Saving the West Somerset Railway: The Branch Line that Refused to Die

The West Somerset Railway opened in 1862, linking Taunton, Watchet, and Minehead. Popular with tourists traveling the Somerset coast, it was nonetheless closed by British Rail in 1971.

This book tells the story of the small group of enthusiasts, many of whom still work on the railway today, who refused to let the line die, a dream that was thwarted not only by British Rail, but also by the rail unions.

Their efforts were not appreciated by the local authorities, despite volunteers struggling for 5 days to open the line to Bishops Lydeard for urgent supplies when Minehead was cut off by snow drifts. There were many bad days, when the line was unofficially called Will Something Run and volunteers brought sleeping bags with them, because they had no idea if they would return home that day.

There were financial crises and the district council deserted them, but local residents persevered and eventually, with the assistance of Somerset County Council, the railway was able to overcome its problems and become one of the leading heritage railways in the UK.

John Hillabys Walking in Britain

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John Hillabys Walking in Britain
 
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John Hillaby

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/peo... written by Douglas Matthews:Pedestrian was the last word to apply to John Hillaby, though he has been called the most celebrated pedestrian in England.

Yet like his contemporaries, Clive Wainwright and Wilfred Thesiger, he was admired as much by armchair idlers as by the serious walking fraternity. Whether pacing rapidly through the streets of London or across the high moors of his beloved Yorkshire, his tall, spare figure was instantly recognisable, and even in his seventies he could leave younger men struggling in his wake. ... the son of a printer, he was educated at Woodhouse Grove school, Leeds, from where he made his early countryside excursions.

He began his career as a journalist on local weeklies in the West Riding, but was quickly caught up in the Second World War, seeing active service with the Royal Artillery, notably in the retreat through Dunkirk. He married, first, in 1940, Eleanor Riley, with whom he had two daughters, though this marriage was later dissolved.Returning from the war he took up journalism again, and from 1949 was zoological correspondent on the then Manchester Guardian.

The New York Times engaged him as European science correspondent from 1951, and the New Scientist as biological consultant from 1953. He published his first book, Within the Stream, in 1949, and all the time he was travelling, in Africa, North America and, of course, in Britain.

He never scorned modern transport (though he hated motorways), but used it mainly to get him to where he wished to start serious travel, which for him was on his own two feet....Hillaby was a director of the Universities Federation of Animal Welfare, and a frequent broadcaster on radio and television.

He was made a Fellow of the Zoological Society, was awarded an honorary D.Litt. by the City University, and in 1973 was appointed Woodward Lecturer at Yale University.After publishing Nature and Man in 1960, Hillaby really made his impact upon the literary scene with Journey to the Jade Sea (1964), about his remarkable thousand-mile walk from Northern Kenya to Lake Rudolf, alone except for his hired bearers and a string of camels, many of whom acquire personality and character under his pen.

His rueful sense of this noviciate, inept with the animals, awkward with his rifle, and dependent on the Africans for guidance and support, is belied by the achievement itself and by the professionalism of his planning and organisation.

The reviewers gave it warm praise, as much for its literary quality as for the journey itself, and the book remains a classic among travel writings, having brought a new, individual and endearing personality before the reading public.It also set the pattern and style for his later writings: Journey Through Britain (1968), an account of his walk from Lands End to John-o-Groats, almost entirely on tracks and bridle ways; Journey Through Europe (1972), his similar walk from the Hook of Holland to Nice by way of the Alps; and Journey Through Love (1976), on scattered travels in Britain and America, which also recounts the death from cancer in l972 of his second wife, Thelma (Tilly), whom he had married in 1966.Hillaby was deeply affected by Thelmas death, but although he was a solitary walker he was a companionable man, and in 1981 he married Kathleen Burton.

Katie was to bring him more than domestic support. A doughty Yorkshire woman who had lived much of her life in Ceylon, she proved to be as enthusiastic a walker as John Hillaby himself, and from now on she accompanied him on his travels and appears as a cheerful, practical figure in several of his subsequent books.These were Journey Home (1983); John Hillabys Yorkshire (1986); John Hillabys London (1987); and Journey to the Gods (1991), in which he returned to his earlier format with an account of his walk from Athens to Mount Olympus.

His last book, Hillabys Worl

She Shifters

The idea of shapeshifters—beings both human and animal—ignites our imaginations with visions of primal passions and insatiable hungers. Most commonly seen as dark, masculine demons, shapeshifters are in need of a metaphysical overhaul—a new feminine/Sapphic blending of physical power and inescapable desires.

She Shifters re-envisions common and not-so-common myths and deliver a fresh perspective from the storytellers. Traditional lycanthropes and feline familiars appear, was well as more obscure, lesser-known mythologies from around the world to create inventive tales celebrating feminine power, lust, and erotic love.

Paisley Smith’s “The Night Crow” finds two lovers, divided by centuries and a terrible sacrifice, reunited in London. In Christine d’Abo’s, “Scorched Retribution”, a human woman has come home after a ten year absence, hoping to make amends with the one person whose heart shed broken.

But the heart of a dragon isnt easily won and the woman must offer herself up for retribution or risk losing her lover forever.In Angela Caperton’s Sweetwater Pass, the eldest daughter in a family of shape shifters heading to California in the era of the great wagon trains, meets a Native American sister and finds the promise of the West fulfilled.

Delilah Devlins one-of-a-kind She Shifters unleashes the wild creature inside us all!

El Proyecto Paloma

Starts off well but gradually deflates into a contrived and loophole-filled story line, dragging on quite unnecessarily. Also disappointing was that the plot, which involved a scientific discovery of the fountain of youth, offered much promise; I eagerly expected several debates on the implications of such a discovery.

However, I recollect only 2 such instances where anything remotely close to a discussion on the topic was held. Granted, the book doesnt deserve *only* brickbats. The first half of the book moves at a nice pace, the descriptions of Venice were excellent (more to people whove actually visited the city) and I daresay the ending was satisfactory.

But this was my first Irving Wallace book, and considering even the writing was nothing exceptional, this will probably be my last.

First Taste (A My Slut Story, #1)

Months of anticipation and build up to your first meeting and you cannot wait to taste her? You cannot wait to get to the hotel. You take her in the parking garage.Sample:I spun her around and pushed her over. I lifted her skirt this time onto her back, the tiny strip or lace emerging at the top of her ass was an incredible sight.

I pulled it roughly to the side as she spread her legs instinctively. Her ass was perfectly shaped and I had to. I raised my left hand with fingers still wet from being inside her and smacked her ass. The sound echoed through the parking garage and only made my cock grow harder than I that was possible. My hand print turned pink on her ass as I unzipped my pants and freed my cock.An erotic short story.

.The first story in the, A My Slut Story series which follows the exploits of a wonderfully and willingly submissive slut and her mans exploits.

Time Mends(Timber Wolves Trilogy #2)

After a tragic accident leaves her battered, heartbroken, and alone, Scout Donovan would rather hide in dreams than face reality. But things are changing quickly in Scouts life. Soon shes pulled back into the world of Shifters and Seers, with her best friends fate depending on Scouts ability to protect her.

Can Scout pull it together in time to save Talley, or is the past too much to overcome?Praise for Time Mends:“Stunning! I didn’t think it was possible to love Time Mends even more than Destiny Binds, but add action, political intrigue and mounds of suspense to the witty dialogue and loveable characters and you’ve got a sure fire winner on your hands!”-Samantha Young, author of Moon Spell“A brilliant display of talent.”-Jackie at The Book Whisperer

Die Goldsteingasse

Als seine Eltern nach einem Vorstellungsgespräch spurlos verschwinden, macht sich der zehnjährige Flynn Weiland auf die Suche nach ihnen. Erster Anhaltspunkt ist die Visitenkarte des Besuchers, der einen Abend zuvor im Wohnzimmer saß und seinen Eltern ein mysteriöses Arbeitsangebot unterbreitete.

Schnell wird Flynn klar, dass seine Eltern herein gelegt wurden. Doch das ist noch lange nicht alles. Flynns Suche führt ihn in die Goldsteingasse, wo Magie allgegenwärtig ist und er erfährt Unglaubliches: Seine Eltern wurden als Vampirjäger angeheuert! Mit Hilfe einer Hexe und deren Tochter Mia macht sich Flynn auf die Suche, seine Eltern zu finden.

Doch der fiese Besitzer der Vampiragentur setzt alles daran, Flynn davon abzuhalten.