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Britain s Heroes and Villains

Author : Navdeep Rehill
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There was a time when people in Britain weren't interested in the antics of American wrestlers. We had our own grappling superstars. Navdeep Rehill looks back at how the likes of Big Daddy, Giant Haystacks, Les Kellet and Young David used to entertain us on ITV'S World of Sport show every Saturday afternoon. He also reminisces about British heroes and villains that didn't compete in the wrestling ring.

Heroes and Villains of the British Empire

Author : Stephen Basdeo
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From the sixteenth until the twentieth century, British power and influence gradually expanded to cover one quarter of the world’s surface. The common saying was that “the sun never sets on the British Empire”. What began as a largely entrepreneurial enterprise in the early modern period, with privately run joint stock trading companies such as the East India Company driving British commercial expansion, by the nineteenth century had become, especially after 1857, a state-run endeavor, supported by a powerful military and navy. By the Victorian era, Britannia really did rule the waves. Heroes of the British Empire is the story of how British Empire builders such as Robert Clive, General Gordon, and Lord Roberts of Kandahar were represented and idealized in popular culture. The men who built the empire were often portrayed as possessing certain unique abilities which enabled them to serve their country in often inhospitable territories, and spread what imperial ideologues saw as the benefits of the British Empire to supposedly uncivilized peoples in far flung corners of the world. These qualities and abilities were athleticism, a sense of fair play, devotion to God, and a fervent sense of duty and loyalty to the nation and the empire. Through the example of these heroes, people in Britain, and children in particular, were encouraged to sign up and serve the empire or, in the words of Henry Newbolt, “Play up! Play up! And Play the Game!” Yet this was not the whole story: while some writers were paid up imperial propagandists, other writers in England detested the very idea of the British Empire. And in the twentieth century, those who were once considered as heroic military men were condemned as racist rulers and exploitative empire builders.

Heroes Or Villains

Author : Geoff Palmer
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“Heroes or Villains?” is focused on the events and power plays of the politicians and administrators in India and England concerning the corruption scandals involving the Governor General of India and the British Residency at Hyderabad in 1822-1824. Research for the book was concentrated on contemporary documents and writings. These documents and letters, penned at the time, often reveal personal details of the people – what they actually said or wrote, and what they believed, and how they acted. The alleged favoritism to the banking house of William Palmer & Co by the Governor General of India and the subsequent enquiry in London in 1825 brought about the censure of the Governor General and the sacking or demotion of several East India Company officers. The book also reveals some personal background details of politicians and events of the time. It tells of two British cabinet ministers who fought a pistol duel at dawn. It also tells of the events in 1833 in the East India Co that caused both the Chairman and the Deputy Chairman to resign mid term and brought about a power struggle between the Parliamentary Board of Control and the East India Company Directors which resulted in legal action in the Kings Bench Court.

Heroes Villains and Velodromes Chris Hoy and Britain s Track Cycling Revolution

Author : Richard Moore
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Fully updated to include the extraordinary scenes at London 2012, where Hoy won two more gold medals to bring his total to six and overtake Sir Steve Redgrave, this is the story of Britain's greatest ever Olympian.

Heroes Villains and Velodromes

Author : Richard Moore
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Heroes, Villains and Velodromes reveals how an elite athlete, Chris Hoy, lives, breathes and pushes the boundaries of his sport. How does he do it? And why? What drives him to put his body through the physical and mental hurdles to become the best in the world? This is also the story of an extraordinary year in the life of an extraordinary sportsman, one which started with his best-ever world championships in Mallorca—where, for the first time in his career, he became a double world champion—continued with his attempt on the world kilometer record in La Paz, Bolivia, went on to Japan where he spent three months riding the crazy keirin circuit, before returning to training at the world-class Manchester velodrome in the buildup to the 2008 Beijing Olympics.By shadowing Hoy through a season with the British track cycling team, author Richard Moore has gained an unembellished insight into the mind of a world champion. He has also attained unprecedented levels of access to the key members of the all-conquering British team (which smashed all records and dominated the 2007 world championships) and support staff, including top coaches, world-renowned psychiatrists, doctors (where the subject of drug abuse is an ever-present shadow), and the pivotal characters behind the scenes. Combining his forensic knowledge of the cycling world with his acclaimed skills as a tenacious investigative journalist, Moore captures the mood of the British team and explores an area of professional sport that has rarely been seen before.

Heroes Villains

Author : Gerald Scarfe
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Heroes and Villains is a unique collaboration with the caricaturist Gerald Scarfe, which will also be the subject of a documentary on BBC Four. In the book, portraits of well-known figures, selected from the National Portrait Gallery's collections, are quirkily juxtaposed with caricatures that depict their villainous side. Gerald Scarfe, Britain's best-known caricaturist, provides these artful, glib distortions, many of which have been specially commissioned. They reveal the wit and vision of an exceptional draughtsman at work. who argue their views for and against, on subjects as wide ranging as Henry VIII, Oswald Mosley, Virginia Woolf, Princess Diana and David and Victoria Beckham.

Heroes Or Villains

Author : Jon Davis
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Prologue -- Introduction -- 1: The Blair-Brown Coalition -- 2: Sofa -- 3: Spin, Spads, and Sir Humphreys -- 4: The Treasury: The Brown-Balls Partnership -- 5: The Iraq War -- Conclusion

Britain To day

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The Standing of the German Cinema in Great Britain After 1945

Author : Joachim Lembach
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A study of the reception in Great Britain of the post-war German cinema, seen here as part of the wider issue of foreign-language film distribution and exhibition in the UK. An analysis of the relevant structural conditions of the industry as well as public attitudes toward non-English-language cinema is followed by a detailed reconstruction of the way films from both West and East Germany have been made available to British audiences, including an assessment of how they have been promoted both commercially and culturally. The final chapter ascertains to what extent the critical response to contemporary German features is a reflection of the general British perception of the films' country of origin. An appendix presents a list of 800 feature films, with details of their screenings on British television and in the cinema over five decades, as well as a bibliography including details of many film reviews, mainly from newspapers and specialist publications.

Heroes and Villains in History

Author : Alan George Lewers Shaw
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Britain Yesterday and Today

Author : Walter L. Arnstein
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This text, which is the fourth volume in the best-selling History of England series, tells how a small and insignificant outpost of the Roman empire evolved into a nation that has produced and disseminated so many significant ideas and institutions. This is the only comprehensive text available for the History of England survey course that has been revised and updated to include coverage of the entire 20th century.

Heroes and Villains

Author : Mike Alsford
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Hercules, James Bond, Luke Skywalker, Harry Potter, Buffy Summers, Spiderman, Dr Who, Darth Vader, Voldemort. Almost anybody living within the developed West would be able to group these individuals into two camps: the heroes and the villains. However, what criteria they might use to do this is less clear. Mike Alsford introduces us to a whole range of heroic and villainous archetypes on a journey through film, television, comic and literature. In trying to understand the extremes of hero and villain we are made more aware of our own ethical standards, and given a space in which to explore contemporary concerns over notions of right and wrong, good and bad.

The British National Bibliography

Author : Arthur James Wells
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The Encyclopedia of British Film

Author : Brian McFarlane
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Produced with assistance from the British Film Institute, this is a comprehensive history of the British film industry from its inception to the present day, with minute listings of the producers, directors, actors and studios behind a century of great British cinema.

British Writers

Author : George Stade
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This collection of critical essays covers writers who have made significant contributions to British, Irish, and Commonwealth literature from the 14th century to the present day.

Modernism and the Women s Popular Romance in Britain 1885 1925

Author : Martin Hipsky
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Today's mass-market romances have their precursors in late Victorian popular novels written by and for women. In Modernism and the Women's Popular Romance Martin Hipsky scrutinizes some of the best-selling British fiction from the period 1885 to 1925, the era when romances, especially those by British women, were sold and read more widely than ever before or since. Hipsky puts popular romances by Mrs. Humphry Ward, Marie Corelli, the Baroness Orczy, Florence Barclay, Elinor Glyn, Victoria Cross, Ethel Dell, and E. M. Hull into direct relationship with the fiction of Virginia Woolf, Katherine Mansfield, James Joyce, and D. H. Lawrence, among other modernist greats.

The Socialist Novel in Britain

Author : H. Gustav Klaus
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The Last Mau Mau

Author : David Njagi
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The Guardian Index

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Britain s First TV film Crime Series and the Industrialisation of Its Film Industry 1946 1964

Author : Dave Mann
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The first study devoted to the genesis of domestic TV/Film production, this project presents an industrial and cultural history of the transformation of the lower reaches of Britain's film industry during the period 1946-1964.