‘Language Please!’ – New Release – BOSTIN BOOKS

What does that phrase or word mean? Where did it come from? Who said it first? This wonderful language we speak, this ‘English’, with all its intricacies, connects us not only to our own memories, experiences and culture, but our ancestors, including Norse, Saxon, French, Roman, Britons – and our colonial history in India, America, Africa and elsewhere. The voices of the past resonate down to us, cemented into our language, in words, slang, proverbs and sayings.
This little book contains over,1,500 such phrases, sayings and abbreviations together with their meanings, original quotations, and where known, their roots and origins, drawn from various sources and in alphabetical order for ease of reference. It is not an academic study rather it is designed to promote memories, to enable reflection on previous life experiences and above all else to simply have some fun and learn something whilst reading it.
Also a great resource for those learning English. https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B09P4BZ3BR/

Part of our series of ‘little books’ we are keen to see them stocked in #independent #bookshops or #giftshops at RRP between £4.99p and £6.99p so if anyone has any suggestions please message us. #bostinbooks

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‘Reporting For Duty’

‘Courage and Commitment’ was the motto adopted by the West Midlands Police when it celebrated twenty-five years of existence in 1999. It was as relevant then as it is to this day. ‘Reporting For Duty’ seeks to provide the reader with a unique insight into the world of policing in the West Midlands, and the challenges faced by the Force daily from its inception on the 1st April 1974, to 1999. It covers a tumultuous period of social history, as the fabric of society was moulded, stretched and reformed against a backcloth of political and civil unrest, culminating in outbreaks of serious violence and acts of terrorism, whilst serious crime and serious criminals constantly tested the Force’s ability to respond effectively. This book highlights many personal acts of ‘courage and commitment’, but it also pays tribute to those officers who paid the ultimate price and lost their lives in the ‘line of duty’. Time marches on, but they will forever remain in the thoughts of their families and the Police Service to which they gave so much. They will not be forgotten by the ‘police family’. This is a book filled with factual police history blended with personal accounts from scores of individuals who provide a ‘human touch’ to the story of arguably the UK’s second biggest police force. It is also packed with two hundred images, most of which have never been seen by the public. ‘Reporting For Duty’ is a must-read for police historians, and social history academics, but mostly it is a compelling read for members of the public who simply want to know more about what makes the men and women who serve in the police continue to ‘report for duty’ whatever the challenges they will have to face. #wmp #police #history #onefamily #history #westmidlands

‘Keep Right On’

Within the world of warring football clans in the hot summer of 1976, something stirs – an unlikely love between a young couple on opposing sides.1976. Birmingham. Aston Villa and Birmingham City football clubs are both in the First Division. They are old rivals, whose hooligan ‘football firms’ are locked in a vicious struggle for supremacy. Two criminal families, The Murphy’s and the Carter’s, control the firms, and they hate each other. But love crosses the boundaries between them, setting off a tragic chain of events. Can it prevail over the violence? Corrupt cop Rob Docker returns, and this time he wants revenge. In the background, the National Front fight on the streets, racism is on the rise, and it’s the hottest summer in living memory. In the 1970s, the ‘beautiful’ game was tarnished by the scourge of football hooliganism across the length and breadth of the United Kingdom, as rival gangs fought each other for the accolade of being one of the ‘top firms’. Saturday afternoons became the focus for some of those emboldened by alcohol to engage in mindless incidents of disorder and violence, whilst the younger ‘up and comers’ sought to establish their place in the pecking order. At the rotten core of this activity were groups of men who inflicted pain and injury on a routine basis. For the most part they were hard, calculating, organised and brutal in their quest to both maintain ‘territory’ and to take it from others. Status and belonging was everything. This historical crime fiction novel features two such groups of organised hooligans both of whom operated in Birmingham. In the days before ‘Apex’ and the ‘Zulu Warriors’, Mike Carter runs a team of hooligans with affiliations to Birmingham City Football Club. His arch-enemy is Colin Murphy who leads a like-minded group affiliated to Aston Villa Football Club. Their stories are told against the backcloth of the 1975/76 football season, with factual accounts of many the games, when the names of stars such as Trevor Francis and Andy Gray were revered by the supporters. Battling the violence is a third tribe – the police – and Detective Inspector Rob Docker makes a return from ‘Black Over Bill’s Mothers’ to use every means possible, whether lawful or otherwise, to destroy both groups, as the ever increasing levels of violence lead to murder. On the streets of Birmingham, another struggle is being played out as the National Front try to seize the hearts and minds of some of those whose first love was the game of football. Whilst hooligans commit what are routinely so-called ‘mindless acts’, the reality is that they live, breathe, think and feel pain and emotion just like another other ‘normal person’ does. Some of them even fall in love, and this story focuses upon the emotional awakening of a vicious thug, tamed by a pretty girl, as raw emotion clashes with raw violence. ‘Keep Right On’ Is a love story entwined with football hooliganism and has plenty of surprises along the way. It will be enjoyed by lovers of a good story, football fans, those who seek a glimpse into the underside of the hooligan world and those fascinated by the history of the 1970’s. The ‘Made In Birmingham’ Series1) Black Over Bill’s Mother’s2) Pretty Thing3) Keep Right On4) The Touch Of Innocence. Authors’ website http://www.bostinbooks.co.uk. Facebook Page ‘Bostin Books’ #brum #birmingham #KRO #BCFC #AVFC #historical #crime #fiction #suspense #lovestory #football #gangs #hooliganism

The Summer of 1976 (picture from social media)

‘Top Secret Worcestershire II’

Following on from the success of ‘Top Secret Worcestershire’, and with over 200 photographs, many never before published, here is another dose of the secret and surprising from Worcestershire: •‘Top Secret’ bunkers, including the hidden BBC communications centre that would service the United Kingdom following a nuclear strike. •A ‘walk through’ a Worcestershire Royal Observer Corps Underground Monitoring Post (nuclear bunker) and its equipment, plus discover the stirring history of the Corps. •A secret rocket factory in the heart of Worcester and how a rocket motor works and is built. •The drawings of a ‘serial artist’ inspired by his time in the local Air Training Corps. •A local Vulcan pilot’s story. •A Malvern scientist’s story. •Recollections and wonderful photographs from Defford and Pershore. If you like aviation and military history, the ‘Cold War’ history of the United Kingdom, local history, social history, science and technology and the recollections of ordinary people doing the extraordinary, this is the book for you. If you liked ‘Top Secret Worcestershire’, you will love this too. #coldwar #ROC #kidderminster #malvern #worcestershire

‘One In For D & D’

‘Evening all’- a police saying invented by television, spoken by the archetypal British policeman, P.C. George Dixon. But it’s not in this book, because it isn’t real. Instead you’ll find ‘Sarbut’ inside? Is that a ‘who’ or a ‘what’? And what are ‘Appointments’, because you won’t find them in a diary. Why would you call someone ‘Bungalow’? And who are the ‘Donkey Wallopers’? What does ‘All correct sir’ mean, and is ‘Carry on sir’ straight out of a film? Find the answers in this light-hearted little book, which is essential ‘Brummie’ reading and lifts the lid on the strange phenomena of ‘police humour’. This book explores more than five hundred phrases, abbreviations and nicknames, spoken by the police in the West Midlands over many decades. The nature of policing, with its adherence to rules and regulations, as well as procedures and the rule of law, implies that formality must be the norm. These principles can be evidenced no more clearly than by the tenets of the role of a police officer, which are enshrined within the ‘DNA’ of every member on joining the service, and defined as follows:‘ A Constable is a citizen, locally appointed, but having authority under the Crown, for the protection of life and property, the maintenance of order, the prevention and detection of crime and the prosecution of offenders against the Peace.’ Notwithstanding the formalities that must be adhered to when working in an operational environment, the police service, in keeping with many other occupations, has developed its own sub-language and culture, which has been transformed and added to over the decades. The authors of this little book were born in Birmingham, and worked in the police in the City and wider West Midlands during their extensive service spanning more than seventy years. Having already explored the use of so-called ‘Brummie’ slang words in a previous book, ‘Ta-ra-a-Bit, Our Kid’, they have now taken a light-hearted look at the routine use of slang, abbreviations and nicknames in the police service in the West Midlands, from the days before ‘political correctness’ to the present day, assisted by the memories of more than fifty colleagues, both serving and retired. ‘Black Humour’ is a facet of police culture and in truth it is also one of the many ‘coping mechanisms’ which enable human beings to function in a job which can be hugely stressful, often unpredictable and violent, as well as routinely challenging. Many of the slang phrases embrace an element of ‘darkness’ but rarely are, or were intended to be, malicious or negative. In an environment where most give ‘as good as they get’ the word ‘banter’ is quite commonly heard. Nowadays some of the content would be deemed culturally unacceptable, but the book represents a piece of social history, and the language represents the culture of its time. As such the authors did not feel that it would be right to apply today’s values to the past. For simplicity, this collection of over five hundred phrases and abbreviations is presented in alphabetical order, using of course the phonetic alphabet, still routinely employed by officers and police staff to this day. Above all the book demonstrates that even police officers have a great but ‘different’ sense of humour! Second edition with even more sayings. See our other Police humour books – It’s A Blag & It’s A Blag II #wmp #police #history #humour #nottobetakentooseriously #xmas

‘Reporting For Duty’

‘Courage and Commitment’ was the motto adopted by the West Midlands Police when it celebrated twenty-five years of existence in 1999. It was as relevant then as it is to this day. ‘Reporting For Duty’ seeks to provide the reader with a unique insight into the world of policing in the West Midlands, and the challenges faced by the Force daily from its inception on the 1st April 1974, to 1999. It covers a tumultuous period of social history, as the fabric of society was moulded, stretched and reformed against a backcloth of political and civil unrest, culminating in outbreaks of serious violence and acts of terrorism, whilst serious crime and serious criminals constantly tested the Force’s ability to respond effectively. This book highlights many personal acts of ‘courage and commitment’, but it also pays tribute to those officers who paid the ultimate price and lost their lives in the ‘line of duty’. Time marches on, but they will forever remain in the thoughts of their families and the Police Service to which they gave so much. They will not be forgotten by the ‘police family’. This is a book filled with factual police history blended with personal accounts from scores of individuals who provide a ‘human touch’ to the story of arguably the UK’s second biggest police force. It is also packed with two hundred images, most of which have never been seen by the public. ‘Reporting For Duty’ is a must-read for police historians, and social history academics, but mostly it is a compelling read for members of the public who simply want to know more about what makes the men and women who serve in the police continue to ‘report for duty’ whatever the challenges they will have to face. #wmp #police #history #truestories #onefamily #tradition #courage

‘The Hooligans Are Still Among Us’

Topical then – topical now and at the forefront of the news again today – looking at how hooliganism continues to plague British football, former police officers Michael Layton and Bill Rogerson explore the continued effect of violence on the modern game. The Hooligans Are Still Among Us examines the damage wrought by hooligans travelling to and from domestic matches as well as within the stadium itself, the English disease abroad and the continuing factor of racist and sectarian motivations in fuelling the madness. Layton and Rogerson also paint a portrait of some of British football’s most notorious firms, as well as looking at some of the potential solutions being put forward by the British police. Fully up to date, including first-hand accounts of the madness that engulfed Marseilles as Russian, English and French fans clashed at Euro 2016, The Hooligans Are Still Among Us is an essential read for anyone interested in the pervasive influence hooliganism continues to have on the beautiful game. #football #hooliganism #uk #police #history #thebeautifulgame @amberleypublishers

Top Secret Worcestershire

Deep in the beautiful Worcestershire countryside lie a number of secret places that played a special part in protecting a generation from the onslaught of a world war. Traveller’s passing through leafy Worcestershire lanes may catch a glimpse of a structure that seems out of place against the backdrop of fields and hills – the dish of a gigantic radio telescope. How did such an incongruous structure arrive in the middle of nowhere, and what does it do? This book answers the question, and recounts the dramatic history of two ‘Top Secret’ wartime airfields, and how their activities were inextricably linked to the ‘boffins’ of the Malvern Telecommunications Research Establishment. It tells the story of brilliant inventions, wartime courage and sacrifice, tragic air crashes, and ordinary and extraordinary people, pushing themselves and their machines to the limit and beyond. Crafted using personal recollections – the book reveals the truly extraordinary wartime commitment and camaraderie that fuelled extraordinary endeavour and achievement. #RAF #Defford #Pershore #Radar #WWII #truestories #Malvern

‘The Night The Owl Cried – A Taste of Cyprus’

Cyprus is the third largest island in the Mediterranean and possesses a rich blend of European and Eastern influence, as it stands facing east and west, with its history shaped by the Roman, Greek and Turkish Empires.
Androulla Christou-Layton was born on the island in 1965 – it is her home and where her heart truly lies.
In a place with a resident population of less than one million people, families are inextricably linked to each other, and whatever the distance between them those bonds remain strong.
This book tells the story of Andry’s life in Cyprus between 1965 and 1983, beginning with the creation of the Christou family, and then moving on to the generations that followed.
It reveals a very personal insight into the world of a child growing up in difficult circumstances during years which included the dramatic events of a coup and invasion in 1974, plus a host of tragedies which touched her life, in some form or another.
Above all else though it is a tale of hope and happiness as new births, christenings and weddings add to the family.
If you like history, culture, customs, and food mixed in with a real-life story, and the odd ‘fairy tale’, told in a simple fashion then this is a book for you.
It’s a must-read for people looking to holiday on the island who want to experience and feel what life is really like behind the sun and the beaches. It will also appeal to historians and those with an interest in other people’s way of life.
You will certainly know much more about the real Cyprus by the end of it.

In 2022 a second book – ‘The Patriot’ will be published which charts the life during turbulent times of Andry Christou’s father – Costas Christou (RIP). From ‘EOKA’ fighter to becoming a talented artist details for the book were translated from Greek to English from his many diaries never before published. #cyprus #truestories #culture #politics #familylife #places #food #history

‘The Little Book of Slang, Sayings, Jargon and Humour’ – signed copies available

The definition of slang according to the Oxford Dictionary is ‘a type of language consisting of words and phrases that are regarded as very informal are more common in speech than in writing and are typically restricted to a particular context or group of people’. Thus, the choice of a phrase, or the use of ‘jargon’, a saying, or abbreviation, can accurately reflect our links to a specific place, employment or situations that impact upon us in our everyday lives. In the UK alone it is estimated that there are at least fifty-six regional interpretations of how we use English to convey our feelings and to communicate with one another. This little book contains some 2,000 such phrases, sayings and abbreviations drawn together, in the main, from the experiences of one family. It manifestly displays what a diverse world we now live in as families transcend different cultures and countries. It is not an academic study, rather it is designed to promote memories, to enable reflection on previous life experiences and, above all else, to simply have some fun whilst reading it. Preserving our past whilst understanding the present helps us to create history for the future as new generations go on to create their own versions of ‘slang’ applicable to that period. ‘Ta-Ra-A-Bit’. #slang #sayings #jargon #humour #historical #comparativelinguistics #fun #xmas #memories