The Quarterdeck Interview

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During your formative early years was reading an important part of your life?
Oh, yes. My mother introduced me to the joys of the public library when I was quite small and it was always a huge treat to go there and borrow books, especially when I had my very own junior library card! I have such fond memories of my first library that when I returned to the UK after many years abroad I searched it out, hoping it was still there. Sadly, it had been morphed into a council building, but amazingly, ‘Library’ is still emblazoned above the door. As a boy I had a pretty eclectic range of interests but anything to do with the sea was always there at the top of the list. When I joined the Royal Navy I had some treasured copies of Forester’s Hornblower books that I reread many times; I was actually at sea when he died and I was devastated that his wonderful stories would be no more.

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Rockwell Collins PAVES™ On-demand IFE system to debut on Sichuan Airlines

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Rockwell Collins’ PAVES™ On-demand maximizes reliability and keep maintenance downtime to a minimum

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (Oct. 24, 2013) – Rockwell Collins today revealed that Sichuan Airlines will be the launch airline customer for the company’s PAVES™ On-demand in-flight entertainment (IFE) system for 20 new Airbus A319, A320 and A321 aircraft.

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Battle of the Bishops

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A rare 16th Century printed and manuscript volume documenting the heated argument between two Bishops over the right of Priests to marry is at risk of leaving the UK following its sale to a foreign buyer. Culture Minister Ed Vaizey has imposed a temporary export bar on a volume which includes A Traictise declarying and plainly prouyng, that the pretensed marriage of Priestes…..is no mariage (1554) in the hope that a UK buyer can be found for the work.

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CULTURE AND TECHNOLOGY UNITE KOREAN AND UK ARTISTS AT WORLD’S LARGEST HALLYU EXPO

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· 4 – 6 November 2013

· Old Billingsgate Building, City of London, EC3R 6DX

· Korean and UK artists collaborate through science, IT and art

· Harnessing technology to empower a global culture

The legacy of Nam June Paik and the ‘electronic superhighway’ is at the heart of a new exhibition being held in London from 4 – 6 November 2013 at the Old Billingsgate Building, City of London.

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Renewables Supplies Take Fright at Hinkley C

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Hinkley C published design showing the small footprint of a nuclear power plant against the renewables industry products that destroy visual amenity

The British Government announcements that China and France will build a new nuclear power station at Hinkley and that ‘green’ climate fraud taxes are to be scrapped is causing panic in the renewables industry.

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The Birth of a Book: CARIBBEE

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FIRE Book Review of Caribbee

CARIBBEE is the latest title in my Thomas Kydd series and as it’s officially launched into the world today it’s a pretty special time (as is true for most authors, I guess) – seeing your creation, the work of at least a year – now out there for all to read, to (hopefully) enjoy, to review, to comment on…

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Red Bull Revolutions in Sound – London Eye – Thursday 14th November

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Marking it’s 15th Anniversary, Red Bull Music Academy continues to gear-up for one of the biggest celebrations of UK club culture on the EDF Energy London Eye, bringing back Red Bull Revolutions in Sound on 14th November 2013. Taking over one of the capital’s most iconic landmarks, Red Bull brings thirty of the most legendary UK club nights of past and present together for one night, each hosting their own capsule for a 360° homage to the seminal players of, and contributors to, the landscape over the past 30 years.

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STUDY OF RUSSIA | EXHIBITION | DECEMBER 2013 | UK-RUSSIA YEAR OF CULTURE

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Study of Russia exhibition at Asia House, London, 4-8 December 2013

· Ahead of UK-Russia Year of Culture

· Features Russia’s cultural and political icons

· Supported by Mayor of London, Boris Johnson

Ahead of the UK-Russia Year of Culture 2014, December 2013 will see Asia House host the exhibition Study of Russia. The exhibition will celebrate Russian cultural icons through the works of Contemporary artist Annya Sand, who has been inspired by Russia’s multifaceted heritage. Some works hark to the pastoral beauty of Russia’s landscape; some celebrate its architectural heritage, while others explore famous faces and figures in Russian society. Study of Russia will also include a panel discussion with leading cultural and political commentators.

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