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  • 1batfastard
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    Hi All,
    Between A Rock And A Hard Place. Between a Rock and a Hard Place is the autobiography of Aron Ralston.[1] Published in 2004, the book predominantly recounts Ralston's experience being trapped in Blue John Canyon in the Utah desert and how he was forced to amputate his own right arm with a dull multi-tool in order to free himself after his arm became trapped by a boulder (Courtesy of wiki)


    Geoff.

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    • Bunsen Honeydew
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      Bhagavad Gita. A hindu scripture.

      I've been in a few Hindu Temples and taken part in the worship ceremonies so I thought I'd try to understand a little more about what's behind it all.

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      • 1batfastard
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        Hi All,
        Bunsen Honeydew - Good on you matey never hurts to understand other faiths more deeply I dare say that many different faiths could learn from each other rather than promoting and insisting they're version is the one true faith even then within they're own faith they are usually split into subdivisions
        thinking the exact same thing maybe the world would be a better place if everyone did this ?.....

        One chapter into:- It's Been Emotional British actor and professional footballer, Vinnie Jones is the original bad boy made good and will tell the full extraordinary rags to riches story for the first time - the brilliance on the pitch, the brawls and drinking off the pitch, the arrests, the affairs, his wife's dramatic health scare and his latest headline scandal with a Russian prostitute. Bold and frank, this is Vinnie laid bare.

        Born and bred in Watford, Jones represented and captained the Welsh national football team after qualifying through a Welsh grandparent. He won the
        1988 FA Cup final against Liverpool before moving to Wimbledon and then Leeds United. He has also played for Chelsea. His celebrity status has grown
        over the years after appearing in the 2010 series of Big Brother and coming third, as well as the hugely successful British Heart Foundation CPR campaign.

        Vinnie's bad boy tag has followed him into the world of film where he has used his hard man status to secure roles in hugely successful Brit Flicks, such as Snatch and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.



        Geoff.
        Last edited by 1batfastard; 10th August 2018, 13:36.

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        • 1batfastard
          Rank 5 Registered User

          Hi All,
          Star Wars A New Hope/Empire Strikes Back/Return Of The Jedi Went to see A New Hope at the Theatre One in Coventry when it first came out. I
          have to admit that A New Hope and Force Awakens are the only two I have watched at the cinema, however I have watched all others via VHS and Sky Cinema.

          None the less still like them however The Last Jedi and Solo I am not really enthusiastic about with all the controversy surrounding them, still I am
          prepared to give them a watch and put all that rubbish to one side and judge them for what they may be.

          As for the book what I have read is a little different from the film (i.e. Darth Vader picks some hapless sole up by the neck then just drops him to the floor
          in the film - In the book he flings him across the isle like a rag doll when he snapped his neck) Now I would have liked to have had that scene in the film
          but as the films are family orientated when made that obviously would have been a bit over the top.



          Geoff.
          Last edited by 1batfastard; 14th August 2018, 14:26.

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          • John Green
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            "Unbroken". Laura Hillenbrand, Fourth Estate, ISBN 978-0-00758057-6. 8.99

            This personal account is one of the most riveting and at the same time disturbing stories that I've ever read. The author accelerates the narrative and grips the readers interest from start to finish.

            It is the story of an American athlete named Louis Zamperini who featured in the 1936 Berlin Olympics, joined the US Airforce, served in B24s in the Pacific was captured by the Japs and survived by the skin of his teeth to tell his tale. What happened to him and his comrades at the hands of the Japs received a full measure of revenge at the dropping of the two nuclear weapons.

            A truly inspirational account.

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            • 1batfastard
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              Hi All,
              Longitude by Dava Sobel.

              The tenth anniversary edition of the dramatic human story of an epic scientific quest: the search for the solution of how to calculate longitude and the unlikely triumph of an English genius. With a new Foreword by the celebrated astronaut Neil Armstrong.
              "Sobel has done the impossible and made horology sexy - no mean feat"

              New Scientist Anyone alive in the 18th century would have known that 'the longitude problem' was the thorniest scientific dilemma of the day - and had been for centuries. Lacking the ability to measure their longitude, sailors throughout the great ages of exploration had been literally lost at sea as soon as they lost sight of land. Thousands of lives, and the increasing fortunes of nations, hung on a resolution.

              The quest for a solution had occupied scientists and their patrons for the better part of two centuries when, in 1714, Parliament upped the ante by offering
              a king's ransom(20,000) to anyone whose method or device proved successful. Countless quacks weighed in with preposterous suggestions. The scientific establishment throughout Europe - from Galileo to Sir Isaac Newton - had mapped the heavens in both hemispheres in its certain pursuit of a
              celestial answer. In stark contrast, one man, John Harrison, dared to imagine a mechanical solution. Full of heroism and chicanery, brilliance and the absurd, LONGITUDE is also a fascinating brief history of astronomy, navigation and clockmaking.



              Geoff.
              Last edited by 1batfastard; 28th August 2018, 14:37.

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              • johnsonraider
                Rank 1 Registered User

                I read books like animal, creative activity, health fitness type, healthy food, Adventure stories.

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                • 1batfastard
                  Rank 5 Registered User





                  Post by 1batfastard on Aug 31, 2018 at 7:19pm
                  Hi All,
                  While the forum was being facelfited I read The Shackleton Boat Journey by F.A.Worsley. This is an account of the Shackleton boat journey. The journey began in August 1914 in London and the next the world knew of Shackleton was in May 1916, when three ragged men staggered into the whaling station at Grytviken on South Georgia. On August 1, 1914, on the eve of World War I, Sir Ernest Shackleton and his hand-picked crew embarked in HMS "Endurance" from London's West India Dock, for an expedition to the Antarctic.

                  It was to turn into one of the most breathtaking survival stories of all time. Even as they coasted down the channel, Shackleton wired back to London to offer his ship to the war effort. The reply came from the First Lord of the Admiralty, one Winston Churchill: "Proceed." And proceed they did. When the "Endurance" was trapped and finally crushed to splinters by pack ice in late 1915, they drifted on an ice floe for five months, before getting to open sea and launching three tiny boats as far as the inhospitable, storm-lashed Elephant Island. They drank seal oil and ate baby albatross (delicious, apparently).

                  From there Shackelton himself and seven others the author among them went on, in a 22-foot open boat, for an unbelievable 800 miles, through the Antarctic seas in winter, to South Georgia and rescue. It is an extraordinary story of courage and even good-humor among men who must have felt certain, secretly, that they were going to die. Worsley's account, first published in 1940, captures that bulldog spirit exactly: uncomplaining, tough, competent, modest and deeply loyal. It's gripping, and strangely moving."



                  I have just started reading The History OF Scotland by George Buchananwhich he wrote in the last two years of his life.( I assume as there is no volume number it is Vol.1. so just another nineteen to buy then ) but the picture above is exactly what I have in my edition of 1831, I picked it up at a car boot for 50p about 20years ago and has just sat waiting to be read, hard to think the book is 187 years old.

                  Below courtesy of :-https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Buchanan#Works .

                  The second of his larger works is the History of Scotland, Rerum Scoticarum Historia, completed shortly before his death, and published in 1582. It is remarkable for the power and richness of its style, and of great value for the period personally known to the author, which occupies the greater portion of the book. The earlier part is based, to a considerable extent, on the legendary history of Boece. Buchanan's purpose was to "purge" the national history "of sum Inglis lyis and Scottis vanite" (Letter to Randolph). He said that it would "content few and displease many"; in fact, its matter gave so much offence that a proclamation was issued calling in all copies of it, as well as of the De Jure Regni, that they might be purged of the "offensive and extraordinary matters" which they contained.

                  Geoff.

                  Last edited by 1batfastard; 3rd September 2018, 17:09.

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                  • John Green
                    Rank 5 Registered User

                    "Air Battle For Dunkirk". Norman Franks, Grub St. 10.00

                    This book by Norman Franks is an account of the aerial battles over Dunkirk by the RAF during the evacuation of the BEF taking place from the 26th May to the 3rd June, 1940.

                    It is a thorough and valuable work of reference.. I was surprised by the mention of the very often successful part played by Anson's, Hudson's and the contentious Boulton Paul Defiant during the air fighting over the Dunkirk beachhead..

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