Extreme Limits Offroad
A Landrover with attitude - a happy attitude - growing up in his beloved Cornwall. These are children's stories for kids and grown-ups. Stories about a car that is not in fashion. Cecil is a diesel and as such he is slower and noisier than the other petrol cars from the village. He at first saw this as a handicap but as the stories progress he excels with the strengths he learns he already possesses All the stories are mixed with humour and light hearted satire at a culture obsessed with the belief that the 'right' car will endow the owners with the 'right' image He interacts with a diverse and easily recognised character set; Fred the Cockney Ford. Maurice the Mercedes and Brunswig the BMW - the 'posh' cars from the village. Margo, his auntie, who is a Morris 1000 and many more including his old friend, Michael the Milk Float. Cecil joins in the 'Great Race of Penmucky Village' eager and full of fun but knowing that he is, after all, just a diesel and not expected to win when up against the likes of Maurice and Brunswig. Persistence and a belief, a sense of fun and the joy of being a 4x4 diesel. Does he win? Read on. As the stories progress Cecil becomes perceptibly wiser and more confident. He has a 'girlfriend', Valerie the VW. She is very fond of him but also represents the sensible voice of authority chastising him for all his pranks, 'Puddle Squishing' in particular. The friendship is secure and Cecil knows it can be tested. There are six stories in all. From his first outing that ended up in a ditch with Brunswig: The truth about the 'Beast of Bodmin Moor' and Cats, school dinner ladies from outer Space, nagging Christmas trees and much more. Enjoy a fun read....
The Adventures of Ulysses by Charles Lamb - CLASSIC GREEK MYTHOLOGY - This work is designed as a supplement to the Adventures of Telemachus. It treats of the conduct and sufferings of Ulysses, the father of Telemachus. The picture which it exhibits is that of a brave man struggling with adversity; by a wise use of events, and with an inimitable presence of mind under difficulties, forcing out a way for himself through the severest trials to which human life can be exposed; with enemies natural and preternatural surrounding him on all sides. The agents in this tale, besides men and women, are giants, enchanters, sirens: things which denote external force or internal temptations, the twofold danger which a wise fortitude must expect to encounter in its course through this world. The fictions contained in it will be found to comprehend some of the most admired inventions of Grecian mythology. The groundwork of the story is as old as the Odyssey, but the moral and the coloring are comparatively modern. By avoiding the prolixity which marks the speeches and the descriptions in Homer, I have gained a rapidity to the narration which I hope will make it more attractive and give it more the air of a romance to young readers, though I am sensible that by the curtailment I have sacrificed in many places the manners to the passion, the subordinate characteristics to the essential interest of the story. The attempt is not to be considered as seeking a comparison with any of the direct translations of the Odyssey, either in prose or verse, though if I were to state the obligations which I have had to one obsolete version, [Footnote: The translation of Homer by Chapman in the reign of James I.] I should run the hazard of depriving myself of the very slender degree of reputation which I could hope to acquire from a trifle like the present undertaking.
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