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            The Last Lighthouse Keeper: A Memoir

            The Last Lighthouse Keeper: A Memoir (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Cook, John; Bauer, Jon

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            In Tasmania, John Cook is known as: 'The Keeper of the Flame'. John's renowned as one of the last of the kerosene keepers : he spent a good part of his 26-year career in Tasmanian lighthouses tending kerosene, not electrical, lamps. He joined the lighthouse service in 1969, after... a spell in the merchant marine. Far from reviling work on isolated islands such as Tasman and Maatsuyker, Australia's southernmost lighthouse, he discovered that he loved the solitude and delighted in the sense of purpose that light keeping gave him. He did two stints on Tasman, in 1969-71 and 1977, and was the head keeper on Maatsuyker for eight years. Tasman's kerosene light was a pressure lamp fuelled by two big bottles that had to be pumped up to 75 pounds per square inch (about 516 kilopascals): It was the equivalent of pumping up a tyre every 20 minutes, John says. Then you had to wind up the weights - they went down the tower and turned the prism around like a big clockwork. If the weights went all the way to the bottom, the light would stop. The main thing was that 365 nights of the year you sat in that tower, 100 feet up, and you had to stay awake, John says of Tasman. If you fell asleep the light would stop and then you were in trouble. Keepers took watches around the clock, in a system similar to that on a ship. Day watches weren't a chance to slack off: standing orders required the watchkeeper to look seawards at least every half-hour and to log sightings of any vessels, and their course, in the area. But the main thing was there was always maintenance to do, John says. Because Mother Nature was your boss. She'd blow gutters off, that sort of thing - she was always stickin' her bib in, and you were repairin' it. Tasman keepers also ran a herd of up to 500 sheep. They didn't have a freezer, so they'd kill and dress a sheep every fortnight. John supplemented his bulk stores, delivered every three months by the lighthouse supply vessel, with extras brought on the bi-monthly mail bo
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            ISBN 9781760875381
            Published AU 2 Jul 2020
            Publisher Allen & Unwin
            Interest Age General Audience
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            The Disappearing Act
             

            The Disappearing Act (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By de Changy, Florence

            • RRP: $34.99
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            • Pub Date
              3 Feb 21

            The affair was weird when seen from afar, but seen in close-up, it was Kafkaesque: it was not possible in 2014 for a Boeing 777 to have simply disappeared...

            ISBN 9780008381547
            Released AU 3 Feb 2021
            Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
            Interest Age General Audience
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            Topgun
             

            Topgun (Paperback)

            By Pedersen, Dan

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            Top Gun became a household name with the worldwide success of the film of the same title. The 1986 blockbuster starring Tom Cruise as a hotshot U.S. Navy fighter pilot was so popular (drawing $356 million worldwide) that recruiters set up desks in theaters that were showing it, l...ooking to attract the next generation of combat aviators. The movie did for Navy pilots what The Right Stuff did for astronauts. With the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the real TOPGUN-as the U.S. Navy Fighter Weapons program was known-approaching in 2019, and with Jerry Bruckheimer's sequel, Top Gun: Maverick, set to shoot next year, this is the time to publish the real story of the actual risk takers, disruptors, and innovators who revolutionized the art of aerial combat and created the center for excellence and incubator of leadership that thrives to this day. Here is the inside story of TOPGUN, told by the man who was picked to lead it at the start, from war to peace and back to war again, on and off the flight line, and through all six of our decades. Though Pedersen was a part of it at the beginning, some other great pilots carried on our work and he is eager to pay them tribute and make the book a celebration of our whole community. It's a great story, full of interesting characters and exciting history that American should know.
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            ISBN 9781405943826
            Released AU 2 Jun 2020
            Publisher Penguin
            Interest Age 16+ years
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            Skipper Tips for Every Day: 365 ways to get the most from your sailing
             

            Skipper Tips for Every Day: 365 ways to get the most from your sailing (Paperback)

            By Gunkel, Fridtjof

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            • Pub Date
              1 Dec 20

            365 tips, tricks, hints and cheats relating to all areas of practical seamanship--a daily ready-reckoner to improve skills in boat handling, navigation, living aboard and repairs.

            ISBN 9781472980564
            Released AU 1 Dec 2020
            Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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            GPS for Mariners
             

            GPS for Mariners (Paperback, 2nd edition)

            By Sweet, Robert

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            The operator's manual that should come with every boater's GPS receiver or chart plotter.

            ISBN 9780071713993
            Released AU 17 Jun 2011
            Publisher International Marine Publishin
            Interest Age 14+ years
            Series International Marine-RMP
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            Wings Over Water: The Story of the World's Greatest Air Race and the Birth of the Spitfire
             

            Wings Over Water: The Story of the World's Greatest Air Race and the Birth of the Spitfire (Hardback, Main)

            By Glancey, Jonathan

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            • Pub Date
              3 Nov 20

            The thrilling story of the Schneider Trophy, a series of glamorous air races that captivated both sides of the Atlantic and became a driver and celebration of speed and engineering prowess.

            ISBN 9781786494191
            Released AU 3 Nov 2020
            Publisher Atlantic Books
            Interest Age 16+ years
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            Speedbird: The Complete History of BOAC
             

            Speedbird: The Complete History of BOAC (Paperback)

            By Higham, Robin

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            Between 1939 and 1946 BOAC (the British Overseas Airways Corporation) was the nationalised airline of Great Britain - and between 1946 and 1974 as such it exclusively operated all long-haul British flights. With its iconic 'Speedbird' logo and its central role in the glamorous 'j...et age' of the 1950s and 1960s, BOAC achieved a near cult-status with admirers around the globe. Yet, to date there has been no comprehensive history of the organisation, covering its structure, fleet and the role it played in the critical events of the age - from World War II to the end of empire, a period when BOAC played a pivotal part in projecting British political power, even as that power was waning. During World War II, BOAC operated a limited wartime service and prepared for the return of commercial flight in the postwar era. But it was in the service of Britain's colonies - and latterly the process of decolonisation - that BOAC achieved its most pivotal role. The development of flight technology enabled much faster connections between Britain and her imperial possessions - as the colonies prepared for independence BOAC ferried diplomats, politicians and colonial administrators between London and the far-flung corners of Africa and Asia in much faster times than had previously been possible. In this book, acclaimed historian Robin Higham presents a unique comprehensive study of BOAC from the early jet travel of the de Havilland Comet and the Vickers VC10 to the dawn of supersonic passenger aviation. Highly illustrated and meticulously researched using previously unseen sources, this book will be essential reading for all aviation enthusiasts and anyone interested in the history of modern Britain.
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            ISBN 9781350160224
            Released AU 30 Apr 2020
            Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
            Interest Age 19+ years
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            Sterling Biographies (R): Amelia Earhart: A Life in Flight
             

            Sterling Biographies (R): Amelia Earhart: A Life in Flight (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Jones, Victoria Garrett

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            Knowing the risks, but taking the chance anyway - that was the internal compass that guided Amelia Earhart. This biography captures: Amelia's impressive sense of daring, evident from a very young age; her eagerness to promote women's abilities and desire to contribute to the worl...d around her.
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            ISBN 9781402751578
            Released AU 3 Feb 2009
            Publisher Sterling Juvenile
            Interest Age Children / Young Adults
            Series Sterling Biographies
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            Winkle: The Extraordinary Life of Britain's Greatest Pilot
              

            Winkle: The Extraordinary Life of Britain's Greatest Pilot (Hardback)

            By Beaver, Paul

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            • Pub Date
              18 May 21

            The extraordinary life of Captain Eric 'Winkle' Brown - aviator, record-breaker, and Britain's greatest pilot

            ISBN 9780718186708
            Released AU 18 May 2021
            Publisher Penguin
            Interest Age 16+ years
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            How To Be An F1 Driver: My Guide To Life In The Fast Lane
             

            How To Be An F1 Driver: My Guide To Life In The Fast Lane (Paperback)

            By Button, Jenson

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            AUTHOR OF SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER, LIFE TO THE LIMIT In his 17 years as a Formula 1 driver, Jenson Button has picked up a thing or two about how to do the job properly. Sure, you need to be able to drive a car fast - and Jenson is on hand to pass on a few tricks of the trade here... - but you also need to know the real rules for making it to the top. Like, how to tell a multiple F1 champion they need to check their blind-spot. What the difference is between a helmet and a hat, and indeed a 'helmet-hat'. How to practise your champagne spray ahead of the big day. Why it is never, ever, under any circumstances a good idea to buy a yacht. And how to face down your team when you've just stacked their multi-million-pound car into a wall during practice. But 'JB' (nicknames in F1 run the full range from initials to, well, just using first names) doesn't stop there. HTBAF1D (catchy) lifts the lid on the people, the places, the weird rituals, the motorhomes, the media, the cars, the perks and the disasters. Join Jenson as he reveals how not to race a stupid big truck, why driving Le Mans is like having five shots of tequila before lunch, and what to do when you finally hang up your helmet-hat.
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            ISBN 9781788702652
            Released AU 4 Aug 2020
            Publisher Misc - United Book Distributor
            Interest Age General Audience
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