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Boris the Gnome By Bernard O'Connor
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This is one of Bernard's first stories. Written in the early-1970s, it was based on a late-night bed-time story whilst he shared a bed-sit with College friends in Twickenham London. It is ... More > illustrated by nephews and nieces he read it to before they went to bed.< Less
Sabotage in France By Bernard O'Connor
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Between 1940 and 1944 dozens of French men and some women were trained in industrial sabotage at Brickendonbury Manor, near Hertford, UK before being infiltrated into France on top secret missions to... More > destroy transport, industrial and telecommunications targets. They included Raymond Basset, Madeleine Bayard, Georges Bergé, M. Bernard, Raymond Cabard, Francis Cammaerts, Marcel Clech, Elizabeth Devereaux-Rochester, J. Forman, John Farmer, Georges, Albert Guèrisse (Pat O’Leary), André Jarrot, Jules Lesage, J. le Tac, Claude Peri, Petit-Laurent, Jean Pillet, Harry Rée, J. Renault, Charles Rechenmann, Robert Rodriguez, Maurice Southgate, André Varnier, Nancy Wake and Pearl Witherington. Numerous other French men and women took part in sabotage activities and their contribution to the country’s liberation needs to be acknowledged.< Less
The Fossil Diggings on Wicken Fen By Bernard O'Connor
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In the 1840s a bed of 'coprolites', thought by some to be fossilised dinosaur droppings, was discovered in the Cambridgeshire fens. Rich in phosphate it was much in demand by the nation’s... More > manure manufacturers. By the 1860s it was being dug up across much of the county. This book investigates the social, economic and archaeological impact of the fossil diggings on Wicken, a small, rural community north of Cambridge.< Less
Who took the Dinosaur * * * * out of Sandy and Potton? By Bernard O'Connor
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In the early-1860s a new industry started in Potton, that of coprolite mining. Thought by many to be fossilised dinosaur droppings, the deposit was exploited for conversion into superphosphate - the... More > world's first artificial chemical fertiliser. Although many hundreds of local people were employed, the diggings attracted gangs of labourers from elsewhere. Bernard O’Connor’s book investigates the social, economic and archaeological impact of this unusual 19th industry in the Potton and Sandy area.< Less
Sabotage In Belgium During World War Two By Bernard O'Connor
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Between 1940 and 1944 forty Belgians were trained in industrial sabotage at Brickendonbury Manor, near Hertford, UK. This book tells the stories of their successes and failures when they were dropped... More > into Belgium. They include:Emile Tromme, Robert Jourdain, Armand Campion, Octave Fabri, Jean Scohier, Jean Cassart, Henri Verhaeghen, André Wendelen, Achille Hottia, Oscar Catherine, Valère Passelecq, Willy Bernaert, Jean Deflem, Léon Kaanen, ? Piquart, Felicien Moreau, Victor Lemmens, Pierre Osterrieth, Pierre Vliex, Frederic Veldekens, Henri Frenay, Jean Woluwe and Jean van Gyseghem, Jean Schools, Leon Engelen, Adhemar Delplace, Francois Mathot, André Berten, Alphonse Mabille, Theo Andries, André Bayet, Pierre Davreux, Léon Joye, Georges André, Maurice Bertrand, Robert Duby, Zephir Braibant, Leon Servais, Raymonde Thonon and André Guissart.< Less
The Shillington Fossil Diggings By Bernard O'Connor
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In the 1840s a bed of 'coprolites', thought by some to be fossilised dinosaur droppings, was discovered in the Cambridgeshire fens. Rich in phosphate it was much in demand by the nation’s... More > manure manufacturers. By the mid-1860s it was being dug up across much of central Bedfordshire. This book investigates the social, economic and archaeological impact of the fossil diggings in what used to be called Shitlington, now Shillington, a small, rural community northwest of Hitchin.< Less
Elzbieta Zawacka: Polish soldier and courier during World War Two By Bernard O'Connor
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When Germany invaded Poland in 1939, Elzbieta Zawacka joined the Women's Battalion of the Home Army and worked as an instructor and courier, taking money, messages and reports to members of the... More > Polish resistance in Germany, Switzerland, Sweden and Denmark. In November 1942 she was given a mission to take valuable intelligence via France and Spain to Britain. Succeeding in that task, she was parachuted back into Poland to help the resistance for the rest of the war. This book provides a detailed account of her wartime experiences.< Less
The Barton Fossil Diggings By Bernard O'Connor
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In the 1840s a bed of 'coprolites', thought by some to be fossilised dinosaur droppings, was discovered in the Cambridgeshire fens. By the 1860s it was being dug up across much of the county. This... More > book investigates the social, economic and archaeological impact of the fossil diggings in Barton, a small rural village west of Cambridge.< Less
The Cambridge Fossil Diggings By Bernard O'Connor
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An investigation into the social, economic and archaeological impact of the 19th century coprolite industry in Cambridge. The Corn Exchange, old Addenbrookes Hospital, Fulbourn Hospital and many... More > University buildings were paid for from the many thousands of pounds realised by having land dug for what were thought to be fossilised dinosaur droppings.< Less
Mawddach Crescent, Arthog, North Wales By Bernard O'Connor
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Mawddach Crescent is an isolated row of eight three-storey, Victorian houses situated in a secluded cove with glorious views across the Mawddach estuary, North Wales. Very few are aware of its... More > existence. Not on a main road, it is only seen by walkers or cyclists on the Mawddach Trail, those travelling from Dolgellau to Barmouth on the north side of the estuary, or by people using the river. Those who stay or visit this beautiful spot in North Wales will not fail to be surprised. Having visited the Crescent for over twenty years, I have enjoyed researching its history and the lives of some of its former residents.< Less