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ON YOUR MIND
Sweet Running Machines
Portraying the final result of the
20-year revitalisation of Sheffield, this
documentary discovers the power of people
challenged by an economic downturn.
After making Sheffield a tourist-oriented
Town of Murals, the community has
created a working and exhibiting space
based on the steam railway, SteamFest and
the preservation of the town’s industrial and
agricultural heritage. DVDs are available in
Sheffield and at Cradle Mountain Hotel.
Every year the University of the Third
Age Hobart presents a Summer
Lecture Series that is open to the public.
This year’s varied and stimulating offering
from U3A starts 2016 with an intellectual
buzz. Coordinator Rosey Marwick (above)
says that the 10 lectures to be presented over
five weeks from 19 January to 18 February
feature a first-class line-up of speakers with
an eclectic mix of stimulating subjects,
including ‘If Plants Could Talk ’; The Joys
and Trials of Senior Sex’; and ‘TMAG in the
Digital Age’; to name just a few.
ON THE BOOKSHELF
The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot
Locking my keys in my car has happened enough times that when I
did it the other day, I was both too embarrassed to call the RACT
yet again, and at the same time, strangely calm. If I'd been out of the
city I would have swallowed my pride, but home (and a spare key) was
only half an hour's walk away, and perhaps there was something in the
evening that was spurring me towards taking a walk.
After all, it's difficult to think of anything that I enjoy more than
walking; the same seems to be true for Robert Macfarlane, who has
emerged in recent years as one of England's leading nature writers. In
his wonderful book The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot, it's not difficult to see why.
The best nature writing is a curious combination of highly personal experiences with
the solid facts of history and science. As Macfarlane describes walking ancient routes,
from the bright chalk paths of the Icknield Way to the fraught regions of the West Bank
in Palestine, from the dangerous offshore f lats and quicksand of the Broomway to a
mountainous pilgrimage in Tibet, he is mesmerising in his ability to provide a clear sense
of his immediate surroundings – the brief, f luttering instant of a skylark in f light – before
stepping back and ref lecting on their significance more deeply.
Near the end of the book, looking back on the journeys he has taken and the travellers
he has met, Macfarlane writes that for many people, ‘the mind was a landscape of a kind
and walking a means of crossing it.’ For those who spend their time ambling up hills and
beside rivers, it is not just a question of ticking off the miles; it is an approach to life that
can help shape and understand who we are.
Review: Ben Walter, Fullers Bookshop
In Pioneers’ Footsteps
Graeme R. Davis
The author has a wealth of knowledge about his home town of
Deloraine and has guided history walks there in recent years. This
volume, meticulously researched and richly illustrated with colour and
B&W photographs, covers three walks and two drive tours, as well as
including a variety of other interesting information about the town. A
must-have for a stroll or a drive in and around Deloraine.
Tasmania’s Table 2
Paul County and Nick Osborne, Tas Food Books
The acclaimed first edition of Tasmania’s Table was named at the
Cordon Bleu World Food Media Awards as one of the world ’s top
six food guides. This fully-revised new edition includes more than 100
delicious recipes contributed by 47 Tasmanian chefs; a beer, wine and
cider guide; profiles of Tasmanian produce and producers and over 25
feature stories on the theme of Tasmanian food and wine.
Corruption and Skullduggery
Widely-published historian Alison Alexander tells the rollicking
story of Royal Marines lieutenant and pioneer settler Edward
Lord and his convict wife Maria Risely, set against the tempestuous
beginnings of Hobart. The author traces their progress from an
unromantic first meeting (Edward picked a pregnant Maria from a
line-up at the Parramatta Female Factory), through their marriage,
f lourishing business ventures and eventual position as the wealthiest
and most important citizens of Van Diemen’s Land.
38 Journeys DECEMBER 2015 / JANUARY 2016
IN TASMANIA TODAY
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