Publisher: john pinkney
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On January 9 2003 the Australian naval vessel HMAS Stuart found a 150-tonne craft High Aim 6 drifting deserted in the Indian Ocean. The captains reading glasses lay in the wheelhouse. Toothbrushes dangled from a rack. Clothes and wallets were undisturbed. Yet the skipper and his 10 crewmen had vanished without trace. After fruitlessly seeking clues, the Australians nicknamed the ship Mary Celeste. Despite massive sea-air searches the men were never found. The original Mary Celeste had created global speculation in 1872, when she was similarly discovered adrift and empty. Contemporary reports mistakenly described the mystery as a one-off. But as any painstaking researcher can confirm, Mary Celeste and High Aim 6 are part of a pattern - which has repeated itself across many centuries. A pattern of ships mysteriously stripped of all human life: a phenomenon whose meaning defies our understanding. Author John Pinkney has devoted his career to investigating such profound enigmas as the Mary Celeste syndrome. A host of similarly baffling cases can also be found in this unique book.
The Legend of the Mary Celeste is a 4500-word poem about this ill-starred ship and the horrible events that caused her to be discoveredadrift and abandoned near the Azores in November 1872. The anthology of poems is in seven sections: A Medley of Sonnets on various subjects; Poems of West Virginia, Seafarers of the 20th Century, includes a voyage aboard the RMS Queen Mary; Whaâs like us? Humorous views and flashbacks of an exile Scot; Ballades and Villanelles, modern versions of 14th-century poems, and finally Recollections, works that reflect life, human nature, Mother Nature, humour, sadness, grief, war, and current events.
As with Flora and Birds, Bugs is not a biological guide but a richly-illustrated cultural one, seen through the eyes of writers, musicians, artists and naturalists - from the great Tudor naturalist, Thomas Muffet (father of Little Miss Muffet) to Irvine Welsh's talking tapeworm in Filth - as well as contributions by ordinary men and women who are fascinated by creepy-crawlies of all kinds.The book is structured along a roughly evolving path, from simple cell life-forms - amoeba, worms, crustaceans (proof, say the authors, of 'just how far you can go on very little') - to bugs we all might recognise - spiders, butterflies, bees - and back into the water to meet molluscs and 'almost-fish'... The book works so triumphantly because author Peter Marren has examined bugs in the dusty corners of our houses and gardens as well as traversing mountains, lakes and fields. In addition to the fascinating habits of the bug world, he also includes the eccentric behaviour of the bug obsessives themselves.But of course, the true heroes of the book are the bugs themselves- the nimble-dicks, clock ladies and coffin-cutters. From the Boring Sponge (its official name!) to the Mermaid's Glove and Penis Worm, via the glamourous Dark Crimson Underwing and Ruby-Tailed Wasp - this rich compendium of bugs is a must not only for naturalists but for anyone who cares about the crawling, buzzing swarms at our feet.
"Between encountering dinosaurs in Donegal and experiencing hallucinations in Kerry, Brian Lalor wandered around Ireland for a year, attempting to understand something of the nature of the place and its people. In the search for some sustaining image of modern Ireland, his journey explores the political, religious, economic and cultural climate of the different regions of the island. With Lalor convinced that, in defiance of logic, Ireland is larger on the inside than it appears on the outside, the diversity which he encounters becomes a central theme of his book, as does the manner in which the constant struggle between a lively present and a living past influences Irish people today. Abused in Northern Ireland, assaulted in Dublin, rained upon everywhere, he nonetheless witnesses the extraordinary resurgence of contemporary Irish culture, alongside equally vigorous sectarian bigotry. Eccentricity, wit and humour form an enlivening thread throughout Lalor's journey, as do the enchanting landscapes of the country."--Inside jacket flap.
A disquieting and meditative look at the issue that started the biggest food fight of our time--GMOs. From a journalist and mother who learned that genetically modified corn was the culprit behind what was making her and her child sick, a must-read book for anyone trying to parse the incendiary discussion about genetically modified foods. *One of Publishers Weekly's Best Books 2016* "More so than definitive answers, the questions that Shetterly advances are a persuasive reminder of how important the continued fight for true transparency in the food industry is." --Goop GMO products are among the most consumed and the least understood substances in the United States today. They appear not only in the food we eat, but in everything from the interior coating of paper coffee cups and medicines to diapers and toothpaste. We are often completely unaware of their presence. Caitlin Shetterly discovered the importance of GMOs the hard way. Shortly after she learned that her son had an alarming sensitivity to GMO corn, she was told that she had the same condition, and her family’s daily existence changed forever. An expansion of Shetterly’s viral Elle article “The Bad Seed,” Modified delves deep into the heart of the matter—from the cornfields of Nebraska to the beekeeping conventions in Brussels—to shine a light on the people, the science, and the corporations behind the food we serve ourselves and our families every day. Deeper than an exposé, and written by a mother and journalist whose journey had no agenda other than to understand the nuance and confusion behind GMOs, Modified is a rare breed of book that will at once make you weep at the majestic beauty of our Great Plains and force you to harvest deep seeds of doubt about the invisible monsters currently infiltrating our food and our land and threatening our future. From the Hardcover edition.
The importance of bee role in plant propagation is wellknown since antiquity. However, many people don't realize the vital role bees play in maintaining a balanced eco-system. According to experts, if bees were to become extinct then humanity would perish after just four years. "If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe then man would only have four years of life left. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man," said Albert Einstein. Others would say four years is alarmist and that man would find other food sources, but the fact remains that the disappearance of bees is potentially devastating to agriculture and most plant life. Therefore,beekeeping projects are important related to environmental protection, sustaniability and humanity. Unfortunately, there has never been much prestige in beekeeping and beekeepers and there is a lack of accredited training possibilities for beekeeping in Europe. The LdV TOI project BEES intends to develop a curriculum for beekeeping in Europe and project also aims to finding solutions to problems related to bees. Temporary,reports that bee populations are declining at rates of up to 80% in areas of the U.S. and Europe should set alarm bells ringing and demand immediate action on behalf of environmental organizations. Experts are calling the worrying trend "colony collapse disorder" or CCD. Similarly, bee populations throughout Germany have simultaneously dropped 25% and up to 80% in some areas. Poland, Switzerland and Spain are reporting similar declines. Scientists from different countries should provide solutions for this dangerous trend. In recent years a general change in bee behaviour, with difficulties in normal relationship to life and bearing loss, in many countries at the same time, suggested that something terrible is about to happen. Nature will not be the same without bee pollination and agriculture could loose one of its oldest friends and partners. Nicotine neo-pesticides, considered before harmless, are now suspected to be responsible of some of the bee mortality. A change in human culture and science is necessary and studies on present bee emergency cases could be useful to avoid future terrible consequences on earth safety due to the human errors. In the production of vegetable and animal products, industry lost as a result of some of the old and re-tested techniques and methods have emerged and they should be used in conjunction with the new technological possibilities in this sector should have the qualifications of employees regarding the new gave birth to some demands. Defined by the EU member states in each of the common occupational profiles reflect different situations today. In this context, only certain types of plants or animals as defined profiles as well as animal or plant species, there are profiles of the general covering. Bees have played a great role in landscape management, nature conservation, in regional economies and in rural culture in nearly all European countries. This type of projects will contribute to sustainability. Beyond the contribution of bees to landscape management and nature conservation beekeeping farming has a potential for the regional economy. In remote and rural areas beekeepers can make a considerable contribution to sustainable agricultural production. The regional economy could benefit by the emergence of new sources of income, e.g. from nature conservation, from funding for land. But to exploit this potential new skills are needed. It will help to Apicultural industry, also beekeeping is a much easier type of agricultural because it requires less tiring labor. Children could take responsibilities with beekeeping. Women and children will benefits of bee products and also make a living by receiving income. BEES is a Transfer of Innovation project aiming at further developing a module from the Leonardo da Vinci ENSA project on organic and biodynamic agriculture education. The main objective of the project is to create completely updated teaching materials on bee behaviours and relevant importance as indicators of agriculture sustainability. Biodiversity is directly linked to this approach. The main targets of the handbook are farmers' associations, environmental associations, agriculture professional schools, agriculture and veterinary medicine universities, bee keepers associations, policy makers, institutions at European, national and local level, elementary and secondary schools. This handbook is one of the main products of BEES project for target groups and other readers.