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Close But No Cigar

Author : Melissa Miller
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The author presents an intimate scrapbook replete with anecdotes, photographs, letters, and comedy routines recording her thirty-year relationship with Burns, which began when she was only eighteen and he was seventy-one.

Close But No Cigar

Author : Terence O'Brien
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Terry is a young lad who spends his aimless childhood roaming the streets of Boston during the Second World War, engaging in childhood fantasies to escape an unstable family environment. During his adolescent and high school years, Terry discovers the art of juggling, which becomes his passion and his business, leading him into unusual situations. Foreign and domestic travel dominates Terry's young adult life with academic pursuits in Germany, France and Ireland, where more adventure abounds with a tour of Ireland as a performer with Duffy Circus. Misadventure follows Terry to Washington where, as a Naval officer, he becomes a linguist at the National Security Agency, and meets his wife - an analyst. The two "spooks" do the improbable and run away with the circus, spending fifteen years trouping around North America while raising a family.

Close But No Cigar

Author : Stephen Purvis
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WINNER OF THE CRIME WRITERS' ASSOCIATION GOLD DAGGER FOR NON-FICTION 2017 'In its tragic absurdity, Close But No Cigar reads like a Graham Greene story, with a cast of characters to make Hemingway proud' Daily Telegraph For over a decade Stephen Purvis had been a pillar of Havana's expat community, one of many foreign businessmen investing in Cuba's crawl from Cold War communism towards modernity. But for reasons unknown to him he was also under State Security's microscope. One morning during the height of President Raúl Castro's purges in 2012, while his family slept, the unmarked Ladas of State Security arrived at his home and he was taken away into the absurd and brutal world of Cuban justice. In this engrossing memoir, Purvis recounts his fifteen-month ordeal. Accused at first of selling state secrets, he is taken to the notorious interrogation centre Villa Marista, where he endures brutal conditions designed by the KGB and Stasi to break the bodies and minds of spies and political prisoners, and resists the paranoia and incompetence of his jailers. Later, held in a maximum-security prison, he finds himself surrounded by a motley crew of convicts: people-smugglers and drug-runners together with a handful of confused businessmen also awaiting formal charges. From his arrest to his farcical secret trial and sudden release, Purvis exposes the madness of modern Cuba with wit, grit and a sharp eye for character. As tourists flock to Havana to marvel at a city frozen in time, he shows that despite reforms and international reconciliation the Castro regime remains a corrupt, dictatorial relic. Close But No Cigar is part thriller, part comedy and part morality tale, but most of all a true story that takes the reader into a dark side of a sunny place that remains an enigma.

Close but No Cigar

Author : Jack Mannion
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Probation officer LP Cinch is burned out. Perpetually stuck on the bottom rung of the stairway to wealth, fame, and stature, Cinch’s life is always “close but no cigar.” But as his retirement day looms on the horizon, one of his probationers is murdered; suddenly Cinch’s humdrum existence is much busier. With the case at a dead end, Cinch is drawn into the task of solving the crime. He receives information that the probationer left a handbag behind and opens the bulky purse to discover the stuff dreams are made of: a bundle of bills totaling nearly fifty thousand dollars. While acquainting his replacement with the job and the parade of people in his world, Cinch sifts through a caseload that consists of the underbelly of society and soon unmasks a murderer. But something far more complicated remained unresolved—what should he do with the large sum of money now in his possession? In this mystery laced with intrigue, humor, and high-stakes crime, a probation officer struggles with a life-changing dilemma as he finds out once and for all if he again comes close but no cigar.

Close But No Cigar

Author : Ian Woodrow
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Problems are a ubiquitous feature of any business plan or venture and the manager’s prime role is to ensure that these obstacles are resolved in an orderly and painless manner. Unfortunately, in real life, most of the solutions developed and implemented, are sub-optimal and result in the underlying problem lurking, only surface again later. Business history is littered with cases where the chosen solution to a problem was, as the saying goes, ‘Close, but no cigar’! In this book, Ian Woodrow offers a unique problem-solving approach for business - and life - problems, and explains why these practices are so pervasive and how one can avoid the common mistakes. By applying his six-step methodology contained in the simple mnemonic CIGARS, you will learn to: · Avoid the pitfalls of emotional perspectives · Clearly distinguish root problems from symptoms · Develop innovative solutions to problems · Effectively assess the most beneficial alternatives · Ensure that optimal solutions are selected and implemented. In addition, the book includes summaries of effective problem-solving techniques used by leading organisations today. There is also a fascinating chapter on how to improve one’s creative ability in order to develop truly innovative solutions. Close, but no Cigars is an indispensable guide for anyone wishing to improve their problem-solving abilities.

Close But No Cigar

Author : Dale Patterson
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History is all about the winners, the heroes, the top dogs, right? But what about those who almost made it, the "mighta, coulda, shoulda, wouldas" of the world? In this rousing collection by the author of Fifteen Minutes of Fame, veteran journalist Dale Patterson introduces the lovable losers and nearly-weres that reached the very cusp of glory, but fell a little short. You'll read about Harold Stassen, who ran for president 10 times but never got the key to the White House. And Lord Halifax who in 1940 was front-runner to become Prime Minister of England but because of a dentist appointment, lost the job to Winston Churchill. Alfred Russel Wallace came up with the theory of evolution at the same time as Charles Darwin, but was relegated to near obscurity after publication of The Origin of Species. Close, But No Cigar is a fascinating ride through the flip side of fortune and fame -- from science to sports to entertainment and politics.

Close But No Cigar

Author : Lauren Nicole Dupey
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New York Magazine

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New York magazine was born in 1968 after a run as an insert of the New York Herald Tribune and quickly made a place for itself as the trusted resource for readers across the country. With award-winning writing and photography covering everything from politics and food to theater and fashion, the magazine's consistent mission has been to reflect back to its audience the energy and excitement of the city itself, while celebrating New York as both a place and an idea.

Common American Phrases in Everyday Contexts 3rd Edition

Author : Richard Spears
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A useful guide to everyday American English to help you understand meanings and avoid difficulty in translation In this new edition of Common American Phrases in Everyday Contexts, noted lexicographer Richard A. Spears shares with you 1,900 of the most common phrases and colloquial expressions used in contemporary American English. Here you will discover the greetings, good-byes, and everyday small talk that Americans use daily. All entries have been selected with the special needs of you, the nonnative speaker of English, in mind! Inside you'll find: Examples or short dialogues with each entry that illustrate how the phrase is used in everyday speaking Usage restrictions or warnings for those situations when a phrase may be inappropriate Shortened or abbreviated expressions cross-referenced to their complete forms A Phrase-Finder Index to help quick and easy reference

Slang American Style

Author : Richard A. Spears
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Fun to read and packed with information, this contemporary dictionary of American slang includes terms that are likely to be heard in movies, on television, in the streets, and on college campuses.

The New York Times Magazine

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Reference Quarterly

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Word

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What s the Good Word

Author : William Safire
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An illuminating commentary on the modern English language offers a selection of correspondence that illustrates both correct and incorrect language usage

NTC s Dictionary of Proverbs and Clich s

Author : Richard A. Spears
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Contains approximately 950 old and new proverbs and clichés in use in English, each clearly defined and illustrated by two or more realistic examples. Allusions to American, British or European cultural elements are explained, and idioms derived from proverbs are defined as well. Includes a Phrase-Finder Index that allows the user to find an expression by looking up any major word in it.--From publisher description.

Close Up and Personal

Author : Nicole Clarke
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As her special project for Flirt magazine, sixteen-year-old Alexa plans to do a photo-shoot on horseback in Central Park, but the attentions of "the cute coffee guy," sabotage by a fellow intern, and her own nature get in her way.

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The Georgia Review

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No Ifs No Ands a Lot of Butts

Author : Ed Thilenius
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