Diplomatic Retirement

Author: Robert G. Morris
Editor: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 1477129464
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Even in retirement former foreign service officer John Pauley is called to consult on South American .nuclear affairs affecting Colonia, his former country of assignment. He is also writing a book on his other specialty, international science cooperation, and has just finished Volume One, covering the years since 1945. He breaks away to take a canoe trip with his two sons and old foreign service friend Henry Nielsen. Despite Henrys awkwardness, the trip is a success. John returns from the North Woods to find his wife Barbara has suffered a mild stroke. A more serious attack follows. Barbara is hospitalized while John seeks a retirement home with hospital and therapeutic services. The least undesirable choice: Grandview, characterized by an imperious director, overworked staff and cowed residents, where the daily enrichment activities include Bingo, crossword puzzles, balloon badminton and old movies. After a time John and his family find the long drive to Grandview wearing, so John decides to take an apartment there where he can live too. With all the talk about health he decides he is not completely well. He finds the atmosphere at Grandview oppressive. Residents main occupations are eating and talking about other residents. Many spend much of the day when not in the dining room seated in the lobby watching intently the comings and goings of the mailman, visitors, repairmen and the occasional departure of a fellow-resident with the 911 squad. John is bewildered by the lack of interest in the world. With Barbara ill, he has no one to talk to. He resumes his correspondence with Henry, who volunteers to help him with Volume Two of his book, on cooperation before 1945, but Johns heart is no longer in the work. Henry promises to visit early in the new year. Life at Grandview looks up for John when resident Septimus Simmons returns from a trip. Septimus has been the spark plug of life at the retirement home, promoting dinner music in the dining room, leading excursions to the nearby Indian casino, jamming worthy issues through the moribund residents council, criticizing the ineffectual administration, arranging excursions to plays and concerts, setting up a residents newsletter and running the residence library. Septimuss field is philosophy and his first love is Lucretius, whose work he introduces to John. He and John spend much time together, finding they share many opinions of Grandview and life in general. John learns Septimus is working on some unknown project. Johns visits to Grandview to see Barbara and Septimus take time from his writing so he decides to move to Grandview, fearful now that he, too, is ill. When her doctor is prepared to release Barbara to go home, John decides to stay on at the residence with his questionable new illness. Septimus disapproves. John doesnt go home even for Christmas. Septimus leads the festivities at Grandview. Johns family surprise him with presents and food on Christmas night. Septimus presents him a copy of Lucretiuss On the Nature of Things, which he discusses with John as it pertains to retirement, the end of life and preparations for death. Septimus considers Johns philosophical thinking fuzzy; John finds Septimuss thoughts too abstract, too ethereal. Septimus completely takes over Henrys visit and arranges an indoor picnic where he prepares the barbecue. John tells Henry he is unable to write Volume Two. Johns family attend. Septimus tells them they must help get John away from Grandview. Henry makes his own contribution to the discussion of retirement and death, quoting a recent speech on the subject. At the end of the picnic Septimus bids John farewell, surprising him and the others. But John says, Im not leaving. Johns Volume One receives a prize and his publisher presses him to finish Volume Two. John shrugs off Sept

Jac Augusti Thuani Historiarum Sui Temporis Tomus Primus Septimus

Author: Jacques Auguste : de Thou
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Septimus Heap 1 Magi

Author: Angie Sage
Editor: B. Wahlströms Bokförlag
ISBN: 9132163746
Size: 10,78 MB
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Silas Heap är på väg hem genom skogen. I snön hittar han ett bylte en liten flicka med violblå ögon. Han tar upp henne och skyndar vidare hemåt till sin familj och nyfödde son. I dörren möter han barnmorskan med ett lindat barn under armen. Pojken är död, säger hon och försvinner snabbt därifrån. Familjen Heap tar hand om den nyfödda flickan och uppfostrar henne som ett av sina egna barn. Hon får namnet Jenna. Men vem är den mystiska flickan egentligen och är verkligen Septimus Heap, den sjunde sonen efter den sjunde sonen, död? Den första delen i denna magiska trilogi tar läsaren med på en fantastisk resa fylld med spännande karaktärsskildringar, humoristiska förtrollningar, skyddsamuletter och en längtan att få lösa mysteriet i denna originella berättelse. MAGI är en originell och humoristisk berättelse om förlorad och återfunnen identitet.

The Countess Londa

Author: Guy Boothby
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The Horse Breeding Industry Of Wisconsin

Author: Alexander Septimus Alexander
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Parliamentary Debates

Author: New South Wales. Parliament
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Fyre Septimus Heap

Author: Angie Sage
Editor: A&C Black
ISBN: 1408806258
Size: 15,80 MB
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In this spellbinding finale to an epic series, Septimus Heap must decide once and for all where his heart lies - with Magyk or with Alchemie and Physik. When, at last, Marcia agrees to allow the recently reinstated Castle Alchemist, Marcellus Pye, to open the Great Chamber of Alchemie and Physik, she fears she is unleashing more than she understands. But Marcia must learn to trust Marcellus, and together they must rid the Castle of the evil Two-Faced Ring. Caught between the two, will Septimus be able to bring both sides together?

Indigenous Intermediaries

Author: Shino Konishi
Editor: ANU Press
ISBN: 1925022773
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This edited collection understands exploration as a collective effort and experience involving a variety of people in diverse kinds of relationships. It engages with the recent resurgence of interest in the history of exploration by focusing on the various indigenous intermediaries – Jacky Jacky, Bungaree, Moowattin, Tupaia, Mai, Cheealthluc and lesser-known individuals – who were the guides, translators, and hosts that assisted and facilitated European travellers in exploring different parts of the world. These intermediaries are rarely the authors of exploration narratives, or the main focus within exploration archives. Nonetheless the archives of exploration contain imprints of their presence, experience and contributions. The chapters present a range of ways of reading archives to bring them to the fore. The contributors ask new questions of existing materials, suggest new interpretive approaches, and present innovative ways to enhance sources so as to generate new stories.

Women And The Machine

Author: Julie Wosk
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The former art historian and public relations person discusses the role of machines in transforming the lives of women, using more than 150 images to highlight the role of the typewriter, spinning wheel, automobiles, and computers in changing women's lives.

Syren

Author: Angie Sage
Editor: A&C Black
ISBN: 1408814897
Size: 16,91 MB
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The Magykal bestselling series relaunched with a fabulous new jacket design across the series. Enter the world of Septimus Heap, Wizard Apprentice. Magyk is his destiny.