- Unlikely Soldiers: how Two Canadians Fought The Secret War Against
When Nazi Germany's Buchenwald concentration camp was liberated in 1945, its records revealed that two young Canadians, Ken Macalister and Frank Pickersgill, were among its countless victims. At 30 and 31 years of age, they had been agents of Britain's Special Operations Executive (SOE ), an undercover unit established by Winston Churchill that used sabotage and subversion to bring down the Nazi regime from within.
Jonathan F. Vance brings us the dramatic, untold story of two men who were the most unlikely of soldiers. Pickersgill, an up-andcoming journalist, and Macalister, one of the finest law students ever to attend the University of Toronto, were both living in France when the Nazis seized power. Pickersgill, arrested as an enemy alien, spent two years in prison before escaping to England.
The men's intelligence, resourcefulness and familiarity with French customs and language caught the attention of the SOE. Trained in special-operations techniques, from radio control to killing, they were paired together and parachuted into France-just as the underground network they were to join was cracked open by the Germans.
Unlikely Soldiers is an extraordinary tale of unsung heroes, intrigue and tragic error. With access to the recently opened SOE archives, Vance draws new material into a fascinating narrative that will appeal to anyone interested in military history, the evolution of espionage, or simply the remarkable story of two heroic Canadians.
Above the village of Chatillon-sur-Cher on the night of June 15/16, 1943, Frank and Ken sat in the fuselage of the Halifax and watched as the dispatcher hooked their parachutes to the static line. Seconds later, the red light blinked on, the dispatcher pulled the cover off the chute in the floor, and the two Canadians sat down. . . . Then the green light flashed . . . and Ken and Frank were gone.
-From Unlikely Soldiers
- Collins Dictionary of First Names
A fully revised, expanded and updated edition of the Collins Guide to First Names, now in the handy B format. This book is designed to help you choose a name for your baby. Even parents who know what they want to call their child may well want to look at some of the possible forms the name can take, and find out something about its history and meaning, so the book contains as many names and variants as possible, from the top 10 names this year in England - Jack, Joshua, Thomas, James, Danile, Benjamin, William, Samuel, Jospeh, Oliver; Chloe, Emily, Jessica, Ellie, Sophie, Megan, Charlotte, Lucy, Hannah, Olivia to the rather less common Kai, Bethany, Claudia, Finn, Joel, Brett and Skye. Variations in names have been fully cross-referenced, unless they would fall next to the entry in which they can be found, so if you cannot find the name you want in the book, look for the nearest spelling and read the entry there.
- Test Your Cat: The Cat Iq Test
The perfect gift book for cat lovers everywhere, showing how to measure your cat s intelligence in a series of easy and fun tests.
How clever is your cat? Can your cat:
Make sounds upon request?
Predict a change in the weather?
Or is your cat the type who
Falls of ledges while sleeping?
Continually runs into walls or doors?
You can find out how smart your cat really is by giving him or her the Cat IQ Test a simple, four-part intelligence test. By observation and by using everyday household items, you will be able to measure your cat s co-ordination, communication, social and reasoning powers.
Suggestions on how to improve your cat s IQ.
Comparative scores of other cats by age, sex and type.
A Certificate of Merit to be filled in and proudly displayed on completion of the Cat IQ Test.
- Josiah Wedgwood: Entrepreneur to the Enlightenment
An intriguing examination of the life and times of Josiah Wedgwood, potter to the Queen, and an Enlightenment pioneer. Brian Dolan combines the remarkable story of Josiah Wedgwood, the English potter whose works are among the finest examples of ceramic art, with the story of the eighteenth century world of industry, fashion and connoisseurship. Born in 1730 in Staffordshire, into a family with a long tradition as potters, Wedgwood survived childhood smallpox (and later, the loss of his leg), to become one of the most prestigious potters in England; Queen Charlotte was sufficiently impressed to name him 'Royal Supplier of Dinnerware'. Depending on his business acumen, artistic sensibilities, and critically, his scientific innovations, he established a factory and village near Stoke-on-Trent named Etruria, where his revolutionary basalt and jasperware was developed. Dolan weaves into this tale intriguing social detail: the lives of the workers at Etruria, England at the beginning of the industrial revolution, the Court of Queen Charlotte and the worlds of the Royal Society and the Men of Science. He paints a wonderful picture of the man and of the fascinating Enlightenment period when he flourished.
- Coaching with Nlp: How To Be A Master Coach
A practical guide to using NLP in business and life coaching from bestselling NLP expert Joseph O Connor. This book is suitable for both established coaches and for those who are being coached.
Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) is the psychology of excellence. It is based on the practical skills that are used by all good communicators to obtain excellent results. These skills are invaluable for personal and professional development.
NLP provides most, if not all, of the skills necessary to become a full time coach or a manager who coaches. This book will help all those looking to have any level of involvement in coaching either as a coach or as the recipient of coaching. NLP enables the coaching process to be faster with fewer meetings, a great benefit in today s time-pressured industries.
This book is one of the first to combine business and life coaching with NLP. It provides guidelines and skills for an improved all-round performance as a coach, along with the skills necessary to look after, organize and coach yourself. It provides a comprehensive guide to coaching that will meet the needs of all, no matter what their involvement in coaching.