Mediterranean Voyages:The Archaeology of Island Colonisation and Abandonment Helen Dawson
In 1961, young schoolteacher Robin Fletcher is delighted to accompany her widowed aunt on a cruise from Barcelona to Venice - a voyage whose ports of call include some of the great cities of Europe. On her first night at sea, Robin is awakened by the moonlight flooding through her stateroom window. When she goes up on deck to admire the view, she witnesses one of her fellow passengers throwing something off the stern of the ship. Thus begins a series of strange incidents, each more bewildering, and more terrifying, than the last: a quarrel overheard among the ruins of Pompeii, the only word of which Robin can understand is her own name; an attempted assault in Istanbul´s exotic Grand Bazaar; and, finally, a terrifying confrontation amidst the romantic and mysterious canals of Venice. And through it all there is Markos, the ship´s enigmatic photographer, who seems to know more than he´s telling. By the time the trip is over, will the voyage have changed Robin´s life - or ended it? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Liisa Ivary. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/088806/bk_acx0_088806_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Have you ever wondered whatever happened to all those Nuclear weapons we all used to worry about? In 1991 the Iron curtain came down, the USA and the former United Soviet Socialist Republic signed the nuclear non-proliferation treaty, thousands of nuclear warheads were decommissioned, and mothballed away in numerous, top secret locations all over the USA and Eastern Europe. They´re still there today..... All except one. An illegal arms dealer has obtained a nuclear weapon and is on his way to deliver it to Palestine. Former USSR nuclear scientist and psychopathic killer, Vladimir Michael Berswiski, has been engaged to rearm the bomb and suddenly buying real estate in Tal-Aviv is beginning to look like a really bad idea. Australian woman Iris Richards is about to embark on a voyage through the Mediterranean and is on a collision course with Berswiski. The sailing trip of a lifetime is rapidly turning into the exact opposite. Can Major Edmond Grey of Interpol stop Berswiski before he kills again? And Is Israel on its way to becoming one of the hottest travel destinations on the globe?
The Voyage of Captain Popanilla is the second novel written by Benjamin Disraeli who would later become a Prime Minister of Great Britain. It is allegorical in that the story of a fantastic voyage disguises a satire on contemporary society. Benjamin Disraeli, in full Benjamin Disraeli, earl of Beaconsfield, Viscount Hughenden of Hughenden, byname Dizzy, (born December 21, 1804, London, England-died April 19, 1881, London), British statesman and novelist who was twice prime minister (1868, 1874-80) and who provided the Conservative Party with a twofold policy of Tory democracy and imperialism. Disraeli was educated at small private schools. At the age of 17 he was articled to a firm of solicitors, but he longed to become notable in a more sensational manner. His first efforts were disastrous. In 1824 he speculated recklessly in South American mining shares, and, when he lost all a year later, he was left so badly in debt that he did not recover until well past middle age. Earlier he had persuaded the publisher John Murray, his father´s friend, to launch a daily newspaper, the Representative. It was a complete failure. Disraeli, unable to pay his promised share of the capital, quarreled with Murray and others. Moreover, in his novel Vivian Grey (1826-27), published anonymously, he lampooned Murray while telling the story of the failure. Disraeli was unmasked as the author, and he was widely criticized. Disraeli suffered what would later be called a nervous breakdown and did little during the next four years. He wrote another extravagant novel, The Young Duke (1831), and in 1830 began 16 months of travel in the Mediterranean countries and the Middle East. These travels not only furnished him with material for Oriental descriptions he used in later novels but also influenced his attitude in foreign relations with India, Egypt, and Turkey in the 1870s. Back in England, he was active in London social and literary life, where his dandified dress, conceit and affectation, and exotic good looks made him a striking if not always popular figure. He was invited to fashionable parties and met most of the celebrities of the day. His novel Contarini Fleming (1832) has considerable autobiographical interest, like many of his novels, as well as echoes of his political thought. By 1831 Disraeli had decided to enter politics and sought a seat in Buckinghamshire, near Wycombe, where his family had settled. As an independent radical, he stood for and lost High Wycombe twice in 1832 and once in 1835. Realizing that he must attach himself to one of the political parties, he made a somewhat eccentric interpretation of Toryism, which some features of his radicalism fitted. In 1835 he unsuccessfully stood for Taunton as the official Conservative candidate. His extravagant behaviour, great debts, and open liaison with Henrietta, wife of Sir Francis Sykes (the prototype of the heroine in his novel Henrietta Temple ), all gave him a dubious reputation. In 1837, however, he successfully stood for Maidstone in Kent as the Conservative candidate. His maiden speech in the House of Commons was a failure. Elaborate metaphors, affected mannerisms, and foppish dress led to his being shouted down. But he was not silenced. He concluded, defiantly and prophetically, ´´I will sit down now, but the time will come when you will hear me.´´
´´As in the Arsenal of the Venetians Boils in winter the tenacious pitch To smear their unsound vessels over again For sail they cannot; and instead thereof One makes his vessel new, and one recaulks The ribs of that which many a voyage has made One hammers at the prow, one at the stern This one makes oars and that one cordage twists Another mends the mainsail and the mizzen…” (Dante’s Inferno)To the first settlers of the unpromising, marshy islands of Venice in the 5th century BCE, it appeared as if any attempt at civilization was doomed to fail. Yet, even with the cards stacked against them, the artful inhabitants mastered the unlivable terrain and slowly pieced together a society that would put the small, unassuming city right on the map. In time, the city evolved into the most powerful maritime empire in all of Europe.Founded in the wake of the decline of the Roman Empire, the Republic of Venice lasted for more than a thousand years, from 697-1797, and in order to understand its singular position in world history, it is necessary to first note its geographical positioning and its topographical make-up: Located in northeastern Italy at the head of the Adriatic, the city is made up of 120 islands that are connected by 430 bridges that cross over 170 canals, referred to as a ´´rio” or plural ´´rii” (Italian for river). As a maritime power, the interests of Venice once reached all the way to Asia, which allowed it to form an important crossroads within the Eastern Mediterranean, in terms of trade. In Venice, a vast array of products (raw materials, spices, cloth) came all the way from North Africa, Russia, and India and were exchanged for the goods and wealth of Europe.”Venice, of course, earned its remarkable reputation on its own merit, but the reason for its current fame should be credited at least in part to its status as one of the most importa 1. Language: English. Narrator: Colin Fluxman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/151267/bk_acx0_151267_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Ketogenic Meal Plan: 50 Delicious Mediterranean Cuisine Recipes to Get You Started on Your Ketogenic Meal Plan provides you with the tools you need to begin your voyage on the wide, blue Keto sea. Whether your goal is weight loss, fat loss, increased energy, reduced appetite, or simply feeling better about yourself, this book will help set you on your way. It contains 50 recipes of unique, delicious meals derived from and inspired by Italian, Greek, Cypriot, Spanish, and American cuisine. The book contains seven days’ worth of meal plans that make it easy and convenient for you to get started how you want to. We know that your goal is to achieve not only weight loss but fat loss, and with 50 recipes and seven days’ worth of meal plans, this goal is within reach. All of the facts you need to know to understand and succeed on your Ketogenic diet journey are conveniently and simply explained. Enough talk, let’s get you started on your journey with Keto, Mediterranean Style! 1. Language: English. Narrator: William Bahl. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/119645/bk_acx0_119645_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A superstitious man might just have balked at putting to sea on Friday 13th in the centenary year of the sinking of the Titanic.... Fatal Voyage is the first comprehensive account of the wrecking of the Costa Concordia - an enthralling narrative of events before, during, and after the 114,000-ton liner slammed into rocks off the Mediterranean island of Giglio. Focusing on the experiences of a Californian family, Fatal Voyage brings to life the terrifying reality of being trapped aboard the listing, crippled Costa Concordia. And it shows that some of the issues raised by the Titanic disaster are as relevant today as they were 100 years ago. John Hooper is the Rome-based correspondent of The Economist and The Guardian. He has been reporting from the countries of the Mediterranean for almost 25 years. His book The Spaniards won the Allen Lane Award for a best first work of nonfiction. It has since been revised and updated as The New Spaniards. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Sean Barrett. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/015935/bk_adbl_015935_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.