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This book, to published in two parts, is dedicated to the memories of all those people who once worked for the Great Western Railway in South Wales, at Pontypool Road loco depot, the Eastern Valley and the Vale of Neath railway, as well as to those people who worked in the industries once served by the railway in those locations. In 2016, the UK coal mining industry is extinct, and the future of the steel industry is in doubt. This book serves as a reminder to future generations as to what a fantastic place the South Wales valleys once were for heavy industry and transport infrastructure, and also as a tribute to the pioneering 19th century railway builders. Local railway enthusiast Phil Williams, is a contract structural engineer in the aerospace industry. His father's uncle, Harry Miles, was a Swindon trained locomotive fitter at Pontypool Road in the 1930s. His family have interesting links to the mining industry. His great grandfather was Thomas Williams, the Colliery Engineer at Tirpentwys Colliery from before 1902 up to 1912; and then at Crumlin Valley Colliery Hafodrynys and the Glyn Pits, from 1915 until he died in 1925 aged 76.His father's great grandfather, Joseph Harper, was one of the 1890 Llanerch Colliery disaster rescue team; he worked at the British Top Pits. His father's uncle, Williams Harper was the foreman of the wagon shop at the Big Arch Talywain.
Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher Every country in the world, in one guidebook: Lonely Planet's The World. A Traveller's Guide to the Planet. We've taken the highlights from the world's best guidebooks and put them together into one 900+ page whopper to create the ultimate guide to Earth. This user-friendly A-Z gives a flavour of each country in the world, including a map, travel highlights, info on where to go and how to get around, as well as some quirkier details to bring each place to life. In Lonely Planet's trademark bluespine format, this is the ultimate planning resource. From now on, every traveller's journey should start here... Nearly 1000 colour photos of must-visit highlights More than 200 colour maps The guidebook every traveller needs to own About Lonely Planet: Lonely Planet is a leading travel media company and the world's number one travel guidebook brand, providing both inspiring and trustworthy information for every kind of traveller since 1973. Over the past four decades, we've printed over 145 million guidebooks and phrasebooks for 120 languages, and grown a dedicated, passionate global community of travellers. You'll also find our conte(more...)
Where the windswept Patagonian steppe meets the Andes, and the massive unclimbed south wall of Cerro San Lorenzo looks down on the Lacteo Valley, a visitor understands: Perito Moreno National Park is a stronghold of wild nature. In a region so alluring that is has become synonymous with beauty at the end of the Earth, Perito Moreno National Park is an icon of Patagonia. This relatively little visited Park is a magnet for intrepid travellers and ambitious alpinists. In a book as grand as the natural area it celebrates, Perito Moreno National Park presents a stunning collection of images of the park by renowned landscape photographer Antonio Vizcaino. With supporting essays from experts on the park's natural and cultural history, this elegant volume offers an armchair tour of one of the world's most scenic and unsullied landscapes. Legendary businessman and philanthropist Douglas Tompkins (founder of The North Face) contributes the book's foreword. In a dramatic gesture that expanded the park in 2013, Tompkins donated a key private inholding in Perito Moreno to the Argentine national parks administration.For all of those who dream of Patagonia, Perito Moreno National Park is a ticket into the heart of the wild. All proceeds from this book go towards conservation efforts at Perito Moreno National Park.
*Guides that show countries from the perspective of those who live there* Important companions for business travelers, journalists, aid workers, diplomatic personel, as well as tourists who want the background that other travel guides don't provideIndonesia is a country of superlatives and contradictions: its 17,000 islands span an extent that is wider than the landmass of the USA; it is the fourth most populous country in the world, and its Muslim population is the world's largest; more than half of the total population of 203 million live on the island of Java, which is smaller in size than England. Indonesia is rich in natural resources, but vulnerable to devastating natural hazards. Its economy was booming until the late 1990s, when it was badly damaged by the Asian financial crisis. After 30 years of the corrupt and oppressive Suharto regime, Indonesia is now struggling to redefine itself as a constitutional democracy but internal ethnic and inter-religious conflicts threaten the very future of the nation, if they cannot be resolved peacefully. This richly illustrated Profile is a picture of a country in economic, political, and environmental crisis, seen from the perspective of the poor and marginalized communities with whom Oxfam works."
This handy, beautifully illustrated guide to the mountains of New Mexico includes all prominent mountain ranges and other high points, with their locations, access, major peaks, major attractions, hiking/climbing, water, plants, and wildlife. Photographer and climber Mike Butterfield makes this guide personal - an enthralling 'guided tour'. His explorations of New Mexico's ranges, combined with a wealth of full-colour photographs, make it a book to fascinate the armchair traveller, as well as the serious climber. Author Peter Greene provides detailed information on the mountains and their regions, including geology, life zones, archaeology, and place in the history of the state. A handsome foldout map highlights mountain ranges and peaks, regions, major towns, and roads. Useful appendices include suggested mountain tours by car with a map of routes, peaks ranked by elevation, wilderness areas, national parks and monuments, and state parks and monuments.
Wild America brings together David Muench, the eminent wilderness photographer, with Roly Smith, the respected outdoor writer. This book celebrates their personal selection of Americas best ideaits National Parks. Its publication marks the centenary of the Organic Act, the 1916 federal law that established the worlds first National Park Service. Share their personal selectionin words and stunning photographs of 21 wildernesses from Acadia to Zionin this beautifully designed, collectable edition. chapters on 18 National Parks and three protected areas: Antelope Canyon, Monument Valley and Mount Hood Wilderness a concise introduction that traces the origin and development of national parks lavishly illustrated with 92 color photographs map graphics and more.
There are hundreds of Greek islands. Why did Mykonos become, in just a few decades, one of the world's top vacation spots? Part of the answer can be found in these remarkable images, which show the natural beauty and traditional island culture that initially attracted artists, writers, and celebrities like Jackie Kennedy. These photographs, taken in 1955 and 1957 - many for National Geographic - re-create a daylong visit to Mykonos in the days before cars, running water, and electricity. We disembark in the Old Harbor and wander the picturesque streets of Chora (the main town), watching the townspeople at their daily tasks. We visit St. Panteleimon Monastery on a festival day, and take a caique (a traditional wooden boat) to see the ruins on the neighbouring island of Delos. Every photograph is reproduced as a full-page tritone of surpassing quality, and accompanied by a detailed caption. This book will fascinate modern-day visitors to Mykonos, as well as those who trace their roots to the Greek islands.
With a seemingly endless summer, Darwin is a place where just about everything happens outside. The city's beaches, foreshores and open spaces are home to a mixture of cultural, art and music festivals, as well as markets and outdoor cinemas. The wild weather and surrounding country also make Darwin an exciting place to live; you might see surfers braving rough conditions and box jellyfish at Nightcliff Foreshore, or hikers dodging a scrub fire on their way to Kakadu National Park. It's worth meeting this friendly community of laidback locals - just keep an eye out for crocodiles. Darwin in Photos showcases images of Darwin's many 'faces' - both iconic places and hidden gems. See the city through a travel photographer's eyes and you'll surely appreciate why Darwin is one of Australia's most culturally rich and scenic cities.
"Peter Grieder has traveled from his home in the mountains of Europe and found inspiration among the great Himalayas. What unites the people that he met in Ladakh, Zanskar, Bhutan and Tibet is a remarkable sense of fortitude and contentment derived largely from a common culture rooted in Buddhism. One of the key elements of Buddhist teachings is the importance of the inner journey. No matter what external developments we may make in our world or what magnificent things we may see in it, without a corresponding inner development we will not find the happiness we ultimately seek. However, if each of us can journey within and develop a warm heart towards others and calm in our minds, there lies real hope for peace and joy in the world." (from the Foreword by the Dalai Lama)
Britain possesses one of the most remarkable and varied coastlines in the world, with its richness in geology and human history on display. Since the dawn of time the sea has been sculpting the rocks, sands and marshes, constantly changing the shape of the coastline and the inhabitants of Britain have adapted, defended, sometimes surrendered it or recaptured it in response to the forces of nature. "The Living Coast" brilliantly celebrates this dynamic interplay between sea, land and people in over 350 sumptuous images from the air - a seagull's-eye view round the 9,000 miles of British coast, from Land's End to the wave-pounded isles and the ancient rocks of the far north; the receding shores and sensationally beautiful estuaries of the east; and, the familiar chalk cliffs, crumbling Jurassic coast and drowned river valleys of the south.This book is composed of 14 chapters, each beginning with a narrative and ending with a photographic exhibition. The coast is taken region by region, moving clockwise round the perimeter of the UK.
An artfully designed gift book presenting beautiful color photographs of everyday life in Japan, each accompanied by a haiku. Four sections, one for each season, are followed by a discussion of Haiku, Past and Present, as well as a description of each photograph, allowing the armchair traveler to explore the various facets of Japanese culture.
Bagnall, Endon, Stanley and Stockton Brook are situated to the north-east of the Potteries conurbation in North Staffordshire and form a rough triangle pointing towards Leek. The busy A53 passes through Stockton Brook and Endon carrying traffic between Stoke-on-Trent and Leek, and also conveying many of the residents of the area to work. Despite being relatively affluent dormitory settlements, Stockton Brook and Endon do still manage to retain much of their village feel. Stanley, Bagnall and the original Endon village are on quieter backwaters and are therefore more rural still. There is virtually no industry apart from livestock farming in the area and such industry that was developed in the nineteenth century has now disappeared. This area's main interest lies in its ancient churches and farm buildings, its eighteenth-century canal and nineteenth-century railway and reservoir, not forgetting its popular and well-attended Well Dressing event, held every year since 1845. Bagnall, Endon, Stanley and Stockton Brook Through Time guides you on a nostalgic tour of these four North Staffordshire villages.
Lying in the heart of England, Oxfordshire is justly famous for its historic university, but the county also boasts many beautiful natural features and a fascinating historic legacy. The landscape ranges from the Chiltern and Cotswold Hills, the Wessex Downs and the Vale of the White Horse to the River Thames and its tributaries. Historic towns and buildings include Oxford, Blenheim Palace, Chipping Norton, Burford and many more. Photographer Andy Prior has captured Oxfordshire's essence in this collection of stunning images, displaying the county at its best. For those who are proud to live in the county, as well as those visiting, this book is a must. Look through these photographs and you will quickly see why this part of England has such enduring appeal.
The Brazos River and the Rio Grande: what lies between are physical and cultural geographies stretching south from the Texas Hill Country to the border of Mexico, west across the Trans-Pecos, and up through Northern New Mexico into Colorado. Photographer Jerod Foster and poet John Poch praise and wonder along these varied waterways and across the landscapes they host. The result is communion-a synergy of imagery in story and story in imagery, finding unexpected form, depths, and meaning much as rivers themselves are honed in the pull of gravity and texture.
An exquisite collection of new images by the remarkable Andrew Borsari, celebrating one of America's most treasured national preserves. With text by Amy Whorf McGuiggan (My Provincetown) and quotations about Cape Cod.
If you have a dread of dull trips to dreary places and a pathological fear of mundane excursions, I guarantee you'll find something here to amuse you. "An Eccentric Tour of Sussex" is a guidebook with a difference. It will take you on a sideways journey across the county to weird, wacky and wonderful destinations. This tour showcases 20 classically bizarre Sussex venues, (plus a few strange minor ones) and reveals quirky churches, bizarre tombs, extraordinary buildings, strange festivals, and whimsical follies. It is aimed at the connoisseur of the peculiar, the cultural tourist who appreciates the silly and unusual destination, has an open-mind and is prepared take an unconventional look at their surroundings. Those of us who live in Sussex are lucky; we have stunning coastlines, bohemian towns, oddball characters (historical and contemporary), fabulous art and a rich cultural history. From the seedy pleasure, from Brighton to the lesser-known delight of Thorney Island, this tour will help you cherish and appreciate what is on your doorstep.
In "Albemarle, " photographer Robert Llewellyn and writer Avery Chenoweth explore how the landscape of Albemarle County, where the Virginia piedmont meets the Blue Ridge Mountains, and its people have helped create an American sense of identity.
Complemented by Llewellyn's luxurious color photography, the narrative rolls back 15,000 years to the first signs of human habitation, continues through the Colonial period, and arrives in the modern era. The story traces the evolving culture of landscape as it has been played out in the lives of historic figures, from the Monacans to the Moderns, Thomas Jefferson to Lady Bird Johnson, Edgar Allan Poe to Teddy Roosevelt. With a sweeping view of aesthetics, spirituality, religion, and history, the book itself is a work of art, essential reading, and viewing, for anyone who has lived in, or been inspired by, the landscape of Albemarle County.
An essential companion to anyone with a camera who is visiting South Wales. With a foreword by the broadcaster Kate Humble. In this extensive photo-location and visitor guidebook, award winning landscape and wildlife photographer Drew Buckley describes the most beautiful places in South Wales to visit and photograph whether you are using a high-end DSLR or a mobile phone camera. Photographing South Wales is a photography-location and visitor guidebook. An essential companion for anyone with a camera who is visiting South Wales. South Wales is a land of big skies above majestic mountains, lush green countryside, idyllic wooded river valleys and towering waterfalls, all fringed by a coastline of sea cliffs, golden beaches and turquoise waters. Explore the Brecon Beacons National Park and the coastline of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, home to quaint fishing harbours, secret coves, grey seals and puffins. Then venture to hidden spots on the Gower and South East Wales, and as far north as Ceredigion and Aberystwyth in Mid Wales. South Wales is rich with history, myths and legends. You will discover the remains of iron age forts, bronze age burial chambers and prehistoric stones with many medieval castles bringing drama to the picturesque landscape.
Phoenix's origins date back to 700 AD, when the area, named Pueblo Grande by the Spanish, was home to a progressive agricultural community who constructed canal irrigation systems that fed off the Salt River. The U.S. military sparked the redevelopment of Phoenix and other towns in the Salt River valley by establishing Fort McDowell in 1865. Two years later, Jack Swilling of Wickenburg, Arizona, was traveling on horseback through the region and decided the desert setting was an ideal place to establish a new community. The name Phoenix came from the idea that, just like the bird that rose from the ashes, the new town would spring from the ruins of a former civilization. Phoenix has grown so rapidly that several outlying towns have now been absorbed into the metropolitan district. Tempe started south of the Salt River around 1870, Mormons started Mesa to the east in 1878, and land developers founded Glendale in 1892 and Scottsdale in 1894. Phoenix became the capital of Arizona in 1912. Phoenix Then and Now looks at the history of development in the city as it continued to grow through the twentieth century. Using archive photos of the desert town matched with the same view today, it shows that despite the rapid expansion, much of the fledgling city has been preserved. Sites include: Washington Street, First Avenue, City Hall, Heard Building, Hotel Adams, Luhrs Building, Phoenix Theater, Orpheum Theater, Hotel San Carlos, Union Station, Masonic Temple, Hotel Westward Ho, Arizona Capitol, Kenilworth School, Grunow Clinic, Brophy College, Arizona Biltmore, Tovrea Castle, Tempe Bridges.
Welcome to a journey across Nebraska. Relax, take your time, and enjoy the vistas. From Chadron to Falls City, Carhenge to the Wayne Chicken Show, Burwell to Omaha, and everywhere in between, this book captures all that is Nebraska--the people, places, and events that make this state our home. Joel Sartore drove ten thousand miles in a beat-up Chevy truck to record the essence of Nebraska in the images that grace this book. Every page offers readers a chance to reminisce about their own lives and their special times in this great state. If you don't find at least a few photographs that make you smile or remember something fondly, then you haven't been in Nebraska long enough.
Greek Language and People is the ideal introduction to the language and culture of Greece. These two 75-minute audio CDs are designed to accompany the Greek Language and People course book, which is available to buy separately (9780563519768). Closely integrated with the course book, the audio helps you to develop your listening and speaking skills, with conversations and stage-by-stage pronunciation practice. Whether learning at home or in a class, Greek Language and People can help you to reach the equivalent level of a first qualification, such as GCSE.
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