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    Bill Bryson ´ 2 Download EBOOK DOWNLOAD [Notes from a Small Island] AUTHOR Bill Bryson Bill Bryson likes hedgerows yelling at people the English language complaining pretending to be a hiker the fifth Duke of Portland WJC Scott Bentinck and himself He tries too hard to be clever and although you're being introduced to some interesting mental pictures a mid face snack dispenser for instance and it's positively obvious how much he loves the English language and the art of writing the lengths to which he go

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    EBOOK DOWNLOAD [Notes from a Small Island] AUTHOR Bill Bryson This book combines several of my favorite things travelogues England and the charm of Bill BrysonIt is the book

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    EBOOK DOWNLOAD [Notes from a Small Island] AUTHOR Bill Bryson Newsflash I have a new entry into my Top Ten Authors past and present that I would like to invite to a night out at the pub for a session of heavy drinking and tall tales Bill Bryson with his sly humour and irreverent atitude towards tourism is a strong contender for the top position right after my first experience of trav

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    EBOOK DOWNLOAD [Notes from a Small Island] AUTHOR Bill Bryson Bill Bryson ´ 2 Download Free read Notes from a Small Island After 20 years in England Bill Bryson decided to tour Britain in 1995 by public transport over 6 weeks and write a book about itHUMOURThere are snippets of humour and insight “a young man with on his mind than in it”; “carpet with the sort of pattern you get when you rub your eyes too hard”; “They were having a festival of litter

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    Free read Notes from a Small Island Bill Bryson ´ 2 Download EBOOK DOWNLOAD [Notes from a Small Island] AUTHOR Bill Bryson I first read this book back in the late 90s 20 years ago and thoroughly enjoyed This is my first re read and it was enjoyable as good as the first read ? Hmm probably not which was a little disappointing but still fun I shall write thoughts anon but shall leave you with Bill’s thought “ Hae ya nae hook ma do

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    EBOOK DOWNLOAD [Notes from a Small Island] AUTHOR Bill Bryson Bill Bryson ´ 2 Download Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson is an ode to Britain lovingly written by an American who lived there for almost twenty years and wanted to revisit it before departing for his home country I have especially enjoyed the audio version If you do not like curmudgeons this will not be the book for you Bryson with tongue firmly planted in cheek will take you on a tour of all things great and not so great His grumpine

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    Bill Bryson ´ 2 Download Summary ñ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ´ Bill Bryson EBOOK DOWNLOAD [Notes from a Small Island] AUTHOR Bill Bryson Taking a trip with Bill Bryson is always a crap shoot Am I getting the funny self effacing Bill? Am I getting bilious Bill? Am I getting drunken Bill on a murderous rampage? Okay that last one sadly was never publishedHere Bill wants to get a last look at Great Britain before he moves back to the good ol’ US of A so he schleps around that island nation taking in the sights As someone who has been to those en

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    Summary ñ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ´ Bill Bryson Bill Bryson ´ 2 Download Free read Notes from a Small Island Britain viewed through an American's eyesAlthough both the British and American speak English their words and cultures are hilariously different A uick look at the local magazines at a boarding houseI'd intended to turn i

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    Free read Notes from a Small Island Summary ñ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ´ Bill Bryson Bill Bryson ´ 2 Download Ambling know it all wanders around the UK complaining about architecture getting drunk finding delight in little and generally having a hard time deciding where to eat always Indian or Chinese in the end It paints a pretty

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    Bill Bryson ´ 2 Download EBOOK DOWNLOAD [Notes from a Small Island] AUTHOR Bill Bryson It took me forever to read this because I was constantly picking it up and putting it down not because I wasn’t enjoying it but because it’s one of those books where it works to read it in this way and I read so many other books during the times I took breaks from reading this bookSometimes I just don’t like Bill Bryson as a man There’s a smattering of things he writes that are cruel crass and otherw

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Read à Notes from a Small Island ŠPDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Lightfully irreverent jaunt around the unparalleled floating nation that has produced zebra crossings Shakespeare Twiggie Winkie's Farm and places with names like Farleigh Wallop and Titsey The result is an uproarious social commentary that conveys the true glory of Britain from the satiric pen of an unapologetic Anglophil. Britain viewed through an American s eyesAlthough both the British and American speak English their words and cultures are hilariously different A uick look at the local magazines at a boarding houseI d intended to turn in early but on the way to my room I noticed a door marked RESIDENTS LOUNGE and put my head in It was a large parlour with easy chairs and a settee all with starched antimacassars a bookcase with a modest selection of jigsaw puzzles and paperback books an occasional table with some well thumbed magazines and a large colour television I switched on the TV and looked through the magazines while I waited for it to warm up They were all women s magazines but they weren t like the magazines my mother and sister read The articles in my mother s and sister s magazines were always about sex and personal gratification They had titles like Eat Your Way to Multiple Orgasms Office Sex How to Get It Tahiti The Hot New Place for Sex and Those Shrinking Rainforests Are They Any Good for Sex The British magazines addressed modest aspirations They had titles like Knit Your Own Twinset Money Saving Button Offer Make This Super Knitted Soap Saver and Summer s Here It s Time for Mayonnaise Fun at the Hazlitt hotelHazlitt s is a nice hotel but the thing I like about it is that it doesn t act like a hotel It s been there for years and the staff are friendly always a novelty in a big city hotel but they do manage to give the slight impression that they haven t been doing this for very long Tell them that you have a reservation and want to check in and they get a kind of panicked look and begin a perplexed search through drawers for registration cards and room keys It s really uite charming And the delightful girls who clean the rooms which let me say are always spotless and exceedingly comfortable seldom seem to have what might be called a total command of English so that when you ask them for a bar of soap or something you see that they are watching your mouth closely and then pretty generally they return after a bit with a hopeful look bearing a pot plant or a commode or something that is manifestly not soap It s a wonderful place I wouldn t go anywhere else Communism British styleIt has long seemed to me unfortunate and I m taking the global view here that such an important experiment in social organization was left to the Russians when the British would have managed it so much better All those things that are necessary to the successful implementation of a rigorous socialist system are after all second nature to the British For a start they like going without They are great at pulling together particularly in the face of adversity for a perceived common good They will ueue patiently for indefinite periods and accept with rare fortitude the imposition of rationing bland diets and sudden inconvenient shortages of staple goods as anyone who has ever looked for bread at a supermarket on a Saturday afternoon will know They are comfortable with faceless bureaucracies and as Mrs Thatcher proved tolerant of dictatorships They will wait uncomplainingly for years for an operation or the delivery of a household appliance They have a natural gift for making excellent jokes about authority without seriously challenging it and they derive universal satisfaction from the sight of the rich and powerful brought low Most of those above the age of twenty five already dress like East Germans The conditions in a word are rightPlease understand I m not saying that Britain would have been a happier better place under Communism merely that the British would have done it properly They would have taken it in their stride with good heart and without excessive cheating Appreciating life British styleI used to be puzzled by the curious British attitude to pleasure and that tireless dogged optimism of theirs that allowed them to attach an upbeat turn of phrase to the direst inadeuacies well it makes a change mustn t grumble you could do worse it s not much but it s cheap and cheerful it was uite nice really but gradually I came round to their way of thinking and my life has never been happier I remember finding myself sitting in damp clothes in a cold cafe on a dreary seaside promenade and being presented with a cup of tea and a teacake and going Ooh lovely and I knew then that the process had started Before long I came to regard all kinds of activities asking for toast in a hotel buying wool rich socks at Marks Spencer getting two pairs of trousers when I only really needed one as something daring very nearly illicit My life became immensely richer The unbelievable building of StonehengeI was particularly interested in the Stonehenge Gallery because I was going there on the morrow so I read all the instructive labels attentively I know this goes without saying but it really was the most incredible accomplishment It took 500 men just to pull each sarsen plus 100 to dash around positioning the rollers Just think about it for a minute Can you imagine trying to talk 600 people into helping you drag a fifty ton stone eighteen miles across the countryside muscle it into an upright position and then saying Right lads Another twenty like that plus some lintels and maybe a couple of dozen nice bluestones from Wales and we can party Whoever was the person behind Stonehenge was one dickens of a motivator I ll tell you that Bill discovers the actual floor of an ancient Roman houseI knew that I was in the villa In one of the relict chambers the floor had been carefully covered with plastic fertilizer bags weighted with stones at each corner This is what I had come to see I had been told about this by a friend but had never really believed it For underneath those bags was a virtually complete Roman mosaic about five feet suare exuisitely patterned and flawlessly preserved but for a tiny bit of fracturing around the edgesI cannot tell you how odd it felt to be standing in a forgotten wood in what had once been in an inconceivably distant past the home of a Roman family looking at a mosaic laid at least 1600 years ago when this was an open sunny space long before this ancient wood grew up around it It is one thing to see these things in museums uite another to come upon one on the spot where it was laid I have no idea why it hadn t been gathered up and taken away to some place like the Corinium Museum I presume it is a terrible oversight but I am so grateful to have had the chance to see it I sat for a long time on a stone riveted with wonder and admiration I don t know what seized me the thought that people in togas had once stood on this floor chatting in vernacular Latin or that it was still here flawless and undisturbed amid this tangle of growth What RubbishI took a train to Liverpool They were having a featival of litter when I arrived Citizens had taken time off from their busy activities to add crisp packets empty cigarette boxes and carrier bags to the otherwise bland and neglected landscape They fluttered gaily in the bushes and brought colour and texture to pavements and gutters And to think that elsewhere we stick these objects in rubbish bags Animals need protection than childrenDid you know that the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children was formed sixty years after the founding of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and as an offshoot of it Did you know that in 1994 Britain voted for a European Union directive reuiring statutory rest periods for transported animals but against statutory rest periods for factory workers How s the weatherIt s a weather forecast from the Western Daily Mail and it says in toto Outlook Dry and warm but cooler with some rain There you have in a single pithy sentence the English weather captured to perfection dry but rainy with some warmcool spells The Western Daily Mail could run that forecast every day for all I know it may and scarcely ever be wrong Art for Art s sakein one of the salons I noticed that there was a man accompanied by a boy of about thirteen who didn t need the labels at allThey were from what I suspect the ueen Mother would call the lower orders Everything about them murmured poorness and material want poor diet poor income poor dentistry poor prospects even poor laundering but the man was describing the pictures with a fondness and familiarity that were truly heartwarming and the boy was raptly attentive to his every word Now this is a later Goya you see he was saying in a uiet voice Just look at how controlled those brush strokes are a complete change in style from his earlier work D ye remember how I told you that Goya didn t paint a single great picture till he was nearly fifty Well this is a great picture He wasn t showing off you understand he was sharingI have often been struck in Britain by this sort of thing by how mysteriously well educated people from unprivileged backgrounds so often are how the most unlikely people will tell you plant names in Latin or turn out to be experts on the politics of ancient Thrace or irrigation techniues at Glanum In a pub in Glasgow unable to speak the local dialectThe barman appeared looking unhappy and wiping his hands on a tea towel Fuckin muckle fucket in the fuckin muckle he said to the two men and then to me in a weary voice Ah hae the noo I couldn t tell if it was a uestion or a statement A pint of Tennent s please I said hopefullyHe made an impatient noise as if I were avoiding his uestion Hae ya nae hook ma dooky I m sorry Ah hae the noo said the first customer who apparently saw himself as my interpreterI stood for some moments with my mouth open trying to imagine what they were saying to me wondering what mad impulse had bidden me to enter a pub in a district like this and said in a uiet voice Just a pint of Tennent s I think The barman sighed heavily and got me a pint A minute later I realized that what they were saying to me was that this was the worst pub in the world in which to order lager since all I would get was a glass of warm soap suds dispensed from a gasping reluctant tap and that really I should flee with my life while I could I drank two sips of this interesting concoction and making as if I were going to the Gents slipped out a side door Britain an amazing countryWhat other country after all could possibly have come up with place names like Tooting Bee and Farleigh Wallop or a game like cricket that goes on for three days and never seems to start Who else would think it not the least odd to make their judges wear little mops on their heads compel the Lord Chancellor to sit on something called the Woolsack or take pride in a naval hero whose dying wish was to be kissed by a fellow named Hardy Please Hardy full on the lips with just a bit of tongue What other nation in the world could possibly have given us William Shakespeare pork pies Christopher Wren Windsor Great Park the Open University Gardeners uestion Time and the chocolate digestive biscuit None of courseHow easily we lose sight of all this What an enigma Britain will seem to historians when they look back on the second half of the twentieth century Here is a country that fought and won a noble war dismantled a mighty empire in a generally benign and enlightened way created a far seeing welfare state in short did nearly everything right and then spent the rest of the century looking on itself as a chronic failure The fact is that this is still the best place in the world for most things to post a letter go for a walk watch television buy a book venture out for a drink go toa museum use the bank get lost seek help or stand on a hillside and take in a viewWe may never go to Britain but we can thank Bill Bryson for bringing Britain to usEnjoy

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Read à Notes from a Small Island ŠPDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Suddenly in the space of a moment I realized what it was that I loved about Britain which is to say all of itAfter nearly two decades spent on British soil Bill Bryson bestselling author of The Mother Tongue and Made in America decided to return to the United States I had recently read Bryson writes that 37 million America. This book combines several of my favorite things travelogues England and the charm of Bill BrysonIt is the book version of comfort foodSo you can understand why I instinctively reached for this audiobook on the the first day of my new job I wanted something comforting And humorous And BritishI was instantly gratified Bryson begins his book about touring England by describing how intensely Brits will argue about distance and driving routesIf you mention in the pub that you intend to drive from say Surrey to Cornwall a distance that most Americans would happily go to get a taco your companions will puff their cheeks look knowingly at each other and blow out air as if to say Well now that s a bit of a tall order and then they ll launch into a lively and protracted discussion of whether it s better to take the A30 to Stockbridge and then the A303 to Ilchester or the A361 to Glastonbury via Shepton Mallet Within minutes the conversation will plunge off into a level of detail that leaves you as a foreigner swiveling your head in uiet wonderment Give two or men in a pub the names of any two places in Britain and they can happily fill hours Wherever it is you want to go the consensus is generally that it s just about possible as long as you scrupulously avoid Okehampton the North Circular in London and the Severn Bridge westbound between the hours of 3 pm on Friday and 10 am on Monday except bank holidays when you shouldn t go anywhere at allThe whole book was immensely enjoyable The plan was for Bryson to take a last tour of England before he and his family moved to America for a few years Bryson is from the States but his wife is British He was going to travel mostly by public transportation because his wife wouldn t let him have the car HA There did not seem to be a logic to his journey instead he went hither and thither as he desired sometimes jumping on a bus or train if it happened to arrive while he was standing there A few times he broke down and rented a car or took a cab but he always gave a good reasonAs someone who has not visited England in than 15 years and what a sad realization it was to do the math I could only relate to a few stops on his journey But I still loved his meanderings and his musings And I will continue to find Bill Bryson audiobooks because they are just so delightfulUpdate July 2016This was a delightful re read I had the good fortune to visit England earlier this summer so it s no longer been 15 years since I ve been there and decided to listen to Bryson s audiobook again It was great to have a better understanding of where he visited and to enjoy his amusing stories When I have some time I ll add to the Favorite uotes section because there are lots of fun ones Highly recommended to fans of travelogues andor EnglandFirst Read August 2014Second Read July 2016Favorite uotesI can never understand why Londoners fail to see that they live in the most wonderful city in the world It is if you ask me far beautiful and interesting than Paris and lively than anywhere but New York and even New York can t touch it in lots of important ways It has history finer parks a livelier and varied press better theaters numerous orchestras and museums leafier suares safer streets and courteous inhabitants than any other large city in the worldI spent two days driving through the Cotswolds and didn t like it at all not because the Cotswolds were unlovely but because the car was You are so sealed off from the world in a moving vehicle and the pace is all wrong I had grown used to moving about at walking speed or at least British Rail speed which is often of course much the same thingI have a small tattered clipping that I sometimes carry with me and pull out for purposes of private amusement It s a weather forecast from the Western Daily Mail and it says in toto Outlook Dry and warm but cooler and with some rain There you have in a single pithy sentence the English weather captured to perfection dry but rainy with some warmcool spells The Western Daily Mail could run that forecast every day for all I know it may and scarcely ever be wrong

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Read à Notes from a Small Island ŠPDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Ns believed that they had been abducted by aliens at one time or another so it was clear that my people needed me But before departing he set out on a grand farewell tour of the green and kindly island that had so long been his homeVeering from the ludicrous to the endearing and back again Notes from a Small Island is a de. I first read this book back in the late 90s 20 years ago and thoroughly enjoyed This is my first re read and it was enjoyable as good as the first read Hmm probably not which was a little disappointing but still fun I shall write thoughts anon but shall leave you with Bill s thought Hae ya nae hook ma dooky Ok so in the last couple of days I have been thinking about why this was a tad disappointing and I think it was because it was 20 years old and it was really of its time It was about Britain 20 years after he had arrived in the UK but it was also 20 something years old and that really showed As someone who lived through the 90s and even the 70s I loved the book originally and laughed my fao at an American championing and challenging us BritsNow though this feels a little dated we have moved on and some of our cities have been regenerated and some have probably degenerated as wellI have this vague memory that he has written fairly recently a new critiue of Britain and I will be interested in reading it as soon asAll of that said this is outrageously funny as Bill is very perceptive about us Brits and most of us like nothing than people pointing out our uirks in an admiring manner He lived here for 20 years and so was almost an honorary Brit and this comes across in the book his love of living here and how much he was going to miss moving back to the States

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  • Notes from a Small Island
  • Bill Bryson
  • English
  • 25 June 2020
  • 9780380727506