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Stephen King’s recipe for successful writing

Stephen King In On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft addresses the importance of a good night’s sleep and become a better writer:

Like your bedroom, your writing room should be private, a place where you go to dream. Your

Posted: 19th, June 2017 | In: Books | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Why Hunter S. Thompson typed out The Great Gatsby & A Farewell to Arms word for word

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Learning to write is hard. Leaning to write well is a grind. Hunter S. Thompson put in the hard yards, typing out whole pages of Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby and Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arm s. He did this

Posted: 11th, June 2017 | In: Books, Celebrities | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Vladimir Putin is playing things by the book: this book

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Is Vladimir Putin following a book, namely The Foundations of Geopolitics: The Geopolitical Future of Russia by Aleksandr Dugin, aka  “Putin’s Brain” . You can read it on  Wikipedia :

The book declares that “the battle for the world

Posted: 6th, June 2017 | In: Books, Politicians | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The screaming abdabs: Anthony Burgess’s Dictionary of Slang

 

Manchester-born writer and academic Anthony Burgess began work on a dictionary of slang  “the home-made language of the ruled, not the rulers, the acted upon, the used, the used up. It is demotic poetry emerging in flashes of

Posted: 3rd, June 2017 | In: Books, Celebrities | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


This Is How We Dot It: the daily lives of seven kids in seven countries

 

This Is How We Do It  by Matt Lamothe features the daily routines of seven children from different countries around the world (Japan, Peru, Iran, Russia, India,

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Posted: 17th, May 2017 | In: Books | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


F.T. Marinetti’s Futurist Cookbook: the recipe for every faddish dinner you’ve ever had

Faddish, modish food was played with brilliantly in 1932, when Italian futurist Filippo Marinetti (1876–1944) published Marinetti’s Futurist Cookboo k, a cookbook that would trigger a “revolution of cuisine”. Humans, said Marinetti, “think, dream and act according to what they

Posted: 1st, May 2017 | In: Books, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


500 Years of “Vulgar Tongue” Slang In One Dictionary

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If you’ve ever wondered about the meaning of obscure words, Green’s Dictionary of Slang is the place to go.

“The three volumes of Green’s Dictionary of Slang demonstrate the sheer scope of a lifetime of research by Jonathon Green,

Posted: 26th, April 2017 | In: Books | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


You can buy George W. Bush’s portraits of US military veterans

Former US president George W. Bush’s portrait of post-9/11 US veterans is on sale. Called  Portraits of Courage: A Commander in Chief’s Tribute to America’s Warriors , all author proceeds will be donated to the  George W. Bush Presidential Center

Posted: 5th, March 2017 | In: Books, Politicians | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Game of Thrones spoilers

Books. Ever hear of them?  The Sun says “SHOCK LEAK Game of Thrones fans sent into a frenzy as ‘entire plot for season seven leaks online’”.  Games of Thrones is based on a series of books by George R.R. Martin.

Posted: 8th, November 2016 | In: Books, News, Tabloids, TV & Radio | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Douglas Fairbanks Jnr makes Fettuccini for Four: Nobs & Nosh – Eating with the Beautiful People

Douglas Fairbanks Jnr. shares his Fettuccini for Four:

 

In 1975 Allan Warren published Nobs & Nosh Eating with the Beautiful Peopl e featuring his photographs of stars, VIPS and toffs accompanied with recipes and their thoughts on food.

Douglas Fairbanks Jnr. shares his Fettuccini for Four:

Posted: 11th, October 2016 | In: Books, Celebrities | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Howard Gayle and ‘Digger’ Barnes: When Liverpool FC rejected racism

Howard Gayle was the first black footballer to play for Liverpool. The State wanted to reward Toxteth-born Gayle for footballing whilst black and working with the anti-racism charity Kick It Out with an MBE (Member of the Order of the

Posted: 7th, October 2016 | In: Back pages, Books, Liverpool, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Jamie Vardy’s skittles vodka and Sam Allardyce’s pint of wine

Jamie Vardy is plugging his autobiography. The Leicester City and England striker tells a good story in From Nowhere.

I had a three-litre vodka bottle at home I would put loads of Skittles sweets in. After that, you can drink

Posted: 27th, September 2016 | In: Books, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Estate by Robert Clayton: buy the book, see the show, love the pictures

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Robert Clayton’s  Estate is now on display in a major solo exhibition at  Four Corners , 121 Roman Road, London E2.

The exhibition also sees the launch of his new short film about the work featuring Jonathan Meades. Large

Posted: 16th, May 2016 | In: Books, News, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Kenneth Williams’ last diary entry is a powerful read

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Kenneth Williams (22 February 1926 15 April 1988). His diary entry for the day before he

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Posted: 15th, April 2016 | In: Books, Celebrities | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Punctuation in novels: words stripped from books leaving only the punctuation

 

Adam J Calhoun stripped two books of words:

Inspired by a series of posters, I wondered what did my favorite books look like without words. Can you tell them apart or are they all a-mush? In fact, they can

Posted: 17th, February 2016 | In: Books | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


For sale: Tolkien’s map of Middle Earth

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You can own a map of Middle-Earth annotated by Tolkien. Some lucky so-and-so found the map slipped inside a copy of Lord of the Rings. It’s yours for £60,000.

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Posted: 24th, October 2015 | In: Books, News, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Lou Reed was a charmless ‘racist wife-beater’

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Lou Reed wasn’t everyone’s best pal. A new biography by Howard Sounes labels Reed a racist, a sexist and a wife-beater . Reed was a man “with so

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Posted: 13th, October 2015 | In: Books, Celebrities, Key Posts, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester United: Alex Ferguson ‘reveals the real reason’ he quit Old Trafford (again)

Screen Shot 2015-09-19 at 11.22.48 Sir Alex Ferguson today reveals the real reason for his retirement as Manchester United manager to the Daily Telegraph . It’s an exclusive “. But really it’s just part of Fergie’s marketing for his new book, Leading

Posted: 19th, September 2015 | In: Books, manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Liverpool balls: Rafa Benitez has Steven Gerrard’s number in phone call spat

Debrecen v Liverpool - UEFA Champions League Steven Gerrard has told us about his gashed penis, how he bleeds Liverpool red and “hates” Manchester United. Now Gerrard uses his new book to reveal his thoughts on former Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez.

“I can pick up the phone

Posted: 15th, September 2015 | In: Books, Liverpool, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Liverpool balls: Stephen Gerrard gets a gash on his penis in Bournemouth

 

In today’s extract from Stephen Gerrard autobiography, the Daily Mail shares this anecdote with readers:

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Posted: 13th, September 2015 | In: Books, Liverpool, News, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Liverpool: Steven Gerrard reveals what would have made him stay at Anfield

The Daily Mail is puffing its interview with former Liverpool and England captain Steven Gerrard.

 I might have stayed if Liverpool offered me the right job, reveals the Kop legend

Might have. Before we get to his latest words, it’s

Posted: 11th, September 2015 | In: Books, Liverpool, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0