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Playing electric guitar is my retirement hobby. I initially concentrated on major and minor scales, pentatonic then full. Theory and method interacted well for me so I internalised my adopted playing method confidently. My learning curve was a comfortably negotiated gentle incline.
This is the charming biography of the author’s father, Fred Kellow, who was born into a farming family in Burcombe, South Wiltshire in 1924. His early life was dominated by poverty which was common in those days and it was at this time that Fred developed a great love for the countryside, in particular a keen interest in shooting. He started his working life in the late 1930’s, firstly as a builder for a very short spell, then as a farmworker and part-time rabbit catcher. In the 1950’s he took a small change in direction and became a gamekeeper.
NOW IN SECOND EDITION They were Music Hall aristocracy. George Formby senior was the first Northern comedian to gain a national reputation. The great Marie Lloyd maintained there were only two performers she would turn out to see – and he was one of them. His story of rags to respectability hid a secret he took with him to the grave.
Few people knew the vast Okavango Delta better than Willie Phillips. He first ventured into the swamps to hunt crocodile in 1958, aged only 22. Here he learnt the bush skills that would serve him well as the first non-white professional hunter in Botswana. He gained a reputation as competent, tough and quirky, and his clients returned regularly. He later became a conservationist, championing causes to protect his beloved Delta. His first job was as a bricklayer. Then he bought a truck, delivering goods along the sand tracks that passed as roads.
Memorable Moments of a Met Copper – 1967–1997 is the fascinating and absorbing memoir of a Met Copper spanning a thirty year period. Presented as a series of stark, harrowing and often disturbed short anecdotes and stories, the author shares some of the horror, fear, humour and sadness that he experienced during his career, such as the death of colleagues on duty, or being rained with projectiles in a riot. This is a truly memorable book and will appeal to a wide audience.
When a teenage Sri Lankan au pair goes missing, it’s up to the Bradford police to find her. When they fail, the objective turns to justice. For DCI James Turnbull, the case is a puzzling contrast to his career in the Murder Squad – this time, he needs to prove that a crime has even been committed.
With no body and no motive, Turnbull and his team closely look at the family who hosted the seventeen-year-old Fathima, among other suspects. As circumstantial evidence piles up, Turnbull looks to convert his investigation into a conviction – but at what cost?
One of the things that will happen to all of us, if we are lucky, is that we will grow old. In Old Fogies, Unite!, author, Sam Almond, takes a humorous and witty look at what happens if you are lucky enough to reach the age of 90 and beyond.
The world is changing, and at a faster rate than perhaps ever could have been envisaged. Globalization is no longer an aspiration; it is a fact of life. The networked economy is rewriting traditional business thinking of ownership and creating alternative business models based on interdependent and complementary capabilities. The supply chain is giving way to the concept of a more holistic value chain but one factor remains constant: relationships are a core ingredient for successful business.
Samatya An Egyptian Woman Among the Children of Israel is the monotheistic story of love triumphing over faith intermingled with murder and tragedy. Hori is a poor farmer who lives with his beloved Egyptian wife, Samatya, in the hills overlooking the Nile. Hori dreams of a better life for his family and follows a new career that takes him away from his beloved Samatya. Great hardship, suffering and destruction all resulting from Samatya and Hori’s differences in their religious beliefs will test their faith and courage.
John Hunt was born in 1948 into a family of teachers. In one incarnation or another his life has been spent in and around schools. Schooled for Life is a personal history of education in England from 1945 to the present. It grew from a long-standing interest in the ways in which political, social and economic forces have shaped educational policy and practice in this country. The work weaves together historical narrative, autobiographical detail and analysis of the extent to which the policies of successive governments have brought about their planned for outcomes.