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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Michael O'Mara (1 Sept. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843176580
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843176589
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.3 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
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the little poems that make a big difference to your brain power (Sunday Express Magazine 2007-08-05)

If you struggle to recall how many days there are in November and the difference between "their" and "there", this book could be your saving grace (The Sun)

Bright ideas to keep your memory sharp... definitely a book for the bedside table (The Lady)

An excellent way to drum in essential facts and spellings (The Daily Express)

A fun and useful mix of mnemonics, rhymes and acronyms (Choice Magazine)

A treasure trove of memory-joggers... a fun mix of reference and nostalgia, where you can visit foolproof ways to remember just about anything (The Weekly News)

A must for every household! (Beige Magazine)

This is much more than just nostalgia. A great family gift. (Angels and Urchins Magazine)

About the Author

Judy Parkinson is a graduate of Bristol University. She is a producer of documentaries, music videos, and commercials, and won a Clio award for a Greenpeace ad. Parkinson has published four books and has contributed to a show of life drawings at the Salon des Arts, Kensington. She lives in London. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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The only mnemonics that I remember from school were the ones concerning triangles and slide rules. Maybe rote learning was out of fashion then.

This book has loads that I’ve never heard of before.
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Brilliant book bought it for a school student. It will last through life.
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Item in excellent condition and delivered quickly! Book is really helpful for people who need a refresher course!
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great book for reference
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Only one minor criticism of this book is that it does not have an index. With computers it is very easy to do an index and any serious book should have one.

I still use the rhyme for the days of the month the famous Thirty days hath September etc

To spell or not to spell taught me that the mnemonic for DIARRHOEA which is a very difficult word to remember and is Dash In a A Real Rush Hurry Or Else Accident.

A common mistake because people get confused with the American spelling is licence / license and practice/ practise

s is the verb and c is the noun, that's the rule that runs the town.

A great little book which deserves a lot of study. It is a must for fans of arcane trivia. There were things in there that I had never heard of such as the taxonomic classification and the Buddhist ten states of mind.

A great present for those who think they know it all. They will soon realise they do not.

If you take time to memorise the contents of this book you might achieve number ten being Buddha, the state of perfection.
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I had to laugh when I got my hands on this book! Many of the mnemonics, reminders and memory 'helpers' that I use on a regular basis with the children in my class are in here - along with many others - some of which could well be useful! My copy now sits in my classroom on the reference shelf, where it is often looked through by my class of Year 6 children. Many of us can now count to 10 in Japanese thanks to the handy mnemonics hidden within - and we can all spell diarrhoea! (Dash, in a real rush, hurry or else accident)

I'm sure we can all remember some of the mnemonics that are in this book - even those of us who are unsure of what 'mnemonics' are (It's a word that has only been introduced to children in the last 15 years or so)!
Think back to your childhood and remember such things as:
'Big Elephants Can Always Upset Small Elephants' (Because)
'Richard of York Gave Battle in Vain' for the colours of the rainbow
'My Very Easy Method Just Shows Us Names of Planets' (I never get them in the wrong order when I use this mnemonic!

There are also a great many more - far too many to even mention!

However, possibly more importantly, it also gave me the answer to the question "What are sine and cosine?" which a colleague and I were discussing only the other day! Neither of us could remember why they were important, but we had clear memories of log books (me!) and using the appropriate key on the scientific calculator (my younger colleague!)

This is another book that is great for the bathroom and a terrific gift for trivia buffs all over. You never know, the mnemonics in it may well help you to win the next quiz night (I'm hoping!)

Enjoy it! I certainly have, and also managed to get hold of more copies as Christmas presents for trivia buffs and fellow pedants that I know! At this price, it would make a terrific small 'thank you' gift or extra Birthday present.
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I was given this fun, nostalgic and potentially very useful book for Christmas, and I've enjoyed dipping in and out of it.

The mnemonics and aide-memoires in ` I Before E (Except After C)', are divided into thematic sections such as `Animal, Vegetable, Mineral' and `Musical Interlude', and include everything from practical ways of remembering spellings and scientific formulae to old-fashioned rhymes to remind one of delightfully pointless information.

The factor that really limits the usefulness of the book as a reference work, is the absence of any sort of index. Let's say, for example, you're after an easy way to remember trigonometry. All you can do to locate the information is to identify the chapter it's likely to be listed in, and flick your way through that until you stumble upon it. Despite this minor frustration, the book is ideal for anyone wishing to find better, or more fun ways of recalling key facts - from fans of trivia to older people struggling with memories less reliable than they used to be. In fact, every household should have one - in the smallest room and on the book shelf.
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I came across this book in a little shop a few years ago and thought it would make an adorable thank you gift for my son's teacher at the end of the school year. She loved it and asked me where I'd purchased it. I bought one here on Amazon this year and plan to give it to his current teacher (if I don't keep it for myself). I thought it was a cute and fun book that could also be used as reference material for a teacher and is something a little different to give as an end of year gift.
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