn the stories behind Ben Franklin and his famous maxims, Hetty Green (named ´´the world´s greatest miser´´ by the Guinness Book of Records), and the stereotyping of Jewish and Chinese immigrants as cheap.Weber also explores contemporary expressions and dilemmas of thrift. From dumpster-diving to economist John Maynard Keynes´s ´´Paradox of Thrift´´ to today´s recession-driven enthusiasm for frugal living, In Cheap We Trust teases out the meanings of cheapness and examines the wisdom and pleasures of not spending every last penny. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Marguerite Gavin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/gdan/000357/bk_gdan_000357_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The inspiring story of one man´s record-breaking cycle around the world.On Monday 18th September 2017, Mark Beaumont pedalled through the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. 78 days, 14 hours and 40 minutes earlier he set off from the same point, beginning his attempt to circumnavigate the world in record time. Covering more than 18,000 miles and cycling through some of the harshest conditions one man and his bicycle can endure, Mark made history. He smashed two Guinness World Records and beat the previous record by an astonishing 45 days. Around the World in 80 Days is the story of Mark’s amazing achievement - one which redefines the limits of human endurance. It is also an insight into the mind of an elite athlete and the physical limits of the human body, as well as a kaleidoscopic tour of the world from a very unique perspective; inspired by Jules Verne’s classic adventure novel, Mark begins his journey in Paris and cycles through Europe, Russia, Mongolia and China. He then crosses Australia, rides up through New Zealand and across North America before the final ´sprint finish´ thorough Portugal, Spain and France, all at over 200 miles a day. This is the story of a quite remarkable adventure, by a quite remarkable man. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mark Beaumont. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rhuk/004224/bk_rhuk_004224_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.