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Espresso Tales by Alexander McCall Smith

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cuban missile crisis, language of flowers, Malacca Straits, sensible shoes, South China Sea, upwardly mobile

How … well, there was a certain distastefulness to the whole performance – lateflowering love, so inappropriate for these two middle-aged people, although she was far younger than he was, hardly middle-aged. What was she? Late thirties? Who did she think she was? A coquettish twenty-year-old on a first date? And did his father not see how ridiculous it was for a man of his age to be interested in … the carnal? It wasn’t even sex. It was carnality. “Of course there’s the whole language of flowers, isn’t there?” asked Gordon. “Each flower has a meaning, you know, Matthew. Janis knows them all.” Excuse me, Matthew said to himself. I feel nauseated. The language of flowers! Is this really my father speaking? The pillar of the Watsonian Rugby Club? The Rotarian? He listened as Janis began to say something about the symbolism of variegated tulips. He had the opportunity to study her more closely while she talked, and he began to stare at her eyes and then at her chin and neck.

“You’re going to be all right about this?” his father continued. “Of course,” said Matthew, quietly. “Why should I not be all right about this?” Gordon tried to hold his son’s gaze, but Matthew looked away, down to the floor. “You’re all tensed up,” said Gordon. “Look at yourself. All tensed up. She’s not going to bite you, you know.” “I never said …” Gordon raised a hand. “Here she is.” 46. The Language of Flowers Matthew felt the satisfaction that comes with knowing that one has been right about somebody, at least in anticipating appearance. He had imagined Janis to be blonde, and she was certainly that. He had thought of her as petite, and again he was right. It was true that he had not envisaged her mock endangeredspecies shoes, but that was simply because when picturing her he had not got as far as the feet.

Bertie Prepares to Cross Dundas Street 35. Halfway Across 36. Ramsey Dunbarton 37. The Ramsey Dunbarton Story: Part 1 – Early Days 38. The Ramsey Dunbarton Story: Part 2 – Courting Days 39. The Ramsey Dunbarton Story: Part 3 – Further Highlights 40. Bertie’s Plan Is Launched 41. Irene’s Plan for Bertie 42. Bertie Escapes! 43. Rugby! 44. Going Back 45. Dinner with Father 46. The Language of Flowers 47. Information 48. Private Papers 49. Australian Memories 50. A Trip to Glasgow in the Offing 51. On the Glasgow Train, a Heart Is Opened 52. Arriving in Glasgow 53. Lard O’Connor 54. A Game of Cards and a Cultural Trip 55. At the Burrell 56. Domenica Meets Pat 57. The Natural Approach 58. Moray Place 59. Robert Garioch 60. The Ramsey Dunbarton Story: Part IV – Legal Matters 61.


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Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1945-1956 by Anne Applebaum

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affirmative action, anti-communist, Berlin Wall, centre right, deindustrialization, Fall of the Berlin Wall, falling living standards, hiring and firing, illegal immigration, indoor plumbing, Internet Archive, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, land reform, language of flowers, means of production, New Urbanism, Potemkin village, price mechanism, road to serfdom, Ronald Reagan, Slavoj Žižek, stakhanovite, strikebreaker, union organizing, urban planning

Like Piasecki, he prospered, flourished, and remained nostalgic for his years as a travel writer. “It was my dream job,” he told me.55 Chapter 17 PASSIVE OPPONENTS The time had now come when we must listen with devoted expressions to Soviet orders, smiling only with the wrinkles in our bottoms, under our trousers, as did the lackeys of the Byzantine emperors. Heroic gestures would be of no avail; we would have to speak the language of flowers, be patient and cunning, as we had been under Hitler. The essential thing was to survive. —György Faludy, paraphrasing Jan Masaryk, 19461 A thing is funny when it upsets the established order. Every joke is a tiny revolution. —George Orwell BY 1950 OR 1951, it was no longer possible to identify anything so coherent as a political opposition anywhere in Eastern Europe. There were a few Poles who kept their pistols hidden in the barn, waiting for a better day, and one or two who were still hiding in the forests.


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Golden Holocaust: Origins of the Cigarette Catastrophe and the Case for Abolition by Robert N. Proctor

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bioinformatics, carbon footprint, clean water, corporate social responsibility, Deng Xiaoping, desegregation, facts on the ground, friendly fire, germ theory of disease, index card, Indoor air pollution, information retrieval, invention of gunpowder, John Snow's cholera map, language of flowers, life extension, New Journalism, optical character recognition, pink-collar, Ponzi scheme, Potemkin village, Ralph Nader, Ronald Reagan, speech recognition, stem cell, telemarketer, Thomas Kuhn: the structure of scientific revolutions, Triangle Shirtwaist Factory, Upton Sinclair, Yogi Berra

These are after all nimble, agile entrepreneurs, with years of experience turning lemons into lemonade. 7 Parties, the Arts, and Extreme Expeditions The unlit cigarette was a tease, the cigarette held near a flame was a provocation, the cigarette stuck behind an ear was a promissory note, the cigarette held aloft was a sheathed knife, the cigarette held laterally was a broken arrow, the cigarette stubbed out was an ultimatum. It was like the language of flowers, or postage stamps. . . . It all resided in the beholder and the beheld, of course. LUC SANTE, NO SMOKING, 2000 Sport has long been a tobacco target, but the same holds true for many other kinds of events where people gather—especially the young. Which is why a decision was made to sponsor festivals and parties, beginning especially in the 1970s and 1980s. The goal here was to identify where a coveted market target might congregate—college students at spring break hot spots, for example—and then to stage elaborately branded club events.