The Man Who Travelled On Motorways

Author: Trevor Hoyle
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 1848669283
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The Man Who Travelled On Motorways from the Author: Trevor Hoyle. During his long, late-night drives along the motorways of Britain - through Manchester, London and the South Lancashire mill towns - our narrator falls victim to a series of psychoses. Soon these familiar landscapes are no longer what they seem, taking on a nightmarish quality as he descends into reminiscence and doubt, and the objective world crumbles to dust in his hands. The Man Who Travelled on Motorways is a cult classic, the first novel to exploit the mystique of motorway travel - the realities, unrealities and fantasies that take over the mind of the long-distance driver - from award-winning novelist Trevor Hoyle.

From Rail To Road And Back Again

Author: Colin Divall
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 131713186X
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From Rail To Road And Back Again from the Author: Colin Divall. The coming of the railways signalled the transformation of European society, allowing the quick and cheap mass transportation of people and goods on a previously unimaginable scale. By the early decades of the twentieth century, however, the domination of rail transport was threatened by increased motorised road transport which would quickly surpass and eclipse the trains, only itself to be challenged in the twenty-first century by a renewal of interest in railways. Yet, as the studies in this volume make clear, to view the relationship between road and rail as a simple competition between two rival forms of transportation, is a mistake. Rail transport did not vanish in the twentieth century any more than road transport vanished in the nineteenth with the appearance of the railways. Instead a mutual interdependence has always existed, balancing the strengths and weaknesses of each system. It is that interdependence that forms the major theme of this collection. Divided into two main sections, the first part of the book offers a series of chapters examining how railway companies reacted to increasing competition from road transport, and exploring the degree to which railways depended on road transportation at different times and places. Part two focuses on road mobility, interpreting it as the innovative success story of the twentieth century. Taken together, these essays provide a fascinating reappraisal of the complex and shifting nature of European transportation over the last one hundred years.

The Motorway Achievement

Author: Peter Baldwin
Publisher: Thomas Telford
ISBN: 9780727731968
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The Motorway Achievement from the Author: Peter Baldwin. The creation of the UK motorway network in the second half of the 20th century facilitated a dramatic improvement in the mobility of people and goods and contributed greatly to the prosperity enjoyed today. Key coverage Recounts the many attempts to promote substantial road improvement and new road planning in the first half of the 20th century Includes a reprint of Sir Frederick Cook's seminal report along with other papers reflecting the altered attitude to motorways An account of Harold Watkinson's contribution, who, though not the first to announce a motorway, did more than most Ministers of Transport to initiate the motorway programme Economic appraisal and forecasting techniques used The technical problems that had to be mastered in the persistent search for better value for money How the Transport Research Laboratory contributed to better safety through its interest in engineering, materials and design Chapter devoted to geometric design

The Transport Debate

Author: Jon Shaw
Publisher: Policy Press
ISBN: 1447301943
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The Transport Debate from the Author: Jon Shaw. At a time when transport is high on the political agenda and government decision-making is being vigorously scrutinised, there is a need for an incisive and accessible analysis of the key policy issues. This book is a highly readable introduction to the transport debate from two experts in the field. The authors celebrate the advantages of a modern transport system, but argue that years of poorly conceived and executed transport policy have resulted in Britain’s transport system being far worse than it should be. They show that a substandard transport system creates economic, social and environmental costs, but demonstrate how these can be addressed through affordable and politically deliverable changes. Using a refreshingly novel approach, Shaw and Docherty use the familiar idea of the journey as the basis for their discussion. The book follows members of the Smith family as they uncover a wide array of transport issues, including why the problems we all encounter as we travel around actually come about; which policy trade-offs were responsible for creating them in the first place; what impacts we all have to suffer as a result; and what we can do to fix them. This lively and engaging approach will make the book ideal for a wide readership.

Death And The Motorway

Author: David Gilbey
Publisher: Interactive Publications
ISBN: 1876819782
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Death And The Motorway from the Author: David Gilbey. "Selected poems by an experienced poet, academic and critic who has travelled extensively to Japan and Europe. He teaches Creative Writing and Literature at the Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga, where he was a founding member of Wagga Wagga Writers Writers, as well as the editor of Four Ws magazine."--Provided by publisher.

The Crooked Man

Author: Philip Davison
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1446466787
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The Crooked Man from the Author: Philip Davison. A darkly funny, moving and original novel about a man coming to terms with the corruption around him and the conscience within. Harry Fielding is a shabby, solitary, but basically cheerful sort, living in a seamy flat in London and subsisting on a diet of gin and pre-packed airline meals in unmarked silver containers. He also works for MI5. Surveillance, protection, the occasional rough-and-tumble - just enough to keep body and soul together. However, when Harry witnesses Lisa, his next-door neighbour, killing and burying her sister's violent husband, he begins to lose his appetite...

Ghost Milk

Author: Iain Sinclair
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN: 146682011X
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Ghost Milk from the Author: Iain Sinclair. From "an astonishingly original and entertaining writer" (Michael Dirda, The Washington Post) and "our greatest guide to London" (The Spectator), an extraordinary book about a disappearing city The Olympics, the story goes, have transformed London into a gleaming, wholly modern city. And East London—Olympic headquarters—is the city's new jewel, provider of unlimited opportunities and better tomorrows. The grime and poverty have been scrubbed away, and huge stadiums and grand public sculptures have taken their place. The writer Iain Sinclair has lived in East London for four decades, and in Ghost Milk, he tells a very different story about his home: that of a neighborhood turned upside down, of stolen history. Long-beloved parks have vanished; police raids can occur at any time; and high-security exclusion zones—enforced by armed guards and hidden cameras—have steamrolled East London's open streets and public spaces. To prepare for the most public of events, everything has been privatized. A call to arms against the politicians and public figures who have so doggedly preached the gospel of the Olympics, Ghost Milk is also a brilliant reflection on a changing landscape—and Sinclair's most personal book yet. In an attempt to understand what has happened to his beloved city, Sinclair travels farther afield: he walks along the Thames from the North Sea to Oxford; he rides the bus across northern England; he visits Athens and Berlin, Olympic sites of the recent and distant past. Elegiac, intimate, and audacious, Ghost Milk is at once a powerful chronicle of memory and loss, in the tradition of W. G. Sebald and Roberto Bolaño, and a passionate interrogation of our embrace of progress at any cost.

The Record Players

Author: Bill Brewster
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
ISBN: 0802195350
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The Record Players from the Author: Bill Brewster. Acclaimed authors and music historians Bill Brewster and Frank Broughton have spent years traveling across the world to interview the revolutionary and outrageous DJs who shaped the last half-century of pop music. The Record Players is the fun and revealing result—a collection of firsthand accounts from the obsessives, the playboys, and the eccentrics that dominated the music scene and contributed to the evolution of DJ culture. It started when, instead of a live band, someone turned on the record player, and suddenly partygoers had more than one style of music to dance to. In the sixties, radio tastemakers brought their sound to the masses, sock hop by sock hop, while early trendsetters birthed the role of the club DJ at temples of hip like the Peppermint Lounge. By the seventies, DJs were dictating musical taste and changing the course of popular music; and in the eighties, young innovators wore out their cross-faders developing techniques that carried them over the line between record player and musician. With discographies, favorite songs, and amazing photos of all the DJs as young firebrands, The Record Players offers an unparalleled music education: from records to synthesizers, from disco to techno, and from small groups of influential music lovers to arenas packed with thousands of dancing fans. A history told by the visionaries who experienced the movement, The Record Players allows a rare glimpse into the sound, culture, and craft that developed into a worldwide industry.

Birds In Scotland

Author: Valerie M. Thom
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 1408138360
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Birds In Scotland from the Author: Valerie M. Thom. This impressively comprehensive study and review of the birds in Scotland by Valerie Thom, editor of Scottish Birds and past-President of the Scottish Ornithologists' Club, may be said to follow on where the celebrated two volumes of The Birds of Scotland (1953), by Dr Baxter and Miss Rintoul, left off. It does more than that, however, since not only has there been a profound increase in ornithological coverage and data (as reflected in the species accounts), there have also been great changes in habitat and environment since the days of Baxter & Rintoul. These aspects form the themes of the ten preliminary chapters reviewing the Scottish scene today in terms of habitat, conservation, birdwatching and the changes in species status and distribution.The species accounts, the backbone of the book, review the period 1950-83 but include, where practicable, records of rarities and details of counts up to the spring of 1985; there are also brief summaries of earlier data based on the researches of Baxter & Rintoul. In all, 497 species are dealt with.The texts of major species accounts are complemented by 173 distribution maps and many tables of relevant data, and there are 129 species drawings by a team of artists under the editorship of Donald Watson, who also contributes chapter head pieces and other drawings. A section of photographs illustrates the varied habitats typical of Scotland today. There are, further, appendices and an extensive bibliography.The book is of great and obvious interest to all birdwatchers in Scotland but it will be of special value, too, to the many thousands of birdwatching visitors from elsewhere in these islands and from countries abroad.The Scottish Ornithologists' Club, for whom the book is published, and all whose records and researches made the author's work possible, have reason to be proud of Valerie Thom's achievement. The book's users will be indebted to them all for this comprehensive and essential guide to birds in Scotland.

From Boys To Men

Author: George Peat
ISBN: 1326506803
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From Boys To Men from the Author: George Peat. A book full of adventure through one man's eyes. Born in 1937 living in England before travelling to the Bahamas, India, Africa, Canada, Blackpool and Garstang. Working on large machines, gold and diamond mines, motorways, pipe lines, Lancaster University and many more places around the World. Family life from 1937 to 2012