By David Bedford
John Lennon once stated, “I met Paul, and said, ‘Do you wanna join me band’, and then George joined, and then Ringo joined. We were just a band that made it very, very big, that’s all. We were four guys.”
...or were there only four?
When one considers The Beatles’ early history, there are several names naturally come to mind, like The Quarrymen, Stuart Sutcliffe and Pete Best. However, the story of the evolution of The Beatles from The Quarrymen to The Fab Four is about more than just the musicians in those groups.
Liverpool author David Bedford, who lives near Penny Lane, has uncovered people like George Smith, Joe Ankrah, Red Carter, Zancs Logie, Ian James, Marie Maguire, Colin Manley and Arthur Pendleton who are all important to the Beatles’ story as well.
Featured in The Fab one hundred and Four are:
“A treasure chest of research and a visual delight, this will prove to be a work no Beatles fan should be without.”
– Bill Harry, Founder of Mersey Beat
“Just when you think there can’t possibly be another book worth reading about the Beatles, along comes Another. David Bedford has excelled himself.”
– Rod Davis, The Quarrymen
“David Bedford’s work is more than just the Beatles. It is the vibrating, reverberating story of the grit and determination of the boys and girls from Liddypool and their legacy of greatness.”
– Larry Kane, author of Ticket To Ride, Lennon Revealed, and When They Were Boys
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By Allen Griffin
This is a fictional account of one man's experience during a visit to the Andersonville prison and cemetery. This was America's most infamous civil war prison and the story of one man who lived it.
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The book is "Andersonville Memories; Andersonville Dreams".
I am a writer of short stories and have been a staff writer for IBM, had a weekly column in Newspapers and now write Independent short stories. I am 72 years old and am retired.
By William Ramsey
When Count Dracula decides to retire from fighting monsters in Transylvania, and move his family to the all human town of Pleasantville, he was hoping for some peace and quite.But what he got instead was a town that wasn't as perfect as it seemed, a town that had its own dark secrets,and a town that had its own monsters! Vampire Dad is a must read!
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My name is Murray Eiland Jr. I was born in 1936 and attended UCLA, UC Berkeley and UCSF (MD, 1961). I continue to work for the court as a forensic psychiatrist. I became interested in Oriental rugs (as something of a hobby at first). With my brother - who is still in the business - I opened a rug store. I wrote several books on oriental rugs, most recently with my son, who is an archaeologist. I have always been interested in ancient cultures, and during my travels to collect rugs I visited many areas of great antiquity.
It was this experience which promoted me to write the Orfeo Saga. I explored several themes in this series. First, I wanted write the kind of action and adventure that I liked in the ancient myths and sagas. I did not want to copy the themes covered by Homer. I think it is better to deal with heroes in a more modern way. In my work the main characters are placed in difficult situations that can be solved by cunning rather that outright violence. I really liked the character of Odysseus but I felt that his cunning should have been used for good.
I also wanted to write something that had a distinctive style. I concentrated upon language that I thought sounded harmonious when it was read aloud. I wanted something that expresses how wonderful English can be when read aloud.
Here is an excerpt from Chapter 1 of THE SWORD OF TELEMON:
Faint sounds seemed to mingle with the breeze, as they came first as distant whispers and then in wave-like gusts, now louder or softer, resounding along the valley walls and over the hilltops, carrying both a pleasant reminder of spring-awakened splendor and a sense of unease. Subtly the day’s stillness dissolved into disarray, as the restful rippling of the clear mountain stream now found counterpoint in the echoes of a great bronze bell, erupting in a voice of gentleness and power. A sense of alarm arose, and faint cries of assembly carried from the valley, where men ran to join the commotion around the king’s great tent.
Orfeo had been sitting on a flat rock overlooking the encampment when he recognized that something had gone wrong. Raising himself more in disbelief than concern - as though his repose on the meadow and the bleating of his small goat flock made mockery of the frantic shouts below - he fastened his sandals and bounded from stone to stone toward the path and then raced in long loping strides down the hill. The goats could look after themselves until he found them later. When King Kiros summoned his people neither kinsmen nor retainers delayed, and now the mounting noise from below gave further spur for haste.
As he entered the encampment Orfeo heard first the clatter of swords in preparation for use before isolated words gave him a glimpse of what had happened. “A raid,” he heard repeated. Someone must have seen danger approaching, and the image brought with it a vision of the Hannae from the north, galloping on their small, swift horses, bringing fire and pillage in their wake. Once as a boy Orfeo had cowered in a thicket of juniper as the swordsmen had stood their ground against invaders and had finally driven them off. Now he was ready to stand with the others, still a boy, perhaps, at sixteen summers, but able to wield a sword and hold his place in the line. He ran toward his father’s tent, dodging nimbly among the assembling warriors. The bell now sounded at close quarters and sent a chill of excitement through the crowd. Standing on his platform before the great tent stood the king with raised arms. Three armed men had pushed before him with weary movements, as if they had run a greater distance than the others and had already encountered the enemy.
Orfeo is the younger son of the King of Kiros (a division of the larger Achians who are Greek speakers). He was taken as a hostage by the city of Pylos, and returned home after 8 or 9 years to find that he was not accepted by his tribe (who are less cultured). He is seen as a foreigner. He learned many skills, including reading and writing. He did not learn how to become a warrior, an important consideration for his tribe. When Orfeo's older brother, and heir to the throne is captured in a raid, Orfeo is sent on a mission to bring him back. Not to give too much away, the volcano on Santorini erupts and changes everything, so the date historically is about 1600 BC.
I hope that people like reading the book as I liked writing it.
It is available on Amazon Kindle for $0.99 and is the first in what I hope to be a long series.
Born and raised in West Yorkshire, England, Kitty now lives in Surrey with her partner and son. Her début novel, Mighty Like a Rose, is a tale of love, friendship and solidarity, set against the backdrop of the 1984-85 Miners' Strike. Mighty Like a Rose follows Mary on her journey from neat detached house to the front line of one of the UK's longest-running industrial disputes.
Kitty says, “Stories of strong women; of people standing up for others inspire me. I find a lot of inspiration in places. I’m lucky that in Britain we have such a wide range of places to visit.
“I read a lot of other genres such as sci-fi and what is known as 'literary fiction'. The last book I read was The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton, and I’m currently reading The Bees by Laline Paull. I’m not sure how many romance writers are influenced by George Orwell, but I am. I like the clarity of his writing. I also like the sensuality of D H Lawrence. And I’ve been reading the Bronte sisters since I was very young so they have been a huge influence.
“I'm currently working on an anthology of short stories, which I’m hoping to put out before Christmas. I’m in the planning stages of a sequel to Mighty Like a Rose, and I have two potential mid-length novels plotted out, one set in the 1970s and one contemporary with a supernatural twist (NOT vampires or shapeshifters!)”
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by K. O. Reilly
"Relaxation Therapy Colouring Book" gives you the chance to colour in incredible designs that include animals and mandalas. Colouring is a stree-free and fun activity.
Coloring! It's not just for kids anymore!
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By Joanie Chevalier
After 12-year old Mar’s father unfortunately dies in a car crash during the Christmas holidays, she not only has to recuperate, but also has to live with her mentally ill mother without the calming presence of her beloved dad. Fast forward three years and Mar is now 15-years old. Because Mar had blocked out her dad’s death, she’s never really admitted to herself that he’s gone forever, let alone acknowledged or visited his gravesite. She suddenly decides to take a 14-hour journey on a Greyhound bus to finally visit her dad’s grave and to face the truth: that her dad is really gone. Will Mar finally get the closure she so desperately seeks?
This is a touching short story about grief, loss, acceptance and forgiveness. It’s about the comfort of a gifted Christmas angel. It’s about the miracle of healing and unconditional love.
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By Charles S. Isaacs
Two young lovers find each other just as the Vietnam War, the Antiwar Movement, and the Black Power Movement near their explosive peaks. Excitement, danger and heartache lie ahead.
It’s September 1967. Steve Harris – white, idealistic, naïve -- begins his freshman year. During that year, he will fight to end the war, fall in love, confront painful truths about his family, and be jailed and beaten by police. Through this crucible, he emerges with a transformed consciousness, of the world and of himself.
His awakening begins with a rousing antiwar speech delivered by Emma Gold, a Depression-era radical. When Emma introduces him to young Cat Crawford -- inter-racial, brilliant and exotically beautiful – his bewitching is complete. The two students’ instant friendship blossoms before long into a passionate love affair. Their bond is tested, though, by the mounting demands of the times, and by their own deep-seated psychological issues.
1968 is marked by campus unrest, urban rebellion, assassinations, and political violence that leads the two into clashes with the Chicago Police and the National Guard. The story builds to a heartrending climax during the street battles surrounding the Democratic National Convention.
This is a complex, fast-paced journey on an emotional roller coaster, punctuated by flashes of self-discovery, and bursting with political and sexual passions.
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By Suresh R. Iyengar, PE, PMP, SCPM
This ebook aims to highlight functions of a Program Management Office (pmo) Director. It is a collection of articles. Your path to becoming a Program Management Office (pmo) director starts with understanding the work of a pmo director.
What we do - how we do - as a professional or business leads to our continued success.
Article 1: How The PMO Director Defines And Upholds Standards.
The pmo director needs to define and uphold standards so projects repeat business results; improve margins, revenues and preserve quality.
Article 2: How The Head Of PMO Manages Project Ranking
The pmo director needs to manage the rank of projects for staffing, training, tools and software so teams can meet company objectives
Article 3: How The PMO Director Manages Risk And Increases Value
The pmo director directs investments in tools, methods and recruiting the right staff to reduce risk, improve document history and train project managers.
Article 4: How The PMO Director Manages Disagreements, Increases Value
As senior management, the pmo director needs to assist in resolving issues between Owners, Project Managers and Contractors or Suppliers or Customers. This leads to repeat business.
Article 5: How The PMO Director Reports To Executive Management
The pmo director reports to executive management at regular intervals while giving the right data so they can decide quickly to relieve project strains.
Article 6: How The PMO Director Reports To Customers, Suppliers, Partners
Timely reports align customers, suppliers and partners. The pmo director needs to understand each party’s goals and move forward towards a successful project through accurate reports. With clear report content, projects, programs and portfolios will now align with the overall goals of the business.
Article 7: How The PMO Director Aids Selecting Right Suppliers
The pmo director has direct accountability for the SOW. If the SOW identifies success for the project, then suppliers have a higher chance to match their abilities in delivering accurately for the project. This is one method for the pmo director to assist supplier selection.
Article 8: How The PMO Director Leads
PMO directors need to understand why teaching is so important. Lasting leaders excel as teachers. They lead people to their strengths. If someone is failing, they give him or her a hand. They keep moving the needle on results and their trust in people.
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Trying to eliminate a man from her past, Sunshine travels to a beautiful island with her mother, cousin, and best friends for some fun in the sun. Only to find a pleasant surprise awaiting her. "Her Reality, His Loss" with all it's twists and turns, it's drama and chaos will take you on an adventurous journey. Don't be surprised when you find yourself talking to the characters in this book and realize that you know someone like one of these individuals.
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