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A SHORT HISTORY OF HUMANISM By JOHN SEVERS
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This book covers the development of freethought from the very first questioning that human behaviour was controlled by a god or gods. Later came philosophers who took questioning, or outright... More > opposition, to a higher level. This originated in ancient Greece and Rome. Towards the end of a period of domination by the Christian religion, philosophers and/or scientists, in Italy and France, began to express rationalist views. These were later joined by those in the UK.Further developments in more recent times in the UK and USA are covered, with women in the latter making a particularly dynamic contribution to progressive thinking. There is a section on influential books, and the book ends with a review of achievements made in to loosen the ties imposed by state sponsored religions. John Severs MA, BSc is a retired senior lecturer in Higher Education. He is a member of the British Humanist Association and the National Secular Society and has given talks on the History of Humanism and other rationalist topics.< Less
BLOWIN' IN THE WIND By LYNDON WAINWRIGHT
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Blowin’ in the Wind’ is Lyndon’s autobiography. He has had a very varied life and he recounts his experiences first as a school boy in Scarborough, then working at the National... More > Physical Laboratory as a metrologist.This was followed by a complete change in life- styles as an exhibition dancer and dance school owner. This was followed by a move back to metrology and quality control work, first at the National Engineering Laboratory in East Kilbride and then for PIRA, the Research Association for the printing, packaging and paper making industries in Leatherhead. All this was followed by work as Chief Administrator for a major dance teachers’ organisation — the International Dance Teachers’ Association (IDTA. Following retirement from this post at age 65 Lyndon wrote many articles and had seven books published, one of which was translated in five other languages. His experiences in all phases of his life are a fascinating insight into what could be called ‘fringe occupations’ over the last nine decades.< Less
FINE WIFE YOU TURNED OUT TO BE! By John Dickinson
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As Mary, aged 95, plays a game of Scrabble with her son John, reminiscences are triggered of her life, covering almost all of the last century. It includes two wars, and it is a story of true... More > courage, adversity and love, over 100 years of change. A serving girl whose employers ranged from local vicar to royalty; a man from the back streets of Leeds born to a single mother in 1907; a child born out of wedlock in 1930 when condemnation and shame were the normal reactions; and an escaper extraordinaire during five years of captivity in the last war. And a son who didn’t know that Aunt Mary was his real mother until the eve of his wedding, when he married the niece of the French resistance woman who had helped British soldiers in hospital in Cherbourg, en route to the prison camps in Germany. All these elements are there. It is a fine plot for a novel – except that it’s all true!< Less
FINE WIFE YOU TURNED OUT TO BE! By John Dickinson
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As Mary, aged 95, plays a game of Scrabble with her son John, reminiscences are triggered of her life, covering almost all of the last century. It includes two wars, and it is a story of true... More > courage, adversity and love, over 100 years of change. A serving girl whose employers ranged from local vicar to royalty; a man from the back streets of Leeds born to a single mother in 1907; a child born out of wedlock in 1930 when condemnation and shame were the normal reactions; and an escaper extraordinaire during five years of captivity in the last war. And a son who didn’t know that Aunt Mary was his real mother until the eve of his wedding, when he married the niece of the French resistance woman who had helped British soldiers in hospital in Cherbourg, en route to the prison camps in Germany. All these elements are there. It is a fine plot for a novel – except that it’s all true!< Less
PENTHOUSE MEMORIES By Graham Armitage
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Graham Armitage was born in Scarborough, grew up in Scarborough and, as he says, “(Mis)spent my youth and teenage years in the town.” A fair amount of those teenage years were... More > taken up in attending a night club called the Penthouse which graced St Nicholas Street in the centre of the town for around ten years - mainly during the 1970s. For Graham and for many others of that era, the club represented not merely somewhere to go at the weekend, but also an attitude of mind and a way of life . This, as well as enabling him and many others to attend an excellent club which punched well above its weight by regularly putting on some of the best rock and folk music to be found anywhere in the country at that time. In fact, many bands of those days were spotted elsewhere and were asked to play at the Penthouse when they were growing and many then went on to much greater fame, country, and in some cases, world-wide.< Less
SCARBOROUGH SNIPPETS By David Fowler
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‘Living in the past. It’s always said pejoratively, as if the past is necessarily inferior to the future, or at any rate less important; nobody’s ever condemned for looking... More > forward, only back. But the truth is that we live in the past, whether we like it or not. That’s where our life takes shape. Somewhere ahead, however near or far, is the end. But behind, shrouded in clouds of forgetting, lies the beginning’. This book about Scarborough IS unashamedly about looking back from the first mention of Scarborough in 8000 BC to the present day. It is not a formal history; rather a miscellany of interesting facts culled from many sources stretching back over the years.< Less
Waiting for Penelope By Johnny D. Mills
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Waiting for Penelope’ comprises an anthology of writings by Johnny D. Mills. A graduate in Theology and Religious Studies, Mills’ interest in religion and philosophy extends through... More > both his professional and personal life. Born in Yorkshire and raised in the rural coastal village of Robin Hood’s Bay, Mills’ keen interest in Buddhism, Hinduism, Christianity, Gnosticism and Taoism led him to explore his spirituality. Later, following in the work of Joseph Campbell, Mills became engrossed in the realms of mythology, an interest that ultimately led him to pursue his interest in poetry. Drawing on a range of different ideas and themes, Johnny D. Mills has created in his anthology a fascinating example of creative writing for the modern day, exploring many of life’s big questions and exploring themes such as life, death, salvation, love, and the natural world.< Less
Catholicism Retrieved By Michael M. Winter
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The originality of this book lies in its identifying the main cause for the loss of faith by the children of convinced Christian parents. It is the absence of any specific structured... More > invitation to belief, in the ordinary programme of the mainstream Churches. Children in Christian families do not acquire faith like their parents’ nationality. Yet most Churches act as if it comes that way. Outsiders too are presented with no straightforward point of entry into those communities. This book traces the origin of that debilitating situation, and offers a remedy which is nothing less than the radical re-structuring of the Churches’ institutions. In this context the ideological content of Christianity is explained covering every aspect, such as the inspiration of the bible, the sacramental system, Christian morality and personal immortality.< Less
THE ALPHA AND THE OMEGA (The beginning and the end) By Alex Cardwell
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“When the ocean takes control there is absolutely nothing we can do.” These are the words of a concerned geologist. A major catastrophe is about to happen. Only a handful of scientists... More > are aware of it. A small volcanic island off the coast of Africa is highly unstable. However, this eruption will be like no other known to mankind. This will blow the island apart, causing a mega-tsunami wave 500 metres high, which will race across the Atlantic Ocean towards the east-coast of America. Blissfully unaware of their fate, Richard and Nola prepare to move to New York. Kenny, a lonely adolescent who dreams only of living in Disney Land, Florida, and Kara Samuels, a young English rock star, about to make her first ever tour of the US, are all caught up in the events which are about to unfold. So too is 10 year old Mario, who lives on the island and is the first to see the recent devastation caused by the restless, destructive forces about to be unleashed.< Less
MY WAR ON WHEELS By JOHN ALLAN HOLDSWORTH
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A few years before my father passed away he gave me a large brown envelope. On opening this I found it contained three items; the original package containing his war medals; and two exercise books -... More > one small and one large. The large one contained his wartime diary and notes and you are now holding those contents in the form of this book. My wife Shirley and I have turned his manuscript into this book. The contents are as written by my father, and we have not adapted, added or removed any single item. My father was a milkman most of his life, a quiet and happy family man and I did not know much about the 5 years service he gave to his country during the second World War. He just did not talk about it. His diary and notes, ‘My War on Wheels’ certainly opened my eyes to all the extreme conditions that he (and many others like him) endured during this conflict and I am delighted that we have now got his work into proper book form. I take my hat off to him. His very proud son, Mike Holdsworth< Less