Disappearing Glasgow


Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781911332497


Page: 192

View: 6398


Glasgow is not just famous for its humor, its shipyards, and its bold Victorian architecture, built in the days when it was the "second city of the Empire." It's also renowned as the home in the UK of the failed experiment with modernist architecture in the 1950s and 1960s--where those cleared from 19th century slums of the Gorbals and Govan were housed in vast tower block estates far from the city center, devoid of facilities and a sense of community. Initially a huge improvement on existing living conditions, a lack of investment and poor build quality meant these bold visions of the future soon fell into neglect. Here acclaimed photographer Chris Leslie and author and Professor of Architecture at Glasgow School of Art Johnny Rodger examine Glasgow's process of demolishing these contentious estates. For some they are blights on the city's international reputation, for some an important attempt to redefine the way we live, and for others they were home. This is a beautiful, highly visual book that is both fascinating and moving in equal measure.


Author: Brian Bell

Publisher: Insight Guides

ISBN: 9781585731497

Category: Travel

Page: 306

View: 3979


Some travelers love nothing better than to bathe in the sun. Others revel in immersing themselves in history and culture. Then there are those who are born to shop. We all know the type. In fact, we might ourselves be the type. There are some people for whom shopping is not a necessity but a sport. Insight Shopping Guides are a play book for the avid shopper who wants to level the playing field when he or she competes against natives for the best goods and deals the city has to offer. This series is for the discerning consumer who needs a little help navigating around an unfamiliar city. They are ideal shopping companions for travelers wanting lively, informative background material on the best shopping areas and reliable advice on finding the most reliable service.

Dog Gone

A Lost Pet's Extraordinary Journey and the Family Who Brought Him Home

Author: Pauls Toutonghi

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 1101947020

Category: Pets

Page: 272

View: 2277


The true story of a lost dog’s journey and a family’s furious search to find him before it is too late. Saturday, October 10, 1998. Fielding Marshall is hiking on the Appalachian Trail. His beloved dog—a six-year-old golden retriever mix named Gonker—bolts into the woods. Just like that, he has vanished. And Gonker has Addison’s disease. If he’s not found in twenty-three days, he will die. The search begins. Fielding and his father, John, are dispatched to the field. They have the family’s other dog, Uli, in tow. Combing the trails, Fielding and his father bond like never before. Fielding’s sister, Peyton, calls and talks him through some of his lowest moments. And—at home—Fielding’s mother, Virginia, sets up a command center. Virginia becomes a field general. With a map and a phone book at her side, she contacts animal shelters, police precincts, general stores, community centers, newspapers, radio stations, churches, and park rangers. She is tireless. The local paper in Waynesboro, Virginia, writes a small story about the family’s search. The story hits the AP newswire. Tips—many of them of questionable authenticity—pour in from across the country. But as the search continues, the Marshalls realize they may not survive losing Gonker. Even as the wounds of their past return to haunt them and threaten to jeopardize everything, they know they have one mission: bring Gonker home. With a big heart, intelligent humor, and a deft touch, Pauls Toutonghi tells this true tale of loss, love, and resilience. Dog Gone is by turns a story about how a family comes together in a crisis—and the way heroism can assert itself in the little things we do each day. From the Hardcover edition.

German Open

Contemporary Art in Germany/Gegenwartskunst in Deutschland

Author: Gerard Hadders,Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg

Publisher: Hatje Cantz Pub


Category: Art

Page: 300

View: 4627


In the last two years the German art scene has experienced a tremendous growth unlike anything since the early 1980s -- owing to a revitalized Berlin and an ever-expanding cultural diversity. German Open captures this energy by giving an overview of more than 30 of the best young artists working in Germany today. The artists documented represent the entire spectrum of visual art, from installation to painting to video, and their work can no longer be viewed as a matter of scattered individual gestures, but must be examined in a group context. Among the artists included here are Franz Ackerman, Kai Althoff, Simone Bohm, Coisma von Bonin, Matti Braun, Olafur Eliasson, Stefan Hoderlein, Stefan Kern, Michel Majerus, Tobias Rehberger, Daniel Richter, Heidi Specker, Johannes Wohnseifer, and Joseph Zehrer.

Scots Imagination and Modern Memory

Author: Andrew Blaikie

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 0748686312

Category: Social Science

Page: 262

View: 1859


Blaikie explores how our different ways of seeing influence the relationship between place and belonging. He argues that our memories, however brief or complex, invoke imagined pasts. But do our recollections share a common frame of reference? Blaikie's c

Witness To War

Diaries Of The Second World War In Europe And The Middle East

Author: Richard Aldrich

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1448168147

Category: History

Page: 960

View: 5788


WITNESS TO WAR is an eye-opening retelling of the war experience through the private diaries kept by people from all walks of life and from many countries. The twentieth century's Second World War announced its arrival from a distance, and as early as spring 1938 city-dwellers across Europe expected destruction on an epic scale. Men, women and children, most of whom had never kept a diary before, began to chronicle their own responses to what they knew would be a unique moment in world history. The cast of characters represented in these diaries - more than three hundred in number - ranges from politicians, soldiers and spies to ordinary citizens and housewives, from a London schoolboy watching V-1 doodlebugs from his bedroom window to an interned German refugee robbed and beaten by British troops. Many others are famous, and this collection includes rare material from figures such as Joseph Goebbels, Joyce Grenfell, Jean-Paul Sartre, Evelyn Waugh and Noël Coward. It also contains the insights of many who were close to Winston Churchill and Adolf Hitler. Most of these diaries involved a degree of danger and secrecy. In occupied Europe a captured diary could betray friends and relatives to the enemy. Some were downright illegal, such as those kept by soldiers on the front line. More than half a century after the end of the war, these hidden treasures - the voices of the past - are still being unearthed. Many of these accounts languished unread, unpublished and gathering dust in scholarly archives around the world. Richard Aldrich has devoted two decades to sustained research in more than a dozen countries. This is war at first hand described in the most immediate terms, not mediated through the voice of peripheral observers or shaded by fading memory or political allegiances.

The Bridge

The Eric Volz Story

Author: Michael Glasgow

Publisher: Thomas Nelson Inc

ISBN: 141857452X

Category: True Crime

Page: 320

View: 5647


Haunting, powerful, and compelling, this is Eric Volz's story. Twenty-five-year-old Eric Volz moved to Nicaragua in 2005 in pursuit of paradise. Drawn to the town of San Juan del Sur for its pristine beaches and economic potential, he quickly fell in love with the country. Eric's life was taking off like a dream. Then the nightmare began. On November 21, 2006, Eric's ex-girlfriend was tragically murdered in San Juan del Sur. The sleepy town quickly ignited into a volatile, angry mob. The day he helped lay Doris Ivania Jimenez to rest, Eric was arrested for her murder. Author Michael Glasgow delves into the multilayered story of American Eric Volz. Beginning with Nicaragua's dubious history with and mistrust of the United States, Glasgow leaves no stone unturned in examining the reasons behind the bizarre and tragic circus surrounding Eric Volz's trial and conviction.