cyclogeography journeys of a london bicycle courier

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Cyclogeography Journeys Of A London Bicycle Courier

Author : Jon Day
ISBN : 9781910749302
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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Cyclogeography is about the bicycle in the cultural imagination and also a portrait of London as seen from the saddle. In the great tradition of the psychogeographers, Jon Day attempts to depart from the map and reclaim the streets of the city. Informed by several grinding years spent as a bicycle courier, he lifts the lid on the solitary life of the courier. Traveling the unmapped byways, shortcuts, and urban edgelands, couriers are the declining, invisible workforce of the city. The parcels they deliver keep things running. For those who survive the crushing toughness of the job, the bicycle can become what holds them together.

Cyclogeography

Author : Jon Day
ISBN : 1907903992
Genre : Bicycle messengers
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"An essay about the bicycle in the cultural imagination and a portrait of London written from the saddle. Informed by his years spent as a bicycle courier, Jon Day reflects on the way bicycles connect people with places. Parasitic on the city, couriers have an intimate knowledge of London, and for those that survive the grinding toughness of the job, the bicycle can become the only thing holding them together"--Publisher's description.

What Goes Around

Author : Emily Chappell
ISBN : 9781783350551
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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Emily Chappell was never meant to be a cycle courier. She planned to earn her living using her mind rather than her legs. She thought it'd be a useful stopgap while searching for a 'real' job. Today, six years on, she's still pedalling. 'It's my most enduring love affair; the career that's shaped my life, made me what I am, and entirely derailed any hope of a normal existence.' As she flies through the streets of the capital, dancing with the traffic, Chappell records the pain and pleasure-both mental and physical-of life on wheels: the hurtling, dangerous missions; the ebb and flow of seasonal work; the moments of fear and freedom, anger and exhaustion; the camaraderie of the courier tribe and its idiosyncratic characters; the conflict and harmony between bicycle and road, body and mind. At the same time it is a hymn to London; its changing skyline, its chaos and interconnectedness: 'the unlikeliest street corners will have some tattered threads of memory fluttering from them like a flag...It's almost as if the memories have overflowed from my head and scattered themselves about the city. Some parts of my life I can recall simply by thinking of them; others I think I'd remember better if I went back to a certain part of London and plucked them up from the tree I'd hung them from, or retraced them from the park bench I'd scratched them on, or snatched them up as they blew around in circles in an alleyway like a discarded carrier bag'. This is a book about discovery and belonging, connection and memory, choosing life's uncharted course and the delicious sensation of just riding.

Seiobo There Below

Author : László Krasznahorkai
ISBN : 9780811221191
Genre : Fiction
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From the winner of the 2015 Man Booker International Prize The latest novel from “the contemporary Hungarian master of the apocalypse” (Susan Sontag) Seiobo — a Japanese goddess — has a peach tree in her garden that blossoms once every three thousand years: its fruit brings immortality. In Seiobo There Below, we see her returning again and again to mortal realms, searching for a glimpse of perfection. Beauty, in Krasznahorkai’s new novel, reflects, however fleetingly, the sacred — even if we are mostly unable to bear it. Seiobo shows us an ancient Buddha being restored; Perugino managing his workshop; a Japanese Noh actor rehearsing; a fanatic of Baroque music lecturing a handful of old villagers; tourists intruding into the rituals of Japan’s most sacred shrine; a heron hunting.… Over these scenes and more — structured by the Fibonacci sequence — Seiobo hovers, watching it all.

Messengers

Author : Julian Sayarer
ISBN : 1910050768
Genre : Bicycle messengers
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Messengers sees Julian Sayarer return to work as a London bicycle courier, after six months cycling around the world. From saddle and curbside, his stories of delivering flowers to politicians and administration notices to banks toppled by the financial crisis make for a social history of a less seen city, written from the perspective of someone stuck in one of London's most insecure and poorly paid jobs. Underneath the deliveries, we meet London's bicycle messengers, a family drawn from jaded graduates, jailbirds, and recovering drug addicts. With a bicycle the one constant that seems to make sense of everything else, Messengers is a two-wheeled portrait of everyday life in a modern city at the start of the twenty-first century.

Fixed

Author : Andrew Edwards
ISBN : NWU:35556039555271
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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A fixed-gear bike is a thoroughbred racing machine, the cycle messenger's workhorse and, for many street riders an aesthetic choice. Each bike is a statement of individuality that stands out from the hundreds of grey hybrids lined up at the traffic lights. A global fixed-gear culture has come into being. 'Fixed' joins the dots between the bike's design, its racing heritage and the customization that marks its appearance on our city streets. It meets the track stars, tricksters, messengers, hill bombers and polo players the world over, linking them to the artists, designers and framebuilders whom the bike has inspired. It tells the story of why these bikes are special through interview, image and archive - exploring the form, function, style and culture at the heart of the obsession.

The Team Captain S Leadership Manual

Author : Jeff Janssen
ISBN : PSU:000058836668
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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Designed for both athletes and coaches of all sports, this one of a kind Team Captain's Manual details a proven 10 week leadership development program to build effective team leaders. Create team captains who: set the tone for your team, hold their teammates accountable to a higher standard, constructively confront their less disciplined teammates, know how to refocus their teammates when they are down or distracted, and take care of a lot of team problems so you don't have to.

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