One Mother, Two Cyclists and the World

Author: Meg Dillon




Page: 194

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On 13th June 2018, in typical millennial style, Samual Dillon and Jayne Edwards set off from Chiswick in West London to spend a year cycling round the world. Whilst they were away Sam's mum, Meg Dillon, took on the equally challenging task of overcoming her fear of social media to write a micro blog on instagram keep the two cyclists up to date with her daily life in West London. @L7_Meg is the printed version of the 371 blogs which humorously describe the highs and lows of a baby bomber facing the 21st Century challenges of social media, pre COVID working from home, exercise and relationships in the brave new world of Trump and Boris.

Ten Bodies, Two Bikes and a Boil - Lands End to John O'Groats Cycle Ride

Author: Chris Gooderham



Category: Humor

Page: 260

View: 954

A dark comedy based on the true story of one man's quest for immortality. Matthew Moore has received the worst news of his life - he only has one year to live, and he wants to do something he can finally be proud of. Ten Bodies, Two Bikes and a Boil follows the diary of one man as he cycles the length of the country, from Lands End to John O'Groats, dragging his father-in-law; his Bike Buddy, with him. A man who is grumpy, overweight, unfit, with knackered knees and high blood pressure. A man more likely to die than succeed. Over three weeks, Moore tells of his battle through the country. A light-hearted and jovial tale to begin with, Moore appears to forget about his fatal diagnosis, but quickly becomes envious of other people. What starts as a simple cycle ride soon becomes a personal crusade, one final attempt to live forever. This book is a must read for anyone contemplating the challenge and includes daily maps, road and traffic conditions as well as the contour of the route.
Biography & Autobiography

Cycling the Earth

Author: Sean Conway

Publisher: Random House


Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 368

View: 748

Sean Conway was stuck in a life dead end of his own making when he heard about a round the world cycling race. He was immediately inspired – but it was a huge undertaking and he’d hardly been on a bike in years. Could he really cycle all the way round the world, solo and unsupported? Six months later, after completing a punishing training schedule and packing up everything he owned into boxes, Sean was in Greenwich Park on the start line of the adventure of a lifetime. Soon he was way ahead of schedule, averaging 180 miles per day, and on course to break the round the world cycling record. But then disaster struck, and Sean was forced to confront the possibility that he may not be able to complete the race... In the course of his 16,000-mile journey, Sean travelled the famous pan-American highway across the Atacama Desert, outran tornados, relied on fellow travellers to ferry water across the Australian outback, and inadvertently joined a cycle club in Mumbai. He learnt things about himself he didn’t know and rediscovered a spirit of adventure that changed everything. This is a book about an amazing and sometimes incredibly difficult journey, but it’s also a book about never giving up when there’s an opportunity to follow your dreams.
Foreign Language Study

Compact First Student's Book without Answers with CD-ROM

Author: Peter May

Publisher: Cambridge University Press


Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 128

View: 693

Highly focused preparation for the revised 2015 Cambridge English: First (FCE) course in 50-60 core hours. This Student's Book without answers provides B2-level students with thorough preparation and practice needed for exam success. Ten units cover all four exam papers in a step-by-step approach. 'Quick steps' and Writing, Speaking and Listening guides explain what to expect in the exam, and provide strategies on approaching each paper, model answers, useful expressions and further practice. The CD-ROM provides interactive grammar, vocabulary and writing practice. Two complete practice tests are available online for teachers to access. Recordings for the Listening exercises are found on the Class Audio CDs or in the Student's Book Pack, available separately.
Business & Economics

Understanding Careers

Author: Kerr Inkson

Publisher: SAGE


Category: Business & Economics

Page: 432

View: 674

In the hotly anticipated second edition of Understanding Careers, Kerr Inkson has teamed up with Nicky Dries and John Arnold to take readers on a fascinating journey through the field of Career Studies. Interdisciplinary – the text brings together and critiques a range of perspectives, allowing for a broader and more holistic understanding of the field. Theory and practice – comprehensive coverage of all the key theories and cutting edge research is related to the real world through over 50 cases studies. A new ‘Careers in Practice’ section contains chapters devoted to self-development, career counselling, and organizational practices. International perspective – contains examples, cases, research, references and statistics from a range of countries. Use of metaphor – the text is structured around commonly used metaphors for careers, helping students relate to the ideas presented and providing a framework for analysis and comparison. Ideal reading for students considering their own career and personal development, as well as those studying career development, career guidance or human resource management within a psychology, education, counselling or business degree.
Young Adult Fiction

This World We Live In

Author: Susan Beth Pfeffer

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt


Category: Young Adult Fiction

Page: 256

View: 551

It’s been a year since a meteor collided with the moon, catastrophically altering the earth’s climate. For Miranda Evans, life as she knew it no longer exists. Her friends and neighbors are dead, the landscape is frozen, and food is increasingly scarce. The struggle to survive intensifies when Miranda’s father and stepmother arrive with a baby and three strangers in tow. One of the newcomers is Alex Morales, and as Miranda’s complicated feelings for him turn to love, his plans for his future thwart their relationship. Then a devastating tornado hits the town of Howell, and Miranda makes a decision that will change their lives forever.

The Modern Olympics

Author: David C. Young

Publisher: JHU Press


Category: History

Page: 252

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Coubertin's main contribution to the founding of the modern Olympics was the zeal he brought to transforming an idea that had evolved over decades into the reality of Olympiad I and all the Olympic Games held thereafter.

Faster, Higher, Stronger

Author: Mark McClusky

Publisher: Penguin


Category: Science

Page: 288

View: 123

A New York Times bestseller “A smart and important book.”—Gretchen Reynolds, author of The First 20 Minutes Publications as varied as Wired, Men’s Fitness, and The New Yorker are abuzz over the New York Times bestseller Faster, Higher, Stronger. In it, veteran journalist Mark McClusky explains how today’s top athletes are turning to advanced technology and savvy science to improve their performance. Sports buffs and readers of David Epstein and Gretchen Reynolds will want to join McClusky as he goes behind the scenes everywhere from the Olympics to the NBA Finals, from the World Series to the Tour de France, and from high-tech labs to neighborhood gyms to show how athletes at every level can incorporate cutting-edge science into their own workouts.

The Burning World

Author: Isaac Marion

Publisher: Simon and Schuster


Category: Fiction

Page: 512

View: 145

"In this sequel to WARM BODIES, the New York Times bestselling novel and hit movie, star-crossed lovers R and J must confront a world filled with the undead and the far more terrifying force that animates them"--
Biography & Autobiography


Author: Michael Vlismas

Publisher: Jonathan Ball Publishers


Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 300

View: 999

From the day he joined a ramshackle Kenyan cycling club made up of orphans and street children, Chris Froome was destined for greatness. Froome: the Ride of his Life chronicles Froome's journey from the dusty mountain tracks outside Nairobi to the historic roads of the world's most famous bicycle race and his victory in the 2013 Tour de France. It's a journey that begins by learning to fix punctures in a Kenyan village under the mentorship of his long-time friend David Kinjah. It's the story of a boy who once sold avocados on the side of the road and lived with his mother in the servants' quarters at the back of a lavish homestead in Nairobi, but who had a free spirit and a drive to follow his dream. From his challenges and triumphs on the road to the tragedy of his mother's death, Froome emerges as a man apart but loyal and compassionate to those nearest to him as he sought to capture road cycling's ultimate prize - the Tour de France. From Africa to the Alps, this is the story of Africa's greatest cycling moment. This is the ride of Chris Froome's life.

Slow Coast Home

Author: Josie Dew

Publisher: Hachette UK


Category: Travel

Page: 544

View: 980

Josie Dew's love of cycling has taken her across the world, travelling everywhere from Japan and Mexico to Iceland, India and Algeria. In her latest book, she sets off on another quirky and riotous ride, choosing to circumnavigate the coastline of the British Isles. And she discovers that her homeland can be as surprising and full of incident as anywhere she has ever been. Beginning in Portsmouth, Josie sets off in a clockwise direction after a Shetland grandmother warns her that she'll end up meeting the devil if she travels anti-clockwise. Through rain, hail, floods, bitter temperatures, minor earthquakes and dusty drought, Josie pedals on, eventually returning to Land's End to complete Stage One of her remarkably lengthy odyssey along 5,000 miles of seaside, estuaries, creeks and islands. But is all as it seems? Who is the mysterious builder who appears at all the wrong moments? Who are the two-wheeled taggers-on lurking in her wake? What did she find at Puckpool Point, Bozomzeal and Woon Gumpus? And how did Josie so badly miscalculate her approach to the seafront at Newhaven that she landed in France?
Family & Relationships

Let the Baby Drive

Author: Lu Hanessian

Publisher: St. Martin's Press


Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 272

View: 742

This insightful, deeply poignant and often hilarious narrative about the first years of motherhood inspires new mothers to follow their baby's cues and trust their own instincts. In letting her baby drive, the author didn't hand over the keys, but she let him navigate while she steered--and got to know him. Empathy bred understanding, a kind of two-way mirror that allowed them to learn from eachother. This is not a "how-to" book but rather a "why-to" book that speaks to the human spirit about love, fear and letting go.
Sports & Recreation


Author: Michael Hutchinson

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing


Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 352

View: 227

Somewhere in a German forest 200 years ago, during the darkest, wettest summer for centuries, the story of cycling began. The calls to ban it were more or less immediate. Re:Cyclists is the tale of the following two centuries. It tells how cycling became a kinky vaudeville act for Parisians, how it was the basis of an American business empire to rival Henry Ford's, and how it found a unique home in the British Isles. The Victorian love of cycling started with penny-farthing riders, who explored lonely roads that had been left abandoned by the coming of the railways. Then high-society took to it - in the 1980s the glittering parties of the London Season featured bicycles dancing in the ballroom, and every member of the House of Lords rode a bike. Twentieth-century cycling was very different, and even more popular. It became the sport and the pastime of millions of ordinary people who wanted to escape the city smog, or to experience the excitement of a weekend's racing. Cycling offered adventure and independence in the good times, and consolation during the war years and the Great Depression. Re:Cyclists tells the story of cycling's glories and also of its despairs, of how it only just avoided extinction in the motoring boom of the 1960s. And finally, at the dawn of the 21st century, it celebrates how cycling rose again - a little different, a lot more fashionable, but still about the same simple pleasures that it always has been: the wind in your face and the thrill of two-wheeled freedom.

Thinking Across Cultures

Author: Donald M. Topping

Publisher: Routledge


Category: Education

Page: 512

View: 618

This volume compares and contrasts contemporary theories of cognition, modes of perception, and learning from cross-cultural perspectives. The participants were asked to consider and assess the question of whether people from different cultures think differently. Moreover, they were asked to consider whether the same approaches to teaching and development of thinking will work in all cultures as well as they do in Western, literate societies.

Powerful Magic

Author: Nina Mikkelsen

Publisher: Teachers College Press


Category: Education

Page: 193

View: 465

Provides insight into children's responses to fantasy literature and ways adults can cultivate a children's positive experience with literature.

Cycling and Recycling

Author: Ruth Oldenziel

Publisher: Berghahn Books


Category: Nature

Page: 256

View: 796

Technology has long been an essential consideration in public discussions of the environment, with the focus overwhelmingly on creating new tools and techniques. In more recent years, however, activists, researchers, and policymakers have increasingly turned to mobilizing older technologies in their pursuit of sustainability. In fascinating case studies ranging from the Early Modern secondhand trade to utopian visions of human-powered vehicles, the contributions gathered here explore the historical fortunes of two such technologies—bicycling and waste recycling—tracing their development over time and providing valuable context for the policy successes and failures of today.

The Christmas Gamble

Author: Matt J. McGee



Category: Fiction

Page: 28

View: 685

Chris is tired of the same old holiday traditions. Separated this season from her usual family routines and stuck in her job as a croupier at a local casino, she looks for a break from the norm - something to keep the spirit of the holidays alive. She finds an unlikely opportunity to renew her Christmas cheer through a random social media post. And an unlikely person just happens to be watching.... 'The Christmas Gamble' first appeared in 2018 as first place in the Heart & Mind Press holiday story contest.

The Villa Rouge

Author: Maggie Ross

Publisher: Hachette UK


Category: Fiction

Page: 384

View: 315

Morgan Perincall's marriage is already disintegrating when her husband volunteers for service in France. Dazed by his desertion, she sends their children west to safety, and leaves London for the dubious sanctuary of her childhood home, the Villa Rouge. Situated on the East coast, it is vulnerable to German attack. Caught between the open hostility of her father's housekeeper and the suffocating affection of Charlie, who for all his enthusiasm is not fit for service, Morgan's days are brightened by the arrival of an R.A.F. squadron - a chance to relive the romances of her wilder youth. But the fall of Dunkirk brings a sobering taste of defeat, and the Battle of Britain soon sees the once-carefree pilots fighting for their lives, their country. With danger drawing ever closer, and the secrets of her past beginning to unravel, Morgan discovers that sometimes the best intentions can leave the darkest legacies.