The West Country Cruising Companion, 7th Edition

WileyWestCountry

The West Country Cruising Companion, 7th Edition, By Mark Fishwick

Local Knowledge, ashore and afloat

First published in 1988, this eagerly anticipated new edition of The West Country Cruising Companion is the definitive sailing guide to Dorset, Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

The reader will find this book a useful companion and guide allowing them to make the most of their cruising experience. This book is enhanced by spectacular aerial shots of every port, harbour, marina and anchorage.

· Hardback with full colour photography and charts

· Port guides including information on berthing facilities

· Comprehensive pilotage and nautical information

· Helpful guides on places to eat, shops and local attractions

· Local History guide

· Sources for detailed local weather forecasts

Available to buy April 2008, £24.99, ISBN: 9780470985694, Hardback

bb.firetrench.com

ftnews.firetrench.com

reviews.firetrench.com

ftd.firetrench.com

An Appeal To Reason, A Cool Look At Global Warming

B1496

This is an important book, not least because it presents a view for reason which has been censored in many countries. The author begins by saying that his three previous books, in different genre, were published eagerly by British publishers, but that this latest book was flatly rejected by every British publisher even with the promotion of an outstanding literary agent. His experience has been shared by others who have found difficulty in being published on political and economic subjects in Britain, where their unfashionable views and conclusions have later proved to be well-founded. It is therefore fortunate that the author continued his search for a publisher with determination. Peter Mayer, the proprietor of The Overlook Press in New York, is to be thanked for having the courage to stand against a new and intolerant fundamentalist faith by publishing “An Appeal To Reason” through the old-established London publishing house, which he also owns. The Church of Global Warming will undoubtedly rage against a very well-reasoned book and may claim that the father of a television cook is hardly qualified to write on the subject, and that his heretical views should be ignored by all sane people. Of course the author is very well qualified to write on the subject and to hold a view. As an intelligent human he is able to read work from others on the subject, conduct his own research and to form an opinion. He is entitled to ask questions when the Church of Global Warming makes generalized and unsubstantiated claims in the hope that no one will notice their inaccuracies. Nigel Lawson also has other qualifications. He was a journalist before he entered Parliament as a British MP in 1974, and he served with distinction in the Thatcher Government that did so much to turn around a moribund British economy and fight off the forces of intolerant national socialism at home and abroad. That service included a period from 1983 as Chancellor of the Exchequer, turning the British economy from a sad basket case into an expanding and well-structured financial force on the world stage, a skill set sorely lacking in the present Government under “Bottler” Brown. Nigel Lawson was created a Lord in 1992 and has served in the House of Lords with distinction as a member of the Lord’s Select Committee on Economic Affairs, which in 2005 produced a significant report on “The Economics of Climate Change”. All of that experience stands behind his latest book. He has employed journalistic skill to produce a hard-hitting response to the new faith of Global warming with its propaganda and scare-mongering. To achieve this, he has carefully and succinctly examined all aspects of the global warming issue. He has assembled facts and provided an extensive set of notes and bibliography, hiding nothing. The reader is therefore able to read this factual and reasoned review, look carefully at the notes and refer to titles from the bibliography, deciding for him or herself whether to agree fully or in part with the conclusions reached by the author.

tinyurl.com/6sb3b5

bsd.firetrench.com

bb.firetrench.com

broadlyrisks.firetrench.com

agx.firetrench.com

craigspeller.firetrench.com

ftnews.firetrench.com

aerospace.firetrench.com

sar.firetrench.com

nighthawk.firetrench.com

broadlyguns.firetrench.com

bg.firetrench.com

ftd.firetrench.com

Securing The Oceans

B1493

Occasionally, a very important book is published. This is such a book. Sometimes a truly important book is not widely recognized as being of great significance, which, hopefully, will not be the fate of this excellent work. It is a hard volume to review because it is a compendium of essays written by 25 authors, each of whom can claim to be a leading specialist in his or her field, collectively providing a comprehensive perspective of a vital subject that impacts on the lives of every person in the world. Any compendium relies heavily for its success on the editor and this book has a team of three editors. The book was made possible by a grant from the Nippon Foundation, making it an affordable work, even for individuals who are not professionals working in the fields covered. The collective subject is ocean governance, extending to inland waterways, such as the Great Lakes of North America, and the Seas of the Baltic and the Mediterranean. As most of the Earth surface is covered by water, it is difficult to think of a more important subject to humanity. Now that man has travelled to all of the land areas, colonized virtually all of them and widely exploited the land, attention is increasingly directed to the oceans as a source of food and other resources, where once the oceans provided only fishing and transportation routes. One has only to look to the territorial ambitions of some countries in the Arctic and the Antarctic, which are still largely unspoilt wildernesses. We are not greatly aided by the growing cult of Global Warming, which has sought to depict important subjects by increasingly crude and blatant propaganda that will only serve to create an equally negative backlash. In this book an international group of specialists sets out their individual perspectives on their own areas of specialization. It is refreshing to read 25 chapters of authoritative material that is not impenetrable text from academics writing for academics. The work is difficult to review because no reviewer will have the breadth of knowledge to comment on all of the perspectives with equal authority. Each chapter stands on its own and includes a list of references, but it also stands with its fellows as a composite work.

tinyurl.com/4uryw2

bb.firetrench.com

broadlyrisks.firetrench.com

broadlyguns.firetrench.com

bsd.firetrench.com

ftnews.firetrench.com

sar.firetrench.com

aerospace.firetrench.com

nighthawk.firetrench.com

ftd.firetrench.com

Be Your own Sailing Coach

B1494

Published by Wiley Nautical and written by a successful Laser Radial sailor, this book starts off with a good pedigree. As should be expected from a Wiley Nautical practical guide and manual, this is a lavishly illustrated book, making use of full colour through the body of the book. The author has written in an easy style that demonstrates a firm understanding of his subject. There are a great many books that aim to teach sailing skills and competition skills. Of these books, most are written by authors who have a direct practical experience, either of sailing, or of boat design and construction. The result is that they frequently concentrate on one aspect of the skills required and then provide less convincing information on the remaining and equally important areas. In this book, the author has taken a simple and effective approach by providing a goal-based instruction. This means that the basics of boat handling and preparation combine with tactics and strategy for competition, but also address weather and wind forecasting, mental attitude, fitness and diet, all in equal measure.

tinyurl.com/596ghb

bb.firetrench.com

nighthawk.firetrench.com

ftnews.firetrench.com

ftd.firetrench.com

Pirates, A History

B1495

The author traces the story from Ancient History to the present day. Inevitably pride of place goes to the pirates of the Caribbean during the late 17th and early 18th Centuries, the romantic or golden age of piracy. Just why the Caribbean Pirates achieved fame is difficult to identify. In common with all pirates down the ages, theirs was a brutal trade and a hard short life for many. A difficulty exists in deciding who is a pirate and who is not. Before the Royal Navy established itself as the supreme global naval power during the Seven Years War with France, standing navies organized on strict discipline by a State were rare. Even these navies relied heavily on auxiliary warships because no nation could afford to maintain a large naval force during peacetime, but needed to expand rapidly in time of war. The auxiliary warships that supported expansion as additional naval vessels in time of war were not idle in peacetime.

tinyurl.com/6e8whj

bb.firetrench.com

broadlyrisks.firetrench.com

ftd.firetrench.com

Securing The Oceans

B1493

Occasionally, a very important book is published. This is such a book. Sometimes a truly important book is not widely recognized as being of great significance, which, hopefully, will not be the fate of this excellent work. It is a hard volume to review because it is a compendium of essays written by 25 authors, each of whom can claim to be a leading specialist in his or her field, collectively providing a comprehensive perspective of a vital subject that impacts on the lives of every person in the world. Any compendium relies heavily for its success on the editor and this book has a team of three editors. The book was made possible by a grant from the Nippon Foundation, making it an affordable work, even for individuals who are not professionals working in the fields covered. The collective subject is ocean governance, extending to inland waterways, such as the Great Lakes of North America, and the Seas of the Baltic and the Mediterranean. As most of the Earth surface is covered by water, it is difficult to think of a more important subject to humanity. Now that man has travelled to all of the land areas, colonized virtually all of them and widely exploited the land, attention is increasingly directed to the oceans as a source of food and other resources, where once the oceans provided only fishing and transportation routes. One has only to look to the territorial ambitions of some countries in the Arctic and the Antarctic, which are still largely unspoilt wildernesses. We are not greatly aided by the growing cult of Global Warming, which has sought to depict important subjects by increasingly crude and blatant propaganda that will only serve to create an equally negative backlash. In this book an international group of specialists sets out their individual perspectives on their own areas of specialization. It is refreshing to read 25 chapters of authoritative material that is not impenetrable text from academics writing for academics. The work is difficult to review because no reviewer will have the breadth of knowledge to comment on all of the perspectives with equal authority. Each chapter stands on its own and includes a list of references, but it also stands with its fellows as a composite work. This reviewer finds perspectives that he agrees with and others that he is less comfortable with. Having spent a great deal of time during 2007 studying daily radar scans of ice along the Russian Northern Sea Route, some of the predictive comment for future ice mapping does not sit well with the pattern of the last five years to 2007, although it does match more closely with ice along the US/Canadian North West Passage. However, this is inevitable when computer predictions can appear wrong, viewed in a very short term, but prove more accurate over a longer period. Equally, a computer model can produce wildly inaccurate information because some of the very long-term climate cycles have not been correctly included. One of the lessons of science in any field is that conclusions, reached on information available today, can look bizarre, when viewed at a future date against new information, the irony being that the later view probably would never have been possible without the earlier work. It is only by setting down together, as this book has done, a cross section of perspectives, across a complementary range of experience and disciplines, that we can ever hope to move forward.

 

tinyurl.com/4uryw2

bb.firetrench.com

broadlyrisks.firetrench.com

bg.firetrench.com

aerospace.firetrench.com

ftnews.firetrench.com

bsd.firetrench.com

sar.firetrench.com

nighthawk.firetrench.com

ftd.firetrench.com