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Money for Old Rope - Part 2: The Big Book of History (2) [Kindle Edition]

Albert Jack
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Book Description

Money for Old Rope - Part 2 is the second ‘best of’ collection of best-selling books that reveal the origins and history of just about everything we can think of. In fact, as one wise man suggested, it is the history of everything you didn’t realise you wanted to know about, until you found out about it. A must have for dinner conversations and pub chat the world over, this book of history will help to make you feel clever.

In this edition we reveal the history of more of our favourite phrases and learn why blood is thicker than water, something bites the dust, we can be double crossed, what the graveyard shift is, why it can be cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey and why that Cheshire Cat grins so often. There are hundreds more tales from history that explain how the English language became so rich and expressive.

Then famous urban legends also get an airing including the creepy case of a frozen Walt Disney, the legendary stolen kidney story and did Keith Moon really drive his roller into a swimming pool? These tales are hilariously explained along with many others. Then the world’s great mysteries are covered in ten minutes flat and the truth about Bigfoot, who really makes Crop Circles and what really happened to Glenn Miller, among others, is revealed. As are the true stories behind Little Miss Muffet, Old Mother Hubbard, Ring a Ring a Rose’s and Pop Goes the Weasel. Many more of our childhood favourite rhymes are also exposed in all of their gory glory.

Then, of course, the fabulous stories of The Molly Maguire’s, The Green Man, The Royal Oak, The Rose and Crown and the White Hart are revealed and why they are remembered in that typically English fashion of naming a high street pub after them. Loads more of our favourite local boozers also have a tale to tell involving a historic person, or event.

Then we move into the food section and we find out who Caesar was and what he did for your salad, how the people from Hamburg brought their hamburger with them from Germany, and what the French had to do with your favourite fries. The great stars from the past have also influenced our favourite foods and we find out what Anna Pavlova had to do with deserts and how Suzette flavoured our crepes. Of course such a section would not be complete until we find out how the Country Captain Chicken found its way onto the menu as America’s first curry.

Finally we turn to words and discover who first passed the buck and who staged the first Boycott. How the word doolally became part of our culture and the same too for the hecklers and why political rallies in Scotland first created the art of heckling. Who were the original patsy’s, what is Groundhog Day and who were the first dunces? In fact, Money for Old Rope – Part 2 reveals the delightful history of just about everything, from the Anoraks to the Zombies.


Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 472 KB
  • Print Length: 301 pages
  • Publisher: Albert Jack Publishing (26 Aug. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0092PWSF4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #263,725 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Albert Jack is a writer and historian. His first book Red Herrings and White Elephants explored the origins of well-known idioms and phrases and became an international best-seller in 2004. It was serialized in the Sunday Times and remained on their best-seller list for sixteen straight months. He followed this up with a series of other books including Shaggy Dogs and Black Sheep, Pop Goes the Weasel and What Caesar did for my Salad.

Fascinated by discovering the truth behind the world's great stories, Albert has become an expert at explaining the unexplained, enriching millions of dinner table conversations and ending bar room quarrels the world over. He is now a veteran of hundreds of live television shows and thousands of radio programs worldwide. Albert lives somewhere between Guildford in England and Cape Town in South Africa.

OTHER BOOKS BY ALBERT JACK

RED HERRINGS AND WHITE ELEPHANTS
SHAGGY DOGS AND BLACK SHEEP
PHANTOM HITCHHIKERS
LOCH NESS MONSTERS AND OTHER MYSTERIES SOLVED
POP GOES THE WEASEL
THE OLD DOG AND DUCK
WHAT CAESAR DID FOR MY SALAD
BLACK SHEEP & LAME DUCKS
IT'S A WONDERFUL WORD
MONEY FOR OLD ROPE - PART 1
MONEY FOR OLD ROPE - PART 2
THE JAM: SOUNDS FROM THE STREET
SHED DEBT & START LIVING LIFE
THE QUEEN OF HEARTS
WANT TO BE A WRITER?
LAST MAN IN LONDON

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Em Bee
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Including his personal opinions on global warming (under 'urban legands' - fyi, according to the author it is of course a myth), him being a big fan of breasts and not of marriage (again - that was a theme in the first book, he's clearly a bitter divorcee), what he has dreamt about, how many bloody marys he has consumed at one sitting, and other personal anecdotes that seem to serve little purpose other than to make the reader feel utterly repulsed by the author (I don't discourage drinking but note: I DO NOT CARE ABOUT YOUR LIFE OR YOUR OPINIONS, I am reading a fact book and I want facts please). What on earth possessed him to think that 34 entire pages dedicated to the death of an Italian banker that nobody has ever heard of is of any relevance is beyond me, but it doesn't fit the '10 minutes' stated: it was the dullest half hour of reading I've done since I last picked up my study textbooks. The story itself has an interesting conclusion and could prove a good read if even halved, but talk about overkill.

The kindle version (as with the first book) is riddled with grammatical errors. Introduced into the second kindle book is a bunch of bad formatting - big white boxes, all italicised text, and, as an added bonus, the author repeating himself in several instances in the same paragraph or two.

If he cuts out the personal nonsense and employes a proof-reader, I may buy his further work in the future.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Book for all Occassions 30 Aug. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I already have part 1 of Money for Old Rope and didn't hesitate to purchase the second part. This book is every bit as good as the first. It is filled with all kinds of interesting facts and pieces of information about the history or origin of things. Another great book added to my collection. Will there be a third book I wonder.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for coach potatoes like me. 1 Sept. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I read the first book and downloaded the second.
Just the kind of book I love for lazing on the sofa in front of a winter
fire or reading on a Sunday morning with a cuppa. You can entertain yourself for hours.
I highly recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A page-turner: you will laugh and feel informed 21 Sept. 2012
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If you are looking for a thoroughly entertaining book, this is it! But there is more. The book is also seriously informative. Once you have read this book you will feel as right as ninepence. And if you are wondering what the heck that means - as I was wondering - you can read all about it in Money for Old Rope, Part 2, The Big Book of Everything Else. The ten chapters of the book deal with what seems like thousands of fascinating topics. Once more: this book is thoroughly entertaining, it is funny and informative. I love it. A real page-turner!
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