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Launched in an era when speed and grandeur went hand in hand, the RMS Queen Mary is the last survivor of the golden age of ocean liners. From the time of her maiden voyage in 1936, passengers crossed the North Atlantic cocooned in luxury. Movie stars, tycoons, politicians, and royalty shared a ship with everyday people, for whom this was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. During World War II, the Queen Mary ferried countless soldiers safely across the sea and, at war's end, carried their brides and babies home to America. Refurbished and polished to her previous glory, the Queen Mary continued to carry passengers until her final voyage to Long Beach in 1967. The RMS Queen Mary now serves as a floating hotel and tourist attraction, a living testament to her glamorous history, a generous showcase of art, and a magnificent example of a time when oceans could be crossed in both comfort and beauty.
Phantom footsteps pace the stairs at the Myrtles Plantation. A seductive spirit tugs on the sheets at the Copper Queen. Ghost children whisper and giggle at the Kehoe House. Journey into the mysterious world of haunted hotels, where uninvited guests roam the halls, supernatural sounds ring throughout the rooms, and chills run along the spines of those who dare to check in for the night. Join Jamie Davis Whitmer, author of Haunted Asylums, Prisons, and Sanatoriums, as she explores some of the most haunted hotels across the United States. From the Jerome Grand Hotel in Arizona to the Palmer House in Minnesota, each hotel is discussed in great detail, covering everything from the building’s history and legends to first-hand accounts of spooky sounds and smells, ghost sightings, EVP sessions, and more. You’ll also find photos, travel information, and everything else you need to plan your own visit to these iconic hotels.
Learn the stories behind this luxurious—and haunted—ocean liner . . . includes photos! For thirty-one years, the RMS Queen Mary sailed the North Atlantic. It helped defeat Hitler and was the ship of choice for the world’s rich and famous. Now in retirement in the Port of Long Beach, the “Stateliest Ship Afloat” plays host to tourists, travelers—and more than six hundred spirits that roam her halls and passageways. These choice decks remain the floating home of a few regulars, including the oft-glimpsed White Lady, as well as Little Jackie, John Henry and, of course, Grumpy. Join paranormal investigators Brian Clune and Bob Davis as they take you to the hot spots of activity from port to starboard and relate tales from the dockside about the spirits that haunt the grandest liner ever built.
Built as an ocean liner for the rich and famous, this huge ship also transported troops in World War II. These days it serves as a hotel and museum for thousands of guestsÑseveral of whom may never leave. In this mysterious title, find out who still swims in the empty pool, who was killed in the engine room, and who plays with the faucets and lights in the middle of the night.
Between 1870 and 1940, a period of dramatic social, cultural and technological change, millions of British women journeyed abroad on steamships and trains, motivated by economic need, a desire to start a new life, faith, health, love, curiosity or sheer necessity. Women, travel and identity explores their experiences as journey consumers - experiences that have remained largely hidden until now, despite the journey being the most universal female travel experience of the period. Drawing upon diaries and letters, art, advertising, fiction and etiquette guides, it examines the journey's impact upon women's identities and definitions of femininity, modernity, glamour, class, travel, tourism, leisure and sexual opportunity and threat. The book explores women's relationship with train and ship technology, as well as cultural understandings and public expectations of the journey. Robinson-Tomsett also explores how women journeyed in practice, examining their use of journey space, their sociability with both Western and 'Other' non-Western journeyers, and their experience of love, sex and danger during the journey. She highlights the ways in which women fashioned a journeyer identity which fused their existing domestic identities with new identities such as the journey chronicler. It will appeal to academics, postgraduates and undergraduates studying women's and gender history; travel, transport and mobility studies; Victorian, cultural and leisure history; and postcolonial and feminist studies, as well as enthusiasts of what is considered a 'golden age' of travel featuring some of the greatest transport ever built, including the Orient Express and the Titanic.
The Extraordinary Life of an Ordinary Man in Letters to my Grandchildren and Other Friends “Give me the child... and I will give you the man” is the first of five volumes that constitute the autobiography of Keith Norman. Having approached an age when one is naturally drawn to reflection, Keith decided to share his experiences through letters to his grandchildren, offering friendly advice, - not designed to instruct, but rather to protect and illuminate. After the first letters were enthusiastically received, and succumbing to pressure from friends and family, Keith embarked on a task of writing about his life to a wider audience. The first book begins with the question whether our lives are more determined by our childhood experiences and environment or by our DNA. St. Francis Xavier Cabrini seemed to assert that anyone’s potential can be formed in the first 7 years of a child’s life, but is it so? As the details of his life are placed on paper in an orderly fashion, Keith is attempting to discover how and why his life unfolded the way it did: from a young boy who spent his early years as an WW2 evacuee with little direct adult guidance and away from his parents. Only after his release from the Army in 1948 was he reunited with his family, and within a year he had set out a completely independent path of his own. This period would account for his immense sense of independence and self sufficiency. But what made him seek and attain some of the best university degrees the Western World had to offer? And how this mixture of experience and education guided, sometimes mislead him, in his personal and entrepreneurial challenges in life. This first volume presents an entertaining and intelligent self-examination of the formative years of a life that stretches over eight decades, five continents, dozens of cultures and industries with wit, integrity and humility. When you turn the last page of this volume you will see that there is nothing ordinary about Keith Norman, - as he opens the door into his life and invites you on to a journey which cannot fail to move and entertain.”

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