Avenue

Author: Samuel H. Herbert
Publisher: The History Press
ISBN: 0752477277
Format: PDF, Kindle
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The Avenue stretched from Elswick Road to Scotswood Road, and almost every house in it was tenemented. There were four courtyards and a conglomeration of passages. Situated at one end of each of these courtyards was a row of toilets, and we watched as queues formed outside each of them. We were soon to become accustomed to this distressing necessity. It would be almost impossible to describe every aspect of this dirty lane, but this much can be said—even in those days of housing shortages and woeful sanitary facilities, the conditions that prevailed in The Avenue were almost beyond belief. This is a hard-hitting account of growing up in Newcastle's West End during the uncertain years of the First World War and the Depression. Samuel Herbert had to grow up fast when his mother moved the family to a cockroach-infested tenement in Elswick while his Dad—a miner—was away fighting on the front line. Along with the shared "netties" and the terrible living conditions, Samuel learned how to deal with the bullies and the gangs until he grew as tough as they were. His fight to get out of this poverty-stricken existence was always hindered by something and he continuously ended up back in that same sorrowful place called The Avenue. Along with the tragedy, however, came lots of laughs, and Samuel’s unique account demonstrates the humor, courage, and indomitable spirit of the local population. Prepare to be amused and entertained, surprised and moved by these stories, which vividly capture the heart and heritage of this former mining community.

Voices of Stanley

Author: Jo Bath
Publisher: The History Press
ISBN: 0750953705
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Voices of Stanley is a remarkable compilation of extracts drawn from the extensive Beamish Museum Oral History collection, recalling life in the area between 1880 and 1950. Vivid memories are recounted, including childhood and schooldays, work and play, sport and leisure, as well as the war years. It covers the harrowing search for bodies following the Stanley pit disaster of 1909 and lost sheep in the snows of 1947, as well as local traditions of possing, jarping, and candymen. Richly illustrated with over seventy pictures from the museum archive, many previously unpublished, this volume paints a revealing picture of life in Stanley in years gone by. Anyone who knows the town will enjoy this nostalgic look at the unique history of the area through the eyes of its residents.

A Lang Way to the Pawnshop

Author: Thomas Callaghan
Publisher: Zymurgy Publishing
ISBN: 9781903506011
Format: PDF, ePub
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The book is an autobiographical account; of growing up in the North of England, in a family of ten, with two bedrooms and no wage earner, in the 1930's. The book covers the author's childhood to leaving school and starting work. Written in an amusing and light style, A Lang Way To The Pawnshop provides the reader with an insight into the difficulties people faced seventy years ago. It is remarkable that the book is about a period of history which is still in living memory, but so different to contemporary life. The book is of interest to a cross-section of readers from the young of a similar age to Tom in the book, to more mature readers who can remember aspects of life featured in the book.

The Shopkeeper s Home

Author: Caroline Rowland
Publisher: Jacqui Small LLP
ISBN: 9781909342903
Format: PDF, ePub
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Have you ever wondered what the homes of the owners of these beautiful retail spaces might be like? Caroline Rowland visits both the stores and the homes of more than 30 of the most stylish independent lifestyle retailers to give you a peek behind the scenes. The first part of the book gives core interior decorating advice using elements from the shopkeepers' stores and homes. It describes inspirational furniture and lighting ideas, suggests ways to store and display everything from books to quirky collections, and offers advice on layout, walls and floors too. Caroline Rowland uses the second half to take us through her personal curationof independent stores from across the globe. Ranging from lifestyle stores to vintage emporia, homewares to crafts shops in all kinds of retail spaces, from converted barns to repurposed gas stations as well as more conventional places with traditional shopfronts. From the avenues of the USA and the streets of the UK, to hidden corners of Europe, the book explores retail outlets and stylish interior design ideas. It's easy to inspired by the stories of these people who live their dream and find out how their retail life inspires their home and vice versa.

The Road Back Home

Author: Sid Waddell
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1407030566
Format: PDF, Mobi
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'I had not lived in the former pit village of Lynemouth since 1961 but the winding road north from Newcastle will always be the same nostalgic highway, each twist charged with vivid memories and powerful emotions...' So begins a story full of wonderful humour, emotional candour and hardy tales of tough times - a quietly epic family saga set amid the pit villages of the North East . It stretches from the 1920s, before Sid's parents had even met, to the final closing of the mine and his mother's death in 1999. Sid paints a picture of a colourful, tight knit community full of good times and hard work, god-fearing women and hard-drinking men. Always dominating the skyline is Auld Betty, the pit head that took the men away each day and, with a prayer, brought them back each evening. Amongst the unforgettable cast of his extended family and friends, we follow the Waddells' attempts to stay afloat and provide a better future and possible escape for youngsters like Sid.

The Fourth Lad

Author: Sydney Carr
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 9781507700099
Format: PDF, Mobi
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A Geordie Lad, the memoirs of his first twenty years provide an insight into North-East Post-War life in hilarious and painful detail. Born at the end of the World War 2, the Fourth Lad of eleven children with a chauvinistic father and a self-obsessed, vindictive mother, he was raised initially in Pont Street, considered at the time to be one of the toughest but friendliest streets in Ashington. Badly burnt, almost drowned, battered and bruised, he has to learn quickly how to survive his environment and parents. After seven eventful years, the family move to the Fifth Row – another wild but friendly street where his growing pains continue…. 'It is a fast moving, funny, sad and occasionally harrowing tale of a young boy growing up in a large and at times dysfunctional family, his struggle to survive and ultimately escape his restrictive and disparaging environment – Ideal, if you want to learn about the social climate of that time and place, or if you lived there and then and wish to reminisce...but also a read if you come from neither that time or place and want a book that is laugh-out-loud funny, heartwarming, shocking and uplifting all at the same time.' 'A witty story with well observed and amusing descriptions of place, characters and events... readers will find themselves laughing even when they know they really shouldn't, as the author approaches every struggle, disaster and wickedness with humour that should make readers urge the young lad on through the awkwardness and agonies of growing up in an environment that is ready to attack if you let your guard down.' From his selfish, fag-smoking, pinny-wearing, swearing, rabbit skinning mother who installs terror as a first response in all her offspring...his wild, impervious to signs of danger, brothers who somehow manage to survive the many diabolical situations they find themselves in with a few scars for proof...the highly immaculate suited, fedora wearing, handlebar mustachioed, completely out of place Uncle Alex who pops in and never leaves... the pig in the pram, to his encounter with a dead man and stint in hell as a young pit lad followed by his misdemeanours and misadventures as a naïve soldier and the many varied and colourful characters between – he uses them all in an effort to exasperate, make you gasp in shock, move you to tears or burst into unexpected fits of laughter! Will he ever meet the little blue-eyed girl who filled his dreams for 14 years? Hopefully my memoirs are, insightful, hilarious, painful and sad but ultimately uplifting.

Encyclopedia of Contemporary Spanish Culture

Author: Eamonn J. Rodgers
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 0415131871
Format: PDF
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Some 750 alphabetically-arranged entries provide insights into the cultural and political features of contemporary Spain. Including Catalonia, Galicia and the Basque country, coverage spans from 1939 to the present.

Bourke Street Bakery

Author: Paul Allam
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN: 9781554688814
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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Situated in the hip foodie enclave of Sydney’s Surry Hills is the original Bourke Street Bakery, a cozy nook selling artisanal baked goods of the highest order. The bakery’s long queue of customers waiting for their daily fix is testament to the popularity of their utterly delicious wares -- from rustic breads such as their famous spelt sourdough to the flaky pork and fennel sausage rolls (delicious and easy to make) to the most addictive sweet pastries like ginger brûlée and pistachio tarts. Bourke Street Bakery is the ultimate baking companion with clear and concise instructions aimed at the novice home baker, while remaining an inspirational and technical reference for professionals of the crust and crumb world. Passionate owners/bakers Paul Allam and David McGuinness share their secrets for more than ninety of their exceptional creations, including starters, croissants, brioches and other delights. This book’s beautiful and inviting photography captures the mouthwatering detail of the buttery, crumbly fare as well as the infectious vibe of the bakery itself.