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Genre Naval History  

Life in the Merchant Navy in the days before supertankers and mechanisation

by Simon Quail

In August 2019 the world’s largest container ship the MSC Gülsün arrived in Europe from China. At 1,300 feet long, MSC Gülsün is three times the length of my first ship, MV Deido, and carries 26 times more cargo. Built 58 years before, Deido needed a crew of 50 to man her engine room, maintain her twenty two derricks, and keep navigation and cargo watches. MSC Gülsün needs a crew of just 26. It’s a dramatic illustration of the vast changes experienced in the world of marine transport. And of a life gone … 

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Genre Social policy  

It’s time to stop heaping humiliation on the world’s most vulnerable people

by Mary OHara (with audio)


The home I lived in until I was seven was nothing short of a slum. It had just two tiny bedrooms for eight people, and was perpetually damp. Rats were so commonplace they may as well have been members of the family. 

     I knew there were people who were well off or rich. I knew my teachers were better off. I’d just never been anywhere near a wealthier part of town and interacted with people who lived there. So when I began to understand that more financially fortunate people looked down upon or pitied us, the undercurrent of shame stayed with me …

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Book, How ro Walk on Water and Climb Walls, by David L. Hu

Genre Thriller

Arabian Night Patrol

An international adventure set in a Saudi desert oil camp at the start of the First Gulf War
by Ian Thewlis

Nine o’clock and only three more nights before the war starts. Rob Watson urges Cilla, his black Labrador, into the back of the patrol car, settles her on an old yellow carpet, and drives out of Acacia Court for his first night back on patrol. Swinging right past Banyan and Cactus Courts, he turns onto Perimeter Road and cruises beside the high chain-link fence of the airbase, headlights searching for breaks in the wire. Even at this time, the oil camp’s streets and courtyards are deserted, people huddled in their homes waiting for the next news bulletin, the first Scud alerts to start wailing out …

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