One Man and His Bike

Author: Mike Carter

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1446406040

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 352

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What would happen if you were cycling to the office and just kept on pedalling? Needing a change, Mike Carter did just that. Following the Thames to the sea he embarked on an epic 5,000 mile ride around the entire British coastline - the equivalent of London to Calcutta. He encountered drunken priests, drag queens and gnome sanctuaries. He met fellow travellers and people building for a different type of future. He also found a spirit of unbelievable kindness and generosity that convinced him that Britain is anything but broken. This is the inspiring and very funny tale of the five months Mike spent cycling the byways of the nation.

The Man and His Bike

Author: Wilfried de Jong

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1473529107

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 256

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The world as seen from a bike 'Understated, comic and melancholic... It’ll inspire you to get back on your bike.' Martin Love, The Guardian ‘One of the most entertaining sports books I have ever read’ Joe Short, The Daily Express In this award-winning collection of cycling tales, Wilfried de Jong uncovers the true soul of cycling – why we do it, why we watch it, why we hate it, why we love it – stripped bare. With his distinctly comic and melancholic charm Wilfried ponders life, love and death on his trusted bike, chasing the essence of our existence against the backdrop of major cycling events or while roaming alone in nature. Whether he is describing being ejected from Paris-Roubaix, a terminal incident with a bird while out riding, or explaining why he is standing stark naked on Belgian cobbles with a tyre in his hand, Wilfried unlocks a sport that involves so much pain, punishment, and a high probability of failure, but that will always liberate and inspire us.

Cycling and Cinema

Author: Bruce Bennett

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 1906897999

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 234

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A unique exploration of the history of the bicycle in cinema, from Hollywood blockbusters and slapstick comedies to documentaries, realist dramas, and experimental films. Cycling and Cinema explores the history of the bicycle in cinema from the late nineteenth century through to the present day. In this new book from Goldsmiths Press, Bruce Bennett examines a wide variety of films from around the world, ranging from Hollywood blockbusters and slapstick comedies to documentaries, realist dramas, and experimental films, to consider the complex, shifting cultural significance of the bicycle. The bicycle is an everyday technology, but in examining the ways in which bicycles are used in films, Bennett reveals the rich social and cultural importance of this apparently unremarkable machine. The cinematic bicycles discussed in this book have various functions. They are the source of absurd comedy in silent films, and the vehicles that allow their owners to work in sports films and social realist cinema. They are a means of independence and escape for children in melodramas and kids' films, and the tools that offer political agency and freedom to women, as depicted in films from around the world. In recounting the cinematic history of the bicycle, Bennett reminds us that this machine is not just a practical means of transport or a child's toy, but the vehicle for a wide range of meanings concerning individual identity, social class, nationhood and belonging, family, gender, and sexuality and pleasure. As this book shows, two hundred years on from its invention, the bicycle is a revolutionary technology that retains the power to transform the world.

The Last Days of Planet Earth

Author: L. J. Hick

Publisher: L J Hick

ISBN: 1481994719

Category: Fiction

Page: 202

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Why are the FBI interested in Adam Blake, a man released from a psychiatric hospital and who is now a very rich historian? Blake surrounds himself with a bizarre group of employees and travels the world with his friend and employee Victor. When an incident at a log cabin triggers a series of violent and disturbing events, FBI agents Jack and Helen travel to England to see whether these events are connected to Blake. The truth is more alarming than they can possibly imagine. A collection of characters, drawn from the earliest days of the earth itself, start to emerge and make their presence felt. Blake is gathering an army, but what does he need this army for? Does he intend to save the world or destroy it? Are these The Last Days of Planet Earth?

Ray of Hope

Author: Ray Madaghiele

Publisher: Ray of Hope

ISBN: 0978709721

Category: Religion

Page: 151

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