Platform Souls

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Platform Souls

Platform Souls

The Trainspotter as 20th-Century Hero

  • Author: Nicholas Whittaker
  • Publisher: Icon Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 1848319908
  • Category: Transportation
  • Page: 320
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Nicholas Whittaker’s much-loved classic recollects the long sunny days of his childhood when, notepad in hand, jam sandwiches in the duffel bag, he happily spent his time jotting down train numbers during the Indian summer of steam and the heyday of diesel. Whittaker returns to his roots in this updated edition, casting a sceptical eye over recent developments, catching up with old acquaintances and considering the toll that half a century of ridicule and a couple of decades of privatisation have wrought upon his beloved pastime. As Andrew Martin notes in his Foreword, this is ‘one of the best books ever written about rail enthusiasm’. Equally it is a poetically written memoir of growing up in a more innocent age, a hymn to British eccentricity and to the virtues of observing the world around you: ‘Spotters – of trains, planes, buses or birds – are a last redoubt for something rapidly vanishing from our lives: looking outward, seeing, observing. People notice things less and less these days, while watching things more and more.’ Praise for the first edition: ‘An elegy: for the steam trains already vanishing when Whittaker’s hobby began in 1964; for the short-lived diesel age which followed; for an era of near innocence.’ Times Literary Supplement ‘Whittaker writes with humour and considerable evocative power ... For anyone who will admit to having a childhood brush with this now derided hobby, Platform Souls brings it all rushing back.’ Independent ‘Destined to become the Fever Pitch of the sidings and embankments’ Publishing News

Will You Comeback Guruji

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Will You Comeback Guruji

Will You Comeback Guruji

  • Author: V. Ravi
  • Publisher: MANBLUNDER
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Page: 244
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The story is about a rustic boy, Shankara transforming into a spiritual guru. God decides that spirituality is on the waning side in the earth. He acts through four great spiritual gurus. An emissary is sent to the village to bring the boy to Haridwar, for spiritual training, a holy town in India. The emissary himself is an enlightened soul and he shows the cosmic dance of Shiva and Shakti to the boy. The boy lives with his mother. He leaves his mother and reaches Haridwar with the emissary, whom he adores as his guruji. Guruji introduces him to spirituality during his short stay with him in the village. They reach Haridwar and Shankara gets trained by Shilagra Baba in pranayama as a prelude to practicing kundalini meditation. Baba further briefs the difference between Advaita and Trika philosophies. Baba advises Shankara and his guruji to proceed to Rishikesh to meet Mokshita Yogi Maharaj.Mokshita Yogi Maharaj teaches him kundalini meditation and the concept of karma. There Shankara meets a woman and gets intimate with her. After completing his training at Rishikesh, Shankara and guruji proceed to Rudraprayag to meet Bhagola Aghori Baba, who lives in a cave. He teaches Shankara the finer aspects of spirituality and initiates him into kundalini meditation. He then permits them to go back to Rishikesh and then to Haridwar. On reaching Haridwar, Shilagra Baba attained samadhi. Mother Ganges appeared in person and took Baba's body. Shankara takes over the reins of Shilagra Baba and becomes a spiritual master. Shankara's guruji stayed back at Rishikesh. When Shankara was meditating, during deep trance his guruji asked him rush to Rishikesh. When Shankara reached Rishikesh, his guruji attained samadhi. A rustic boy gets transformed into a spiritual guru in a matter of few days.

Having it So Good

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Having it So Good

Having it So Good

Britain in the Fifties

  • Author: Peter Hennessy
  • Publisher: Penguin UK
  • ISBN: 0141929316
  • Category: History
  • Page: 768
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Having It So Good evokes Britain emerging from the shadow of war and the privations of austerity and rationing into growing affluence. Peter Hennessy takes his readers into the front-rooms where the Coronation was watched on television, to the classrooms and now coffee bars of 1950s Britain – and also into the secret Cabinet rooms in which decisions about the British nuclear bomb were taken and plans made for the catastrophe of nuclear war. He brings to life the ageing Churchill, in his last faltering spell as Prime Minister, the highly-strung Anthony Eden taking his country to war in the teeth of American opposition and world opinion, and the rise of ‘Supermac’ Harold Macmillan, gliding over problems with his Edwardian insouciance. Above all, Having It So Good captures the smell and the flavour of an extraordinary decade in which affluence and anxiety combined to produce their own winds of change.

The Railways

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The Railways

The Railways

Nation, Network and People

  • Author: Simon Bradley
  • Publisher: Profile Books
  • ISBN: 1847653529
  • Category: Transportation
  • Page: 516
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Sunday Times History Book of the Year 2015 Currently filming for BBC programme Full Steam Ahead Britain's railways have been a vital part of national life for nearly 200 years. Transforming lives and landscapes, they have left their mark on everything from timekeeping to tourism. As a self-contained world governed by distinctive rules and traditions, the network also exerts a fascination all its own. From the classical grandeur of Newcastle station to the ceaseless traffic of Clapham Junction, from the mysteries of Brunel's atmospheric railway to the lost routines of the great marshalling yards, Simon Bradley explores the world of Britain's railways, the evolution of the trains, and the changing experiences of passengers and workers. The Victorians' private compartments, railway rugs and footwarmers have made way for air-conditioned carriages with airline-type seating, but the railways remain a giant and diverse anthology of structures from every period, and parts of the system are the oldest in the world. Using fresh research, keen observation and a wealth of cultural references, Bradley weaves from this network a remarkable story of technological achievement, of architecture and engineering, of shifting social classes and gender relations, of safety and crime, of tourism and the changing world of work. The Railways shows us that to travel through Britain by train is to journey through time as well as space.

The Dark Mirror

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The Dark Mirror

The Dark Mirror

  • Author: G. B Hobson
  • Publisher: Dare Empire
  • ISBN: 0980870984
  • Category: Drama
  • Page: N.A
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Powerful forces are at work in a group of country parishes undergoing renewal and charismatic revival, confusing reflections of reality. Emotions run riot. A supposed miracle birth during a previous revival haunts the present like a spectre at the feast. Weird happenings at midnight, desecration of the altar, accusations of rape, are just some of the challenges threatening the dedicated ministries of the handsome young incumbent and his secret rural dean lover. Can love continue to believe all things, overcome all things, in a judgmental world?A beautifully woven story of love, a story that will keep you turning page after page. Witness the accusations and heartache of this controversial work of art. This is a story that will touch your heart and keep you thinking long after you turn the final page. When a man believes he has to choose between the love of a man, and the love of God.

Trains Unlimited in the 21st Century

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Trains Unlimited in the 21st Century

Trains Unlimited in the 21st Century

  • Author: Tim Fischer
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Australia
  • ISBN: 0730497402
  • Category:
  • Page: 324
  • View: 340
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An entertaining and illuminating journey along the world's railways, past, present and future, by the host of the ABC's hugely popular Local Radio series, THE GREAT TRAIN SHOW. ABC Local Radio's hugely successful podcast series tHE GREAt tRAIN SHOW unearthed thousands of train enthusiasts across the country. Hosted by former deputy PM and renowned train obsessive tim Fischer, the series covered such topics as the restoration of locomotives, childhood train memories, the importance of rail during wartime, and travel on the trans-Siberian railway. tRAINS UNLIMItED continues this entertaining and illuminating journey along the world's railways. It is about the history, excitement and romance of rail, including the twelve best rail experiences in the world, and it explores the future potential of rail - with unequalled energy efficiencies and strong environmental credentials, tim makes a compelling case for an even greater role for rail transport in the 21st century and beyond. As wide-ranging, authoritative, fascinating and quirky as the radio program, tRAINS UNLIMItED is sure to delight all train enthusiasts and interested general readers alike. All aboard!

The Commercial Motor

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The Commercial Motor

The Commercial Motor

  • Author: N.A
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Aeronautics, Commercial
  • Page: N.A
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Railroad History

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Railroad History

Railroad History

  • Author: N.A
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Locomotives
  • Page: N.A
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Can I Come Down Now, Dad?

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Can I Come Down Now, Dad?

Can I Come Down Now, Dad?

  • Author: John Hegley
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category:
  • Page: 88
  • View: 3169
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Gramophone

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Gramophone

Gramophone

  • Author: Christopher Stone,Sir Compton Mackenzie
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Sound recordings
  • Page: N.A
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