Newsletter 178 – July 2012
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Number 178 – July 2012 – ISSN 1470-1863
Arts, Culture, and Technology as seen from
the digital hub of Media city Manchester UK
0— NEW PDF eBOOKS – Great Style
All of our writing guides have been re-designed
and given stylish typographic treatment by a
talented professional graphic designer called
Matthew Hague here in Manchester.
WRITING ESSAYS – covers everything you need to
know about the subject – from understanding
questions and generating arguments, to planning
your essay and writing clearly.
Amazingly good value. Three sample pages and
full details available at –
0— Pub Quiz – Question #01
Which shipwrecked sailor settled a war between King Bombo and King Little?
0— GREAT GRAPHIC DESIGN – Milton Glaser
Watch a stylish video short on the
American artist and designer Milton Glaser.
He’s the man who invented the “I [heart] NY” logo.
The video was made by equally talented Hillman Curtis.
0— Pub Quiz – Question #02
Which is the smallest state in the USA?
0— IMPROVE YOUR WRITING SKILLS – is our current
best-selling title. It shows you how to write
with clarity and style.
Covers spelling, grammar, punctuation, and
how to overcome writer’s block. Suitable for
any type of writing.
You can read these PDF files on a desktop, laptop,
iPad, or even your mobile phone. Full details at –
0— Pub Quiz – Question #03
Whose four wives included Anne Howe and Miranda Quarry?
0— EDWARDIAN BOOK DESIGN at AbeBooks
The Edwardian era (1901-1910) was a period of
great book design – especially the illustrated
covers that became very popular around that time.
Some of these volumes are still available as first
editions and Abe Books has a special display of
collectors items at quite reasonable prices –
0— Pub Quiz – Question #04
Which bird is also known as the Windhover?
0— REVISION & EXAMINATIONS
This book covers everything you need to
prepare, revise, and pass examinations.
It includes concentration and memory,
stress management, analysing exam papers,
and understanding what questions mean.
Stylish presentation, and amazing value.
0— Pub Quiz – Question #05
What is the currency of Albania?
0— GREAT SHORT STORIES – new guides
‘For Conscience’ Sake’ is one of Thomas
Hardy’s “Life’s Little Ironies” tales.
A middle-aged man sets out to recompense
a woman he wronged many years previously.
He marries her and elevates her socially,
and the result is not what he hopes for.
0— Pub Quiz – Question #06
What is a Kerry Blue?
0— CULTURAL HISTORY – Elias Canetti
‘The Torch in My Ear’ is the second volume
of Nobel prizewinner Elias Canetti’s memoirs
covering the years 1921 to 1931 which he
spent in Frankfurt, Vienna, and Berlin.
He certainly had a gift for meeting all the
right people – Karl Kraus, Berthold Brecht,
Georg Groz, and Isaac Babel are just a few
of the names that he could count amongst
his personal acquaintance.
If you missed the first volume of these
memoirs which was feature last month, it’s here:
0— Pub Quiz – Question #07
Who wrote “Down and Out in Paris and London”?
0— GREAT SHORT STORIES
‘The Birthplace’ is another of Henry James’s
stories that combines a subtle form of literary
criticism with an amusing anecdote.
A failed schoolteacher becomes the warden of
the birthplace of a great poet (Shakespeare).
But he doesn’t like the visitors and their
reverence for the Place, rather than the Works.
Faced with censure from the governors, he
switches tack and becomes a National Trust
super-guide. And it works!
0— Pub Quiz – Question #08
What is the capital of Ecuador?
0— HOW TO WRITE AN EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
An executive summary is the potted digest
of action points that comes at the front
of a report or a proposal.
It’s written for people who might not have the
time (or inclination) to read the whole document.
You need to know how to create its structure,
and you’ll also need good summarizing skills.
Fortunately, we have just the thing – here
0— Pub Quiz – Question #09
What type of creature is a capercaille?
0— WRITERS’ & ARTISTS’ YEARBOOK – new edition
This time of year sees the latest and much-expanded
edition of this best-selling reference book.
It’s an encyclopedia of everything that writers,
journalists, and media workers need for contacts
with publishers, agents, and anyone else in the
If you want to publish your writing, find an agent,
mug up on copyright, or see the best-seller lists for
last year – it’s all here. And Amazon are currently
offering at 30% off – a bargain.
There’s a rival publication called “The Writer’s
Handbook” which appears at the same time. The main
difference is that the Handbook puts more emphasis
on journalism and the broadcast media. See the
differences at –
And such is the popularity of writing for youngsters
and teenagers these days, that there’s now a new
‘Children’s Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook’
0— Pub Quiz – Question #10
Who composed “Peter and the Wolf”
0— Pub quiz – ANSWERS
#1. Which shipwrecked sailor settled a war between King Bombo and King Little?
ANSWER: Lemuel Gulliver
#2 Which is the smallest state in the USA?
ANSWER: Rhode Island
#3 Whose four wives included Anne Howe and Miranda Quarry?
ANSWER: Peter Sellers
#4 Which bird is also known as the Windhover?
#5 What is the currency of Albania?
ANSWER: The Lek
#6 What is a Kerry Blue?
ANSWER: A terrier dog
#7 Who wrote “Down and Out in Paris and London”?
ANSWER: George Orwell
#8 What is the capital of Ecuador?
#9 What type of creature is a capercaille?
ANSWER: A bird
#10 Who composed “Peter and the Wolf”
ANSWER: Sergei Prokofiev
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