Nottingham in Old Photographs 1944 – 1974

This book is a collection of old photographs of Nottingham.

Nottinghaham

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From the back cover.

“The photographs in his selection, taken in Nottingham between fifteen and fifty years ago, are a nostalgic review of some of the sights and events of the period. Although they depict a time that is still within living memory, the city has undergone considerable change since the end of the Second World war, and many people will be surprised by how much they have forgotten.

Nottingham In Old Photographs

Photographs of the floods of the 1940s, of the railways in the atmospheric days of steam and of the Goose Fair in the years immediately after the war evoke another age altogether and remind us how history is made within our own lifetimes. Some of the most notable pictures how local people celebrating VE Day and the city’s Quincentenary, and views of a number of historic properties which have since disappeared and of the Old Market Square and the activities carried on there will revive many fond memories. Sections on Nottingham people at work and at play recall a time when the pace pf life was a little less hectic than our own, and a series of photographs taken from extraordinary vantage points offer an unusual  view of the city.

Goose Fair Photographs

The photographs are, in the main, the work of three local photographers; the late Frank Stevenson, John Lock and the author (Douglas Whitworth), who is responsible for the majority of the views and whose desire to to chronicle the changing view of his home city has made possible this fascinating visual record of a period which is often overlooked”.

Old Photos of Nottingham

This book was first published in 1991. It has 160 pages.

It has chapters on; The End of the War, The Quincentenary, Streets, Shops, Boots The Chemist, Buildings, The Old Market Square, The Goose Fair, The River Trent (and Floods), Sports and Pastimes, Transport and Views.

 

 

The Geldermalsen: the Wreck and the Porcelain

GeldermalsenThis is a book about the sinking of the Dutch trading vessel the Geldermalson which was wrecked on a reef in January 1752 as it returned from the East Indies.

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From the preface by Christian Jörg.

“In December 1985 I received a telephone call from Christie’s in Amsterdam. Michael Hatcher had found a new ship with over 150,000 pieces of porcelain. Most of it was already in Amsterdam for an auction in ’86. Perhaps I could come over and have a look.

My acquaintance with Hatcher dates back to 1984. At that time  there was an auction at Christie’s of mid-17th century porcelain, which Hatcher had recovered from the wreck of a Chinese junk. The pieces exceeded everyone’s expectations, to the great disappointment of the museums, whose budget is very limited these days.

Hatcher then donated over 50 pieces to the Groningen Museum as a basis for a public reference collection.

And now Christie’s had called about a much larger find. I’m not likely to forget the visit I paid to Amsterdam shortly after that phone call. We went to a shed in the dock area and there, on wooden racks, I saw endless rows of porcelain, Cups, saucers, plates, bowls…stacks and stacks of them. This is how it must have looked in the days of the Dutch East India Company, I thought. Just a warehouse full of porcelain, in all shapes and sizes, merchandise ready for auction. The warehouse of a large present -day department store looks exactly the same; racks of simple crockery meant for the general public. For a little while it was very difficult to see 18th century Chinese porcelain as something exclusive and rare.

Geldermalson Porcelain
Geldermalson Porcelain

After this first impression, excitement and curiosity got the upper hand. What I saw here corresponded nicely to the pictures I had formed of such a cargo when writing my thesis “Porcelain and the Dutch China Trade”. The records had given the impression of the type of porcelain the Dutch East India Company was shipping around the middle of the 18th century., and now I was eSeeing the real thing with mu very own eyes.

But if this had really come from a Dutch ship, then which East Indiaman could it be? The most obvious candidate was the Geldermalsen, which had sunk on her homeward voyage in 1752.

 

 

 

John Wentley Investigates by J.F.C Westerman

After his splendid record with the Star and Planet Line, it was naturally to John Wentley that the Company turned when it become necessary to investigate the mysterious disappearance of several of their planes. How he responded, and how he quickly found himself pitted against a world-wide organisation of really terrifying power, is the story of the book – and a wonderful book it is.

John Wentley Investigates By  J.F.C. Westerman

 

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From the book’s opening…

“Unless something happens pretty soon, we’ll have to cut our losses and give up!” delared John Wentley, as he stared moodily out of the window and surveyed a vast, level field. “Dash it all, George, two whole months and not a single commission!”

“It’s not too good.” admitted George Teuter, his chum and partner. “I don’t know what people are coming to these days. Our advertisment should rake in something: ‘Airmen willing to undertake any commission. Nothing too big ot too small. Danger and adventure welcome. All work strictly confidential.’ That’s how it goes, more or less, isn’t it?”

“Near enough,” agreed John. “In any case, no one has risen to the bait, and it seems to me that Tentley Aviation will have to close down. One thing I’m pretty sure that Captain Dowell will take me back to the Old Star and Planet Line if I apply with due humility. Tou’re all right, of course, but I have to earn my living.”

“Come on, snap out of it!” directed George. “This si the first time, I’ve seen you in such a mood, and it doesn’t suit you, old son! Of course, if you regret leaving the Star and Planet Line and want to back to sea, carry on; but I must say that I’d be more than fed up if you did.”

“I don’t want to go back to sea exactly – although my so-called sea career was combined with more than a bit of flying…..

 

The Grey Owl Books by Wa-Sha-Quon-Asin

Pilgrims of the Wild is one of the The Grey Owl Books by Wa-Sha-Quon-Asin.  In it a “a ‘Red Indian’ tries to convey to the white man, before it is too late, some of the spirit of his vanishing race”

The Grey Owl Books by Wa-Sha-Quon-Asin

 

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Pilgrims of the Wild is the attempt of a Red Indian to convey to the White Man, before it is too late, something of the spirit of Grey Owl (Wa-Sha-Quon-Asin), trapper, guide, sniper in the Canadian Army, later officially appointed Protector of Wild Life, and world famous; and of Anahareo, daughter of a line of Iroquois chiefs.

Their journey was long and weary, beset by hardships and dangers, and undertaken without hope of gain, in obedience to a spiritual vision, the vision that somehow, somewhere, they might find a sanctuary for the last survivors of the Little People, the little friends of the Red Indian, the beaver.

Grey Owl has been compared with Gilbert White of Selborne, and the comparison between a half-breed trapper of the Canadian backwoods, and the cultured, comfortable eighteenth-century country parson, may seem far-fetched. It is not so. Common to both are an intense love of all living things, extraordinary powers of observation in simple, vivid words. The influence of Gilbert White, Patron Saint of English naturalists, has been far reaching: so already, though his work is not yet done, is that of Grey Owl. This book has added thousands to his army of friends and admirers.

Other Grey Owl Books include

A Book Of Grey Owl (Pages from the writings of Wa-Sha-Quon_Asin) (Amazon UK, Amazon USA)

This book contains a selection  from all of Grey Owl’s published writings under five headings: Sajo and Shapian, The Beaver People, On the Trail, Creatures of the Wild, and North American Indians. It is a delightful volume, beautifully produced and fully illustrated with photographs old and new as well as Grey Owl’s own sketches, representing all aspects of his many sided genius.

The Green Leaf: A Tribute to Grey Owl edited by Lovat Dickson (Amazon UK, Amazon USA)

The contents of this delightful little book – a fitting memorial to a noble life cut off in its prime – include an account of Grey Owl’s last days; his death and burial; spontaneous tributes from the Press; a selection of very revealing letters to his publisher, now printed for the first time; some unpublished Precepts and passages from the books embodying  varying aspects of his philosophy; his farewell (undelivered) broadcast to the children of Britain; and a pictorial record of his last days, including some remarkable photographs printed in photogravure.

Tales Of An Empty Cabin (Amazon UK, Amazon USA)

The cabin will be recognisable to those who have read Pilgrims of the Wild as the House of McGinnis. The ghostly firelight in the empty cabin brings back to his mind now, as it did in that winter, “some half-forgotten story or incident, or thought, and by them there nearly always hung a tale.”

“It is a unique book, profound and fascinating…..I have been able only to hint at the wealth the book contains…..a book, incontestably, to possess and to brood over, again and again.” Hugh De Selincourt in the Sunday Times

The Adventures of Sajo And Her Beaver People (Amazon UK, Amazon USA)

“I have no hesitation whatever in calling The Adventures of Sajo and her Beaver People the best tale of its kind since Black Beauty…..I cannot imagine the child, or for that matter the grown up, who will not love reading about Sajo and her beavers as much as I have loved reading about them.” Compton Mackenzie in the Daily Mail

The Tree (Amazon UK, Amazon USA)

Grey Owl’s classic story of six hundred years in the life of a tree, illustrated with his own drawings and with cover design and end papers by Webster Murray

 

Children’s Clothes by Clare Rose

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From the swaddling bands of the seventeenth century to the designer’s fashions of today, here is a vivid history of children’s clothes over the last 200 years.

Clare Rose places children’s clothes in the widest context, relating them to adult fashion, theories of education such as those of Rousseau, society’s perception of the child, and manufacturing methods. She also examines what kinds of clothes were worn, when and by whom, what they cost, and what their wearers thought of them. Even ‘cruel’ forms of dress, it seems, such as constricting corsets and swaddling bands, expressed parents’ concern for their children. .

Children’s clothes is an accomplished reference book, widely illustrated in colour and black and white. Students of both fashion and history, teachers, collectors and anyone interested in childhood and its history will enjoy this delightful and useful book.

Clare Rose was for four years Keeper of Costumes at York Castle Museum, and tours extensively as an art lecturer. Her main interest are the history and social history of costume and textiles.

“The history of children’s clothes has sometimes been dismissed as a matter of ‘babygowns and old lace’, of interest only to the specialist. This could hardly be further from the truth. Like the other major branches of costume history, the study of children’s clothes acts as a window through which we can gain insights into the history of culture and ides, and into economic history”

 

 

Games People Play by Eric Berne

Games People Play. Eric Berne

 

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People tend to live their lives by consistently playing out certain “games” in their interpersonal relationships. They play these games for a variety of reasons: to avoid confronting reality, to conceal ulterior motives, to rationalize their activities,or to avoid actual participation. These games – except when they are destructive – are both desirable and necessary.

Dr Berne offers a thorough and fascinating analysis of thirty six games, which he categorizes under seven headings; life games, which transcend a specific mode of response in a given situation and pervade the player’s every action; martial games, which two people may use in order to sustain a frustrating or unrewarding life ( a favourite martial game id “Frigid Women”, in which one of the two players provoke an argument, leading to anger and alienation of feeling to avoid sex); sexual games in which someone provokes sexual reactions in another person and then, as in the game ‘Rapo”, acts as though he or she were the innocent victim (exhibitionism – “The Stocking Game” is another common sexual game); party games, which by definition are social and move from the perpetual gossip to the chronic complainer; underworld games, such as “Cops and Robbers”, which are most often played for material gains but can also aim at psychological advantages; consulting room games, which can be played by a patient with a doctor in order to avoid getting cured.

In this book Dr Berne is developing and elaborating on a concept which he has already described for the specialist and which he employs in his new, unified system of individual and social psychiatry, in which group therapy is used as the basic method and the analysis of games is a major element in the treatment. He shows the concept can help people achieve a new self awareness and put them on the way to leading more constructive lives.

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The Tassajara Bread Book – Edward Espe Brown

The Tassajara Bread Book by Edward Espe Brown

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“This was the first cookbook I ever bought  for myself, back when it was first published. To this day i consider  The Tassajara Bread Book to have been a major influence not just on my cooking and baking, but on my attitude and philosophy about food in general. Thank you Ed Brown, for this lasting gift.” – MOLLIE KATZEN, author of the Moosewood Cookbook and the Enchanted Broccoli Forest

Good bread needs more than just flour and water, milk, or eggs. It requires nurturing and care.

In this 25th anniversary edition of the international best-seller that started a generation of Americans baking, Ed Brown shows how to make – and enjoy – breads, pastries, muffins and desserts for today’s sophisticated palates. And in a new afterward, he reflects on the widespread influence of the book, and offers five new recipes.

Edward Espe Brown was ordained a Zen priest in 1971. He is past president of and resident teacher at the San Francisco Zen Centre, and helped found and run the enormously successful Greens restaurant in San Francisco. Over the past ten years he has been leading meditation retreats and teaching cooking classes.

Ed Brown is also the author of Tassajara Cooking and the Tassajara Recipe Book: Favourites Of The Guest Season, as well as co-author of the Greens Cookbook.

From Introduction the the First Edition

Breadmaking is basically not a complicated process. Mix some flour with enough water to form a dough, adding a touch of salt perhaps; shape it, bake it, the result is bread in its simplest, most fundamental form: dense, coarse, crusty, robust, spirited, earthy.

Everything else (in a way) is extra: years, to make it lighter; milk, to give a softer crumb; sugar or honey to sweeten it; oil, for moistness;eggs’ for cakiness. The extras make bread palatable, more pleasing, more chewable and sliceable.

 

 

 

The Politics Of Aristotle. Sir Ernest Barker.

Politics Aristotle

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This is a shortened edition of Sir Ernest Barker’s translation of the The Politics of Aristotle (published in 1946) of which The Times Literary Supplement said: “Sir Ernest Barker has for the first time put it in the power of an intelligent man who knows no Greek to gain a true understanding of one of the great masterpieces of political thought…the whole book is a model of its kind”.

Though this is a shortened edition (most of the notes remain; and two new items have been added – a chronological table of the main events mentioned in or bearing on the Politics, and a glossary (which runs to some length) of the philosophical and historical terms used or implied in the text.

Deathworld 2. Harry Harrison. Sphere 1980s Edition

Harry Harrison

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THE STAKES WERE SLAVERY – OR THE LIFE OF JASON DINALT.

The planet was unknown ….a savagely primitive place where everyman had to kill every other man – or live as a slave.

The inhabitants lived in the early in the early Bronze Age one minute, and in the early machine age the next. Technology had degenerated into a number of mysteries jealously guarded by separate brotherhoods.

But Jason dinAlt was a gambler. He realised that if he was ever going to get a winning hand in this game, the brotherhoods would need a shuffle….

This is the second novel in the best selling DEATHWORLD trilogy. Don’t miss DEATHWORLD 1 and DEATHWORLD 3

Keeping Pigeons in the 1970s.

Pigeons

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The book “Keep Your Pigeons Flying” is the ideal ready reference book for pigeon fanciers. It has recently been revised and brought up to date by its author, himself an expert pigeon fancier, who has added much new information. He has enlarged the chapter on Public Health and incorporated the results of recent research on such subjects as pigeon grit requirements, para-typhoid studies, vapona bars for killing insects and canker treatment.