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Danie Couchman grew up on the move, her family never staying still long enough for her to say where she's from. At twenty-five, and living in her seventeenth home, she finds herself drowning in the rush of London life, and makes an impulsive decision: to buy a narrowboat and make it her home. Surrounded by an eclectic and itinerant community in the uncharted territory of the capital's urban wilderness, Danie becomes fully immersed in this hidden world. Each day onboard her boat Genesis is an adventure full of disaster and magic. Over five years of living off-grid, nomadic Danie learns to survive the many highs and lows of boat life alone, keeping herself, and her steel home, afloat. A captivating debut, Afloat is the story of a young woman's desire to escape an ever more isolated city existence and reconnect with nature, discovering what is important in life.
An essential guide for those looking to capture the diversity of the railways. Suitable for both seasoned and amateur railway photography enthusiasts. The UK has a huge market for historical railway societies and railway enthusiasts. Photographers may have different expectations of a railway visit. Some may simply want a record of a `day out', with children and partners featuring as strongly as locomotives, rolling stock or buildings. Others may want to record particular items seen in different collections, and some may want to use the railway situation to improve their technical photographic skills. Students of railway engineering might need photographic records of their work, and artists may be seeking source materials for their portfolios. For many, there may be a combination of these hopes. However, taking photos in a crowded train station setting, where commuters, guards and engineers must be dodged before even opening a camera bag, is a skill that takes time to perfect. Experienced railway photographer Ron Pickering provides a wealth of information to help capture unforgettable images, including how to make the most of the lighting, night time photography and post-shoot digital manipulation. The Art of Railway Photography offers guidance on technique and management of photographic equipment. There are also handy tips for producing the most realistic images in an enclosed environment, and on utilising the photographer's understanding of railway working to produce memorable and artistically fulfilling photographic records.
"Lands of Lost Borders is illuminating, heart-warming, and hopeful in its suggestion that we will explore not to conquer but to connect."-Booklist (starred review) "Lands of Lost Borders carried me up into a state of openness and excitement I haven't felt for years. It's a modern classic."-Pico Iyer A brilliant, fierce writer, and winner of the 2019 RBC Taylor Prize, makes her debut with this enthralling travelogue and memoir of her journey by bicycle along the Silk Road-an illuminating and thought-provoking fusion of The Places in Between, Lab Girl, and Wild that dares us to challenge the limits we place on ourselves and the natural world. As a teenager, Kate Harris realized that the career she craved-to be an explorer, equal parts swashbuckler and metaphysician-had gone extinct. From what she could tell of the world from small-town Ontario, the likes of Marco Polo and Magellan had mapped the whole earth; there was nothing left to be discovered. Looking beyond this planet, she decided to become a scientist and go to Mars. In between studying at Oxford and MIT, Harris set off by bicycle down the fabled Silk Road with her childhood friend Mel. Pedaling mile upon mile in some of the remotest places on earth, she realized that an explorer, in any day and age, is the kind of person who refuses to live between the lines. Forget charting maps, naming peaks: what she yearned for was the feeling of soaring completely out of bounds. The farther she traveled, the closer she came to a world as wild as she felt within. Lands of Lost Borders, winner of the 2018 Banff Adventure Travel Award, is the chronicle of Harris's odyssey and an exploration of the importance of breaking the boundaries we set ourselves; an examination of the stories borders tell, and the restrictions they place on nature and humanity; and a meditation on the existential need to explore-the essential longing to discover what in the universe we are doing here. Like Rebecca Solnit and Pico Iyer, Kate Harris offers a travel account at once exuberant and reflective, wry and rapturous. Lands of Lost Borders explores the nature of limits and the wildness of the self that can never fully be mapped. Weaving adventure and philosophy with the history of science and exploration, Lands of Lost Borders celebrates our connection as humans to the natural world, and ultimately to each other-a belonging that transcends any fences or stories that may divide us.
With a Haynes manual, you can do-it-yourself...from simple maintenance to basic repairs. Haynes writes every book based on a complete teardown of the vehicle, where we learn the best ways to do a job and that makes it quicker, easier and cheaper for you. Haynes books have clear instructions and hundreds of photographs that show each step. Whether you are a beginner or a pro, you can save big with a Haynes manual! This manual features complete coverage for your Triumph Sprint, Speed Triple and Tiger built between 2005 and 2015, covering: routine maintenance, tune-up procedures, engine repair, cooling and heating, air conditioning, fuel and exhaust, emissions control, ignition, brakes, suspension and steering, electrical systems, and wiring diagrams.
This is one in a series of manuals for car or motorcycle owners. Each book provides information on routine maintenance and servicing, with tasks described and photographed in a step-by-step sequence so that even a novice can do the work.
The variety of people seduced by the idea of living, or at least holidaying, in a home on wheels is wide and all-encompassing; from retired couples to digital nomads, and from surfers living on an extreme budget to start-up professionals. Van Life celebrates every aspect of a home on wheels, with help and advice on successful holidays, exciting sabbaticals and even a complete transformation to van life, leaving the static comfort of a roof and four walls and heading off into the unknown. Chapters include help on choosing your vehicle, where to find advice on refurb and conversion, what to pack, what to leave behind, and how to achieve those day-to-day challenges on the open road - like making a cup of coffee, getting your laundry done and finding a safe place to sleep.
When three friends - Paul, Johno and Leigh - clicked `buy' on an iconic London cab, little did they know what they were letting themselves in for. Leaving the Big Smoke in their taxi bound for Sydney, the lads began a 43,000-mile trip that would take them off the beaten track to some of the most dangerous and deadly places on earth. By the time they arrived home, they would manage against all the odds to circumnavigate the globe and break two world records. From altercations with the Iranian secret police to narrowly escaping the Taliban, the trio's adventure is filled with hair-raising escapades. Feel the fear, revel in the fun and meet some of the hundred passengers the taxi picked up along the way, as the authors take you on their action-packed journey.
Distribution of milk started from cow houses in the city, or farms using horse and cart. Later, milk was collected in milk churns, which the farmer left on a milk stand at the farm gate that was collected by a lorry for delivery to the dairy. Milk also used to be moved on the railways, from railway sidings to dairies around the country. The Milk Marketing Board (MMB) was formed in 1933 and sold the milk to the dairies on behalf of the farmers. In the early years, the milk industry also saw some big names including COOP, Express, Unigate and United Dairies who all had their own transport. In 1993 the government ordered the abolishment of the MMB to allow free competition in the milk industry. This gave the dairies a chance to have their own transport to move bulk milk. At the same time the company Milk Marque was formed, which had the job of moving all the milk which wasn't supplied directly to the dairy companies. In 180 rare and previously unpublished images, Nigel Scaife tells the story of transport and milk.
The incredible true story of the origin of human flight, by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author David McCullough. On a winter day in 1903, in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, two unknown brothers from Ohio changed history. But it would take the world some time to believe what had happened: the age of flight had begun, with the first heavier-than-air, powered machine carrying a pilot. Who were these men and how was it that they achieved what they did? David McCullough, two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize, tells the surprising, profoundly human story of Wilbur and Orville Wright. Far more than a couple of unschooled Dayton bicycle mechanics who happened to hit on success, they were men of exceptional courage and determination, and of far-ranging intellectual interests and ceaseless curiosity, much of which they attributed to their upbringing. In this thrilling book, McCullough draws on the immense riches of the Wright Papers, including private diaries, notebooks, scrapbooks, and more than a thousand letters from private family correspondence to tell the human side of the Wright Brothers' story, including the little-known contributions of their sister, Katharine, without whom things might well have gone differently for them.
Like the railway industry in the nineteenth century, Britain was a major player in supplying the world with buses, particularly double-deckers. The principal contributors in the mid-twentieth century were AEC, Daimler, Guy and Leyland Motors. Buses were exported throughout the world either as complete vehicles or as a chassis with locally assembled bodywork completing the bus. Featured here are previously unpublished photographs of British buses in China, India, Macau, Malta, South Africa, Portugal and Hong Kong.
No other ship in history has attracted so much attention, stirred up such powerful emotion, or accumulated as many legends and myths as Titanic. "Unsinkable" is a fresh look at this incredible story, one that centers on the people who built the ship, crewed her, and sailed on her. It follows the great ship as she grows on the ways at Harland & Wolff in Belfast, sails from Southampton toward her unexpected rendezvous with an iceberg, then slowly sinks into the North Atlantic, forever shattering the optimistic complacency of her era. The story doesn't end there, however, for the tale continues through the high drama of the U.S. Senate investigation and the British Board of Trade inquiry, then introduces the "mystery ship" Californian, whose officers watched Titanic sink and did nothing for fear of being subjected to their sleeping captain's wrath. The narrative then carries on with the recovery of many of Titanic's dead and their interment at Halifax, Nova Scotia, through the discovery of the wreck in 1985, and finally to the abortive 1996 expedition to raise a section of her rusted hull.
Following nationalisation in 1948, the newly created British Railways continued to construct coaching stock based upon the designs of the 'Big Four' railways until 1951. The Pre-Nationalisation coaching stock built by the four constituent railway companies at the Grouping in 1923 - the Southern Railway, the Great Western Railway, the London, Midland & Scottish Railway and the London and North Eastern Railway - continued to feature in the BR fleet through the 1950s to the mid-1960s, as well as some coaching stock built before 1923 by the precursor railway companies to the 'Big Four'. A number of these pre-Nationalisation coaches are preserved today on various heritage railways around the country or in railway museums. This is a complete list of the coaching stock inherited by British Railways from the Great Western Railway and London & North Eastern Railway including any pre-Grouping stock still in use when the railways were nationalised in 1948. The book covers passenger as well as non-passenger coaches, including corridor and non-corridor stock, sleepers, buffet and restaurant cars, horse boxes and other non-passenger vans, griddle cars, milk tanks, etc. Conversions to departmental stock are also listed. The information in the book is organised by 'Big Four' company and each individual coach is listed, with details of when it was built, introduction and withdrawal dates. Alongside the tabular material will be a line drawing of each carriage type and a selection of mono photographs illustrating examples of the various types of coach being described. Encyclopaedic in coverage, this new volume in the Hugh Longworth library continues in the same style as previous volumes with completely comprehensive detail combined with reference illustrations and photographs. An essential addition to the railway enthusiast's library. A companion volume of the coaching stock inherited by British Railways from the Southern Railway and London, Midland & Scottish Railway will be published in 2018.
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