Adults Posture Corrector Back and Shoulder Support, Under Bust 27”-35”, Black

Adults Posture Corrector Back and Shoulder Support, Under Bust 27''-35'', Black

  • Under Bust 27”-35”.
  • Helps correct posture by gently pulling the shoulders back.
  • Offers therapeutic, healing, drug-free pain relief for an achy back.
  • Can be worn under clothes without drawing attention.
  • Designed for men and women.

Ships from Hong Kong. This Back and Shoulder Support utilizes form-fitting straps to help correct poor posture by gently pulling the shoulders back to offer therapeutic, healing, drug-free pain relief for an achy back. Designed for men and women, this comfy, lightweight, virtually undetectable support can be worn under clothes without drawing attention.

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Down Under: Travels in a Sunburned Country

Down Under: Travels in a Sunburned Country

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Australia has more things that can kill you than anywhere else. Nevertheless, Bill Bryson journeyed to the country and promptly fell in love with it. The people are cheerful, their cities are clean, the beer is cold and the sun nearly always shines.These evocative descriptions of Australia and its lifestyle are accurate and interesting. Facts, figures, history, extent and division of territories, flora and fauna; how they look, how deadly or how tame they are, and how many of them exist, will stir exciting memories for those who have been Down Under and paint a precise picture in the mind for those who haven’t.

Events, how people look and what they say are recorded faithfully and with master of observation Bill Bryson’s wonderful facility for making you laugh out loud, there are plenty of reasons for doing so. His running commentary on a radio broadcast cricket match, a game about which he knows nothing, is brilliantly inventive. There’s not a single actual word or expression associated with the game but the nuance is stunning. Spiky conversations with his English producer friend as they drive to Ayres Rock, the sighting of a rotary clothes-line in the depths of the outback, confrontations with receptionists and waiters, a beer-drinking man at the bar of the Nambucca telling him “Dining room’s closed mate. The chef’s crook. Must have ate some of his own cooking” and a full tuckerbag more, are entertainingly, albeit rather hastily, delivered by the reader. —Running time 3 hours

— Lyn Took

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Down Under: Travels in a Sunburned Country (Bryson)

Down Under: Travels in a Sunburned Country (Bryson)

It is the driest, flattest, hottest, most desiccated, infertile and climatically aggressive of all the inhabited continents and still Australia teems with life – a large portion of it quite deadly. In fact, Australia has more things that can kill you in a very nasty way than anywhere else. Ignoring such dangers – and yet curiously obsessed by them – Bill Bryson journeyed to Australia and promptly fell in love with the country. And who can blame him? The people are cheerful, extrovert, quick-witted and unfailingly obliging: their cities are safe and clean and nearly always built on water; the food is excellent; the beer is cold and the sun nearly always shines. Life doesn’t get much better than this…As his many British fans already know, bearded Yankee butterball Bill Bryson specialises in going to countries we think we know well, only to return with travelogues that are surprisingly cynical and yet shockingly affectionate. It’s a unique style, possibly best suited to the world’s weirder destinations. It’s helpful here: Bryson’s latest subject is that oddest of continents, Australia.

For a start, there’s the oddly nasty fauna and flora. Barely a page of Down Under is without its lovingly detailed list of lethal antipodean critters: sociopathic jellyfish, homicidal crocs, toilet-dwelling death-spiders, murderous shrubs (yes, shrubs). Bryson’s absorbing and informative portrait is of a terrain so intractably vast, a land so climatically extreme, it seems expressly designed to daunt and torment humankind.

This very user-unfriendliness throws up another Aussie paradox. If the country is so hostile how come the natives are so laid back, so relaxed? As Bryson shuffles from state to state, he seeks the key to the uniquely cool Australian character and finds it in Australia’s tragicomic past, her genetic seeding of convicts, explorers, gold diggers, outlaws. This is a country of lads and mates, of boozy gamblers–nowadays mellowed by sunshine and sporting success.

Down Under is a fine book. So it may not be quite as deliciously malicious as Bryson’s The Lost Continent, nor as laugh-out-loud funny as Neither Here Nor There. But so what? A Bill Bryson on cruise control is better than most travel writers on turbodrive. —Sean Thomas

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