Who won in a race between a train and a pigeon? How can you warn bats to leave a railway tunnel? Before the era of the car, which railway company carried the most prisoners? Colin G. Maggs has collected all of these answers – and more! – in Amazing and Curious Railway Tales, a compendium of stories, curiosities and little-known facts about Britain’s railways.
Financial markets meet agriculture. Big-city Chicago meets rural Illinois. Psychological warfare meets punitive action. And through the maze three men attempt to uncover an agri-conspiracy that could threaten the food supply and inflict incalculable damage to the US economy. July Corn wraps it in a two-fisted, street-smart story that takes place in renaissance Chicago. Sal Magglio has watched the city change from “a drafty hustler’s junction” of neighborhoods to the new, soft-shouldered metropolis of gleaming skyscrapers and transplanted residents. His roots make him true to the city he once knew but the influence of the new Chicago leaves him wanting for a better life. Unwittingly Magglio eventually finds himself in the middle of a conspiracy that includes corporate farming, agri-business companies and the futures market that financially support both. He enlists the support of a friend and a foe that turns against the plot to uncover what lies beneath the green fields of grain. July Corn is a cutting edge story for the new millennium.