African Plains Coloring Book by Dianne Gaspas-Ettl, Coloring Books

By Dianne Gaspas-Ettl, Coloring Books

This interesting coloring booklet, documenting the wildlife of the African plains, will thrill colorists and nature enthusiasts alike. 41 lifelike scenes (including 4 double-page spreads), meticulously researched and properly rendered via artist Dianne Gaspas-Ettl, depict quite a few wild animals of their traditional habitats.
Included are ready-to-color illustrations of a powerful giraffe at a water gap, a matriarch and herd of African elephants, a cheetah with its younger on an deserted termite mound, a yellow-winged bat amid the blossoms of the baobab tree, village weaverbirds' nests placing from umbrella acacia, and lots more and plenty extra. Descriptive captions accompany every one representation, deciding on topics through universal and Latin names and in short describing the environment.

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Than as British. 12. Yes, I know, technically Northern Ireland is not part of Britain, but part of the ‘United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland’ – but I’ve had letters from Northern Irish 59 people who see themselves as British and complained about not being included in this section. 13. For those who think I am being too glib and dismissive in this summary, the historian Krishan Kumar makes essentially the same points (apart from the confession of laziness, which I’m sure doesn’t apply in his case) far more eloquently but at much greater length, in The Making of English National Identity – and so did the eminent political theorist and citizenship expert Sir Bernard Crick.

A few personality psychologists have wasted a lot of time ‘proving’ that national-character stereotypes are ‘untrue’ on the grounds that they do not correlate with aggregate scores on five personality factors. The supposedly ‘reserved’ English, for example, score high on ‘extra-version’ in personality questionnaires. While it is clear that so-called ‘English reserve’ is far more complex, contingent and contextual than the crude stereotype would suggest (as is its equally famous opposite, ‘English hooliganism’, a rowdy, ‘extravert’ stereotype that these researchers conveniently ignore), it is also part of a cultural ‘grammar’ of rules, norms, customs and behaviour codes that has nothing to do with individual personality traits.

60 61 PART ONE CONVERSATION CODES 62 THE WEATHER A ny discussion of English conversation, like any English conversation, must begin with the weather. 14 This, however, is the point at which most commentators either stop, or try, and fail, to come up with a convincing explanation for the English ‘obsession’ with the weather. They fail because their premise is mistaken: they assume that our conversations about the weather are conversations about the weather. In other words, they assume that we talk about the weather because we have a keen (indeed pathological) interest in the subject.

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