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Schott's Almanac 2009
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VINE VOICEon 9 November 2008
With a cut-off date of mid-September, the 2009 edition (which is really September 2007 to September 2008) misses the financial market collapse and the election of Barack Obama, for which we will have to wait for the 2010 edition.

Nevertheless, as in previous years the 2009 edition is well worth having for its entertaining mix of current events and trivia. Detail on the growth of fuel poverty and death tolls in Iraq are balanced with reminders of soap-star gossip and lists of useless statistics. Apparently, 45% of eleven year olds say they would rather read a book than watch tv, up from 38% on 2004 - good news for Amazon!

There is something here for everyone
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VINE VOICEon 13 November 2010
The format is familiar for those who have bought this in previous years - a review of news for the year to September 2010, with the book coming into print in time for Christmas.

For anyone interested in what has been happening in the world, it brings a tremendous amount of information into one place. Six months on from the election it is fun to be reminded of the dramatic twists and turns, from "Cleggmania" after the first TV debate to Gordon Brown's "Bigotgate", where his remarks giving out about a voter were heard by the world when his mike was inadvertently left on.

Reading the outcome of stories is interesting as well - I had not realized that all those arrested a part of a sinister plot to assassinate the pope during his UK visit had been subsequently released without charge.

And then there is the usual wealth of stories, surveys, lists, celebrity gossip and random facts. This year includes OFCOM's acceptability grading of offensive language on TV, the smoking and drinking patterns of children, what people say they would do for £400 and a great page of celebrity quotes of the year.

It says in the preface that this is an almanac "written to be read" - and a good read it is too.
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VINE VOICEon 4 December 2007
Coming out just before Christmas, this book is clearly aimed squarely at those looking for present for someone who likes news and trivia.

This is the third year of Schott's Almanac but they have made a real effort and managed to keep up the standard of previous years. As before, there is a summary of the key events of the year (up to September 2007) including entries on the hand-over from Blair to Brown and Harry Potter mania. The rest of the book is then a collection of the serious and the trivial, everything from the Nobel Prize winner to the list of 44 terrorist groups proscribed under UK legislation.

There is plenty for everyone here. Can you remember who won celebrity big brother? Name FHM's 10 sexiest women? Britain's most rented films?

Ideal for dipping into if you like useless facts, highly recommended.
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VINE VOICEon 3 December 2007
Schott's Almanac is, amongst other things, a record of the newsworthy events and notable people of 2007, alongside lists of facts and figures of more general interest. There are reminders of things such as the Olympic logo controversy and the Big Brother Shilpa Shetty scandal, which although garnering miles of newspaper coverage at the time, are now rapidly fading from our memories.

The great joy of this handsomely-presented book is its mix of earnestness and sense of fun. It's guaranteed to raise a smile or spike the interest in the quiet aftermath of Christmas meals and present-opening.
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on 29 December 2007
I asked for this on my Christmas present list on the strength of an appealing advertisement on Classic FM. I was not disappointed. It is a traditional almanac with reviews of the past year and calendar information for the coming year. But it's delight is the esoteric lists it gives from past and present. One significant omission is a table for tax free day in different countries. I would also like some information on birth rates according to etnicity. This book is a mine of useless information and will be a great help to anyone wanting to compose a trivia quiz. I love it and may but it on myCchristmas list for the 2009 edition.
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VINE VOICEon 18 November 2010
This is the ninth edition of Schott's Almanac and there are few changes here to his classic, winning formula.

I particularly enjoyed his review of 2010, as I have a habit of forgetting about quite major news events, such as the Pope's visit. There is also the usual humour on display and the ancient-looking engravings of contemporary celebrities (like Wayne Rooney)add a wry charm.

On the downside, since it's published in November, this tome misses out on one of the most notable news events of 2010, the Royal Wedding announcement. The section on 'royal engagements' proves to be a list of which blue-bloods attended the most public events!
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on 23 February 2011
The Almanac worth reading as a book, the best and most entertaining recap of the year just past. Literate and intelligent, with creative and inventive categories and information.

Schott's got me hooked several years ago, but then last year stopped producing an American edition. I've taken the UK edition via Amazon UK for the past two years and while I hate the wait, it's worth it.
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on 3 December 2010
Now in its sixth year of publication, Schott's Almanac has become the sine qua non of anyone who wants to observe the passing fashions of each year, while catering to the unique English taste for lists. The edition for 2011 easily lives up this tradition and the Astrometer is, as always, the perfect set-up for endless discussions. There are few publications that merit the must-have rating, but Schott is now definitely in that category.
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