Good Reading : April 2007
book trivia Win one of 10 copies of The Carpet Wars by Christopher Kremmer, valued at $24.99 each In the early 1990s, Christopher Kremmer arrived in Afghanistan. Mujahideen rebels were massing on the outskirts of Kabul, yet the carpet dealers of the old city continued to ply their timeless trade. This is the story of a remarkable ten–year journey through a crescent of Islamic nations and regions, revealing Islam’s human face. For the chance to win tell us in 25 words or less why you’d like to win a copy of The Carpet Wars. Send your entry to ‘The Carpet Wars Competition’, GPO Box 3835, Sydney NSW 2001 (remember to write your details and your answer on the back of the envelope) or enter online at www.goodreadingmagazine.com Win! Smirting, stoozing and krumping Compiled by the lexicographers at Collins Dictionaries, I Smirt, You Stooze, They Krump is, according to those same lexicographers, ‘an essential guide to the latest developments in the biggest, brashest, and most exciting language in the world.’ Seeking out the gold nuggets of new words that are fun, clever, even rude or controversial (as opposed to new words coming via scientific discovery), they have come up with a whole book’s worth of neologisms and explanations to demystify the English language and its ever-faster mutation and evolution. The meaning of the words in the title? Smirting is ‘flirting between people who are smoking cigarettes outside a no-smoking office, pub, etc’. Stoozing is ‘the practice of taking advantage of the introductory interest-free period offered by a credit-card company to borrow money for investing profitably elsewhere’. And krumping, amazingly enough, is ‘a type of dancing in which participants, often wearing face paint, dance with one another in a fast and aggressive style mimicking a fight but without any violence’. Live and learn, eh? I Smirt, You Stooze, They Krump is published by HarperCollins, rrp $19.99. TERMS AND CONDITIONS 1. Information on how to enter and prizes form part of these conditions. 2. The promoter is Good Reading Magazine Pty Ltd. 3. Entry is open to all residents of Australia. 4. Entries must be made between 01/04/07 and 30/04/07 and be sent to Good Reading Magazine, GPO Box 3835, Sydney NSW 2001 or entries can be made at http://www. goodreadingmagazine.com 5. The draw will take place on 01/05/07. 6. Prizes cannot be transferred or redeemed for cash. 7. The promoter accepts no responsibility for late, lost or misdirected mail. 8. Any change in the value of the prize between the publishing date and the date the prize is claimed is not the responsibility of the promoter. 9. The winners will be the best entries considered by the Judges. 10. The Judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. 11. The winners will be notified by mail and the winners’ names will be published in the June issue of Good Reading magazine and will also appear on the Good Reading website during May 2007. I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book. Groucho Marx Behind bars Ian Rankin’s hard-drinking detective John Rebus now has a special type of India pale ale named after him. To celebrate Rebus’s 20 years in print, the Caledonian Brewery in Edinburgh has released the Deuchars Rebus 20 beer — with some very clever catchlines to advertise it, such as ‘Go On, Murder a Pint!’ and ‘Brewed in Edinburgh, Found Behind Bars’. As fans of Rebus know, Deuchars IPA is Rebus’s favourite tipple, and oddly enough it’s Rankin’s too. To add a bit of mystery to the special brew, a secret ingredient has been added, and visitors to the Great British Beer Festival to be held at Earl’s Court in August this year will be able to take up the challenge of identifying it. Win one of 5 copies of Every Day Cooking by Allan Campion and Michele Curtis, valued at $39.95 each The follow-up to the bestselling Every Day in the Kitchen, this book has recipes to sustain you through a busy working week, plus weekend food to impress. You’ll find dishes for every circumstance: mouth- watering brunches, slow-cooked stews and casseroles, quick vegetable side dishes and wonderfully satisfying salads. For the chance to win tell us in 25 words or less why you’d like to win a copy of Every Day Cooking. Send your entry to ‘Every Day Cooking Competition’, GPO Box 3835, Sydney NSW 2001 (remember to write your details and your answer on the back of the envelope) or enter online at www.goodreadingmagazine.com Walkie talkie The UK’s National Literacy Trust has an early-language campaign called ‘Talk to Your Baby’. It has created a new logo, pictured, to put on strollers and prams that are ‘Talk to Your Baby Friendly’, ie those that mean the baby faces the pusher. It’s all part of an effort to improve communication skills in pre-schoolers.