Before Spin is the eye-opening autobiography by Keith McDowall. It reveals an exciting wartime childhood, how the author became a local reporter chasing the news in South London to eventually working in Fleet Street where he covered industry, trade unions and Cabinet level politics. At the height of his career in the Government Information Service, Keith was a close adviser to both Labour and Conservative Cabinet Ministers throughout the 1970s and 80s.
Antibiotic resistance in bacteria is rapidly becoming a major concern of medical practitioners worldwide. In fact, unless it is dealt with as a matter of urgency, we shall return to the ‘Dark Ages of Medicine’ as the British Prime Minister has recently warned. This book vividly paints the scenario before the ‘germ theory’ was conceived, and at a time when antimicrobials and anti-parasite agents were not even envisaged. How were the cause and management of infections viewed and treatment implemented, both in Britain and in tropical countries?
Reflecting on the text in the Synoptic Gospels where Jesus encounters the demon-possessed boy and his father, and then extending that reflection by means of the 14th century icon of the same text, this small book argues for a greater recognition of those with mental health problems as people vitally important to God and made in His image.
The redoubtable Peggy Haswell was a young pioneer, flying to The Gambia just after World War Two. She was an agronomist who was sent to the remote parts of Africa to study how the villagers lived. Facing crocodiles, snakes and scorpions, not to mention the local magician practising his ‘medicine’, she spent months with only her African assistant for company. But, later, with other Europeans and the locals working alongside them, Peggy and her companions made the best of their adventures.
The adventures and misadventures that occur when a monkey comes to stay ...
The area covered by this book is mainly that of the five waggonways delivering coal to their staiths on the River Tyne at Lemington from collieries at Wylam, Heddon, Throckley, Walbottle, Hollywell and Black Callerton. The main objective has been to place the early wooden waggonways fully in the context of their purpose and usage within the mining industry and continues with their development and the coming of railways up to the demise of the coal industry in that district.
When Andrew and his sister, Polly, arrive in Devon they are soon to realise that this is not going to be a normal holiday. The appearance and disappearance of the ghost of a strange teenage boy leads Andrew to discover a secret hidden in the garden of his aunt’s old house.
The Inter City 125 High Speed Train (HST) has been a major factor in the success of the British railway network since the 1970s, but it will need replacing soon. Unimpressed by current proposals for a new train design, author John Kinghorn describes a different solution which offers improved speed, comfort, flexibility and accessibility at a moderate cost. The proposal encompasses a coherent rolling stock design strategy for the British network, covering all kinds of requirements from the grandest inter city express to the smallest local stopping train.
Beyond the Trees: An Arctic Experience relates the experiences Monica, who goes from the Caribbean to Canada to attend McGill University. There she meets an Austrian, Erich, also a student and despite the differences in age, culture and language, they fall in love. This is in the 1960s when racial tensions are high in America and inter-racial marriages are uncommon. However, the pair forges ahead with a romance that overcomes prejudice, anger and discrimination, and they are married.
John Adrian Short is a Welsh truck mechanic on the run evading British authorities after committing assault, destruction of several vehicles and property, and stealing a lorry. All on New Years Eve 06. He absconds over 2000 miles away to Europe and begins a threadbare life in a Portuguese scrapyard. Months later, an intoxicated late night crash forces him into a moment of rationale. He decides to return to the U.K. to face inevitable punishment.