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What are you reading? #645135
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In the smallest room in the house? smile

I am gradually working my way through Carbone Bianco, Lecco- Sondrio, la prima ferrovia elettrificata al mondo (White Coal, the first railway electrified in the world)

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It is a great shame that it is not available in English as I know that there are a lot of railway buffs on here. About the only thing I can say is that it is a book chock full of historic photos of both the steam locomotives and the first tri-phase electric locomotives together with photos of stations and other works.

"White coal" is a term that is used for hydroelectric power. The thing that brought me to think about mentioning it on Talk Morgan was the mention that all coal used to power the steam locomotives was imported from England. The coal used was actually called "carbone Cardiff" probably to distinguish it from other forms of coal. Switching to hydroelectric power represented a saving despite the initial cost of the plant and equipment. It is this lack of coal and the availability of vast quantities of running water that led to the development of a large number of hydroectric schemes in Italy in the early days of electricity. Small plants were even installed to provide electricity for isolated villages. Moto Guzzi at one stage had 3 hydroelectric plants, one of which is still working though no longer owned by the company, to provide electricity for the factory.

There were other electrified systems before the Lecco Sondrio line (80 km) but they were predominantly over short distances or metropolitan systems using a third rail, such as the London Underground. The Lecco Sondrio was the first successful line to use overhead cables and high voltage of 3,000 volts judged necessary to carry the current over the long distance between substations. The power generated at the hydroelectric station was actually 20,000 volts.

The reason that the Lecco Sondrio line was chosen for the first implementation was that it was a secondary line and any eventual problems would be of less importance than on a main line, and that it offered variations in tight curves and gradients that would adequately test the functioning of plant and equipment. The first experiments were in 1901 and the first electric powered train to enter scheduled service was on the 15th October 1902. The tri-phase system was phased out (sorry about that laugh ) for continuous current in 1952 / 53.


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Re: What are you reading? [Re: Gambalunga] #645138
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"Wilding" by Isabella Tree Wilding

If you believe in the real values of life and taking care of the Earth you will enjoy it, a nice positive read.


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Re: What are you reading? [Re: Gambalunga] #645166
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Lots of trashy thrillers but also Bede the Obscure in very small doses


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Re: What are you reading? [Re: Gambalunga] #645169
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Very well written biography of a narcissistic, self obsessed Italian early 20th century politician https://www.amazon.co.uk/Pike-Gabriele-dAnnunzio-Seducer-Preacher-ebook/dp/B008NZF90A/ref=sr_1_1?crid=82OH7O1NYTJI&dchild=1&keywords=the+pike+gabriele+d%27annunzio&qid=1592481489&sprefix=the+pike%2Caps%2C140&sr=8-1 . I find it very relevant to our world today.

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Re: What are you reading? [Re: Gambalunga] #645172
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Dunkirk - From Disaster to Deliverance.

By Sinclair McKay


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Re: What are you reading? [Re: Gambalunga] #645181
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Terry Pratchett
Carpe Jugulum
Gradually working my way through Terry's books for a second time. Thoroughly enjoying re-visiting the things that I enjoyed the first time round as well as all those elements that I missed first time round.


And just finished:
Where the Hell Have You Been?
By Tom Carver
All about Monty's stepson, his experiences as a POW, escape and subsequent reuniting with Monty.


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Re: What are you reading? [Re: Gambalunga] #645211
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Trashy books - just finished a bumper package of Tess Gerritson`s books. But for each one I intersperse it with something more demanding - so working my way through theology books which I`ve been meaning to read for ages. At the moment reading Oliver Sacks - Seeing Voices which is about the Deaf world and the importance of sign-language for Deaf adults and children. It makes me feel that all the campaigning I did in the late 70s and early 80s to get British Sign Language accepted in schools for the Deaf was justified. The book is an interesting insight into the psychology of deafness. Sadly - I was never a native user of BSL and had to learn it as a second language. When I`ve finished that I may re-read my Gunnar Staalesen books about Varg Veum who is a PI in Bergen.


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Re: What are you reading? [Re: Gambalunga] #645218
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The whole Yes Minister/Prime Minister set as it made me laugh so much all those years ago and seem to be acting out on the TV again. I wanted to read ahead and find out how it all ends up next year?


Just time to burn a little more petrol before dinner.
Re: What are you reading? [Re: Gambalunga] #645252
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Comics in the newspaper. That is where I get all the news that is worth anything.

Re: What are you reading? [Re: Gambalunga] #645258
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Dave Simpson's attempt to track down all 40 former members of The Fall.


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Re: What are you reading? [Re: Gambalunga] #645292
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The Ghost Of Flight 401.

A true story about the crash of a Jumbo Jet (flight 401) over the Everglades and the apparitions seen by flight crews including pilots, in planes where salvaged parts were fitted.


Why is there only one monopolies commission??

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Re: What are you reading? [Re: Gambalunga] #645368
19/06/20 08:21 AM
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Re reading the Tom Clancy "Jack Ryan" series, in chronological sequence, rather than publishing sequence.
Sobering, particularly his novel on the fall out between Japan and the USA - today read China and the USA and his novel on the consequences of a modified Ebola virus attack on the USA by Iran, today read a modified corona virus.


Peter,
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Re: What are you reading? [Re: Paul F] #645547
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Originally Posted by Paul F
Terry Pratchett
Carpe Jugulum
Gradually working my way through Terry's books for a second time. Thoroughly enjoying re-visiting the things that I enjoyed the first time round as well as all those elements that I missed first time round.

Ah! Terry Pratchett. Sorely missed.

I think I have read the entire Discworld series. I used to buy one every time I borded a plane. If I didn't finish it on the outward flight I did on the way home. I always looked in the airport bookshops to see if a new one had come out. Sadly I don't still have them all but I probably still have 20 or more, the rest I have either given away or lost along the way. I must start reading them again, particularly the early ones that I have not read for a long time.


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The Walker's Guide to Outdoor Clues and Signs by Tristan Gooley (pseudonym?). Fascinating book on how to read the environment you're walking through. It's got us looking at things very differently and taking much more notice when out walking.


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Re: What are you reading? [Re: Gambalunga] #645598
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Hotel California; Singer- Songwriters and Cocaine Cowboys in the LA Canyons, 1967 - 1976
By Barney Hoskyns

The definitive guide to the West Coast music scene. Interviews and eye witness testimony detailing the intertwining careers and lives of
Joni Mitchell, CSNY, Eagles, Jackson Browne et al

Fascinating stuff.

Re: What are you reading? [Re: Gambalunga] #646064
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The Last Hundred Days, a novel about Romania and Ceausescu. By Patrick McGuiness.Also The Woman Warrior. Maxine Hong Kingston

Re: What are you reading? [Re: Gambalunga] #646509
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Isabel & the Sea by George Millar. A voyage through the Canals of France to the Mediterranean. The thing is Millar and his wife Isabel took their 30 ton ketch on this voyage from England to Greece in 1946 when Europe was a war ravaged wreck. If you've read Maquis or Horned Pigeon then this is what happened next to our war hero. Good writing and great for those of us who want to escape into another's adventure. Out of publication but you can pick up a copy on Amazon.


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Re: What are you reading? [Re: Gambalunga] #660498
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It's been a while since I read the book "The Rings of Saturn" by the German-English author W.G. Sebald. Wikipedia writes:

The Rings of Saturn. An English Pilgrimage[1] is a prose work by the German-British author W. G. Sebald from 1995. The theme is a 6-day walk in August 1992 through a region on the east coast of England, which is connected in various ways with historical events and biographical developments not only in England. One year after the journey, the first-person narrator begins to complete his notes and to bring together the research conducted before and after the journey. The result is a travelogue which, while also following tourist, above all historical and biographical contexts that link the march landscape of Suffolk with "calamities" of world history[2] on almost every continent on earth.
The rings of Saturn connect the visible with the almost invisible, with the repressed, forgotten and under the weight of the present. This work, together with Sebald's novel Austerlitz, which pursues a similar aim, is one of the main works[3] of the author, who died in 2001. In them, the literary figure of the journey and the research connected with it became the "generative principle"[4].

Here is the link to the shortened English version of Wikipedia.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Rings_of_Saturn

I want to share it because it is one of the most beautiful and impressive books I have read. One gets between reading and daydreaming.


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Re: What are you reading? [Re: Heinz] #660505
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Originally Posted by Heinz


I want to share it because it is one of the most beautiful and impressive books I have read. One gets between reading and daydreaming.


And on that recommendation I have just ordered a copy, Heinz. Looking forward to reading it.


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Re: What are you reading? [Re: auster] #660507
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Originally Posted by auster
Isabel & the Sea by George Millar. A voyage through the Canals of France to the Mediterranean. The thing is Millar and his wife Isabel took their 30 ton ketch on this voyage from England to Greece in 1946 when Europe was a war ravaged wreck. If you've read Maquis or Horned Pigeon then this is what happened next to our war hero. Good writing and great for those of us who want to escape into another's adventure. Out of publication but you can pick up a copy on Amazon.


I’m a big fan of Millar too. You can follow that one up with his other two sailing books - A white boat from England and Oyster River (which is about his beautiful boat Amokura in the Morbihan). See here as a Brokerage boat when she was for sale through Sandeman’s http://www.sandemanyachtcompany.co.uk/yacht/79/50ft-Fred-Shepherd-Yawl-1939


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Re: What are you reading? [Re: Gambalunga] #660527
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Saga Magazine. I keep the books for bedtime.


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Re: What are you reading? [Re: BobtheTrain] #660535
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Thanks for that Bob rofl


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Re: What are you reading? [Re: Gambalunga] #660558
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The Landsacpe Trilogy, the autobiography of L.T.C. (Tom) Rolt
(and at the same time the latest edition of The Leica Society magazine has just landed on the doormat smile ).


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Re: What are you reading? [Re: tmg513] #660578
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Originally Posted by tmg513
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Dave Simpson's attempt to track down all 40 former members of The Fall.



That looks like a purchase I should make.

Great band, I remember seeing them at The Ritz in Manchester many years ago.

Mr Pharmacist....classic. clap



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Originally Posted by wigmog
Originally Posted by tmg513
[Linked Image]

Dave Simpson's attempt to track down all 40 former members of The Fall.



That looks like a purchase I should make.

Great band, I remember seeing them at The Ritz in Manchester many years ago.

Mr Pharmacist....classic. clap



I saw them a dozen times or more including flying to Berlin once. You never knew what was going to happen.


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Re: What are you reading? [Re: Gambalunga] #660639
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I am reading the biography of H.A. Lorentz, the most famous NL physicist and scientific father of A. Einstein.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hendrik_Lorentz


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Re: What are you reading? [Re: Gambalunga] #660662
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Thank you for sharing this, Bert. It will be on my shortlist now for upcoming reads. From your link to Wikipedia, I like this sentence very much: „It may well be said that Lorentz was regarded by all theoretical physicists as the world's leading spirit, who completed what was left unfinished by his predecessors and prepared the ground for the fruitful reception of the new ideas based on the quantum theory."

I like such biographies a lot. You learn so much about the history of science and also about the circumstances of life and research. Besides Lorentz, I also found the biographical literature about Pauli and Heisenberg very interesting.
BTW last week I was talking the „Lorentzkraft“ with my youngest daughter, because she had to learn this physics for the preliminary examination in her dentist education.


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I've been reading the prequel to Hamlet.

It's called Piglet.


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Re: What are you reading? [Re: Hamwich] #660690
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Re: What are you reading? [Re: Gambalunga] #660760
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Currently re-reading The Thief of Time by Terry Pratchett.

A lovely romp through time and fantasy.


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A book entitled "Surely you're joking Mr Feynman" by Feynman a nobel prize winning theoretical physicist. (1/3 of the prize - quantum electrodynamics). And judging by the book, a Nobel prize winning narcisist too. Whilst the subject he got his prize for is interesting, or would be if I understoood it, his practical jokes and bongo drumming figure much larger in the book and mostly are schoolboy stuff.

He could also have written interestingly on the tecnicalities of the atom bomb and the work at los Alamos where he spent his war years.

A young man working with my son read physics at Oxford as I did and recommended the book as the most interesting he had read for some time. It doesnt reflect that well on the young man to be honest.

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Originally Posted by howard
A book entitled "Surely you're joking Mr Feynman" by Feynman a nobel prize winning theoretical physicist. (1/3 of the prize - quantum electrodynamics). And judging by the book, a Nobel prize winning narcisist too. Whilst the subject he got his prize for is interesting, or would be if I understoood it, his practical jokes and bongo drumming figure much larger in the book and mostly are schoolboy stuff.

I think the clue is in the title. It shows he was human and not just a one track genius. I thoroughly enjoyed it.


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Originally Posted by howard
A book entitled "Surely you're joking Mr Feynman" by Feynman a nobel prize winning theoretical physicist. (1/3 of the prize - quantum electrodynamics). And judging by the book, a Nobel prize winning narcisist too. Whilst the subject he got his prize for is interesting, or would be if I understoood it, his practical jokes and bongo drumming figure much larger in the book and mostly are schoolboy stuff.

He could also have written interestingly on the tecnicalities of the atom bomb and the work at los Alamos where he spent his war years.

A young man working with my son read physics at Oxford as I did and recommended the book as the most interesting he had read for some time. It doesnt reflect that well on the young man to be honest.

Feynman wrote a great book called something like "seven easy lessons". It's a helluva hard read. Fascinating bloke though.
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Think Like a Bird by Alex Kimbell. It's out of print so you will need to track down a copy on Amazon or elsewhere. Next to Fate is the Hunter by Ernest K Gann one of the best books by a pilot. Geat writing and great piloting. Wikipaedia tells me the author is living in Devon and still writing. After training on Austers at Middle Wallop he is sent to the Middle East and flies DH Beavers during the Aden crisis of the `60s. First chapter will draw you in as his DH Beaver is brought down by gunfire and alternating chapters take you back to this scene as he carries you through his training and then life as an army pilot. My daughters sent it to me for my birthday and I read it cover to cover with only a few breaks for food and drink.


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Richard Feynman was one of finest physicists ever. As a physics student I foud his lectures not for me, now I love to watch his lectures and interviews on youtube.
Heinz, the biography of Lorentz is in Dutch... but indeed he was a remarkable man. He was a truly homo universalis, spoke his languages and a diplomat. Made him very well placed to chair the famous Solvay conderences.


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Re: What are you reading? [Re: Gambalunga] #661260
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The Body Keeps the Score, Bessel van der Kolk, published by Penguin.
It is a profound work on the nature, causes, and treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder, and how it affects both mind and body.
It is, for me, a ground-breaking (and I wouldn't say that unless it was deserved) work.
And by PTSD, we are not simply talking about the effects of war and disaster, but also of the various forms of abuse that leaves both children and adults struggling to cope with life.


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Re: What are you reading? [Re: GaB] #661264
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I've just read "A woman of no importance" - Sonia Purnell's account of the exploits of Virginia Hall, an American woman who became a British SOE agent in France, and then when they wouldn't send her back into the field she joined the OSS and went back for them. Incredible story of an unbelievably resourceful and courageous woman.


While we're on that subject, I as rather taken with a tweet by Dan Snow 3 days ago, that it was the anniversary of the death in 2018 of Dutch Resistant Freddie Oversteegen.

From the age of 14, she would seduce collaborators and SS men, take them into the woods and shoot them. Seems worthy of further research.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OuT_Wd7-kq4


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Re: What are you reading? [Re: Gambalunga] #661267
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If anyone fancies something lighter than the detailed non-fiction stuff you all seem to like so much, I can thoroughly recommend two books by Jonas Jonasson:

"The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden"

and

"Hitman Anders and the Meaning of it All"

both written in an unusual but very engaging style, and properly madcap funny in a way I've not really come across since Tom Sharpe.

I'm currently on the latest John Rebus novel "In a House of Lies" which is well up to Ian Rankin's high standard.


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Re: What are you reading? [Re: Hamwich] #661306
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I enjoyed many Tom Sharpe novels. thumbs


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Re: What are you reading? [Re: Graham, G4FUJ] #661317
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Originally Posted by Graham, G4FUJ
I enjoyed many Tom Sharpe novels. thumbs


Riotous assembly and Indecent exposure were both works of genius (and also made Sharpe Persona Non Grata in South Africa).


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Re: What are you reading? [Re: Hamwich] #662959
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Originally Posted by Hamwich
If anyone fancies something lighter than the detailed non-fiction stuff you all seem to like so much, I can thoroughly recommend two books by Jonas Jonasson:

"The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden"

and

"Hitman Anders and the Meaning of it All"

both written in an unusual but very engaging style, and properly madcap funny in a way I've not really come across since Tom Sharpe.

I'm currently on the latest John Rebus novel "In a House of Lies" which is well up to Ian Rankin's high standard.


Thanks for the heads up on Jonas Jonasson. I’ve just read his first book “the hundred year old man who climbed out the window and disappeared”

Really amusing. It has a sort of Forrest Gump quality to it, as the main protagonist weaves in and out of history. I’m looking forward to reading the two you recommended.


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I have just finished reading Steppenwolf by Herman Hesse.
That was a strange tale; apparently the bible of the Sixties counterculture, but not one I would care to join. A modern day hellfire club?

I am now one chapter into The Great Gatsby. This does not look like the life for me either.
The dissipation and disappointment of money. privilege and having everything but feeling nothing?
I don't know the story, so I am only guessing at this point.


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