‘A Greek tragedy’ is the cliché most often used to describe the love triangle of Aristotle, Maria and Jackie but none of them, in truth, were genuinely Greek. Their story is, however, a tragedy in all other senses. If you needed a cautionary tale on the themes of love, money, gender politics, and their association with happiness, then this would be it.
Here you have passionate, life-changing love; breath-taking misogyny, fabulous amounts of money and no lasting happiness. Both Aristotle and Maria were wretched and miserable in their final years, if not before. Jackie eventually found contentment, but only after searing events which almost took her sanity. Aristotle’s only surviving child, Christina, who inherited wealth beyond the dreams of avarice, was always a profoundly unhappy woman who repeatedly attempted suicide and died alone at the age of thirty-seven.
In order to entice, enthrall, and maintain the loyalty of a new breed of travelers considering a voyage by air, lavish and informative documents had to be designed, published and distributed, to answer the most complex questions, reassure the deepest fears, and celebrate these new and exciting accomplishments. Brochures, posters, timetables, tickets, baggage labels, route maps, menus, certificates, safety instructions, and many other mementos became a necessary part of the marketing effort to promote and operate the new air routes of the world. The rich heritage of the first century of air transportation must be celebrated and not forgotten. Wings Over Time looks back at 100 years of passenger air transport, through the lens of the varied and fascinating memorabilia produced by airlines and aircraft manufacturers, in an effort to highlight the exciting, adventurous, and romantic nature of air travel. All the documents and objects featured in this publication come from the author's personal collection, curated for more than 50 years. They each tell a story, from the very first airline ticket, dating back to 1913, to the early safety instructions of the 1920s and 1930s, and so much more. As you work your way through the pages of this book, you will travel in time and perhaps discover or rediscover one of the most fascinating chapters of human history, one that saw the fulfillment of the ancient but persistent dream of voyaging through the skies!
Grave Concerns explores the bizarre and unexpected tales to be uncovered in British graveyards. From the last man to die in a duel, to star-crossed lovers, family feuds, tragic romances and a dancer’s final curtain she takes us behind (or rather, beneath) the strangest tombstones you will ever see.
Nicola Kelleher is an an author, actress and television presenter who lives in London with her family and two dogs. She has always been fascinated by the paranormal and has regularly appeared as both a presenter and contributor on television shows. In 2012 she presented a documentary, Supernatural Guernsey, combining her passion for history with her knowledge of the paranormal. She has also presented wildlife television shows for Animal Planet, on location in Africa. She is the author of Very Practical Magic, (2019) a modern take on witchcraft.
Alan Lester’s Deny and Disavow is a new analysis which challenges the distancing, denial and disavowal of British racism, and racially-charged violence, especially Britain’s response to the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement. Prof. Lester is a world expert in studies of Empire and colonial history. He is coeditor of a leading book series on imperial history, Studies in Imperialism, and has written nine books over the last 25 years, the latest being Ruling the World: Freedom, Crisis and Liberalism in the Nineteenth-Century British Empire, Cambridge University Press, 2021.
Deny and Disavow boldly confronts apologists for the British Empire (including the Prime Minister and Cabinet Secretaries). Lester contends that this ‘distancing, denial and disavowal policy is part of a deliberate strategy to refute the claims and resist the demands of those who want recognition and reorganisation’. His analysis draws upon thirty years of research and writing and supports BLM’s call for increased awareness of the legacies of structural racism bequeathed by the British Empire.
Nigel Harrisson always wanted to be a pilot. From an early age he built balsa wood models, flying them from the grounds of the Alexandra Palace, and he joined the wartime RAF as soon as he was old enough. He was trained in South Africa and later became a flying instructor on Harvards, first in the RAF and later for the civilian operator Airwork.
In the 1950s he joined BOAC as a Second Officer on Constellations, later flying Britannias and Comets, before gaining his command on the iconic VC10. Upon retirement from BA, he flew for the royal family of Abu Dhabi.
In this moving, frank and deeply personal account he tells not only of the delights of flying during the Golden Age of travel, but also of the ups and downs of a long haul-pilot’s family life and the tragic loss of a much-loved son from a sudden heart attack.
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