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BBC History Classic Stories (5)
BBC History Collectors Edition (4)
BBC Wildlife (2)
BBC World Histories (4)
Bird Watching (3)
Model Rail (12)
Practical Fishkeeping (5)
Practical Photography (5)
Steam Railway (7)
Your Horse (4)
BBC History – Collector’s Edition – The Story of Science & Technology£9.99
This special edition of BBC History Magazine introduces the men and women whose ideas and innovations shape our world today.
Calculus, chemical elements, aeronautical engineering, planetary motion, metallurgy, computing, quarks and bosons – to the layperson, the evolution of such complex concepts and technology can set the head spinning. But it’s not rocket science (except, of course, rocket science). The story of science and technology is, like all history, a narrative dominated by people, not just atoms and equations.
We meet Greek and Roman philosophers, mathematicians and engineers who pioneered geometry, physics and geography – as well as gadgets ranging from automated statues to astronomical computers. And we explore the lives and work of scientists who became household names – Plato and Newton, Galileo and Einstein.
We also celebrate the inventors and developers of technologies that transformed the world, from Gutenberg’s printing press to Stephenson’s steam locomotives, and from Ptolemy’s maps to Ada Lovelace’s insights into computing. And we highlight the crucial contribution of less well-known scientists and researches. Did you know that the discovery of the DNA double-helix hinged on the work of Rosalind Franklin? That of radio and microwaves? Or that Jocelyn Bell discovered pulsars?
The Story of Science and Technology complies and updates articles that have appeared previously in BBC History Magazine, along with several new articles written specially for this edition. I hope you enjoy it.
Steam Railway – Issue 470£4.25
Steam Railway stalwart David Wilcock brings Old Oak Common MPD to life with his stunning recollections of 81A’s twilight years in the late 50s/60s, ahead of the former Great Western Railway shed’s last hurrah on September 2 with a terrific line-up of locomotives.
The Southern Railway’s past was honoured in two very different ways last month. The Mid-Hants Railway’s spectacular ‘Summer Steam Gala’ recalled the glory days of 1967 and the end of Southern steam, and Toby Jennings has been speaking to the people who were there keeping the flames alive for future generations.
Another small part of the Southern Railway’s history was resurrected at Ross-on-Wye with the steaming of the new-build Lynton & Barnstaple Railway Baldwin No. 762 Lyn. Thomas Bright examines how this unique little locomotive will help shape the future of the L&B.
Thomas Bright takes another look at the future, in the shape of the new-build ‘P2’ No. 2007 Prince of Wales – a locomotive that is halfway to completion.
In the present, we celebrate the Foxfield Railway’s 50th anniversary, round-up all ten surviving LMS ‘Jinties’ and conclude our in-depth interview with the National Railway Museum’s Head Curator and Assistant Director Andrew McLean.
As always, Steam Railway brings you the very latest standard gauge, narrow gauge, Irish, main line and industrial steam news from across the UK and around the world.
You can read all this and more in the latest edition of Steam Railway – the world’s biggest selling steam magazine. On sale now!
Bird Watching – September 2017£4.40
Our latest magazine is a bumper 132-page packed issue! Inside, Chris Packham reveals what gave him the birdwatching bug, we reveal the Dipper’s ‘superpowers’ – after all, this is a bird that can ‘fly’ underwater – and Dominic Couzens explains why the Goosander is like no other duck you’ve seen before. Plus, a gallery of brilliant birding images shortlisted for the Bird Photographer of the Year competition.
And FREE inside is your 16-page guide to bird taxonomy – find out which amazing worldwide birds are related to those you often see in your garden! All this and much more, including a comprehensive round-up of birds seen in your area…
Practical Photography September 2017£5.49
The September issue of Practical Photography is on here! Here’s a quick peek at what you can look forward to…
13 free gifts
CyberLink PowerDirector 14 LE software worth £40, 60 minutes of new camera and editing videos, 8 tips cards, 32-page editing magazine, hand-colouring swatches, bokeh effects kit, and updated camera buying guide.
Unleash the power of your flashgun with this 13-page guide to the best settings, setups and techniques. Follow our four creative projects to put your skills to the test.
How to capture natural pet portraits
From the bubbly effervescence of man’s best friend to the regal elegance of horses, we show you how to shoot cute and cuddly photos of your favourite pets.
Create a miniature city with a tilt & shift effect, get a stylish split tone look in Lightroom, colourise old pictures, smooth skin for blemish-free portraits, and much more.
Camera School – Module 5
Learn to work with moving subjects in the penultimate part of our free camera skills course. Find out how to compose, focus and shoot for perfect panning.
Get into gear
In-depth reviews of Canon’s 6D MkII and 200D, Nikon’s D7500, the six best flashguns under £300, and Sigma’s new 100-400mm telephoto zoom lens.
Practical Fishkeeping – Sept 2017£4.50
Live fast, die young – discover the fish you can grow at home, just like buying seeds
The Cleaner Wrasse Debate
From the garden to your aquarium
The next step
PLUS loads more from the Fishkeeping Know-How Section, along with Your Fish & Tanks and News & Reviews
How To Build Your Model Railway – 2017£5.99
Welcome to the fifth in our ‘How to build A Model Railway’ series.
We started it with one aim: to use Model Rail’s information step-by-step style to show you exactly how to build a model railway.
In this edition, we focus on Chris Leigh’s fabulous Cornish branch line ‘Polwyddelan’. It’s not big; it’s an ‘L’ shape that’s 6ft 6in by 4ft, but it feels much bigger, thanks to the sense of depth that Chris has created.
We’ve chosen to focus on a classic branch line that’s crying out to be modelled. But the techniques that our experts describe will transfer to whatever area you fancy modelling, and whatever gauge or scale you work in.
Learning new skills is always useful, but at Model Rail we believe that’s part of the story. It’s also important to know what’s available and how to use it, so throughout this manual you’ll find guides to buying and using various pieces of vital equipment.
Layout building can be a daunting prospect, with the threat of getting it wrong hanging over every turn. But worry no more – this guide should answer all your questions.
Richard Foster – Editor
Your Horse – Sept 2017 – Iss 429£3.99
The Main Contents This Issue…
- Hack your way to better health
- Inside The RDA
- How to become an equestrian writer
- Our horse hero
- News & Views
- Diary dates
- Your say
- Send a selfie
- Horses for sale
- Buying a horse
- First-timer tales
- Cross-Country confidence
- 1 fence, 3 ways
- Sit to his trot
- Conquer contact evasions
- Find it, Fix it
- The 5 things…
ALL THIS PLUS PLENTY MORE…
ASK THE EXPERTS
Do not miss out and get YOUR copy of YOUR horse now!!
BBC World Histories – Issue 5£6.99Our fifth issue of BBC World Histories explores more vital stories, key issues and major players throughout our global pastAs Canada marks its sesquicentennial anniversary, Margaret Conrad explores how the nations’s 150-year history has shaped its modern identityFormer British PoW Leopold Manning gives an eyewitness account of working on the Burma railway, one of the Second World War’s most notorious forced labour projectsPaul Bloomfield takes a historical tour of Sofia, exploring the streets of Bulgaria’s capital through hundreds of yearsJohn Man explores why the idea of the Amazonian woman has proved so enduring throughout historyRichard Overy looks back at the pivotal events of 1958, from Havana to hula-hooping, in picturesPlus, the expulsion of the Moriscos from Spain and the race to ‘find’ Timbuktu
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Steam Railway Issue 469£4.25
The 469 Issue of Steam Railway…
FREE DVD – Find out on page 56 what’s on your free unseen steam DVD
- News: Clan Line on ‘Bournemouth Belle’, Lyn Steams for the first time, Gwili opens Abergwili extension, ‘J21’ to steam in 2020
- New-Build News: ‘Patriot’ chassis ‘complete by October’
- Industrial News
- Narrow Gauge News
- Irish News
- Perennial ‘Pendennis’
- Mid-Hants ‘1967’ Gala – Southern Comfort, 50 years on
- Clun Castle
- A.B. MacLeod
- The Last ‘Wolszt’?
- NRM Interview part 2 – What are the museum’s plans?
- 90 Years of the RHDR
- Gordon Hodgson Part 2
- Volunteering – ‘Gloswarks’
- Subscribe – Get a Vanguard camera bag worth £60
- Down Man – Pairing ‘Number Seven’ and ‘Number Nine’, and the ‘B12’ to Cromer
- Top Link – Southern Region steam’s last hurrah
- Book Reviews
- Return Ticket
- Tail Lamp
- Railways Recruiting
- Fairbourne Railway – How tried and tested marketing techniques, and returning to its roots, saved this beleaguered railway
- Events Diary
- Main Line Diary
Make sure you do not miss out and purchase your issue now!
Bird Watching – August 2017£4.30
In the new issue of Bird Watching magazine, we reveal the secret lives of your garden birds – prepare to be surprised by some of their unusual antics!
Also in this issue, we explain why your annual break need not just be about sun, sea and sand as there are plenty of birds to look out for, whether you holiday in the UK or venture further afield.
We also highlight why the Coot is aptly described as the original Angry Bird, reveal why some of our upland bird species face a ‘catastrophic decline’ in numbers and author Dominic Couzens delves into the strange love life of the Dotterel!
We also head out to some of Northern Ireland’s best wildlife sites as well as highlight a selection of avian treats that can be found on birding trips to either a private island in Georgia, USA, or the Faroe Islands.
Our expert reviewers put the eagerly-awaited Leica Trinovid HDs through their paces – so find out how they fare. We also test your ID skills of early-autumn warblers, how will you get on?
All this and much, much more, including a comprehensive round-up of birds seen in your area during May, in the new issue of Bird Watching.
Practical Photography August 2017£5.49
The August issue of Practical Photography includes 12 free gifts, 80 minutes of new videos, and a 164-page magazine packed with camera and editing advice…
12 free gifts
Get a massive 101 Actions bundle for Photoshop and Elements, 8 tips cards, special feature-length Learn Photography Now show, 32-page image-editing magazine, and updated camera buying guide.
10 best hidden features on your camera
Unlock new genres and techniques with this complete guide to the most useful but underused camera functions. We’ll show you why, how and when to use them.
Uncover the beauty of the human body
From surreal bodyscapes to facial abstracts, we’ve got three creative projects that will help you celebrate the intricacies of the human form. Includes step-by-step setup guides and editing advice.
Add contrast in Lightroom, create a fine art landscape, remove under-eye bags, take and make an epic panoramic, turn day into night, and get the best from your 101 free Actions for Photoshop and Elements.
Camera School – Module 4
Like food? You’ll love the latest instalment of our free camera skills course! This month we look at turning fruit into stylish still life, from choosing the right settings to framing up and focusing.
Get into gear
Take to the skies with our in-depth look at DJI Mavic Pro, go mirrorless with Canon’s M6, find the best wide-aperture prime lens for under £1000, and back-up with five of the best solid state drives.
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