Bird´s Opening is an underrated and dynamic choice for White that immediately directs the game into relatively unexplored territory, setting Black players early problems and forcing them to think for themselves rather than having the luxury of relying on the theory of more mainstream openings. It´s also a very flexible option that can lead to both sharp gambit play, such as the notorious From´s Gambit, as well as quieter positional lines.In this book International Master Timothy Taylor unearths the secrets of Bird´s Opening and its many deviations. Using illustrative games, he examines tactical and positional ideas for both colors and recommends the best paths in both the ´main lines´ and the lesser-trodden paths. A study of this book will give the reader the required knowledge and confidence to play the Bird´s Opening with either color.
Schon beim ersten Hören mag man kaum glauben, dass Jade Bird erst 21 Jahre alt ist. Nach den erfolgreichen Singles ´´Lottery´´, ´´Love Has All Been Done Before´´ und dem neuen Track ´´My Motto´´ erscheint im April endlich das allererste Album der jungen Britin. Musikalisch orientiert sich das Album an Americana-Rocksounds und Folk und etabliert damit Jade als eine der spannendsten neuen Stimmen, die Großbritannien derzeit zu bieten hat. Seit ihrer Debüt-EP von 2017 ist Jade Bird unermüdlich auf Tour. Mehrere Festivalauftritte (Reeperbahn, Eurosonic, SXSW etc) reihen sich an ausverkaufte Shows in ganz Europa und den USA. 2017 gewann sie außerdem den Anchor Preis beim Reeperbahn Festival. Über zwölf großartige Songs hinweg ist Jade Bird ein selbstbewusstes, starkes Album gelungen, das seine Zuhörer gleichermaßen herausfordert und belohnt. Es ist der Sound einer jungen Frau in vollkommener Kontrolle über ihre Musik und ihre Songs, die Geschichten und Beobachtungen teilt. Internationale Pressestimmen:´´Jade Bird somehow manages to make lifes most painful moments sound so damn good.´´ - NME´´She possesses a crystalline soprano so pure that it calls to mind bubbling spring water and untouched snowfall.´´ - Pitchfork´´A force of nature!´´ - Sunday Times Culture´´There´s something infinitely satisfying about the mix of saccharine British pop and foot-stomping Americana that encapsulates Jade Bird´s approach.´´ - Rolling Stone
Eleven-year-old December knows everything about birds, and everything about getting kicked out of foster homes. All she has of her biological mum is the book she left behind, The Complete Guide to Birds, Volume One, and a photo with a message: ´In flight is where you´ll find me.´ December knows she´s truly a bird, just waiting for the day she transforms and flies away to reunite with her mum. The scar on her back must be where her wings have started to blossom - she just needs to practise and to find the right tree. She has no choice; it´s the only story that makes sense. When she´s placed with Eleanor, a new foster mum who runs a taxidermy business and volunteers at a wildlife rescue, December begins to see herself and what home means in a new light. But the story she tells herself about her past is what´s kept December going this long, and she doesn´t know if she can let go of it ... even if changing her story might mean that she can finally find a place where she belongs.
When the children of his village were struck with a mysterious illness, Number Ten Ox sought a wiseman to save them. He found master Li Kao, a scholar with a slight flaw in his character. Together they set out to find the Great Root of Power, the only possible cure. The quest led them to a host of truly memorable characters, multiple wonders, incredible adventures-and strange coincidences which were really not coincidences at all. And it involved them in an ancient crime that still perturbed the serenity of Heaven. Simply and charmingly told, this is a wry tale, a sly tale, and a story of wisdom delightfully askew. Once read, its marvels and beauty will not easily fade from the mind. The author claims that this is a novel of an ancient China that never was. But, oh . . . it should have been! Praise for Bridge of Birds ´´Li Kao may have a slight flaw in his character but the book has none. I recommend it unconditionally and I predict Barry Hughart has quite a future as a fantasy writer.´´-Anne McCaffrey
Asylum of the Birds is a new body of work by Roger Ballen, one of the most original image-makers of our times. Ballen has always sought to push the boundaries of photographic practice and has created an aesthetic and artistic vision unlike any other contemporary photographer. The images in Asylum of the Birds have been photographed entirely within the confines of a house in a Johannesburg suburb, the location of which remains a tightly guarded secret. The inhabitants of the house, both people and animals, and most notably the ever-present birds, are the cast who perform within a sculptural and decorated theatrical interior that Ballen creates and orchestrates. The resulting images are painterly, complex and surreal. They are richly layered with graffiti, drawings, animals and found objects. In a world where photographers seek to avoid definition, and whose work is often banal, Ballen is a true original who not only defies genres, but has defined his own artistic space as well.