La población española se hace mayor. Los servicios públicos sanitarios y sociales se enfrentan al reto de atender convenientemente a los ancianos que desean permanecer en sus... More > hogares, pero que son incapaces de valerse por sí mismos.
Ingresar en una residencia y la ayuda domiciliaria, hasta ahora las opciones más comunes, encuentran un nuevo aliado, la teleasistencia. Un servicio basado en las nuevas tecnologías de la comunicación.
La ayuda a domicilio cubre tareas tan variopintas como la limpieza y el arreglo del hogar, la higiene personal, la compañía dentro y fuera del domicilio o el desarrollo de diversas actividades recreativas< Less
Small monastery dogs, thought to be early representatives of the Tibetan Spaniel, loyally trailed behind their Lama masters and came to be regarded as "little Lions" owing to their... More > resemblance to the Chinese guardian lions that gave them great value and prestige. The practice of sending the dogs as gifts to the palaces of China and other Buddhist countries grew significantly, and more "lion dogs" were presented back to Tibet, continuing until as late as 1908. As a result of exchanges of Tibetan Spaniels between palaces and monasteries, the breed is likely to have common ancestors with Oriental breeds such as the Japanese Chin and the Pekingese.
Not only was the Tibetan Spaniel prized as a pet and companion, it was a useful member of Tibetan monastic life. The little dogs would sit on the monastery walls, keeping watch over the countryside.
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I am not without self‐control, yet when Miss Davies entered the
room with that air of importance she invariably assumes when she
has an unusually fine position to offer, I could not hide all... More > traces of
I needed a position, needed it badly, while the others—
But her eyes are on our faces, she is scanning us all with that close
and calculating gaze which lets nothing escape. She has passed me
by—my heart goes down, down—when suddenly her look returns
and she singles me out.
“Miss Saunders.” Then, “I have a word to say to you.”< Less
"That's just it," said Bunning. "Well, then? Why shouldn't his Worship come here at night and stick up there as long as he likes? What's against it?"
"Precedent!"... More > retorted Spizey. "Ain't never been done before--never! Haven't I been in the office I hold nigh on to forty years? Seen a many mayors, aldermen and common councillors come and go in my time. But never do I remember a Mayor coming here to this Moot Hall of a night, with books and papers--which is dangerous matters at any time, except in their proper place, such as my proclamations and the town dockyments--and sitting there for hours, doing--what?"
Bunning shook his head. He was pulling steadily at his pipe as he listened, and he gazed meditatively at the smoke curling away from it and his pipe.< Less
Salford in England has been a city since 1270, but it has never elected a Mayor, not until now. The town has been transfixed by the sight of numerous hopefuls falling over themselves to put their... More > names forward and sieze the prestigious - and well-paid - new position. Greed, ambition, naked search for power, all the worst qualities of the human psyche have come to the fore, and Melia is involved, only because her Uncle has asked for her help in getting a friend of his elected. Later it gets more difficult, especially when Uncle Mart puts his own name forward, and then blackmail, sexual assault and murder get added to the mix. Can Melia win through, or, equally as important, can the good name of Salford survive?< Less
Konrad, a charismatic outsider, wanders an apocalyptic land known as The Province. Arriving at the town of Aln he installs himself as schoolmaster and gradually subverts the community’s order.... More > He succeeds in getting himself elected mayor, further feeding his appetite for power. Privacy is declared a sin, private property is abolished and polygamy implemented. The City is forced to send its army to get rid of him for good. But at his show-trial Konrad’s mysterious manipulation produces an extraordinary outcome.
Set in a barren fantasy landscape, The Mayor of Aln combines elements both ancient and modern. A strange, dark and amusing tale of moral manipulation and the cult of personality.
The Mayor of Aln is the first book in James Rourke's The Province Trilogy.< Less
Miss Saunders is out for an adventure. One which is full of secrets, hints, and half-lies. One which will require all of her wits. She is to be a companion to the mayor's wife. The lady is unhappy,... More > and the reason for her grave unhappiness is more serious than you think.< Less