How Not to Travel the World

Adventures of a Disaster-Prone Backpacker

Author: Lauren Juliff

Publisher: Summersdale Publishers LTD - ROW

ISBN: 1783726067

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

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I had no life experience, zero common sense and had never eaten rice. I suffered from debilitating anxiety, was battling an eating disorder and had just had my heart broken. I hoped by leaving to travel the world I would be able to heal myself.' Instead, Lauren’s travels were full of bad luck and near-death experiences. Over the space of a year, she was scammed and assaulted; lost teeth and swallowed a cockroach. She fell into leech-infested rice paddies, was caught up in a tsunami, had the brakes of her motorbike fail and experienced a very unhappy ending during a massage in Thailand. It was just as she was about to give up on travel when she stumbled across a handsome New Zealander with a love of challenges...

Cockpit Confidential

Everything You Need to Know About Air Travel: Questions, Answers, and Reflections

Author: Patrick Smith

Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc.

ISBN: 1492663972

Category: Travel

Page: 336

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A New York Times bestseller For millions of people, travel by air is a confounding, uncomfortable, and even fearful experience. Patrick Smith, airline pilot and author of the popular website www.askthepilot.com, separates fact from fallacy and tells you everything you need to know: • How planes fly, and a revealing look at the men and women who fly them • Straight talk on turbulence, pilot training, and safety. • The real story on delays, congestion, and the dysfunction of the modern airport • The myths and misconceptions of cabin air and cockpit automation • Terrorism in perspective, and a provocative look at security • Airfares, seating woes, and the pitfalls of airline customer service • The colors and cultures of the airlines we love to hate COCKPIT CONFIDENTIAL covers not only the nuts and bolts of flying, but the grand theater of air travel, from airport architecture to inflight service to the excitement of travel abroad. It's a thoughtful, funny, at times deeply personal look into the strange and misunderstood world of commercial flying. "Patrick Smith is extraordinarily knowledgeable about modern aviation...the ideal seatmate, a companion, writer and explorer." —Boston Globe "Anyone remotely afraid of flying should read this book, as should anyone who appreciates good writing and great information." —The New York Times, on ASK THE PILOT.

Return of the Osprey

A Season of Flight and Wonder

Author: David Gessner

Publisher: Algonquin Books

ISBN: 1565122542

Category: Nature

Page: 286

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The author of A Wild, Rank Place focuses on the osprey, capturing their magnificent beauty while chronicling their return on the east coast after a two decades absence. BOMC.

The Flight of the Mew Gull

Author: Alex Henshaw

Publisher: Crowood

ISBN: 1847974082

Category: Transportation

Page: 288

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Alex Henshaw had the luck to grow up in the 1920s and 1930s during the golden age of flying. The Blue Riband of flying in the British Isles between the two World Wars was the King's Cup: Henshaw set his heart on it, developing a technique of racing which extracted the very maximum from his aircraft: first the Comper Swift and then the DH Leopard Moth. Parallel with his search for speed was an obsession with making accurate landfalls, and he developed this blind-flying talent deliberately in a flying partnership with his father on many carefully planned long-distances survey flights. His exciting apprenticeship in these two skills was crowned by the acquisition of the Percival Mew Gull G-AEXF in 1937. His amazing solo flight to Cape Town and back in February 1939 established several solo records that stood for 70 years. This feat of navigation and airmanship must surely be one of man's greatest flights - 12,754 miles over desert, sea and jungle in a single-engined light aircraft. Alex Henshaw's flying escapades with the Percival Mew Gull G-AEXF during the immediate pre-war years are the very stuff of legend, drama, astonishing good luck and high adventure. . . If you believe your meticulously planned day trip to Le Touquet to be high adventure (and there is no reason to believe in context it is not), then just read The Flight of the Mew Gull. Yes, it was sixty years ago, but the story still sets the pulse racing - and Henshaw's little wooden aeroplane survives in an airworthy condition at Old Warden, where close inspection will cause jaws to drop and heads to shake at the sheer audacity of it all. - PILOT New and updated edition of Henshaw's classic account of pre-WWII flying and racing, culminating in his record-breaking flight to Cape Town and back in 1939. Excellent opportunity for those who haven't got an original to acquire a classic. - FLIGHT INTERNATIONAL

Igloos in the Jungle

Memoirs of a Tactical Airlifter in Vietnam and Beyond

Author: Brian Watson

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1469159376

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 385

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Go along with the Colonel on this nostalgic trip back to the 1950's and life growing up in the Midwest. Follow him on his solo trek across Europe and the year that made him a man in the Aviation Cadet Program. Next it's many a day in Vietnam over the course of the war and the hardships faced by the aviators and their families on a daily basis. Life in the "fast lane" or five years in the Pentagon gives the reader a close look at the many challenges faced by the Staff Officer in the "building". Finally, the harrowing experience of life in a high school classroom for 19 years caps off the interesting adventure. Lt. Col. Watson amassed almost 5,000 hours flight time with 1,300 of it being combat time in Vietnam. He was "in country" for over 500 days covering parts of 1965,1966,1968,1969,1970,1971,1972, and 1973.He was decorated 39 times including the Legion of Merit, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, 12 Air Medals, 2 Commendations Medals, and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry just to mention a few. His travels took him north of the Arctic Circle to the southernmost tip of South America, all over Europe and the Far East with stops in 68 countries on 6 continents. Sit back, relax, and enjoy this most interesting story of an Air Force Officer and his travels in support of our national interests.

Of Diamonds and Dentistry

Author: Dr. Brian La Trobe

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1465305009

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 638

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Brian La Trobe retired from Dental practice in 1986 to pursue his environmental interests. He designed South Africas first energy from waste programme using the landfill site of Grahamstown South Africa. Later, on behalf of the South African Research Commission, he researched and developed a sanitation treatment system which required no water. He then established a company to field test the technology. Finally in 1993 the Enviro Loo unit went into production. To date some 55,000 units have been sold into the African market and exported internationally to many Countries, including the USA. Some years ago, he retired as Chairman of Enviro Options (Pty) Ltd. He now lives in retirement with his wife,Peggy, in Johannesburg where he occupies his time recording old memories.

Blue-collar Wings

Remembering Thirty Years of Private Flying

Author: Robert J. Keith

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 059541642X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 236

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Flying airplanes for sport is expensive. Many recreational pilots are businessmen or executives with sufficient income that allows them to fly. But this recreational community also includes a smaller group-the blue-collar workers. With little disposable income, they struggle to find money to support their flying passion. Eventually, many succumb to the financial pressures of home and family, giving up flying altogether. But there are some who find a way to continue enjoying their love for flight. "Blue-Collar Wings: Remembering Thirty Years of Private Flying" is the autobiography of middle-class worker Robert J. Keith, who shares his story of flying light aircraft for recreation and refusing to abandon it in the face of increasing costs. For three decades, Robert and his wife Nancy enjoyed many adventures flying airplanes and hot air balloons throughout New England . and slightly beyond . and proved that dreams do come true.

I Heart Beat

Author: Edyth Bulbring

Publisher: Hot Key Books

ISBN: 147140062X

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 224

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Romance is what happens when you're busy doing something else Beatrice has got a deadbeat mum, an addiction to online messaging and an aversion to the sun. If she could stay inside all summer she most absolutely would. Except she's being shipped off to stay with her 'Grummer' - a grandmother she barely knows - while her mum has another go at rehab. If Beatrice is going to have any chance of having some peace she will need to distract Grummer with a husband. Unfortunately there aren't many eligible bachelors hanging around this cranky old dorp. Her plan is simple: identify the target, establish contact and ensure eternal love. But all does not go to plan for control-freak Beat. Suddenly she finds herself ditching the factor 50 for freckles from swimming in the reservoir; her cucumber and tea-only diet is overtaken by peanut butter sandwiches, and the very important 'rely on no-one' policy has to make room for Toffie; a boy with a bike, a shock of red hair and a love for the natural fauna of South Africa. Beat always knew that love was found in unexpected places. She just never thought that it might find her.

Next Voyage Will Be Different!

Author: Thomas E. Henry

Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 1598586270

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 440

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I am privileged to know Tom Henry personally, a man who has devoted much of his amazing life to the art of seafaring. His remarkable story of a young mansetting out on a traditional maritime career and then spending a great deal of his life at sea is sure to fascinate those addicted to old fashioned mariner's tales. It is a charming story of a once-common lifestyle that has now almost entirely disappeared. I recommend it highly. Joseph Balkoski, author of Omaha Beach: D-Day, June 6, 1944 "Life at sea is always a fascinating subject. With charm, wit, and a story teller's skill, Henry brings alive his decades long career as a merchant seaman with great stories about people, exotic places and the day to day business of a ship's officer at work and play. It is a tale that only an old sailor could tell. A terrific read for sea buffs and 'landlubbers' alike." Raymond J. Batvinis, PhD, author of The Origins of FBI Counter Intelligence Thomas E. Henry was born and raised on the south shore of Long Island, New York. There he attended the local Babylon schools until March 1945, when he left at age seventeen to serve on active duty in the U.S. Naval Reserve. During his year and a half in the Navy he achieved the rank of gunners's mate third class. Following his discharge from the service he attended, on the 'GI Bill' the Cathedral Scholl of Saint Paul, in Garden City, New York. He graduated in June 1947 with his high school diploma. In 1951 he graduated from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, which scholl readied him for a life in the United States Merchant Mariner. In 1985, at age fifty seven, and after thirty three years of service he retired. He had sailed as a ship's master with the United States Lines Company. For the following three years he served on periods of active duty in the Naval Reserve as a ship handling instructor at Little Creek, Virginia. He and Barbara, his devoted wife of over thirty years, reside in Stuart Florida, where Captain Henry is presently employed as an instructed at the well-known Chapman School of Seamanship.

Pendulum

Author: Loren Ogin

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1456803980

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 104

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This book explores Bi Polar Mood Disorder and the symptoms of the disorder as well as coping with it. In it I also write about "coming out of the closet" as homosexual. The consequent discrimination and stigmatization I went through at the hands of one of the organizations I worked at is also discussed. This book was cathartic for me to write as I was able to let go of the anger I felt towards the individuals at whose hands my dignity and self- esteem was destroyed and the struggle to get it back so I could become a "whole person" again. To be considered as a deviant" in society is very difficult to deal with. I have found the strength to deal with it by surrounding myself with people who are also considered as deviant. The book also gives people who have Bi Polar Mood Disorder the information they need to understand their illness and how medication works, as well how to deal with the anger and behaviour which goes along with the disorder. I hope that the information in the book is helpful to readers and their families and promotes understanding and acceptance instead of discrimination.

Red Now and Laters

A Novel

Author: Marcus J. Guillory

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1451699123

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

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“Guillory’s complex and mesmerizing novel spans numerous eras of family history and southern folklore, offering a haunting yet soulful portrait of a neglected American culture” (Booklist). Meet Ti John, a young boy growing up in Texan Creole culture in the 1980s, the decade of Reaganomics, disco music, and the candy of choice—red Now and Laters. Raised in a Black Creole family by a voodoo-practicing father and strict Catholic mother, he is blessed with a special gift: spiritual healing. But life in the Houston ghetto where he lives is never easy. Ti John struggles to remain an ordinary kid, but even with a rodeo-star father he idolizes and the help of supernatural guides, nothing can shield Ti John from the roughness of inner-city life. He witnesses violence and death, gets his heart broken by girls, feels the anger of his own embittered father, struggles to live up to his mother’s middle-class aspirations—all while trying to become the man he’s expected to be. Will Ti John fall prey to the bad side of life—or will he recognize and hold on to the good? Multilayered and multigenerational, this tremendous literary debut breathes new life into the coming-of-age novel through “a truly unforgettable world of spirits and magical men” (Dolen Perkins-Valdez, author of Wench). Red Now and Laters is a poignant and uniquely American story, as memorable and flavorful as the candy itself.

Soaring with Fidel

An Osprey Odyssey from Cape Cod to Cuba and Beyond

Author: David Gessner

Publisher: Beacon Press

ISBN: 9780807085783

Category: Nature

Page: 289

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One September, after writing about ospreys on Cape Cod for years, David Gessner impulsively decided to follow the birds on their annual migration. Each fall these graceful raptors, with wingspans of up to six feet, cruise over the eastern United States, then soar over Cuba and winter in South America, returning north with the spring. In 2004, Gessner went along for the ride, traveling illegally into the mountains of Cuba and deep into Venezuela as he competed with the crew of a BBC documentary to be the first to follow the full migration, trailing the birds by car, boat, foot, and plane. He called his favorite osprey Fidel. Soaring with Fidelis about the exhilaration of migration, but it is also a deeper meditation on the nature of human happiness. In describing the thrill of travel, the antics of these swashbuckling birds, and the cast of characters he meets (and drinks with) along the way—including scientists, students, tour guides, and an online group of birders—Gessner gives us a profound lesson in the importance of following what you love.

What A Party!

My Life Among Democrats: Presidents, Candidates, Donors, Activists, Alligators and Other Wild Animals

Author: Terry McAuliffe

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 1429916958

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 416

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"I thought I knew Terry McAuliffe as well as anyone, but this time he surprised even me. Who knew Terry could sit still long enough to give us a book this good? What a Party! is a must-read for all of us who love politics, believe in public service, and know that laughter is often the best survival strategy." —President Bill Clinton "No one knows more about American politics than Terry McAuliffe. He gives us some remarkable insights and knows how to make his accounts both humorous and informative." —President Jimmy Carter "I've often said Terry's energy could light up a city, and readers of this book will know why. Terry's excitement for politics—and life—is evident on every page." —Senator Hillary Clinton For more than twenty-five years, Terry McAuliffe has been at the epicenter of American politics. Just out of Catholic University in Washington, Terry took a position with the Carter-Mondale campaign and quickly became one of the campaign's chief fund-raisers—and hasn't looked back since. The list of Terry ́s former mentors, friends, and close associates in the nation's capital reads like a who's who of legendary Democrats: Tip O'Neill. Jimmy Carter. Dick Gephardt. Bill Clinton. Hillary Clinton. Al Gore. The list goes on and on. Terry has fought hard for the Democratic Party his entire life and, as Bill Clinton reveals here for the first time, he was the first one in the party to see opportunity in the Republican gains in the 1994 Congressional elections. Without question the most successful fund-raiser in political history, Terry established himself as a heavyweight Democratic strategist and leader who was George W. Bush ́s most vocal and persistent critic during the first four years of the Bush 43 presidency. He earned rave reviews even from former critics for his groundbreaking work as chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 2001 to 2005, pulling the DNC out of debt for the first time in its history. Terry has served as a confidant and adviser to President Clinton and countless presidential candidates, a mediator among party leaders, the chairman of a national convention and presidential inaugural, and a forceful spokesman for the party—all without losing his reputation as a colorful, fun-loving character liked and respected even by his Republican adversaries. What a Party! is a fascinating, hilarious, and provocative look at the life of one of Washington's legendary figures. From wrestling an alligator to running the Democratic National Committee to his friendship with President Clinton, Terry McAuliffe's wonderful memoir covers it all and is, without doubt, the political book of the year.

The Last Flight of the Blue Goose

Author: Jacques Evans

Publisher: Jacques Evans

ISBN: 1452307261

Category: Fiction

Page: N.A

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In 1942 the Blue Goose, a B-24 bomber, disappeared during a routine test flight from an airbase in Florida. After an intensive search, no trace of the plane or crew was ever found. Thirty years later, the remains of the copilot were discovered on a remote beach in northern Brazil. The pilot's son learns of the discovery and teams up with his father's former commanding officer. They mount an expedition to Brazil and find a Luger pistol that leads them to a Luftwaffe pilot who flew with the Condor Legion during the Spanish Civil War. While he is sympathetic, the former Luftwaffe pilot refuses to cooperate and the investigation reaches a dead end. Years later, the Condor Legion pilot dies in a crash at Tenerife and a bizarre Nazi plot is uncovered.

A Childhood in Bohemia and the Flight to the West

Author: Erika Storey

Publisher: Arena books

ISBN: 1906791341

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 300

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In this memoir, the author discovers the way of the world and her own nature amid the turmoil of a world war and its devastating consequences. The dramatic attempts of close relatives to escape the life-threatening chaos are interwoven into the main story.

Living an Abundant Life

Inspirational Stories from Entrepreneurs Around the World

Author: Sandy Forster

Publisher: Morgan James Publishing

ISBN: 1614484066

Category: Self-Help

Page: 200

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Get inspired to unleash your full potential and enjoy a life of wealth and abundance with this story collection from the creator of WildWealthy.com. Have you been searching for ways to live a truly fulfilling life? Do you want more happiness, wealth, good health and joy? If you’ve answered yes to these questions, then Living an Abundant Life will provide you with the answers you seek to living a truly amazing life! In this book you will learn some of the best kept secrets on how to enrich your life beyond your wildest dreams from some of the greatest international leaders and teachers in today’s world, including Neale Donald Walsch, Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen. Inside you will discover. . . . Why your attitude is the essence of your ultimate success Stop sabotaging yourself and get what you desire How to transform your life despite your current circumstances How to find your own definition of abundance even through adversity And more! If you want more out of life, love, and the world around you, then Living an Abundant Life is the life guide you’ve been waiting for.

Open Cockpit over Africa

Author: Victor Smith

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 1475920946

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 232

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This intimate account of what it was like to fly open-cockpit, single engined aircraft over the length and breadth of primitive Africa in the early 1930s has been written by one of the pioneers of the African air-routes, Victor Smith. Smith is in fact the last of that intrepid breed of pilots who risked their lives, and their machines, in a determined bid to open up the Darkest Continent and to reduce traveling times between Africa and Europe.

My Long Flight from Freedom

Author: Sandy Geyer

Publisher: Maruki Books

ISBN: 0958298726

Category: South Africa

Page: 144

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My Long Flight From Freedom is Sandy Geyer's honest, humorous and courageous account of her journey as a white South African woman growing up in, and then ultimately leaving her beloved homeland. Her personal experiences and challenges provide many insights into why so many South Africans' new found freedom has simply led to heartbreaking sacrifices made as they felt powerless to stay behind in a country ravaged by violence. Sandy describes genuine experiences of the turbulent times before the fall of Apartheid and the rise of the ANC government, including her brief but inspirational meeting with Nelson Mandela soon after his freedom was granted. This book is a must read, and has been described as 'un- put-down-able' by all who have reviewed it.

The Flight of the Falcon

Author: Daphne du Maurier

Publisher: Little, Brown

ISBN: 0316253537

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

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"In du Maurier's fiction, she unflinchingly exposed hard truths." --Times (UK) As a young guide for Sunshine Tours, Armino Fabbio leads a pleasant, if humdrum life -- until he becomes circumstantially involved in the murder of an old peasant woman in Rome. The woman, he gradually comes to realise, was his family's beloved servant many years ago, in his native town of Ruffano. He returns to his birthplace, and once there, finds it is haunted by the phantom of his brother, Aldo, shot down in flames in '43. Over five hundred years before, the sinister Duke Claudio, known as The Falcon, lived his twisted, brutal life, preying on the people of Ruffano. But now it is the twentieth century, and the town seems to have forgotten its violent history. But have things really changed? The parallels between the past and present become ever more evident.