Download Beastly London: A History of Animals in the City by Hannah Velten PDF

By Hannah Velten

Horse-drawn cabs damn down muddy roads, farm animals herded in the course of the streets to the Smithfield meat marketplace for slaughter, roosters crowing on the holiday of dawn—London used to be packed with a cacophony of animal noises (and smells). yet during the last thirty years, town turns out to have banished animals from its streets. In Beastly London, Hannah Velten makes use of quite a lot of fundamental resources to discover the advanced and altering courting among Londoners of all periods and their animal neighbors.
Velten travels again in historical past to explain a time while Londoners shared their houses with pets and livestock—along with a number of different pests, vermin, and bedbugs; Londoners imported beasts from all corners of the globe for exhibit of their houses, zoos, and parks; and ponies flying in sizzling air balloons and dancing fleas have been thought of leisure. As she exhibits, London reworked from a urban with a usually exploitative courting with animals to the birthplace of animal welfare societies and animal rights’ campaigns. jam-packed with over 100 illustrations, Beastly London is a revealing examine how animals were critical to the city’s good fortune.

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Download The Biology of Hagfishes by Jørgen Mørup Jørgensen, J.P. Lomholt, R.E. Weber, H. Malte PDF

By Jørgen Mørup Jørgensen, J.P. Lomholt, R.E. Weber, H. Malte

The hagfishes include a uniform workforce of a few 60 species inhabiting the cool or deep elements of the oceans of either hemispheres. they're thought of the main primitive representatives of the gang of craniate chordates, which - except the hagfishes that convey no lines of verte­ brae -includes all vertebrate animals. for that reason the hagfishes have performed and nonetheless playa principal position in discussions in regards to the evolution of the vertebrates. even if lots of the concentrate on hagfishes could be the results of their being primitive, it may no longer be forgotten that, even as, they're really good animals with a distinct lifestyle that's fascinating in its personal correct. it really is now greater than 30 years due to the fact a finished treatise on hagfishes used to be released. The Biology of Myxine, edited by way of Alf Brodal and Ragnar Fange (Universitetsforlaget, Oslo, 1963), supplied a wealth of data at the biology of hagfishes, and through the years remained a massive resource of knowledge and thought to scholars of hagfishes.

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Download Invasion Biology and Ecological Theory: Insights from a by Herbert H. T. Prins, Iain J. Gordon PDF

By Herbert H. T. Prins, Iain J. Gordon

Many conservationists argue that invasive species shape probably the most vital threats to ecosystems internationally, usually spreading speedy via their new environments and jeopardising the conservation of local species. As such, it will be significant that trustworthy predictions might be made in regards to the results of latest species on specific habitats. This publication offers a severe appraisal of surroundings thought utilizing case experiences of organic invasions in Australasia. every one bankruptcy is outfitted round a collection of 11 important hypotheses from group ecology, which have been usually built in North American or eu contexts. The authors study the hypotheses within the mild of facts from their specific species, trying out their energy in explaining the good fortune or failure of invasion and accepting or rejecting each one speculation as applicable. The conclusions have far-reaching results for the software of group ecology, suggesting a rejection of its predictive powers and a good reappraisal of ordinary heritage.

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Download The Horse's Tale by Anna Kavan, Karl Theodore Bluth PDF

By Anna Kavan, Karl Theodore Bluth

Super infrequent. The Horse's story has been published just once, so copies are very tricky, if no longer most unlikely by means of now, to discover. i do know of 1 individual except the writer of the EPUB who has learn it, after I despatched him the publication, and he advised me he had by no means heard of somebody who owned the booklet, and questioned, half-jokingly, if it really existed. therefore this can be either the single digital replica of THT to be had on the net, and one of many in simple terms any-copies of THT to be had at the anywhere.

The publication, whose equine hero Kathbar takes his identify from an acronymic amalgam of Kavan and Karl Theodore Bluth, is a hugely own dream allegory. Kathbar is a circus horse and, on the finish of the struggle, all circus horses are to be despatched to the slaughterhouse. despite the fact that, Kathbar, is an outstanding horse who can sing and recite poetry. He runs clear of his proprietor (significantly named Hugh), to develop into a star in an artist's colony by means of founding a college of 'Hoofism'. whilst Kathbar learns that Hoofism is completed, he falls into melancholy. but, melancholy is rarely faraway from the outside of Kathbar's lifestyles. 'Life can't exist with no the pull of annihilation.' He reviews at one aspect. back: 'It's striking how those that refuse to simply accept loss of life existentially are the very ones so much apt to disseminate it in a real means. You open up your fingers to loss of life and create a residing procedure out of the pull of not anything. those others don't create something, they just kill.'

At a celebration held for him Kathbar turns into obstreperous and inebriated, passes out and wakes up in an asylum, doubtful to whether he's a guy or a horse. 'I acquired the effect that it used to be no longer the health facility which latest for the advantage of the sufferers, however the sufferers whose functionality it used to be to supply the employees with an excuse for drawing their salaries. … It used to be a rule of the asylum to accede to each request made by way of an inmate, then easily forget about it.'

A 'Mr. Patronage', a chum from the prior, sends Kathbar to a 'mountain clinic', the place a Dr Hieronymus tells him that his melancholy is because of the constitutional abnormality and that he's 'too talented to guide the lifetime of a horse'. Hieronymus, an alter-ego of Bluth, explains his 'existential psychology', Kathbar recovers his reminiscence and sanity and returns to the circus.

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Download Uncle John's Bathroom Reader Cat Lover's Companion by Bathroom Readers' Institute PDF

By Bathroom Readers' Institute

Warren Eckstein acknowledged, "In the start, God created guy, yet seeing him so feeble, He gave him the cat." the lavatory Readers’ Hysterical Society consents, and indicates it with this ceaselessly diverting tribute to tabby. From recognized cats to the well-known with their cats to cats’ well-known heritage, from cats who wish to paint to cats who trip the area to discover their method domestic, Uncle John’s Hysterical Society scours the globe to discover the winning-est, wackiest, so much wondrous cat stories for this assortment.

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Download Birds in Ireland by Clive Hutchinson PDF

By Clive Hutchinson

Birdwatching has turn into an more and more well known hobby in eire as somewhere else. neither is the entire birdwatching performed by means of the Irish. many pro ornithologists from Britain and Western Europe locate reliable cause to review Ireland's birds, as do the various birdwatching viewers every year. Clive Hutchinson, a number one Irish ornithologist, has compiled this finished evaluation of birds within the Republic and northerly eire to coincide with the twenty first anniversary yr of the Irish Wildbird Conservancy's starting place and he has had the IWC's lively help all through. The ebook is well timed for different purposes, too. wisdom in regards to the prestige and distribution of birds in eire has elevated enormously because the Sixties and this is often mirrored within the unique species debts which shape the most important a part of the publication. elements which resulted in this larger wisdom, fresh adjustments in chicken distribution and standing, and purposes for the absence of a few species are themes mentioned within the book's introductory chapters. different topics coated are Ireland's topography, weather and habitats, a evaluation of ornithology and ornithologists in eire over the past a hundred years, and conservation programmes of more moderen occasions. John Busby's very good illustrations (more than a hundred) are a characteristic of the ebook, supporting to set the Irish scene in addition to its birds. Jacket work by way of John Busby

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Download Travels with Lizbeth: Three Years on the Road and on the by Lars Eighner PDF

By Lars Eighner

Publish 12 months note: First released in 1993

"Lars Eighner is the Thoreau of the Dumpsters. Comparisons to Defoe's Robinson Crusoe and Hamsun's starvation bounce to brain. A vintage of down-and-out literature." — Phillip Lopate

When Travels with Lizbeth used to be first released in 1993, it was once proclaimed an speedy vintage. Lars Eighner's account of his descent into homelessness and his adventures at the streets has moved, charmed, and amused generations of readers. As Lars wrote, "When i started scripting this account i used to be dwelling less than a bath curtain in a stand of bamboo in a public park. i didn't adopt to put in writing approximately homelessness, yet wrote what I knew, as an artist paints a nonetheless lifestyles, no longer simply because he's specifically keen on fruit, yet as the topic is quickly at hand."

Containing the commonly anthologized essay "On Dumpster Diving," Travels with Lizbeth is a fantastically written account of 1 man's event of homelessness, a narrative of actual survival, and the triumph of the inventive spirit within the face of huge adversity. In his distinctive voice—dry, disciplined, poignant, comic—Eighner celebrates the companionship of his puppy, Lizbeth, and recounts their ongoing fight to outlive at the streets of Austin, Texas, and hitchhiking alongside the highways to Southern California and again.

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