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Scottish Odysseys

Author : Gordon Noble
ISBN : 075244168X
Genre : History
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This multi-authored work is the result of a conference held by the Scottish Archaeological Forum in October 2005 to discuss and assess new discoveries and reinterpretations of material relating to the island archaeology of Western Europe, especially the Scottish islands.
Category: History

Scotsman S Odyssey

Author : Ian G Macpherson
ISBN : 9781839780684
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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'A Scotsman's Odyssey' is a riveting account of four decades of sea adventures and exploration, written so vividly you can feel the salt spray in your face.Ian's maritime chronicle has something for everyone. His love of sailing has taken him to out-of-the-way places ranging from the sub-arctic Faroes Islands to the remote Barrier Reef islands in tropical Australia. 'A Scotsman's Odyssey' is a book as much about voyaging in the imagination as on the waves. It inspires cruising yachtsmen and yachtswomen to sail beyond their native shores, young readers to seize opportunities to sail on Ocean Youth Trust voyages, armchair sailors to journey to northern Europe and ancient Venetian ports in Greece and Croatia. Nature lovers will enjoy Ian's encounters with basking sharks, dolphins, killer and humpbacked whales, and even salt-water crocodiles.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Blazing Paddles

Author : Brian Wilson
ISBN : 9781788852029
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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A new edition of an acclaimed, classic kayaking adventure, first published to great acclaim in 1988. Alone in his kayak, Brian Wilson sets off from the Solway Firth on a 2000-mile odyssey around Scotland’s extraordinarily varied coastline of cliffscapes, unspoiled shorelines, treacherous sea passages and beautiful Hebridean islands. Adventure is there aplenty as he battles with whirlpools, heavy seas and hypothermia and survives a close encounter with a killer whale. During the voyage, which finishes on the East Lothian coast at Seacliff, he meets a colourful cast of characters, including the larger-than-life famous shark hunter, Tex Geddes, Dr Stan the cave-dweller and even streaks naked in front of the Princess of Wales. Sometimes harrowing, frequently philosophical, and often hilarious, Blazing Paddles is also a perceptive commentary on the environmental issues which threaten the Scottish coastline and its unique and fragile wildlife.
Category: Sports & Recreation

Scotland S Islands

Author : Richard Clubley
ISBN : 9781910324059
Genre : Travel
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This is not a guide to the islands of Scotland. This is not a tour to be followed, nor is it travel advice. This is a richly anecdotal and personal exploration. Richard Clubley shares the sense of freedom he finds in the Scottish islands as he discovers their individual character, beauty and diversity. He meets locals and learns a few realities of island life. He almost perished on Ailsa Craig, before finding fresh water dripping from the roof of a cave, but spends two idyllic nights alone on Mingulay, with a fabulous coal fire in a bothy. His passion for Scottish islands shines through every chapter. Curl up by the fire, pull the blanket close and sip on your dram. You're about to escape to the islands. Prepare for addiction. A book for islomanes to savour in sips. Night caps are suggested; that way the addiction can be controlled. MAIRI HEDDERWICK
Category: Travel

Where S Me Plaid

Author : Scott Crawford
ISBN : 1537349791
Genre : Americans
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"For a guy from Ohio, whose parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents were also from Ohio, the question of family roots just hadn't progressed beyond: 'What part of Ohio are we from?'" This would all change in the weeks leading up to the author's first trip to Scotland, when he inadvertently discovers he is one of the 27 million Americans descended from Scottish stock - and not just any stock but a castle-storming, Viking battling line which gave rise to Scotland's most revered hero. Armed with a newfound swagger, the author transforms a much anticipated, romantic holiday with his wife into a decidedly unromantic, though highly romanticized roots tour with comic results. Crammed into their tiny rental car (a Fiat Crumb or some such model), the couple scour the countryside, from castles to trailer parks, looking for something more to commemorate Crawford history than a family crest refrigerator magnet - and ultimately discover something altogether richer: a thriving country with the most beautiful and haunting scenery imaginable, a romantic history full of blood, intrigue and heroism, and some of the friendliest and most fiercely loyal people in the world.
Category: Americans

Boudica S Odyssey In Early Modern England

Author : Samantha Frénée-Hutchins
ISBN : 9781317172956
Genre : Literary Criticism
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This diachronic study of Boudica serves as a sourcebook of references to Boudica in the early modern period and gives an overview of the ways in which her story was processed and exploited by the different players of the times who wanted to give credence and support to their own belief systems. The author examines the different apparatus of state ideology which processed the social, religious and political representations of Boudica for public absorption and helped form the popular myth we have of Boudica today. By exploring images of the Briton warrior queen across two reigns which witnessed an act of political union and a move from English female rule (under Elizabeth I) to British/Scottish masculine rule (under James VI & I) the author conducts a critical cartography of the ways in which gender, colonialism and nationalism crystallised around this crucial historical figure. Concentrating on the original transmission and reception of the ancient texts the author analyses the historical works of Hector Boece, Raphael Holinshed and William Camden as well as the canonical literary figures of Edmund Spenser, William Shakespeare and John Fletcher. She also looks at aspects of other primary sources not covered in previous scholarship, such as Humphrey Llwyd’s Breuiary of Britayne (1573), Petruccio Ubaldini’s Le Vite delle donne illustri, del regno d’Inghilterra, e del regno di Scotia (1588) and Edmund Bolton’s Nero Caesar (1624). Furthermore, she incorporates archaeological research relating to Boudica.
Category: Literary Criticism

The African Canadian Legal Odyssey

Author : Barrington Walker
ISBN : 9781442646896
Genre : Law
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The African Canadian Legal Odyssey explores the history of African Canadians and the law from the era of slavery until the early twenty-first century. This collection demonstrates that the social history of Blacks in Canada has always been inextricably bound to questions of law, and that the role of the law in shaping Black life was often ambiguous and shifted over time. Comprised of eleven engaging chapters, organized both thematically and chronologically, it includes a substantive introduction that provides a synthesis and overview of this complex history. This outstanding collection will appeal to both advanced specialists and undergraduate students and makes an important contribution to an emerging field of scholarly inquiry.
Category: Law

Desire Lines

Author : David R Ross
ISBN : 9781913025809
Genre : History
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David R. Ross not only shows us his Scotland but he teaches us it too. You feel as though you are on the back of his motorcycle listening to the stories of his land as you fly with him up and down the smaller roads, the 'desire lines', of Scotland. Ross takes us off the beaten track and away from the main routes chosen for us by modern road builders. He starts our journey in England and criss-crosses the border telling the bloody tales of the towns and villages. His recounting of Scottish history, its myths and its legends is unapologetically and unashamedly pro-Scots.
Category: History


Author : Sam Heughan
ISBN : 9781529342024
Genre : History
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THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER With a foreword by Diana Gabaldon. Two men. One country. And a lot of whisky. As stars of Outlander, Sam and Graham eat, sleep and breathe the Highlands on this epic road trip around their homeland. They discover that the real thing is even greater than fiction. Clanlands is the story of their journey. Armed with their trusty campervan and a sturdy friendship, these two Scotsmen are on the adventure of a lifetime to explore the majesty of Scotland. A wild ride by boat, kayak, bicycle and motorbike, they travel from coast to loch and peak to valley and delve into Scotland's history and culture, from timeless poetry to bloody warfare. With near-death experiences, many weeks in a confined space together, and a cast of unforgettable characters, Graham and Sam's friendship matures like a fine Scotch. They reflect on their acting careers in film and theatre, find a new awestruck respect for their native country and, as with any good road trip, they even find themselves. Hold onto your kilts... this is Scotland as you've never seen it before.
Category: History

An Island Odyssey

Author : Hamish Haswell-Smith
ISBN : 9781782112655
Genre : Travel
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In An Island Odyssey Hamish Haswell-Smith casts off in his forty-one-foot sloop Jandara, armed with his sketch pad and a route map of a journey first taken by Martin Martin in 1703. Haswell-Smith sets sail on a voyage that will take him to fifty-two different islands around the Scottish Coast, from Ailsa Craig in the Firth of Clyde to St. Kilda, Fair Isle and Bass Rock. Filled with natural history, local legend and landscapes and accompanied by the author's own distinctive sketches and watercolours An Island Odyssey is a delightful way to discover or rediscover the romance, beauty and inescapable magnetism of the Scottish Islands.
Category: Travel

The Idi Odyssey

Author : Scott W. Stram
ISBN : 9781450234429
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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"ACTUALLY, I COULD ORDAIN YOU RIGHT NOW IF YOU LIKE." THOSE WORDS PRESENTED NEWLY BLONDE, NON-RELIGIOUS ME WITH AN OPPORTUNITY THAT WOULD ULTIMATELY SHAPE THE IDIOCY OF THE YEARS TO FOLLOW. In the United States over the last ten years, twenty-three million couples have married. "The Idi-Odyssey" is the story of my random journey through .000003% of those weddings. The story begins with an unplanned ordination in Lake Tahoe by Yukon Dave, a white-water rafting guide/minister. A myriad of ridiculous weddings situations and relationships followed, ultimately leading to the "Year of the Wedding" during which my younger brother Russ married the same woman three times in the same year. Not to be completely outdone by the marital gymnastics, I secretly married my girlfriend to keep her in the country a week after Russ' first wedding; and despite my father's counseling, "Don't feel any pressure to get married just because your younger brother did." Along the way, there's also the Nantucket whale penis, the great gift wars of 1999, the Idiotarod, the weddings I officiated and much, much more.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

A Seventeenth Century Odyssey In East Central Europe

Author : Gábor Kármán
ISBN : 9789004306813
Genre : History
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In A Seventeenth-Century Odyssey Gábor Kármán reconstructs the life story of a lesser-known Hungarian diplomat, interpreter, orientalist, Jakab Harsányi Nagy.
Category: History

Business Frontiers

Author : Wayne Visser
ISBN : 9788178817514
Genre : Business forecasting
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Special advisor for KPMG in South Africa, professional writer, speaker, and consultant on business transformation and personal inspiration, Wayne Visser presents his latest book on businesses that have been forced to become accountable to society. He focu
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Classics And Irish Politics 1916 2016

Author : Isabelle Torrance
ISBN : 9780192633453
Genre : Literary Collections
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This collection addresses how models from ancient Greece and Rome have permeated Irish political discourse in the century since 1916. The 1916 Easter Rising, when Irish nationalists rose up against British imperial forces, became almost instantly mythologized in Irish political memory as a turning point in the nation's history that paved the way for Irish independence. Its centenary has provided a natural point for reflection on Irish politics, and this volume highlights an unexplored element in Irish political discourse, namely its frequent reliance on, reference to, and tensions with classical Greek and Roman models. Topics covered include the reception and rejection of classical culture in Ireland; the politics of Irish language engagement with Greek and Roman models; the intersection of Irish literature with scholarship in Classics and Celtic Studies; the use of classical referents to articulate political inequalities across gender, sexual, and class hierarchies; meditations on the Northern Irish conflict through classical literature; and the political implications of neoclassical material culture in Irish society. As the only country colonized by Britain with a pre-existing indigenous heritage of expertise in classical languages and literature, postcolonial Ireland represents a unique case in the field of classical reception. This book opens a window on a rich and varied dialogue between significant figures in Irish cultural history and the Greek and Roman sources that have inspired them, a dialogue that is firmly rooted in Ireland's historical past and continues to be ever-evolving.
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New Every Morning

Author : D. Gordon Rohman
ISBN : 9781468523591
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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In this autobiography, D. Gordon Rohman, a child of the Thirties, brings to life in loving detail the world of the small town in which he grew up. He begins his story when he was age three with a mysterious kairos moment in which he was awakened to himself by his mothers singing. Ever since, he has cherished the intuition that he has been on a sacred journey, touched by God, and renewed every morning as he awakened to ever larger life. Raised a Baptist, his faith journey led him to seek God in the self when he discovered Emerson and Thoreau in college. In his 50s, he was awakened to a breathtaking cosmic vision of God and Christianity by the works of C. S. Lewis. The author fills his journey with stories of the many families who, he says, made me possible. I built my life on the rock of two families, he writes, the one I was born into and the one my wife Pam and I created in which we raised seven children. But I have been nurtured by many other familiesof my hometown, of ancestors, of in-laws, of comradeship, of vocation, of avocation, and of faith. My story, the author writes, runs like a two-way street filled with the traffic of active and passive verbsgiving and being given, serving and being served, helping and being helped, teaching and being taught, loving and being loved. Readers of this heartfelt and insightful autobiography will discover one mans road to Heaven filled with loveof ideas, friends, work, soul mates, stories, families and God.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Gurkha Odyssey

Author : Peter Duffell
ISBN : 9781526730589
Genre : History
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A British general’s memoir of serving with these famed Nepalese warriors: “An inspiring journey, delightfully related.” —Times Literary Supplement It is 1814 and the Bengal Army of the Honourable East India Company is at war with a marauding Nepal. It is here that the British first encounter the martial spirit of their indomitable foe—the Gurkha hill men from that mountainous independent land. Impressed by their fighting qualities and with the end of hostilities in sight, the Company begins to recruit them into their own ranks. Since then these lighthearted and gallant soldiers have successfully campaigned wherever the British Army has served—from the North West Frontier of India through two World Wars to the contemporary battlefields of the Falklands and Afghanistan’s Helmand Province, with well over one hundred battle honors to their name and at a cost of 20,000 casualties. Here, Peter Duffell separates fact and myth and recounts something of the history, character, and spirit of these loyal and dedicated soldiers—seen through the prism of his service and campaigning as a regular officer in the 2nd King Edward VII’s Own Gurkha Rifles, as the Brigade of Gurkhas Major General and as Regimental Colonel of the Royal Gurkha Rifles.
Category: History

Oceans Odyssey 2

Author : Greg Stemm
ISBN : 9781842176184
Genre : Social Science
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Oceans Odyssey 2 presents the results of the discovery and archaeological survey of ten deep-water wrecks by Odyssey Marine Exploration. In the Western Approaches and western English Channel, a mid-17th century armed merchantman, the guns of Admiral Balchin's Victory (1744), the mid-18th century French privateer La Marquise de Tourny and six German U-boats lost at the end of World War II are examined in depth. From the Atlantic coast of the United States, the Jacksonville 'Blue China' wreck's British ceramics, tobacco pipes and American glass wares bring to life the story of a remarkable East Coast schooner lost in the mid-19th century. These unique sites expand the boundaries of human knowledge, highlighting the great promise of deep-sea wrecks, the technology needed to explore them and the threats from nature and man that these wonders face. Challenges to managing underwater cultural heritage are also discussed, along with proposed solutions for curating and storing collections.
Category: Social Science

Odyssey Of A Phoenix Down In Flames

Author : Jed Morgan
ISBN : 9781637285060
Genre : Fiction
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'Down in Flames' is an exploration of mental illness through the lens of fantasy. Arien Vlahos is a depressed soldier with a history of trauma and suicidal tendencies, but when a two thousand year old shapeshifter comes to him with a chance for a life worth living and death worth dying, Arien will try to save the world to end his pain.
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The Curious Bartender An Odyssey Of Malt Bourbon Rye Whiskies

Author : Tristan Stephenson
ISBN : 9781849759076
Genre : Cooking
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An innovative, captivating tour of the finest whiskies the world has to offer, brought to you by bestselling author and whisky connoisseur Tristan Stephenson. Tristan explores the origins of whisky, from the extraordinary Chinese distillation pioneers well over 2,000 years ago to the discovery of the medicinal ‘aqua vitae’ (water of life), through to the emergence of what we know as whisky. Explore the magic of malting, the development of flavour and the astonishing barrel-ageing process as you learn about how whisky is made. In the main chapter, Tristan takes us on a journey through 56 distilleries around the world, exploring their remarkable quirks, unique techniques and flavours, featuring all new location photography from the Scottish Highlands to Tennessee. After that, you might choose to make the most of Tristan’s bar skills with some inspirational whisky-based cocktails. This fascinating, comprehensive book is sure to appeal to whisky aficionados and novices alike.
Category: Cooking