Have a break – catch Breaking bad

Maybe not the usual offering you’d expect from the Cardiff Business School (CARBS) but if you fancy a break from all that studying why not settle down to watch the fifth and final series of the hit American drama Breaking Bad.

51J4r1Z1pyL__AA160_As I am sure many followers of the series will know, Breaking Bad is the story of chemistry teacher Walter White (played by Bryan Cranston) who when diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer, turns to a life of crime, producing and selling drugs, with the ultimate goal of securing his family’s financial future before he dies.

According to the DVD container of this final series “Walt’s transformation from well-meaning family man to ruthless drug kingpin is nearly complete … Walt preceeds to make a killing in the meth business until the fruits of his murderous schemes are threatened by a new development in the investigation led by his brother-in-law-Hank.”

You can find this and all of the previous series in Aberconway Library.
Breaking bad (2013). London: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Ask at the information desk

Books by Cardiff University Staff

In the last few months the following books have been added to stock, all are written, or contributed to by Cardiff authors.

FrenchrightPassmore, Kevin (2013) The right in France from the Third Republic to Vichy.  Oxford: Oxford University Press.

“This book provides a new history of parliamentary conservatism and the extreme right in France during the successive crises of the years from 1870 to 1945. In it, Kevin Passmore charts royalist opposition to the newly established Republic, the emergence of the nationalist extreme right in the 1890s, and the parallel development of republican conservatism. He moves on to the hitherto unstudied story of conservatism in during the Great War, and then to the Right’s victory in the 1919 elections. Passmore charts the crisis of parliamentary conservatism in the interwar years, and explores the Right’s response to the rise of Fascism and Communism. He concludes by placing the Vichy regime, which governed France under the German Occupation, in the context of the history of conservative politics. This history is related to the struggle of those who saw themselves as ‘elites’ to preserve their leadership in the ‘age of the masses’.” (from the publishers)

The author is a reader in history at Cardiff University; this book was added to ASSL (DC331.P2)

outerhebridesSharples, Niall M. (2012, ed.) A late Iron Age farmstead in the Outer Hebrides : excavations at mound 1, Bornais, South Uist. Oxford: Oxbow.

Part of the Cardiff studies in archaeology series, as well as the editor, nine other contributors work in SHARE; this book was added to ASSL (Folio DA880.H4.L2)

crime bookAndrew, Lucy & Phelps, Catherine (2013, eds.) Crime fiction in the city : capital crimes. Cardifff: University of Wales Press.

Edited by doctoral candidates and postgraduate tutors at Cardiff, according to the acknowledgements the collection had its origins in the 2009 Crime Narratives in Context Colloquium held at Cardiff University; entitled ‘Capital crimes: reading and writing crime and cities’ this colloquium was supported by The British Academy.  This item was also added to ASSL (PN3448.D4.C7)

Renton, Tara & Hill, C. M. (2013) Clinical guide to oral surgery. Book 1. London: British Dental Association.

C. Micahel Hill is the consultant oral and maxifacial surgeon at the Cardiff Dental Hospital.  D. W. Thomas, a contributor to the book, is a professior and honorary consultant in oral surgery at Cardiff University.  The book was added to the Dental Library (Ca REN).

What have the Greeks and Romans done for us???

RomansWhy, in the 21st century, should we still care about the ancient world?” ask the flyleaf on the dust jacket of this book.  The long shadow of antiquity: what have the Greeks and Romans done for us? is a quick romp through the contributions provided by the ancient Greeks and Romans to the modern world.  Starting with food and shelter, and ending with popular culture we learn about the influences behind many aspects of our world today.

As the introduction says: “This book is intended to help you to better ‘know yourself’ by taking you on an entertaining journey through the institutions, artifacts, rituals, and structures that make up our modern culture, and to point out some of the myriad ways in which the civilizations of ancient Greece and Rome have fundamentally influenced and shaped the world that we live in today.  You will discover that everything from how we measure time, build our cities, get married, and organize our governments, to what we do for fun and how we worship, has origins in the classical world.” (p. ix-x)

This book covers a large range of examples, and is to some extent a fairly superficial gloss on the subject, but it is an enteratining read and will probably whet the appetite of many readers, and lead them to further reading about the ancient world.


“Romani ite domum” another memorable scene from Life of Brian

Despite the subtitle of this book alluding to a scene in Monty Python’s Life of Brian (What have the Romans ever done for us?) the authors sadly seem to have missed out all reference to this film, even in the popular culture section.  A bit of an oversight really.

Aldrete, Gregory S. & Aldrete, Alicia (2012) The long shadow of antiquity: what have the Greeks and Romans done for us?  London: Continuum.
ISBN: 9781441162472
Classmark: DF78.A5 (ASSL)