• Hobbies

      Pam, Pwy, Pryd, Ble?

      Llyfr Cwis Ardderchog I Bawb at Bob Achlysur -

      by Tomos Morse

      The ideal quiz book for those organising a pub or chapel quiz night, or a gathering of friends.

    • Lifestyle, Sport & Leisure
      November 2011

      Ringbearers

      *The Lord of the Rings Online* as intertextual narrative

      by Tanya Krzywinska, Esther MacCallum-Stewart, Justin Parsler

      Ringbearers collects together essays by established and leading figures within Game Studies, each focused on different aspects of the Massively Multiplayer Online game The Lord of the Rings Online. The authors played the game extensively, yet they each come to it with different questions. Some essays focus on what players do with and in the game, whether that means asking about the opportunities provided for role-play or asking how the knowledge that fans bring to the game informs their experience of it. Others focus on the design of the game: for example the handling of narrative and its temporal dimensions, the articulation of core themes into ludic form, or the representational and aural strategies used. Moral rhetorics solicit discussion from various perspectives, as does the treatment of horror and the 'other'. Particular game mechanics are analysed in detail such as the game's crafting economy, or, more generally, the development of improbable conventions that players have learned to accept as the grammar of games. As well as Design, Media and Game Studies students and scholars, Ringbearers will also prove of interest to those studying adaptation and to scholar-fans of JRR Tolkein's massively influential and popular fictional work. ;

    • Films, cinema
      October 2009

      Movies on Home Ground

      Explorations in Amateur Cinema

      by Editor(s): Ian Craven

      Movies on Home Ground: Explorations in Amateur Cinema offers a critical response to the still under-explored mode of amateur cinema, as a particular sphere of British film practice. Concentrating upon a roughly fifty-year period (1930–1980), during which such filmmaking grew rapidly as a significant leisure activity in Britain, the volume shows how popular ‘cine’ assumed distinctive institutional and ideological forms, and some remarkable aesthetic emphases, grounded in consistent technical and critical apparatuses. Although an outline history of such filmmaking is certainly implicit, the priority of Movies On Home Ground is to offer a series of overlapping perspectives on amateur movie-making, with a view to locating such filmmaking as a component of the broader shape of British film culture. Emphasis is thus given to institutional contexts, technical determinants, and the social formations of practising filmmakers, as well as to concerns with the construction of amateur outlooks, understandings of amateur aesthetics, and the remarkable diversity of amateur genericity. The anthology thus supplies a text offering support to study courses dealing with the many varieties of non-professional participation best understood as truly ‘amateur’, rather than as ‘independent’ or ‘alternative’ filmmaking. By granting the amateur a place within the acknowledged range of significant interventions, the recognised canon of British filmmaking is widened in fascinating new directions.

    • Films, cinema
      October 2009

      Movies on Home Ground

      Explorations in Amateur Cinema

      by Editor(s): Ian Craven

      Movies on Home Ground: Explorations in Amateur Cinema offers a critical response to the still under-explored mode of amateur cinema, as a particular sphere of British film practice. Concentrating upon a roughly fifty-year period (1930–1980), during which such filmmaking grew rapidly as a significant leisure activity in Britain, the volume shows how popular ‘cine’ assumed distinctive institutional and ideological forms, and some remarkable aesthetic emphases, grounded in consistent technical and critical apparatuses. Although an outline history of such filmmaking is certainly implicit, the priority of Movies On Home Ground is to offer a series of overlapping perspectives on amateur movie-making, with a view to locating such filmmaking as a component of the broader shape of British film culture. Emphasis is thus given to institutional contexts, technical determinants, and the social formations of practising filmmakers, as well as to concerns with the construction of amateur outlooks, understandings of amateur aesthetics, and the remarkable diversity of amateur genericity. The anthology thus supplies a text offering support to study courses dealing with the many varieties of non-professional participation best understood as truly ‘amateur’, rather than as ‘independent’ or ‘alternative’ filmmaking. By granting the amateur a place within the acknowledged range of significant interventions, the recognised canon of British filmmaking is widened in fascinating new directions.

    • Hobbies
      April 2006

      Stamps & Stamp Collecting

      by Dr James Mackay

      This is the ultimate guide to embarking on, and getting the very most out of the world's most popular hobby, with countless examples of and stories about rare, vivid and historical stamps spanning almost two centuries, plus advice on price and guidance about acquisition CLICK HERE TO READ THE WHOLE BOOK IN DIGITAL FORM

    • Hobbies
      February 2007

      How to Play Winning Chess: History, Rules, Skills & Tactics

      A complete illustrated guide to the game

      by John Saunders

      This expertly presented book tells you everything you need to know about chess. All the pieces and modern rules and terminology of chess are explained in an accessible and structured way, together with an evocative history of the game and its greatest players. The different strategies are explained along with how to manage the game as it progresses from opening through the middle game to the end game. Analysis and teaching commences at the most basic level, before moving on to intermediate and more advanced levels. Some of the historic chess masterpiece games are also explored in detail as inspiration for tactical play. Finally the book offers ideas about where to play chess and who to play against. Options are outlined such as rapid play or blitz chess, which have timed finishes, and slow methods, such as correspondence chess, which involves long distance play. How to Play Winning Chess: History, Rules, Skills & Tactics A complete illustrated guide to the game CLICK HERE TO READ THE WHOLE BOOK IN DIGITAL FORM

    • Hobbies
      May 2008

      Practical Archaeology: A step-by-step guide to uncovering the past

      A comprehensive illustrated handbook for the keen amateur and new student with 700 photographs demonstrating skills, resources and artefacts

      by Christopher Catling

      The varied techniques involved in an excavation are unraveled stage-by-stage in this accessible and comprehensive illustrated guide, from the initial surface-sampling of a site to the post-excavation practice of dating finds and building matrices. Sections on the key techniques associated with different types of site, from churches and temples to industrial complexes, plus discussions of educational opportunities, policing local heritage and experimental archaeology will inspire the amateur to build a special interest and potentially develop a field of study or a fully-fledged career. With a total of 700 colour photographs and illustrative artworks, this is a fantastic reference sourcebook and practical handbook for new and experienced archaeologists everywhere. Practical Archaeology: A step-by-step guide to uncovering the past A comprehensive illustrated handbook for the keen amateur and new student with 700 photographs demonstrating skills, resources and artefacts Christopher Catling

    • Hobbies
      August 2007

      How to Play Winning Bridge

      An expert, comprehensive teaching course designed to develop skills and competence: the importance of good bidding, card play and defence, rules of the game and strategies for successful play

      by David Bird

      This expertly presented book is a fabulous guide for players of all levels. It is a clear and effective tutorial for beginners, an essential sourcebook of reference points, sample games, tips and professional strategies for intermediate and high level players, and a fascinating history of bridge and the great champions for enthusiasts of every kind. In the introduction, the principles of bridge and its continued evolution are discussed, and the first chapter goes on to detail the colourful history of the game. The practical heart of the book then focuses on how to play bridge and improve your game, from basic through to intermediate and advanced-level, both in bidding and cardplay. Players of all levels are able to learn and improve their game, achieve their desired levels of skill and knowledge and, above all, increase their enjoyment by playing bridge to the fullness of their potential. How to Play Winning Bridge An expert, comprehensive teaching course designed to develop skills and competence: the importance of good bidding, card play and defence, rules of the game and strategies for successful play David Bird CLICK HERE TO READ THE WHOLE BOOK IN DIGITAL FORM

    • Hobbies
      September 2008

      A Practical Guide to Fishing Flies

      Includes step-by-step instructions for tying and identifying over 100 of the most successful fishing flies, with information for all the materials and tools needed

      by Martin Ford

      The book is divided into two sections, the first, Fly Tying Materials and Techniques, offers secrets to successful fly-tying, with step-by-step sequences showing how to tie some of the best-known flies, and insider's knowledge allowing you to experiment with your own patters. The second section, The Fly Selector, features 100 flies, each beautifully photographed in its finished form, with detailed and expert information for every fly, listing the materials needed to make each one, how to use the fly, and which species of fish you can expect to attract. Written from the perspective of a fishing expert and life-long enthusiast, this informative book is a valuable reference for fishermen of all abilities. A Practical Guide to Fishing Flies Includes step-by-step instructions for tying and identifying over 100 of the most successful fishing flies, with information for all the materials and tools needed Martin Ford

    • Hobbies
      August 2008

      The Illustrated Compendium of Magic Tricks

      The complete step-by-step guide to magic, with more than 320 fun and simple-to-learn tricks

      by Nicholas Einhorn

      In this comprehensive new book, Nicholas Einhorn opens with an introduction to the most important events and names in the art CLICK HERE TO READ THE WHOLE BOOK IN DIGITAL FORM

    • Hobbies
      August 2008

      The Illustrated Project Book of Making Gift Cards and Scrapbooking

      Step-by-step greetings cards, gift wrap, gift tags, invitations and scrapbook pages: a compendium of ideas for every occasion

      by Cheryl Owen Alison Lindsay

      This lavish reference is a compendium of 350 inspirational ideas, practical craft techniques and fabulous designs that can be followed step by step with more than 2200 photographs. An introduction to each craft details all the materials and equipment that are needed. Easy techniques for making and decorating card and scrapbook backgrounds follow along with tips on design themes, putting colours and patterns together and choosing embellishments. For scrapbooking there is also a section that looks at getting the most from a digital camera. For each craft there are colourful examples of designs that are sure to inspire. Make a greetings card to celebrate New Year or use mementoes to create a lasting impression of a holiday abroad. The Illustrated Project Book of Making Gift Cards and Scrapbooking Step-by-step greetings cards, gift wrap, gift tags, invitations and scrapbook pages: a compendium of ideas for every occasion Cheryl Owen and Alison Li CLICK HERE TO READ THE WHOLE BOOK IN DIGITAL FORM

    • Hobbies
      June 2009

      An Illustrated Practical Guide to Attracting & Feeding Garden Birds

      The complete book of bird feeders, bird tables, birdbaths, nest boxes and backyard birdwatching

      by Jen Green

      Wherever you live, you can easily give nature a helping hand by providing feeders, tables and birdbaths and by erecting nesting boxes and birdhouses. In attracting birds to your garden, you will gain hours of entertainment, and your feathered friends will return the favour by controlling the aphids, slugs and snails that threaten your garden. This book contains a wealth of feeding ideas and suggestions for the best flowers, shrubs, hedges and trees to attract birds. The book also contains an illustrated directory of 80 of the most common garden birds around the world.With its practical advice and over 600 photographs and illustrations, this is the ideal source book for both gardeners and bird lovers. An Illustrated Practical Guide to Attracting & Feeding Garden Birds The complete book of bird feeders, bird tables, birdbaths, nest boxes and backyard birdwatching Jen Green CLICK HERE TO READ THE WHOLE BOOK IN DIGITAL FORM

    • Hobbies
      June 2009

      The Practical Illustrated Encyclopedia of Origami

      The complete guide to the art of paperfolding

      by Rick Beech

      This practical guide combines a fascinating history of origami, an inspirational gallery featuring the work of the world s top origamists, detailed descriptions of paper to use, and over 80 step-by-step projects to challenge and delight. There are traditional Japanese models, toys, games and action origami, animals and flowers, practical origami for the home, party tricks, decorative models and stunning modular pieces. Each section begins with a simple project and progresses to models that will test your skills and reward you with a sense of accomplishment. With inspirational photography of each model and origami pieces to suit every ability, this book will ensure that you never look at a piece of paper in quite the same way again. The Practical Illustrated Encyclopedia of Origami The complete guide to the art of paperfolding Rick Beech CLICK HERE TO READ THE WHOLE BOOK IN DIGITAL FORM

    • Hobbies
      October 2009

      The Complete Practical Guide to Digital and Classic Photography

      The expert

      by John Freeman Steve Luck

      This book addresses both film and digital photography, providing the enthusiast with information in everything from understanding aperture and focus to manipulating images for maximum effect on a computer. With more than 1700 photographs, every useful aspect of photography is described and illustrated. Practical considerations include holding a camera and knowing which films or lenses to buy. Practice portraits with friends and family, or get out and about in the countryside, experimenting with landscape shots and studies of light or texture. Wherever you want to take your passion for photography, this book is a valuable resource to help you on your way. The Complete Practical Guide to Digital and Classic Photography The expert CLICK HERE TO READ THE WHOLE BOOK IN DIGITAL FORM

    • Hobbies
      March 2010

      The Complete Step-By-Step Guide to Chess & Bridge

      How to play, winning strategies, rules and history

      by David Bird John Saunders

      This superb instructional book will tell you everything you need to know about chess and bridge, from the fascinating histories of the games to how to play and master strategies to win. The first section, How to Play Chess, begins with rules of the game, and how to move each piece. The different strategies are explained, along with advice on how to manage the game as it progresses from opening through the middle game to the endgame. The second section, How to Play Bridge, begins with an explanation of the basic principles of bridge. This is followed by a detailed and colourful history of the game. Basic skills are all covered, from how to play and improve your game to advanced level tactics in bidding and card play. The Complete Step-By-Step Guide to Chess & Bridge How to play, winning strategies, rules and history David Bird and John Saunders CLICK HERE TO READ THE WHOLE BOOK IN DIGITAL FORM

    • Hobbies
      October 2010

      The World Encyclopedia of Coins & Coin Collecting

      The definitive illustrated reference to the world

      by Dr James Mackay

      CLICK HERE TO READ THE WHOLE BOOK IN DIGITAL FORM

    • Hobbies
      August 2011

      THE COMPLETE STEP-BY-STEP BOOK OF BEEKEEPING

      A practical guide to beekeeping, from setting up a colony to hive management and harvesting the honey, shown in over 400 photographs

      by David Cramp

      Beekeeping must rate as one of the most interesting and satisfying hobbies. The structure and hierarchy of a beehive and the behaviour of bees is fascinating, and the end product, honey, is a fitting reward for a beekeeper CLICK HERE TO READ THE WHOLE BOOK IN DIGITAL FORM

    • Hobbies
      July 2011

      Mastering the Art of Magic

      Two great books of conjuring tricks: includes illusions, puzzles and stunts with 300 step-by-step projects for you to try, in over 2300 photographs

      by Nicholas Einhorn

      Nothing delights and amazes more than brilliantly performed magic tricks and this comprehensive new box set contains everything the budding magician needs to put on a dazzling show. From the history of magic to card tricks, stage illusions and much more, these two expertly written books will help you to wow your friends and family. Step-by-step instructions show you how to perform each trick, and close-up secret views show exactly how each is done, along with tips on preparation and the patter you need to accompany it. With these books you can appear to have superhuman strength and x-ray vision, cut a volunteer in two, make everyday objects vanish and reappear, and restore torn-up paper napkins. A special section on putting on a show provides invaluable advice on planning your performance, from selecting a venue to choosing running orders and sample programmes. This exciting and inspiring book collection will provide hours of entertainment for performer and audience alike! Mastering the Art of Magic Two great books of conjuring tricks: includes illusions, puzzles and stunts with 300 step-by-step projects for you to try, in over 2300 photographs Nicholas Einhorn

    • Hobbies
      September 2013

      AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF GAMING IN 151 VIDEO GAMES

      by Simon Parkin

      More than any other entertainment medium, video games offer the chance for us to participate in a world beyond the ordinary. Whether you are playing as a supersonic hedgehog, an athletic archeologist, or a moustachioed Italian plumber, video games allow their players to inhabit spaces where the usual parameters of existence do not apply. The medium CLICK HERE TO READ THE WHOLE BOOK IN DIGITAL FORM

    • Hobbies
      September 2012

      A DECK OF 101 MAGIC TRICKS

      Step-by-step illusions on 52 cards

      by Nicholas Einhorn

      Nothing entertains and delights family and friends more than a dazzling display of amazing magic tricks and this fantastic presentation pack contains all the information a budding magician needs to put on a spectacular magic show at home. Expert guidance and over 400 beautifully presented step-by-step photographs clearly illustrate how to perform more than 100 tricks ranging from the Invisible Coin Catch, pulling a Tie through your Neck, the Vanishing Liquid and much more. Special close-up secret views show exactly how each trick is performed, along with expert tips on preparing the trick. Whatever your previous experience and skill level, this exciting magic manual will enable you to amaze your friends and family. A DECK OF 101 MAGIC TRICKS Step-by-step illusions on 52 cards Nicholas Einhorn CLICK HERE TO READ THE WHOLE BOOK IN DIGITAL FORM

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