If you're getting set to stargaze throughout the 12 months of 2017, this Philip's guide will be a very useful addition.
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Handily sized, this is perfect for both seasoned observers and those just starting out. Every month has a colour star map which will show you where you should be looking to see constellations, planets and positions of the moon. All the special events are also clearly marked and dates of special events such as eclipses and meteor showers are shown.
There are also in-depth explanations of planets' movements and recommendations for the best stargazing equipment. This stargazing guide is suitable for use in Britain, Ireland and most of continental Europe.
Add some colour and interest to any room with one of these 20 modern machine-quilting projects.
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This craft book has easy-to-follow instructions for a wide range of projects and some can even be finished in just one weekend. The quick and easy quilts focus on big blocks to make them easier to complete and there are 12 full-size quilts to make including ones inspired by picnic blankets and nature. The eight smaller projects cover everything from bed runners and cushion covers to wall hangings.
Lynne Godsworthy has created some truly stunning designs in this illustrated book that also has templates for many of the quilts.
Origami for Mindfulness is a book bursting with 35 projects that will help you destress, keep calm and live in the moment.
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Mari Ono is an expert in Japanese papercrafts and in this book she reveals how just a few simple folds of paper can improve your concentration and help overcome negativity. From flowers to objects and animals, this is a very satisfying hobby and you're sure to find inner peace while completing each project.
The book comes with 60 pieces of origami paper, including some that you can colour in yourself.
Haynes Manuals are reliably informative and full of fascinating information. This edition takes an in-depth look at the legendary 4472 - a train better known as the Flying Scotsman.
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Published in association with York's National Railway Museum, it reveals just what it takes to maintain, operate and restore the Class A3 Pacific. Based around the overhaul that took place throughout 2015 and 2016, the book describes how you should prepare the train for a day's run, how it gets up to speed and what you should do in preparation for its arrival at a destination.
The first steam locomotive to achieve 100mph, you'll also be able to discover its historical highlights and pore over first-hand experiences from drivers, firemen and engineers.
The oldest and certainly one of the most famous underground rail networks, London's Underground is still one of the largest and busiest transport systems in the world. This book finds the Tube being given the famous Haynes Manual treatment.
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Showing you how the rail network was designed, built and is operated, the book is full of fascinating photographs and archive illustrations alongside essential technical details and an entertaining overview of its history.
Written by a former Underground Design Manager and acknowledged expert, the book has a full technical description of the network and also looks at the plans for the future. This is a must for anyone who loves London and/or trains.
Travel writer Anthony Lambert showcases a diverse and exciting selection of train journeys that are just the ticket in this celebratory book.
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Carefully chosen and full of character, the journeys range from the Orient Express to the Trans-Siberian railway and also include those closer to home including one that travels through North Yorkshire's Esk Valley and the Inverness to Wick and Thurso route.
An unmissable selection for any traveller who loves their journey as much as the destination, Lambert talks about each route's sublime scenery and history in detail.
If you think of yourself as a Master Builder, this showcase of incredible buildings from around the world made from LEGO is sure to encourage you to get your bricks out and start building !
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From Big Ben to the Empire State Building, the beautiful gift book shows every brick involved in each build. It's incredible for LEGO fans of any age.
From the development of Britain's railways in 1603 through to the present day, this book is endlessly fascinating. Drawing on a lifetime of railway research, Julian Holland offers a first-class commentary complete with photographs and archive material.
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Showing how Britain has claimed many achievements including the first steam railway locomotive, the first inter-city railway and the world speed record for steam in 1938 (126mph, in case you were wondering).
The book also looks at trains and railways' effect on the Great Victorian Age and the early 20th century before its nationalisation and modernisation from 1948 onwards. It also covers the Beeching Report in detail and the privatisation of the high-speed railways in the 1990s.
Using traditional methods that incorporate both moisturising oils and butters, How to Make Your Own Soap presents readers with a wealth of soap recipes - in traditional bars, liquid or cream form.
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Including step-by-step instructions, stunning photographs and even packaging ideas for gifting your new creations to friends and family, the book teaches how to make soaps from scratch using natural products rather than purchasing commercial alternatives.
A creative and health-promoting hobby, soap making is a hot new trend amongst hobbyists that shows no signs of slowing.
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The Complete Book of Paper Aeroplanes is packed with diagrams, instructions and graphics that will help you build your own paper aircraft that really can fly!
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From gliders to space explorers and all kinds of other paper aircraft, the book shows you how to create many different flying devices using the colour templates. With clear instructions, every flying machine featured in this book has been built and tested by author and paper aeroplane expert David Woodroffe.
Who said dot-to-dots were only for children? This comprehensive collection of intricate and complex dot-to-dot patterns features 1,000 dots in each pattern to build your concentration and keep you focused for a satisfyingly long time.
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The unique puzzles presented on extra large pages take on Thomas Pavitte's unique style and recreate people and portraits in dot form. So not only will you have plenty of fun completing the pictures, but the finished illustrations will be impressive enough to display on your wall, too!
As calming as adult colouring, but with the added bonus of a little bit of problem-solving, The 1,000 Dot-to-Dot Book will provide hours and hours of creative entertainment.
Play like the experts with this deluxe edition Playing Card Set! Presented in a fantastic tin box, the set contains 2 sets of playing cards, 5 dice and a 65-page book that will teach you how to play a wide range of both single and multi-player card games. The games included range from easy to difficult. With practice, even those with little experience of card games should be comfortable at all levels of difficulty. A fantastic gift for anyone interested in playing card games!
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Complete with CDs to help you recognise each bird's distinctive song or call, these two books will come in handy for any birdwatcher or lover of nature.
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Recognising songs and calls can help you make more of birdwatching and the handy-sized hardbacks will help you identify 80 of our most popular woodland species and also 80 wetland species.
Written by ornithologist Hannu Jannes and birding enthusiast Owen Robert, the books also feature colour photographs of each bird, as well as further information on their identifying features, habits, distribution, feeding and nesting routines and calls.
Welcome to a world of swashbuckling action and dark fantasy, a world ruled by great dynasties and tempered by war. Eberron holds many wonders, from dragonmarks to warforges, deadly dungeons to elemental airships. As the shadows of evil and conspiracy threaten to envelop the land, heroes of prophecy come forth to save the day. It collects the 2012 Annual, Infestation 2: Dungeons & Dragons, and Eye of the Wolf.
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Any model railway layout can be enhanced with the effective use of scenery and accessories. Chris Ellis examines the range of ready-made scenic accessories available to modellers, and also explains how to make your own scenic structures. Tips and techniques for adapting and weathering such accessories are included, along with clear step-by-step instructions that explain how to create rolling hills, trackside buildings and even lakes and rivers from a variety of materials, whether bought from modelling shops or using discarded product packaging. The book's sections include: planning backdrops and scenic settings; building basic terrain; painting backgrounds and creating the illusion of distance and perspective; texturing vegetation, foliage and trees; modelling water; depicting rocky surfaces such as cliffs, scree and waterfalls; and, incorporating civil engineering (tunnels and bridges) and adapting Skaledale and other accessories for use in personal dioramas. There is a useful appendix that also contains details of popular modelling materials, stockists and suppliers, useful reference works and other research sources.
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This comprehensive hardcover reference unveils the magical secrets of the Pathfinder rules like never before. Tons of new tricks and techniques for every spellcasting class in the game fill the book, ranging from arcane secrets uncovered by studious wizards to dazzling ki-tricks performed by canny monks to new mutagens for alchemists, new oracle mysteries, specialized channel energy options for clerics, and more. "Ultimate Magic" also introduces the latest Pathfinder RPG base class: the magus.
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Combining arcane spells with practiced martial skill, the magus incorporates elements of the warrior and wizard to walk a path balanced between two deadly efficient extremes. All this, plus more than 100 new spells for all spellcasting classes, an innovative new "words of power" spellcasting system, a complete system for 1-on-1 spell duels, and more.
Explore the fantasy world of D&D and delve into dungeons, slay monsters, and gain treasure! If you've been thinking of playing D&D or you've played before and you want to get up to speed on the all-new 4th Edition, this is the book for you. Here's what you need to know to join the fantasy fun. * D&D terminology - understand what ability check, modifier, saving throw, AC, gp, hp, and XP mean * Roll the dice - add modifiers and see if you rolled the d20 high enough to beat the challenge * Minding your manners - know D&D etiquette so you'll be welcome in any adventure * Character building - select your character's race and class, and choose the best powers, skills, feats, and gear * Roleplaying - give your character a background and personality quirks * Combat - use combat rules, a battle grid, and miniatures to play out furious battles Open the book and find: * Everything a new player needs to get started playing D&D * Details on four fantasy races and four iconic classes * Explanations of every number and statistic on the character sheet * The best magic items and equipment for characters of all classes * Advice on roleplaying and teamwork * A ready-to-use adventure to get you started as a Dungeon Master * A ready-to-use battle grid with character and monster markers
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Delve into the occult secrets of psychic magic, mystic rituals, and esoteric sciences with Occult Adventures! Six new, occult-themed character classes bring the vast treasures of occultism and mysticism to Pathfinder players like never before. Set out on new adventures as a kineticist, medium, mesmerist, psychic, occultist, or spiritualist, or choose from dozens of archetypes for these and most existing Pathfinder RPG classes. Explore forbidden secrets long kept from the world to discover magical forces that unlock vast powers of mind and body. Uncover lost relics and proscribed spells to give your hero new powers in the fight against evil, and pick up new psychic tricks with a library of new feats based on occult traditions.
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Land of the Free is the new set of wargaming rules from Osprey that allow players to recreate the various conflicts that broke out in North America shortly prior to and just after Independence, including the French and Indian Wars, the Revolution and the War of 1812. This set of rules lets players begin their campaigns with small warbands of 10-20 miniatures of any scale and develop their forces over time, building them into armies hundreds strong. A unique system of command points and the need to carefully manage resources or risk becoming vulnerable to counter-attack have to be finely balanced against the need to gain objectives throughout the game, creating a challenging, but enjoyable environment for your armies.
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One of the biggest problems facing wargamers is finding the time to actually play. Most commercially available sets of rules require several hours to set up and play to a conclusion; some can easily swallow up a whole day or weekend. For many gamers this means that their lavishly prepared miniature armies rarely get used at all. Apart from time, the other consideration is space, which further constrains the opportunities for a game. In One-hour Wargames, veteran gamer and rule-writer Neil Thomas has addressed both these problems. Now it is practical to play a game in around an hour on a normal dining table or living room floor. The book contains 8 (all-new) sets of very simple rules for various periods, from Ancient to WW2 and 30 scenarios which can be played using any of them, so you don't even have to take too much time thinking up a stimulating tactical situation and objectives. All the rules and scenarios are intended to be played on a 3ft x 3ft battlefield. The rules only require a small number of miniatures, so this really is an ideal way for new gamers, or veterans trying a new period, to get started with minimal investment of time and money. Also ideal for a quick game in the evening when a friend pops round. There are also sections on campaigns and solo games.
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Go beyond a single sheet with the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Player Character Folio, a 16-page deluxe character record that covers absolutely everything you need to know about your Pathfinder hero! Features include expanded space for your hero's ability scores, feats, and class features; space for familiar, henchmen, animal companion, and cohort statistics; a magic item "slot" diagram; space to track your character's history and backstory; a complete adventure record of your hero's accomplishments, and more!
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The Space Marines are the foremost heroes of mankind, tireless defenders of the Emperor's realm, the Imperium. Genetically crafted to be the perfect warriors, and armed and armoured with the finest equipment in the galaxy, the Space Marines bring death to the alien, the traitor and the mutant. This collection highlights the heroes and the victories of these legendary warriors, collecting together the stories from three previous anthologies: Legends of the Space Marines, Heroes of the Space Marines and Victories of the Space Marines.
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Submarines and surface fleets battle for Cold War dominance! NATO players must use their submarines to sneak troops into enemy ports, destroying vital strategic targets, while the Soviet team deploys a surface fleet to hunt down the subs and protect their crucial supply lines. Designed by retired Royal Navy Officer and submarine commander Andy Benford, and developed deep beneath the waves, They Come Unseen is an asymmetrical strategy game of bluff and deception that uses two boards, one for action on the surface, seen by both players, and one for movement underwater, seen only by the submarine commanders. The game also comes with specially designed control panels to help keep track of vital information such as fuel, ammunition and current cruising depth.
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Inside Bestiary 5 lurk hundreds of new monsters ready for use in the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game. You'll find the death-dealing grim reaper, menacing deep ones, and the ground-shaking wood colossus. Alongside such terrors, there are also allies to be found, such as the whimsical leshi, the inscrutable esoteric dragons, and the powerful aerial servant! Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: Bestiary 5 is the fifth indispensable volume of monsters for use with the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game and serves as a companion to the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Core Rulebook and Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Bestiary. This imaginative tabletop game builds upon more than 10 years of system development and an Open Playtest featuring more than 50,000 gamers to create a cutting-edge RPG experience that brings the all-time best-selling set of fantasy rules into the new millennium. Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Bestiary 5 includes: more than 300 different monsters; creatures that can warp the minds of their victims, including the caller in darkness, thought eater, and the bizarre brain mole; two new types of creature from beyond, the mysterious manasaputra and the truly vile sahkil, alongside new types of angels, demodands, and devils; monsters from the stars and beyond, like the insidious grays, twisted mutants, and advanced robots; new familiars, animal companions, and other allies; new templates to help you get more life out of classic monsters; appendices to help you find the right monster, including lists by Challenge Rating, monster type, and habitat; expanded universal monster rules to simplify combat; challenges for every adventure and every level of play; and much, much more!
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