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  • Whole Farm Management: From Start-Up to Sustainability

    ,Garry Stephenson

    Product Code: CCVGC
    Paperback
    Farming is a business, as well as a way of life. Whole Farm Management is a comprehensive guide developed by the Small Farms Program at Oregon State University to help aspiring and beginner farmers make smart, strategic business decisions to ensure lasting success. In clear, accessible language, readers are led through every essential step, from developing a strategic plan to acquiring equipment, establishing infrastructure, finding markets, budgeting, managing day-to-day operations, and selecting a business structure for long-term viability. The emphasis throughout is on using sustainable agricultural systems and managing the whole farm, whether raising grass-based livestock, perennial food crops, or annual crops such as flowers. Case studies of successful farms, along with guidance and solutions to common problems from long-time farmers, round out this essential handbook.
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  • The Golden Thread

    Kassia St Clair

    Product Code: CAWYX
    Paperback
    ** A RADIO 4 BOOK OF THE WEEK ** 'Fascinating . . . The history of the world through the eye of a needle . . . I recommend this book to anyone' THE SPECTATOR 'A charming, absorbing and history that takes us on a journey from the silk roads to sportswear, from ruffs to spacesuits . . . I devoured this quietly feminist book' SUNDAY TIMES 'Joyful and beautiful' NATURE 'Will make you rethink your relationship with fabric' ELLE DECORATION All textiles begin with a twist. From colourful 30,000-year old threads found on the floor of a Georgian cave to what the linen wrappings of Tutankhamun's mummy actually meant; from the Silk Roads to the woollen sails that helped the Vikings reach America 700 years before Columbus; from the lace ruffs that infuriated the puritans to the Indian calicoes and chintzes that powered the Industrial Revolution, our continuing reinvention of cloth tells fascinating stories of human ingenuity. When we talk of lives hanging by a thread, being interwoven, or part of the social fabric, we are part of a tradition that stretches back many thousands of years. Fabric has allowed us to achieve extraordinary things and survive in unlikely places, and this book shows you how -- and why. With a cast that includes Chinese empresses, Richard the Lionheart and Bing Crosby, Kassia St Clair takes us on the run with escaped slaves, climbing the slopes of Everest and moonwalking with astronauts. Running like a bright line through history, The Golden Thread offers an unforgettable adventure through our past, present and future.
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  • A History of Cadbury

    Wordsworth, Diane

    Product Code: BXKCL
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    When John Cadbury came to Birmingham in 1824, he sold tea, coffee and drinking chocolate in a small shop on Bull Street. Drinking chocolate was considered a healthy alternative to alcohol, something Cadbury, a Quaker, was keen to encourage. In 1879, the Cadburys moved to Bournville and created their factory in a garden' - an unprecedented move. It is now ironic that today's Bournville is surrounded by that urban sprawl the Cadburys were so keen to get away from. This book looks at some of the social impact this company has had since its inception, both on the chocolate and cocoa business in general and on the community at large, both within and without the firm of Cadbury. In 2024, Cadbury's will be celebrating 200 years of the first store opening. This is the story of how the company began, how it grew, and how they diversified in order to survive.
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  • Forty Years with Ford Tractors

    David Pearson

    Product Code: BNHJT
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    David Pearson spent more than four decades working for Ford's tractor business, starting on the production line at the maker's Dagenham factory before moving to the Basildon tractor plant opened in 1964. He went on to become the maker's UK sales manager, and earned a reputation among farmers and dealers as the man who knew all there was to know about Ford tractors. Along the way, he was involved in the development of some of the most famous machines to bear the blue livery, from the Dexta to the 7000, and the FW articulated tractors to the 7810. Edited by agricultural journalist Martin Rickatson, Forty Years with Ford Tractors builds on a series of recollections which originally featured in Classic Tractor magazine, and includes additional material to tell David's fascinating story in full. It includes a comprehensive selection of black-and-white and colour photographs, many of which have never before been published and will be of interest to all Ford fans and tractor fans more generally.Front cover photograph: (c) Dave Franciosy / www.farmingphotography.co.uk
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  • Engineering

    Colin Hynson

    Product Code: AWFJA
    Hardback
    Discover the amazing array of jobs within the field of engineering that you never knew existed. From the structural engineers who design the concrete and steel structures that keep skyscrapers and other buildings from falling down, to the robotics engineers who construct industrial robots and walking robots and the aeronautical engineers who design aircrafts. Read about the academic and vocational routes you can take to reach these jobs and how to get ahead in these exciting professions whilst you are at school and college.
  • Ambulances to the Rescue Around the World

    Linda Staniford

    Product Code: ARJRO
    Hardback 5 years +
    How do the emergency services in different countries of the world rescue people? How do they travel and what equipment do they use? This series answers all these questions and more. This book looks at the work of ambulance services around the world, including how they take sick and injured people to hospitals and how they care for patients during transport.
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  • Swallow This

    Joanna Blythman

    Product Code: AQPSV
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    From the author of What to Eat and Shopped, a revelatory investigation into what really goes into the food we eat. Even with 25 years experience as a journalist and investigator of the food chain, Joanna Blythman still felt she had unanswered questions about the food we consume every day. How 'natural' is the process for making a 'natural' flavouring? What, exactly, is modified starch, and why is it an ingredient in so many foods? What is done to pitta bread to make it stay 'fresh' for six months? And why, when you eat a supermarket salad, does the taste linger in your mouth for several hours after? Swallow This is a fascinating exploration of the food processing industry and its products - not just the more obvious ready meals, chicken nuggets and tinned soups, but the less overtly industrial - washed salads, smoothies, yoghurts, cereal bars, bread, fruit juice, prepared vegetables. Forget illegal, horse-meat-scandal processes, every step in the production of these is legal, but practised by a strange and inaccessible industry, with methods a world-away from our idea of domestic food preparation, and obscured by technical speak, unintelligible ingredients manuals, and clever labelling practices. Determined to get to the bottom of the impact the industry has on our food, Joanna Blythman has gained unprecedented access to factories, suppliers and industry insiders, to give an utterly eye-opening account of what we're really swallowing.
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  • Polar Scientist

    Emily Shuckburgh

    Product Code: AOVYP
    Paperback 11 years +
    Find out what's involved in becoming a polar scientist from a top researcher in the field. You'll find out about the scientist's heroes, the equipment and skills she uses, and the challenges of conducting research and experiments in sub-zero temperatures!
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  • What We Need to Do Now

    Chris Goodall

    Product Code: CDGLK
    Hardback
    What We Need To Do Now sets out a comprehensive programme of action to counter the threats to our environment. The book emphasises the importance, and relative simplicity, of decarbonising our energy supply but also stresses that this is a small part of the switch to a sustainable planet. Among many other urgent transitions, we also need to focus on changing the agricultural system and reducing our hugely wasteful use of resources. And, fundamentally, we need to ensure that the transition to a zero carbon world benefits the less well-off and reinvigorates the smaller cities and towns around the world that have been left behind. This is a practical, original and inspiring book: a new green deal for an inhabitable earth.
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  • Visualizing Taste

    Ai Hisano

    Product Code: CBYBK
    Hardback
    Ai Hisano exposes how corporations, the American government, and consumers shaped the colors of what we eat and even the colors of what we consider "natural," "fresh," and "wholesome." The yellow of margarine, the red of meat, the bright orange of "natural" oranges-we live in the modern world of the senses created by business. Ai Hisano reveals how the food industry capitalized on color, and how the creation of a new visual vocabulary has shaped what we think of the food we eat. Constructing standards for the colors of food and the meanings we associate with them-wholesome, fresh, uniform-has been a business practice since the late nineteenth century, though one invisible to consumers. Under the growing influences of corporate profit and consumer expectations, firms have sought to control our sensory experiences ever since. Visualizing Taste explores how our perceptions of what food should look like have changed over the course of more than a century. By examining the development of color-controlling technology, government regulation, and consumer expectations, Hisano demonstrates that scientists, farmers, food processors, dye manufacturers, government officials, and intermediate suppliers have created a version of "natural" that is, in fact, highly engineered. Retailers and marketers have used scientific data about color to stimulate and influence consumers'-and especially female consumers'-sensory desires, triggering our appetites and cravings. Grasping this pivotal transformation in how we see, and how we consume, is critical to understanding the business of food.
  • Pollution, Politics, and Power

    Thomas O. McGarity

    Product Code: CBXYN
    Hardback
    The electric power industry has been transformed over the past forty years, becoming more reliable and resilient while meeting environmental goals. A big question now is how to prevent backsliding. Pollution, Politics, and Power tells the story of the remarkable transformation of the electric power industry over the last four decades. Electric power companies have morphed from highly polluting regulated monopolies into competitive, deregulated businesses that generate, transmit, and distribute cleaner electricity. Power companies are investing heavily in natural gas and utility-scale renewable resources and have stopped building new coal-fired plants. They facilitate end-use efficiency and purchase excess electricity produced by rooftop solar panels and backyard wind turbines, helping to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions. But these beneficial changes have come with costs. The once-powerful coal industry is on the edge of ruin, with existing coal-fired plants closing and coal mines shutting down. As a result, communities throughout Appalachia suffer from high unemployment and reduced resources, which have exacerbated a spiraling opioid epidemic. The Trump administration's efforts to revive the coal industry by scaling back environmental controls and reregulating electricity prices have had little effect on the coal industry's decline. Major advances therefore come with warning signs, which we must heed in charting the continuing course of sustainable electricity. In Pollution, Politics, and Power, Thomas O. McGarity examines the progress made, details lessons learned, and looks to the future with suggestions for building a more sustainable grid while easing the economic downsides of coal's demise.
  • The Globalization of Wine

    David Inglis

    Product Code: CBHVS
    Paperback
    The Globalization of Wine is a one-stop guide to understanding wine across the world today. Examining a broad range of developments in the wine world, it considers the social, cultural, economic, political and geographical dimensions of wine globalization. It investigates how large-scale changes in production, distribution and consumption are transforming the wine that we drink. Comprehensive background discussion is complemented by vivid case study chapters from a variety of international contributors. Many different countries and regions are covered, including China, the USA and Hong Kong, as are key themes, debates and controversies in contemporary wine worlds. Innovative, up-to-date and interdisciplinary, The Globalization of Wine illustrates the diversity and complexity of wine globalization processes across the planet, both in the past and at the present time. It is essential reading for academics and students in food and drink studies, sociology, anthropology, globalization studies, geography and cultural studies. It also provides a jargon-free resource for wine professionals and connoisseurs.
  • Grantham at Work

    John Pinchbeck

    Product Code: CBHIJ
    Paperback
    The Lincolnshire town of Grantham was historically an important market town and centre of the wool trade which benefitted from its position on the Great North Road, the main north-south route through England, now the modern-day A1 road. The Industrial Revolution and the arrival of the canals and the railways transformed Grantham as new industries became established in the town, and it has grown significantly in the last two centuries. Engineering industries arrived to give employment to many in the town, many of national importance such as blacksmith Richard Hornsby's business repairing carriages and agricultural machinery which later as Ruston Hornsby moved into steam engine production, pioneered the steel plough, produced an early oil engine and created one of the first tracked vehicles. Other companies followed, such as Aveling Barford, specialising in traction engines, tractors, dumper trucks, cranes, road rollers and aircraft cannon, as well as brewing and a food canning factory. However, the postwar decline of manufacturing industries has led to the closure of these factories in recent decades and today Grantham is characterised by such diverse industries as food-processing, distribution, services and health care. Grantham at Work explores the working life of this Lincolnshire town and its people, and the industries that have characterised it. Through a fascinating series of photographs and illustrations, it traces the story of Grantham's growth in the 19th century following the arrival of the railways and its development from a market town to a centre of industry, through two world wars and the changes in recent years as many of the old manufacturing industries have gone, to be replaced by new businesses today. Grantham at Work will appeal to all those with an interest in the history of this Lincolnshire town.
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  • Chester at Work

    Stewart Shuttleworth

    Product Code: CBHCF
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    Today in Chester service industries predominate such as tourism, retail, public administration and financial services. However, this was not always the case given the city's location on the River Dee and its strategic military position. In `Chester At Work', Stanley Jenkins and Stewart Shuttleworth trace the changes in the city's working life from its pre-industrial beginnings, through the Industrial Revolution and right up to the present day. Chester was a port from Roman times with ancillary industries. Like all cities in medieval times it had a range of domestic industry. The area by the river was a particular focus of industry using water power including corn mills, tanneries and tobacco works. In the mid-eighteenth century the port declined due to silting of the Dee followed by the rise of Liverpool. However, some port-related industries continued and a reduced amount of shipping continued into the twentieth century. The 1770s saw the opening of the Chester Canal and, in 1799, the leadworks was developed canalside. The arrival of the railways later that century saw Chester as a transport hub with three locomotive depots, an LNWR wagon works and ancillary services. Other industries that subsequently developed included the Chester Hydraulic Co., the Westminster Coach and Motor Works, the aluminium manufacturer Williams & Williams and Brookhirst Controls. This book will be of interest to those who know the city and want to discover more about its rich heritage from an industrial and social perspective.
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  • Insane Mode

    Hamish McKenzie

    Product Code: CAVUR
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    Insane Mode is the astounding story of the most revolutionary car company since Ford, revealing how, under Elon Musk's leadership, it is bringing to an end the era of gasoline-powered transportation. Hamish McKenzie, journalist and former writer for Tesla, explores how an unlikely West Coast start-up with an audacious dream to create a new successful US car company, went up against not only the might of the government-backed Detroit companies, but also the massive power of Big Oil. Insane Mode is a story of ingenuity and revolution - of how a new world of transportation could change people's lives globally.
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  • Climate-Smart Food

    Dave Reay

    Product Code: BZPZH
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    This open access book asks just how climate-smart our food really is. It follows an average day's worth of food and drink to see where it comes from, how far it travels, and the carbon price we all pay for it. From our breakfast tea and toast, through breaktime chocolate bar, to take-away supper, Dave Reay explores the weather extremes the world's farmers are already dealing with, and what new threats climate change will bring. Readers will encounter heat waves and hurricanes, wildfires and deadly toxins, as well as some truly climate-smart solutions. In every case there are responses that could cut emissions while boosting resilience and livelihoods. Ultimately we are all in this together, our decisions on what food we buy and how we consume it send life-changing ripples right through the global web that is our food supply. As we face a future of 10 billion mouths to feed in a rapidly changing climate, it's time to get to know our farmers and herders, our vintners and fisherfolk, a whole lot better.
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  • Newport at Work

    Jan Preece

    Product Code: BZNCO
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    The city of Newport, lying on the River Usk South Wales, has been an important port serving Wales since mediaeval times. The Industrial Revolution brought enormous wealth to Newport, when it became the centre of coal exports from the Welsh valleys, and although the docks have declined in recent years, large areas of Newport are being regenerated and the city still retains significant industries. Newport at Work explores the history of the city through the work and industries that have characterised it. The docks have played a vital role in the history of Newport, with its many ancillary industries that grew up with the docks, including the railways from the valleys. During the US Civil War many blockade runners came to Newport. Newport was also the home of the Mole Wrench, Pell's Mint Humbugs and Lovell Confectionary's Milky Lunch, and the author includes the story of other businesses and shops since the late Victorian period. Recent industries include micro-breweries and specialised crafts. Newport at Work explores the working life of this South Wales city and its people, and the industries that have characterised it. The book will appeal to all those with an interest in the history of Newport.
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  • Plymouth at Work

    Ernie Hoblyn

    Product Code: BZNCN
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    The city of Plymouth, on the south coast of Devon, has been a maritime settlement since its earliest days. A trading port in Roman and Saxon times, fishing and boatbuilding have also been mainstays of the local industry for centuries. The original town of Plymouth was historically the commercial shipping and passenger port - the Pilgrim Fathers left for the Americas from Plymouth in 1620 - and the neighbouring town of Devonport, which is today merged with Plymouth, has been associated with the Royal Navy for the last three centuries. This era saw a massive rise in the Dockyard, probably peaking during the Second World War, when it became the target for heavy aerial bombardment during World War 2, and although it is now in decline, Devonport Dockyard is still a major naval shipyard and the only naval base in Britain that refits nuclear submarines. The local topography has also had a role to play in the industries that have characterised Plymouth over the years. The city is largely built on limestone and there are huge areas which have been quarried away over the centuries; the West Hoe area used to be a large hill but has been flattened by the extraction of stone and another huge quarry site ran alongside Stonehouse Creek. Other minerals nearby have also long being exported from Plymouth Docks alongside other special Plymouth products as Plymouth Gin, the distillery of which was established in the city in 1793. Today, although many of the traditional industries have declined or closed, Plymouth is home to several high-tech industries, including Plessey Semiconductors. Plymouth at Work explores the working life of this Devon city and its people, and the industries that have characterised it. The book will appeal to all those with an interest in the history of Plymouth.
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  • Runcorn at Work

    Jean & John Bradburn

    Product Code: BZNCK
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    Prosperity first came to Runcorn with the building of the Bridgewater Canal, which was completed in 1776; the start of Runcorn as an industrial town. Heavy industry, such as soap and alkali works, soon moved in, as did major transportation links, including the Bridgewater Canal. As people flocked to the town for work in its chemical works, the character of the place changed as it grew to accommodate the overspill from neighbouring Liverpool and Manchester. Sprawling housing estates were built, including the infamous Southgate, and Runcorn New Town was officially designated in 1964. Runcorn At Work explores the life of this industrial Cheshire town and its people, from pre-industrial beginnings through to the present day, in a fascinating series of contemporary photographs and illustrations.
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  • The Slate Industry

    Anthony Coulls

    Product Code: BYJMW
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    Slate from British quarries roofed the world. For a period in the nineteenth century, ships exported thousands of tons of roofing slate from the UK to an international market. The slate industry has a long and fascinating history, and this book tells the story of the industry, starting with the formation of the rock and the properties that make it so suitable as a roofing material. The development of slate as a roofing material drive the business of extraction, but many other slate products have been made as well, including writing slates, electrical installations and even snooker tables. Slate craft as an art form is also something we shall cover in the book. Slate is synonymous with North Wales, where a bid for World Heritage Site status is being made for the landscape formed by quarrying, but this book also looks at the slates of Leicestershire, Cornwall and Cumbria. The processes, products and transport of slate are all explored covered, as is the life and communities of the quarrymen. Finally, the book looks at the enormous physical remains of the quarries themselves, sometimes developed as tourist attractions and at other times left as landscape features ripe for exploration and discovery.
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  • Wallsend at Work

    Ken Hutchinson

    Product Code: BYJJX
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    The Tyneside town of Wallsend has always looked the sea for opportunities. Standing on the banks of the River Tyne, next door to the great city of Newcastle, it first became associated with shipbuilding in 1759 with the establishment of Hurry's Shipbuilders at Howdon and Willington Quay. Ropeworks and sail makers were set up as well and Hurry's whaling ships going to the Greenland Fisheries led to bone cleaning and blubber boiling industries at Howdon. The town's industrial base began to diversify into chemicals from the mid-nineteenth and the coal industry was also a major local employer with the Rising Sun Colliery operating from 1900 till its closure in 1969. Wallsend At Work explores the life of the town and its people, from pre-industrial beginnings through to the present day. In a fascinating series of contemporary photographs and illustrations it takes us through the rise of the shipbuilding industry and the town's proud role as a builder of some of the greatest ships of the early twentieth century, the postwar decline of its main industries and the closure of Swan Hunter shipyard. It also takes us into the twenty-first century as Wallsend reinvents itself as a provider of service industries as well as embracing new 'clean' technologies such as the building of offshore wind turbines.
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  • Doncaster at Work

    Paul Chrystal

    Product Code: BYGWW
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    Doncaster has always benefited from its location. It stands on the Great North Road, superseded by the A1, the primary route for all traffic from London to Edinburgh, and due to its strategic geographical importance it emerged as an industrial centre in the mid-nineteenth century. Beneath the town lies a huge coal seam and it was this that prompted Doncaster's exponential population growth. In the early part of the twentieth century Doncaster became one of the largest coal-mining areas in the country, with the industry becoming one of the most significant local employers. Doncaster At Work explores the life of the town and its people, from pre-industrial beginnings through to the present day. In a fascinating series of contemporary photographs and illustrations it takes us through the rise of the coal industry and the town's role as a major railway engineering centre, the closure of several collieries in the mid-1980s and subsequent loss of many other tertiary industries, and into the 21st century as the town's fortunes have changed with the redevelopment and rejuvenation of its centre.
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  • Underland

    Robert Macfarlane

    Product Code: BXLMJ
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    Landmarks and The Lost Worlds author Robert Macfarlane's Underland takes you on a breathtaking journey into the worlds beneath her feet - from Greenland's glaciers to Bronze Age burial chambers.

    It's a long-term exploration of landscape and the human heart that reveals we can learn so much from what lies beneath...
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  • The Drove Roads of Scotland

    ARB Haldane

    Product Code: BXIWM
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    One of the great classics of Scottish history, The Drove Roads of Scotland interweaves folklore, social comment and economic history in a fascinating account of Scotland's droving trade and the routes by which cattle and sheep were brought from every corner of the land to markets in central Scotland. In pastoral Scotland, the breeding and movement of livestock were fundamental to the lives of the people. The story of the drove roads takes the reader on an engrossing tour of Scottish history, from the lawless cattle driving by reivers in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries to the legitimate movement of stock which developed after the Union of the Crowns, by which time the large-scale movement of stock to established markets had become an important part of Scotland's economy, and a vital aspect of commercial life in the Empire.

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