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More Tales from Old Barnwood
This new book on old Barnwood, consisting of 120
pages and containing 100 pictures has been written
by Richard Auckland and
Brian McBurnie as a follow up to Tales of Old Barnwood.
It contains a large section on the history of Barnwood House Hospital, the
private mental institution which dominated the parish for over a hundred
years, and the memories of some of its former employees. Articles on the
Barnwood smallpox epidemic, the development of scouting in the parish and
the story of Doris Warren's time at Barnwood School are also included. The
history of the church choir, the building of the Parish Centre and some
interesting stories about the Avenue are among the 33
"chapters". It has tales, too, about some of those associated
with Barnwood; people such as Sir Charles Wheatstone, Sir Edmund Saunders
and Mary Cole (a Barnwood girl who could have become the Queen of
England). This is not a "then and now" book, although there are
a few pictures of the area as it used to be, including a previously
unpublished photograph of Budgens when it was the local tea rooms.
Authors Name: Richard Auckland & Brian McBurnie
More Tales of Old Barnwood
Publisher: Bishop's Cleeve,
Courtyard Books 2013
Price = £7.99
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A disparate collection of desperate tales of woe, and occasional subsequent joy. It's actually a totally useless book, but comprised of true accounts of survived disasters collected over many years of attending Rallies, Treffens, Noggins and Trials around the world. But none of the very varied accounts to be found within are urban myths. They are not regurgitations of what my friend says his brother heard that a bloke in the pub did once. Almost all the tales were told to one of the editors directly.
Classic vehicles and similar devices inspire many and varied bodges in order to keep them going and this new book is firmly based in the scene wherein the user/driver/rider/owner/victim is still able to have some control over his/her machinery. These are not useful hints & tips, but are celebrations of eccentric ingenuity. An applause for stuff that was, and occasionally still is, user-servicable - and a protest against designed disposability.
It is well illustrated, but also contains grumpy old men's ruminations and some amateur philosophy.
An ideal book for Dad to keep in the loo.
| ‘The Artful Bodger’
by bodgers around the world
and edited by
Peter Henshaw & John Bradshaw
| Available from Courtyard Books
plus p + p
Tel: 01242 674335
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Through our friends at Cheltenham Jazz we have built up an extensive range of CDs and books on Jazz.
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