Pensioners in Paradis


Author: Olga Swan
Publisher: Lulu.com
ISBN: 1847994156
Category: Fiction
Page: 200
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In these days of myriad media programming about people moving their lives abroad and grumpy old men, here is a unique account of the pitfalls and joys of two pensioners who embark on that once in a lifetime adventure: emigration to another country. The style is unique merging the pessimistic, laconic wit of earthy, elderly English Midlanders with the joie de vivre of les francaises. Read hilarious accounts of how they adapt to la vie francaise including chapters on dealing with French workmen, communication, learning the language and even 'sex a la francaise'.

Fleeced!

How we've been betrayed by the politicians, bureaucrats and bankers - and how much they've cost us
Author: David Craig,Matthew Elliot
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 1472112245
Category: Political Science
Page: 160
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Over the past decade some £3 trillion - equivalent to £50,000 for every person in Britain - has been taken from us by the ruling elites. Half was wasted in a splurge of poorly-managed public spending in the 'boom', while the other half evaporated in the 'bust' - siphoned off by city bonuses, vaporised by a collapse in pension savings and extorted to bail out the banking sector. In their explosive new book, David Craig and Matthew Elliott trace where the money has gone and who has become richer as a result. They name and shame the 'guilty': the incompetent bureaucrats that fail to deliver the services the taxpayer deserves; the multitude of ineffective regulators and watchdogs; the politicians that have betrayed our democracy and enriched themselves; and the self-serving and arrogant city bankers. Moreover, they calculate the enormous debt that awaits the British taxpayer as a result of our rulers' avarice and economic mismanagement. Fleeced! charts the greatest impoverishment and tax swindle of the public in British history.

From Paradis to Perdition


Author: Olga Swan
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781719158541
Category:
Page: 234
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From Paradis to Perdition - The much-awaited sequel to the bestselling Pensioners in Paradis has arrived! A Year in France The acclaimed first book in the series, Pensioners in Paradis, was written entirely from the point of view of the woman in the house. So, it is only fair to give Him Indoors his say on a self-deprecating English couple's life in France. Be prepared, therefore, for an irreverent account, written in his own dry, inimitable style, as he recounts, month by month, how their French dream fell apart. What on earth could have happened to change their joie de vivre and their love of all things French? Did they hit that je ne sais quoi that essentially divides the French from the English? Or was it that dratted Brexit referendum that threw a spanner in the works? We all want to know! So, draw up a chair, pour a tot of whisky or a glass of (French!) wine, and enjoy the fine art of self-disparagement as all will be revealed.

Paradise Plundered

Fiscal Crisis and Governance Failures in San Diego
Author: Steven P. Erie,Vladimir Kogan,Scott A. MacKenzie
Publisher: Stanford University Press
ISBN: 0804782180
Category: Political Science
Page: 360
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The early 21st century has not been kind to California's reputation for good government. But the Golden State's governance flaws reflect worrisome national trends with origins in the 1970s and 1980s. Growing voter distrust with government, a demand for services but not taxes to pay for them, a sharp decline in enlightened leadership and effective civic watchdogs, and dysfunctional political institutions have all contributed to the current governance malaise. Until recently, San Diego, California—America's 8th largest city—seemed immune to such systematic governance disorders. This sunny beach town entered the 1990s proclaiming to be "America's Finest City," but in a few short years its reputation went from "Futureville" to "Enron-by-the-Sea." In this eye-opening and telling narrative, Steven P. Erie, Vladimir Kogan, and Scott A. MacKenzie mix policy analysis, political theory, and history to explore and explain the unintended but largely predictable failures of governance in San Diego. Using untapped primary sources—interviews with key decision makers and public documents—and benchmarking San Diego with other leading California cities, Paradise Plundered examines critical dimensions of San Diego's governance failure: a multi-billion dollar pension deficit; a chronic budget deficit; inadequate city services and infrastructure; grandiose planning initiatives divorced from dire fiscal realities; an insulated downtown redevelopment program plagued by poorly-crafted public-private partnerships; and, for the metropolitan region, inadequate airport and port facilities, a severe underinvestment in firefighting capacity despite destructive wildfires, and heightened Mexican border security concerns. Far from a sunny story of paradise and prosperity, this account takes stock of an important but understudied city, its failed civic leadership, and poorly performing institutions, policymaking, and planning. Though the extent of these failures may place San Diego in a league of its own, other cities are experiencing similar challenges and political changes. As such, this tale of civic woe offers valuable lessons for urban scholars, practitioners, and general readers concerned about the future of their own cities.

Paradise Regained

Prospects for a New Social Order in the Third Millennium
Author: Walter Prytulak
Publisher: authorhouse
ISBN: 9781588202123
Category: Political Science
Page: 176
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Teen/Adult Fiction Another whimsical fairy tale by Mary Lynn Plaisance, from the series of her fairy tales titled: In the Land of Sha Bebe, an enchanting place that's inhabited by magical dolls called the Sha Bebe. ________________________________ Swamp Alley is a portal between this side and the other side. A Cajun Wizard named Antoine Clement Hebert, lives near Swamp Alley which is behind The Land of Sha Bebe in the swamps. He keeps balance between this side and the other side, by playing his fiddle, but he was kidnapped by "them". Today, the Ghosts of Swamp Alley protect the ones on this side from the opposite presence who occupy the other side. Who or what is this presence, and where is this place that has the Wizard trapped? Marie La Vie explains this other place and their presence very well. It's a presence that has always existed all over the world ---- even today, it still exists. Sometimes, the presence of the other side may be near YOU. The Wizard of Swamp Alley is centered around Halloween, when the veil between this side and the other side is at it's thinnest, and the Wizard is gone. Who has the knowledge to return the Wizard to his homeland to protect The Land of Sha Bebe? A chilling read, yet still entertaining. Dedicated to the Spirit of Louisiana www.shabebe.com www.myspace.com/cajunfairies www.myspace.com/cajunwizard Read more reviews in the book. You've created a Cajun fairy land, much like Walt created a Disneyland. Your characters feel like a Disney scene set in the sugarcane fields. Mary Lynn, keep weaving the threads of your wonderful creativity into a tapestry of magical tales. The pen is your loom, the paper your wool. A MUST READ It's not only a Louisiana story.

The Paradise Bank

The Mercantile Bank of India, 1893–1984
Author: Edwin Green,Sara Kinsey
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1351884476
Category: History
Page: 280
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The Mercantile Bank of India was one of a small band of British-managed banks which dominated Anglo-Eastern finance for most of the 20th century. Founded in London in 1893, the Mercantile inherited the business, branches, staff and even the distinctive cable address - Paradise, London - of its forerunner the Chartered Mercantile Bank of India, London and China. In the early 1900s the Mercantile Bank re-established a strong and quietly successful business in the East. After the First World War the Mercantile played a prominent part in banking development in Malaya. In addition to maintaining its support for the trade of the Indian sub-continent, the bank also enjoyed success in Shanghai. Like its major rivals, the Hongkong Bank, Chartered Bank and the National Bank of India, the Mercantile Bank suffered grievously during the Second World War. In the post-war world it needed both to adapt to massive political change throughout the East and to diversify into new markets and new types of business. In 1959 the Mercantile became a subsidiary of the Hongkong Bank and this book explores the complex, high-level negotiations in London and the East which preceded the acquisition. Although the Mercantile Bank was fully absorbed in 1984 by the Hongkong Bank (now part of the HSBC Group), its history, business and personnel remained an important thread in the traditions of the enlarged group. This history deploys the extensive and colourful archives of the Mercantile Bank, together with the memoirs of former officials and their families. The book is plentifully illustrated from the photograph collections of the Mercantile Bank and former members of its staff.

Paradise Reforged


Author: James Belich
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 1742288235
Category: History
Page: 608
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This book is the eagerly awaited companion to Professor James Belich's acclaimed Making Peoples, published in New Zealand, Britain and the United States in 1996. Making Peoples was hailed as a turning point in the writing of New Zealand history.Paradise Reforged picks up where Making Peoples left off, taking the story of the New Zealanders from the 1880s to the end of the twentieth century. It begins with the search for 'Better Britain' and ends by analysing the modern Maori resurgence, the new Pakeha consciousness, and the implications of a reinterpreted past for New Zealand's future. Along the way the book deals with subjects ranging from sport and sex to childhood and popular culture.Critics hailed Making Peoples as 'brilliant' and 'the most ambitious book yet written on this country's past'. Paradise Reforged, its successor, adopts a similarly incisive, original sweep across the New Zealand historical landscape in confronting the myths of the past.

Squandered


Author: David Craig
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 1849011613
Category: Political Science
Page: 160
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Over the last ten years, New Labour has boosted public spending by around a trillion pounds - that's £1,000,000,000,000 of our taxes - over £50,000 for every household in Britain. But what have we got for our money? Effective and responsive public services that are the envy of the world? Or the creation of a vast, self-serving bureaucracy that has presided over the greatest waste of money in British history? With so much money, a tsunami of extra cash, being thrown at public services - health, education, policing, defence, social services and public administration - there have been some successes. Nevertheless, the results of the Government's tidal wave of extra spending have been worse than pitiful. In department after department, it is the same sorry story - a triple whammy of incompetence, cover-up and cuts that have all but decimated public services, while those responsible have lavished money and honours on themselves. David Craig exposes the sometimes tragic, sometimes comic story of how New Labour's years of mismanagement have led to a bureaucratization of Britain that has squandered almost unimaginable amounts of taxpayers' money, caused irreparable damage to all our lives and rewarded the man responsible with the keys to Number 10.

Planet Paradise and the Law of the Jungle


Author: Morris Haimowitz
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 1479723126
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 370
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This is the memoir of 94 year old Morris Haimowitz, co-author of several books with his wife of 57 years, Dr. Natalie Reader. In these pages Dr. Haimowitz tells the story of his life, from the orange groves of Florida to witnessing the bombing of Iwo Jima, from selling shoes for five dollars a week to calming race riots in Chicago, from recycling army uniforms and airplane boxes in Hawaii to evaluating schools, economic, informational and medical systems. Morris served in the US Airforce for four years where he received the bronze star medal. He taught community organization at the University of Chicago, was director of human relations at Chicago board of education during the race riot years of the 1960's, and taught on Chicago public television for 10 years. He served as board member of the international transactional analysis association for 11 years, while teaching transactional analysis internationally for 30 years. Throughout his book, Dr. Haimowitz recounts the politics and dynamics he witnessed while working closely with students, teachers, parents, principals, superintendents, police, as well as patients, and colleagues. Currently, Morris gardens, runs on his treadmill, studies nutrition, and writes poems for his three daughters and five grandchildren.

Going for a Soldier


Author: James Leese
Publisher: Lulu.com
ISBN: 1291407332
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 226
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Born with a determination to better himself, young Jim rose from scraping a living for himself and his Mum by the meanest of jobs to a respected and capable soldier in the South Staffordshire Regiment. His exploits and experiences led him to India where he met the love of his life whom he married and with whom he raised a large family. India in the 1930's and '40's held a fascination like no other country. From confronting dangerous situations - including coming face to face with cobras, panthers and snakes as well as owning many weird and wonderful pets, Jim's life was never without excitement. After Indian Independence, Jim moved his family to Perth, in Western Australia in 1949 where he used his immense ingenuity, intelligence and ability and worked without ceasing, to provide his family with a moderate and comfortable lifestyle. He was an amazing man!

The Power of Music

In which is Shown, by a Variety of Pleasing and Instructive Anecdotes, the Effects it Has on Man and Animals
Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Music, Influence of
Page: 180
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Paradise Lost?

The Nordic Welfare States and the Recession, 1975-1985
Author: Staffan Marklund
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9789179240295
Category: Public welfare
Page: 113
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Children of Paradise


Author: Fred D'Aguiar
Publisher: Granta Books
ISBN: 1847088635
Category: Fiction
Page: N.A
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In the opening pages of this novel, an accident brings a young girl to the attention of the Preacher, the all-powerful leader of a religious cult secluded in the jungle. Trina has only dim memories of the life she lived with her mother before they joined the community and the closed, close society is all she knows. When she is singled out for special favour, it becomes clear that the gaze of the Preacher can be a dangerous thing. As the Preacher's behaviour and the demands he places on his followers become more extreme, Trina's mother begins to question her faith in the charismatic but fatally flawed leader and to dream of an escape from his control. In this powerful re-imagining of the infamous Jonestown tragedy, D'Aguiar writes with the lyrical intensity of a poet, examining the motivations and obsessions that lead to religious fanaticism. This is a novel about the betrayal of faith and of innocence, a story about love, devotion and mania that is a brave attempt to understand the reasoning of people who would, in the end, kill their own children in the prelude to a mass suicide that shocked the world. Although history tells us that the ending of this story can never be anything other than a tragedy, D'Aguiar's compassion, and his ability to draw the reader into the intimate and terrible reality of lives lived at the whim of a corrupt and dangerous cult leader, ensure that in the end this is a story of hope.

The Food of Paradise

Exploring Hawaii's Culinary Heritage
Author: Rachel Laudan
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press
ISBN: 9780824817787
Category: Cooking
Page: 296
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Hawaii has one of the richest culinary heritages in the United States. Where else would you find competitions for the best saimin, sushi, Portuguese sausage, laulau, plate lunch, kim chee, dim sum, shave ice, and hamburgers? Hawaii's contemporary regional cuisine (affectionately known as "Local Food" by residents) is a truly amazing fusion of diverse culinary influences. In The Food of Paradise: Exploring Hawaii's Culinary Heritage, Rachel Laudan takes readers on a thoughtful, wide-ranging tour of Hawaii's farms and gardens, fish auctions and vegetable markets, fairs and carnivals, mom-and-pop stores and lunch wagons, to uncover the delightful complexities and incongruities in Hawaii's culinary history that have led to such creations as saimin, crack seed, and butter mochi. Part personal memoir, part historical narrative, part cookbook, The Food of Paradise begins with a series of essays that describe Laudan's initial encounter with a particular Local Food, an encounter that puzzled her and eventually led to tracing its origins and influence in Hawaii. Representative recipes follow. Like pidgin, the creole language created by Hawaii's early immigrants, Local Food is a creole cuisine created by three distinct culinary influences: Pacific, American and European, and Asian. In her attempt "to decipher Hawaii's culinary Babel", Laudan examines the contributions of each, including the introduction of new ingredients and the adaptation of traditional dishes to Hawaii's way of life. More than 150 recipes, photographs, a bibliography of Hawaii's cookbooks, and an extensive glossary make The Food of Paradise an invaluable resource for cooks, food historians, and Hawaiian buffs.