A comprehensive dictionary describing all known viruses of animal and plants. It describes terms commonly used in virology as well as cell lines and chemicals used in organizations and the techniques applied in this work. Equations, formulae and definitions of units in virology are covered.
Ken and Sonia are lecturers in a further education college whose principal, Morton Scregg, is a lecherous tyrant. One day, after a drunken lunch, Principal Scregg falls down the college stairs to his death. As the last to speak to him, Ken is accused of his murder. The death of Scregg and the injustice of being blamed for it, is a turning point in Ken’s life. He and Sonia come to realise that there is a market for an assassination business dedicated to erasing all the evil Screggs of this world as a public service. At first, the business goes well, and they get a steady supply of clients who are victims of everyday bullies, cheats, and psychopaths. But Ken and Sonia soon find out that the “conflict deletion” profession is far more crowded than they had expected as they get drawn into a parallel universe of assassins and hit men. In a tense climax to this comedy thriller, Ken and Sonia are forced to commit the execution of the century, which they must complete satisfactorily and escape, or be “erased” themselves.
Chris Payne writes a hilarious surreal account of life as a university professor at a dysfunctional university in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. On the beautiful island of Cyprus, little works as you expect it to, from the primitive plumbing to the maniacal university bus service. The American Institute of Cyprus is a seat of higher learning like no other. The place is chaotically organised for the students who attend class only if they feel like it. They cheat on their exams, photocopy textbooks illicitly with university approval, and deliberately fail their courses to avoid military service. Meanwhile, the management spends its time devising all sorts of ingenious money-raising scams and schemes to cheat students and teachers alike, while the AIC owner’s business strategy is to sell as many university degrees as he can alongside his cake shops and motorcycle franchises. But then, as everyone says, “this is Cyprus,” an Edenic Mediterranean paradise where everyone is on the make and the only guiding principle is “money is money.”
‘Balikwas’ is a Tagalog word, virtually untranslatable into English.It signifies a startling change, such as an awakening. It can also mean 'going over to the other side'. Chris Payne writes about making a change, a change of moving his life to the other side of the world when he and wife Loydz emigrated to The Philippines. The book is an account of what needed to be done at each end of the ‘project’, as they came to call it, but it also includes amusing asides about life and its quirks. It can be read as a simple ‘how to do it’ guide for anyone contemplating emigration, either to The Philippines or elsewhere. Or it could be seen as a comic account. Most of all though, it is an encouraging and life-affirming story of how, even late in life, one can still change one’s life and enjoy new and interesting experiences in a far away country.
True crime stories from the early days of the Metropolitan Police Detective Branch capture the essence of Victorian crime George Clarke joined the Metropolitan Police in 1841. Though a "slow starter," his career took off when he was transferred to the small team of detectives at Scotland Yard in 1862, where he became known as "The Chieftain." This book paints the most detailed picture yet published of detective work in mid-Victorian Britain, covering "murders most foul," "slums and Society," the emergence of terrorism related to Ireland, and Victorian frauds. One particular fraudster, Harry Benson, was to contribute to the end of Clarke's career and lead to the first major Metropolitan Police corruption trial in 1877. This fascinating book uses widespread sources of information, including many of Clarke's own case reports.