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What is the story behind the Mallard's speed record? Why did Brunel's atmospheric South Devon Railway fail? Who were the most famous locomotive engineers and designers? How did a locomotive manage to reach the summit of Snowdon Mountain in the 19th century? Travel through the enthralling history of British railways from the glorious age of steam right through to the present railway networks with this collection of fascinating and diverse facts and stories. Discover the world's oldest active steam locomotive before becoming up-to-date with railways in films, such as Harry Potter. In addition to fascinating lists of the longest tunnels, widest bridges and most powerful locomotives, ponder the dismal failure of Brunel's atmospheric railway in South Devon, before reading the rags-to riches tale of Frank Hornby. From the sublime to the ridiculous and the euphoric to the poignant, every railway enthusiast is catered for in Amazing and Extraordinary Railway Facts.
Which novel predicted the disaster a whole 14 years before Titanic's maiden voyage? Who photographed Titanic's nemesis - the iceberg? What were the last words and deeds of Titanic's Captain? How did a bottle of whisky save one of the crew? Find the answers to these and many other intriguing aspects of the doomed ship in this absorbing collection of stories and trivia. Amazing and Extraordinary Facts: Titaniccelebrates the 100th anniversary of the most famous maritime disaster of all time, with a unique collection of facts and stories that will make you think differently about the night to remember. Unusual facts about the iconic ship, her passengers and crew; strange tales of premonitions and jinxes; stirring accounts of heroism and cowardice; spectacular box-office triumphs and flops; the discovery of the wreck and some truly bizarre salvage attempts; all these and more are explored in this alternative guide to the ill-fated "unsinkable" liner.
You will indulge in this fresh and contemporary collection of irresistible cakes to suit every romantic occasion, from traditional wedding cakes to quirky Valentines treats and cupcakes to share with their loved ones. The author does not only show readers how to create beautiful cakes with ease, but also advises on the best way to transport, display and serve. Offering instruction on how to make coordinating favors and gifts, the versatility of each cake will ensure readers will be creating them all year round for all of those special occasions.
Here's how I do it, and why?: this is the premise behind John Howe's very first practical exploration of his artistic inspirations, approaches and techniques. Perfect for practical artists and fans of John Howe's work, this book provides step-by- step demonstrations, sketches and outstanding finished paintings, some of which were designed specifically for this book. The book covers a wide range of subjects essential to any aspiring fantasy artist, including materials and the creative process, as well as drawing and painting humans, beasts, landscapes and architecture. Readers will also find further inspiration and guidance on presenting work in various forms including film work, book covers and advertising.
From bunnies and bears to Russian dolls and robots, discover a unique range of over 20 adorable little knitted characters, each packed with personality and individual charm. The softly colored characters are a joy to knit, and their fun size is perfect for gift giving or as a quirky home accent. The projects combine simple knits with cute fabric appliquT accents to add that extra element not always found in traditional toy knitting titles. Clear instructions, fun narrative text and sweet photography speak to all knitters, regardless of level.
Create over 40 simple yet incredibly stylish cakes for every occasion, from weddings and anniversaries, to birthdays, christenings and Christmas. Discover a variety of irresistible cake designs in all colors, shapes and sizes. Includes a wide selectio
Three sample projects from Make Me I'm Yours . . . Party, including cocktail glass cookies, paper lantern decorations and fun and colourful gift bags. Be inspired with beautiful photography of these quick and simple projects to add some pizazz to your party.
Wise Words and Country Ways is a unique and fascinating storehouse of accumulated wisdom; from health tips and kitchen tricks to gardening know-how and even predicting the weather. Ruth Binney has brought together a fascinating variety of traditional sayings, superstitions and axioms and explains whether, and why, they still work today. So before you dismiss a well-known proverb as an old wives' tale, consult Wise Words and Country Ways and discover that it's never too late to learn from experience. Book jacket.