The first edition of Complete Idiot's Guide to Bridge
by H. Anthony Medley was the fastest
selling beginning bridge book, going through more than 10 printings.
Second Edition includes some modern advanced bidding systems and
conventions, like Two over One, a system used by many modern
tournament players, Roman Key Card Blackwood, New Minor
Forcing, Reverse Drury, Forcing No Trump, and others.
Also included is a detailed Guide to
Bids and Responses, along with the most detailed, 12-page
Glossary ever published, as well as examples to make learning the game
even easier. Click book to order.
by Tony Medley
If you like your
movies convoluted, but fast paced and high tempo, this is right up your
alley. I hesitate to even try to tell the plot because it is Byzantine,
at best. But, basically, Lenny Cole (Tom Wilkinson) is a corrupt city
boss in London who gets things done and is rolling in graft. He scams
two grifters, One Two (Gerard Butler) and Mumbles (Idris Elba), then
tries to scam a Russian, Uri (Karel Roden, a dead ringer for a young
Michael York), which causes a clash between Lenny’s “Old School,” and
Uri’s “new school.”
This is a
director’s movie, and Michael Ritchie is in rare form. The film cuts
back and forth with unique camera angles and lighting. Thrown into the
mix is a sexy accountant, Stella (Thandie Newton), who either falls for
One Two or is fallen for, or, maybe, both.
Toby Kebbell plays
Johnny Quid, Lenny’s foster son, who is a really screwed up rocker.
There are so many characters, including profane rapper Ludacris along
with Jeremy Piven, who, as usual, gives as good a performance as anyone
in the film, that I gave up trying to keep everyone straight, or even
follow the plot too closely. That would have been work. I just sat back
and enjoyed the banter and quirky filmmaking at which Ritchie excels.