Billy Connolly's Route 66

Author: Billy Connolly

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0748129952

Category: Travel

Page: 320

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Follow much-loved Scottish comedian Billy Connolly across Route 66 on this unforgettable journey, filled with music, modern history and hilarious stories. Billy Connolly first dreamed of taking a trip on the legendary Route 66 when he heard Chuck Berry belting out one of the greatest rock 'n' roll records of all time - and now he's finally had the chance to do it. Travelling every one of its 2,278 miles on his custom-make motorbike, Billy's journey takes him past many of the best-known icons in the US: the Gateway Arch in St Louis, Monument Valley and the Grand Canyon, and the funky neon-lit gas stations and diners that once lined the route. Billy also has the chance to get to know the people who call it home, from Mervin the Amish carpenter, to fellow banjo enthusiast and obsessive instrument collector Rob, to Angel, one of the many people determined to keep the spirit of the Mother Road alive. Funny, touching and inspiring in equal measure, the tales he gathers on the way tell the story of modern America. With his unrivalled instinct for a good story, and the gregariousness that has made him a comedy legend, Billy Connolly is the ultimate guide to the ultimate road trip.

Sharing Billy Connolly’s Schooldays

Author: Clish Maclaver

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 198450861X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 218

View: 5621

This book should be read with a wee whisky or tea. If you are ready to laugh and help get out the present and get to 60 years ogo be my guest. It will take you back to a time in Scotland when everybody liked a story as they do now. The stories in this book happened when Billy and I were charging through our childhood. All the stories are 95% true. 5% Imagination. Was it Einstien Who said imagination is more important than knowledge. It has been commented on how most people love the Scottish language. This book is about the Glasgow accent. A true story happened when I dropped Billy in the deep end when our teacher miss Gleason explained that the priest had heard everything before in confession and not to worry about asking him questions. I of course told the priest Billy wanted to ask him a question. After the question the class went wild with shock. Billy and I went on a school trip to Aberdeen and on the train met two girls from another school. We made a date at the age of 14 to meet them in Aberdeen. What happened then and the results could only be described as over the moon. Midge raking is another tale not to mention visiting my uncle Jackie who was a butcher who when my eyes were shut dropped a sheep’s eye in my open hand. When Billy asked for the eye in his hand all hell broke out side the shop with people going crazy. Visiting my grandad and seeing his leg he lost in WW1 was a highlight especially when he was robbed of his leg on nightshift. Paddy was a super dog and when he bit off the policeman’s pants goes down on history. He was Irish and hated Scottish policemen. Going to school one day we met up with the wee Italion Leo. His stories about his capture by a Scotsman who also captured 40000 others makes my heart bleed. Paddy to the rescue Peer group pressure The Big Steamer Hogmannae. Stories of Billy and me

Billy Connolly's Tracks Across America

Author: Billy Connolly

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 075156415X

Category: Travel

Page: 288

View: 2376

An epic trip across America with much-loved national treasure and comedy legend, Billy Connolly Billy Connolly has spent much of his life in the United States, where he now lives. It's a country he knows and loves a great deal, but even someone as well-travelled as Billy can always discover new things about such a vast nation. So he's off on the move again, this time via the tracks of the great railroads that helped to build the country. Billy's adventure takes him on an incredible trip through the backyard of America, tracing the routes taken by the first European settlers westwards from Chicago to California, then back down south and eastwards through Arizona, Texas, Alabama and finally New York, over 6,000 miles and 26 states later. It's a journey through a country you don't get to see from 30,000 feet in the air - the real America of friendly people with fascinating tales to tell which not only give us an insight into their lives, but also into the life of their great homeland. And it's a journey that couldn't be shared with a more entertaining companion. Hop aboard and join Billy on a trip you'll never forget. Update: Type size issue in ebook now fixed.

Summary of Billy Connolly's Windswept & Interesting

Author: Everest Media,

Publisher: Everest Media LLC


Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 51

View: 3933

Please note: This is a companion version & not the original book. Sample Book Insights: #1 I like being naked in public. I discovered this made me happy when I was only four years old. I’m not sure what my definition of happiness is, but I’ve always imagined that it would be the feeling you get before you die. #2 I remember being in other people’s houses as a young boy. I loved it. They had an easy chair that was covered in corduroy, and I would sit in it the wrong way round, upside down. I would ask Mr Cumberland to run a coin across the corduroy again and again, making a noise like a motorbike. #3 I was born in a tenement building in Glasgow, near the center of the city. Tenement blocks were the most popular type of housing in Glasgow in the nineteenth century. They were solid sandstone apartment buildings with four stories and a staircase in the middle. #4 I was born in 1942, during World War Two. I was sickly and always sniffling. I had pneumonia three times before I turned four. But I felt jolly when Florence was next to me. We slept together in the alcove bed in the kitchen, and she taught me songs.

Apollo Memories

Author: Martin Kielty

Publisher: Neil Wilson Publishing

ISBN: 1906476772

Category: Music

Page: 190

View: 5589

From 1927 until 1985 the Glasgow Apollo was a landmark in Glasgow's architecture and culture. Opened as Green's Playhouse, it shone through the golden age of cinema and ballroom until, for its last 12 years of life, it was the rock venue to play in Scotland, Britain and even Europe. Everyone who was anyone took to the infamously high stage and performed to an audience regarded as the most discerning music fans in the world. From AC/DC to Led Zeppelin, Johnny Cash to the Style Council, the Apollo was synonymous with good, loud music and electric energy. Built as a showpiece palace in the great era of live entertainment, it was a giant and elaborate building capable of seating up to 4,500 people. It was renowned before the Apollo years as a unique experience, and the rock'n'roll years only added to its fame. But with its architectural glory days behind it, the building was in rapid decline in its closing decade; and while a new generation of thrill seekers brought new life to the great auditorium, the plaster, bricks and mortar rotted to dangerous degrees, earning the venue the nickname 'The Appalling'. As a landmark it's remembered for the huge Playhouse lettering, the family slogan 'It's Good - It's Green's' on the custom-made carpet, and the bouncing balcony which appeared to move up to six feet as rock fans moved to the beat of their favourite bands. This is the full story of those rock years before the Apollo closed for good. Rick Parfitt of Status Quo recalls they partied so hard they needed oxygen at the side of the stage as they played, while Francis Rossi maintains: 'The Apollo was the best venue anywhere in the world'. Bob Geldof summed it all up: 'The only thing that should happen to the Apollo is that it be torn down by rock fans, brick by brick, while a rock band plays "Scotland the Brave" at 50,000 watts. Fuck bingo - long live rock.'

The Dreaming Swimmer

Author: Clive James

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 1509822100

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 226

View: 5734

The Dreaming Swimmer is a collection of literary essays by poet and TV critic Clive James. 'He writes like a prophet and he can satirise folly in high places with a touch as elegant as Oscar Wilde . . . There isn't a word wasted' Daily Mail 'A well-balanced show of wit, intellect and glorious observation' Sunday Times 'No one wields a joke more punchily than he does. And the wide capacity for warmth towards all sorts of experience - from Billy Connolly to Primo Levi - is impressively exemplary in our culturally divided and divisive times' Observer 'Very funny . . . breathtakingly good literary essays. Mr James is excellent on television - when he is on it, or reviewing it' Sunday Telegraph 'James's hilarity is often a powerful support for his argument, but as well as vintage Jamesian japery there are many excellent things in this collection' New Statesman & Society

The Glasgow Smile

Author: Allan Brown

Publisher: Birlinn

ISBN: 0857902350

Category: Humor

Page: 240

View: 8021

Few cities can rival Glasgow for their contribution to the history of British humour. From the gladiatorial atmosphere of the old Empire Theatre, dubbed the 'graveyard of English comics', to the front-page controversies of Frankie Boyle today, the city and its citizens have trademarked their own two-fisted brand of confrontational, but always hilarious, comedy. In this, the first dedicated overview, Allan Brown gives a historical,kaleidoscopic and encyclopedic account of the people, places, performers and procedures that have made Glasgow a by-word for a certain kind of rough, tough quick-wittedness. Every facet of Glaswegian life is considered, viewed through the prism of the city's sense of humour; from the showbiz renown of Billy Connolly and Chic Murray, Kevin Bridges and Boyle, to the occasions the lighter side was seen in Glasgow's history of television, film, literature, football,law, science, academe, crime and art. Through profiles, criticism, tales and anecdotes, The Glasgow Smile - fittingly also the term for infamousGlasgow gang punishment - is a treasury of the city's past and present, and of its own very particular approach to the absurd.

The Psychic World of John G. Sutton

Author: John Sutton


ISBN: 024431103X

Category: Religion

Page: 342

View: 9957

John G. Sutton is the feature editor of the UK's monthly journal of Spiritualism, this book is a selected collection of his paranormal investigative columns. Read about life beyond life, ghosts, poltergeists, near death experiences and much more. This is the amazing truth.

Design for People Living with Dementia

Author: Paul A. Rodgers

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1000568652

Category: Design

Page: 272

View: 8986

This book presents the latest research that shows how design thinking, making, and acting contribute to the co-designing and development of products, spaces, and services with people living with dementia. We know that there is currently no cure for the 130+ kinds of dementia that millions of people live with all over the world, but the designed interventions such as the products, spaces, and services described in this book can address stigma, isolation, loss of confidence, and raise awareness and greater understanding of dementia. This book showcases a range of innovative and creative design interventions that have been developed to break the cycle of well-established opinions, strategies, mindsets, and ways of doing that tend to remain unchallenged in the health and social care of people living with dementia. The book will be of interest to scholars working in product design, service design, experience design, architecture, design research, information design, user-centred design, and design for health.

Great Glasgow Stories

Author: John Burrowes

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1780573383

Category: History

Page: 256

View: 2662

Few cities in the world abound with so many extraordinary stories as Glasgow. The city has been the silent witness to some of the most significant events of the past century, from major triumphs to cataclysmic calamities, and the best of these anecdotes are compiled here to form this unique collection. Amongst the notable events revisited are the launching of the Queen Mary, which captivated the city's inhabitants in 1934, the victorious 16-month work-in campaign by the Upper Clyde Shipbuilders in the early 1970s, the Ibrox disaster of 1971 and the plague that gripped the Gorbals in 1900. Some of Glasgow's most successful people are also covered, including Clydeside revolutionary John Maclean, founder of the Barras Maggie McIver and the inimitable Billy Connolly, whose humour and colourful personality are synonymous with the city. From the Battle of George Square to the bravery of the Glasgow people during the Blitz, Great Glasgow Stories provides an all-encompassing view of the city throughout the eras.