BookPick: Chasing Conrad

BookPick: Chasing Conrad

by BigJules

Chasing Conrad is the second book by Simon J Hall (following Under a Yellow Sky) that I’ve had the pleasure of reading. This book is set in the mid-1970s during the closing years of the golden age of British shipping, when cargo carriage at sea saw radical change and the romance of being at sea in old-style cargo ships came to an end. The author is a Master Mariner, now working in the financial sector. This book is his account of the five years he worked as a sea officer in the Far East and South Pacific.

 

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London’s cultural landmarks lead Google search rankings as overseas visits rise

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Science Museum in London is the most Googled museum in the world

 

VisitLondon.com and the GREAT Britain campaign launch London’s Autumn Season of Culture

 

Film of London’s Autumn Season starring Downton Abbey’s Mr Carson – Jim Carter – available at http://youtu.be/r5orczS0bhU

 

London is the most Googled city in the world for art galleries, performing arts and innovative art and design, according to new insights released by London & Partners, the Mayor’s official promotional company for the city, and Google to mark the launch of London’s blockbuster Autumn Season of Culture.

 

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On this day: The Battle of the Nile

On this day: The Battle of the Nile

by BigJules

On this day in 1798 began the Battle of the Nile, a major naval engagement between the Royal Navy and the Navy of the French Republic. The battle was the climax of a naval campaign that had ranged across the Mediterranean during the previous three months, as a large French convoy sailed from Toulon to Alexandria carrying an expeditionary force under the then General Napoleon Bonaparte. In the engagement the British fleet, led by Rear-Admiral Sir Horatio Nelson, decisively defeated the French in a near-apocalyptic battle of annihilation.

 

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