We are excited to announce Ringwood’s next event for 2016. Scottish Football: Fact, Fiction and Faction will be an enjoyable evening of rational discussion and friendly argument, where we’ll sink our collective teeth into all aspects of Scottish football, and its complex relationship with Scottish culture and society. Initial short talks by three Ringwood authors (Alex Gordon, …
Alex Gordon, after almost half-a-century in the Scottish newspaper industry as a Sports Sub-Editor and Editor, spills the beans in a frank and candid manner. Much is revealed within the pages of this book that was previously kept out of the public domain. And you’ll see why!
Jinx Dogs Burns Now Flu is a rollicking, often hilarious, trip through the crazy world of Scottish newspapers. It’s a journey that takes the reader behind the headlines of the biggest, most sensational stories of our national press. It also introduces the fascinating if madcap characters whose job was to bring you your daily news. Prepare to be bewildered by their antics as they chase front and back page exclusives. You’ll be amazed and amused by the tales that did NOT make it into print. Until now, as Jinx Dogs Burns Now Flu brings many sensational stories into print for the first time!
Other stories here throw an entirely new light on what actually happened around many of Scotland’s most famous sports stars; stories that will cause quite a few reputations to be reassessed.
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Title: Jinx Dogs Burns Now Flu
Author: Alex Gordon
When Susan and Colin Campbell settled down to married life without children, they instinctively felt it was the right time for them to adopt a dog.
Ronnie, a big-hearted lurcher-cross, bounced into their lives and transformed them in unimagined ways; healing past wounds, introducing them to new friends, and pointing them in the direction of life changing opportunities.
This book is the candid, funny and moving story of how one stress busting, four-legged intervention, with a VERY waggy tail, changed everything.
‘Ronnie’ tells the heart-warming story about how a dog, the power of positive thought and perseverance can completely change your life for the better. Ronnie, a rescue dog from the Dogs Trust, changes the life of husband and wife Susan and Colin Campbell for ever. Showing that a dog is never simply a pet, Ronnie not only becomes part of the family, he shapes the careers, and future, of Susan and Colin and shows us that even the most daft of dogs have the power to make the most difficult times in life easier to bear.
Susan, a full-time Life Coach, demonstrates in this engaging book how the interconnection between her professional skills and knowledge, and the lessons being learned from caring for Ronnie, combine to produce lessons of wide relevance. Emotional, uplifting and enlightening, ‘Ronnie’ captures the special place that animals have in our lives and shows that it is never too late to change your life for the better.
In the words of one prepublication review
“A joyous must-read for all dog lovers; a moving and inspiring lesson for all those seeking the motivation to change or improve their life.”
Or in the words of Phil Cunningham “If only the whole world had a Ronnie”
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Title: Ronnie (A Dog Owner’s Guide to Fulfilment)
Author: Susan Campbell
Carol Fox is a lawyer, best known in Scotland for successfully fighting mass equal pay cases for low paid women and for playing an active part in the Referendum Campaign.
As a committed feminist, Carol Fox has achieved success for very many women, but her greatest battle was very personal. Following serious fertility problems, Carol made the positive decision to become a single parent by choice, to have a child while she still could. Refused access to fertility treatment in Scotland she had no choice but to move to London.
Through sheer determination and tenacity, Carol obtained treatment in England in the early 1990s and her daughter was born in 1992, following extensive fertility treatment and battles against judgemental attitudes which appear almost vindictive to us 25 years later. Her story has attracted media coverage, sparking debates on motherhood and the right to be a single parent in the UK.
This book is written as a memoir addressed to her only daughter, now nearly 23. The story will be of interest to a wider audience of women, young and old, mothers and non-mothers, as the chapters record the changing social attitudes towards single parents during the past 25 years.
Memoirs of a Feminist Mother can be pre-ordered now for £9.99 +p&p. Be amongst the first to guarantee themselves a signed First Edition copy of what will turn out to be a very important book.
Everyone ordering the book before the official Launch on 5th March 2015, will receive the choice of having a signed copy posted to them in the days before the Launch, or the opportunity to have their signed copy presented in person by Carol Fox at the Launch.
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Title: Memoirs of a Feminist Mother
Author: Carol Fox
The geology of each walk is described at an introductory level with maps and photographs and the book also contains an introduction to geology section.
For those with some geological background there is a section describing Islay’s geological framework in more detail with some key references for further reading.
The walks range from leisurely rambles to more demanding longer excursions – most of which are readily adaptable with shorter easier options.
About the Authors
Dr Roger Anderton has worked extensively on the sedimentology and tectonics of the Dalradian following his Ph.D. on the Dalradian of Islay, Jura and mid-Argyll. He now lives near Lochgilphead following a career at the British Geological Survey, Strathclyde University and in the oil industry.
Dr Alasdair Skelton did his Ph.D. on the metamorphism of the Dalradian basaltic sills and has continued his studies on fluid flow in Islay and Argyll whilst pursuing an academic and teaching career at the University of Stockholm.
David Webster graduated with a geology degree and worked in the oil industry and then in local government in Scotland before retiring and building a house on Islay
A Guide to the Geology of Islay can be ordered now for £14.99 +p&p. Order now using the Paypal facility below.
Title: A Guide to the Geology of Islay
Author: David Webster
“Celtic Submari” will appeal to all those interested in the power of goodness, decency, integrity and friendship to make a positive difference in a complex world through football.
Rivals for 90 minutes, Friends for Always
The book explains how an invasion of Vila-real by 10,000 Celtic supporters in 2004 created a set of circumstances that has led to a lasting friendship between supporters of Villarreal and Celtic. This friendship is unique in world football and offers the wider football world a model of camaraderie and togetherness that shows how football can be a force for good.
Celtic supporters everywhere can take pride in the story of how their example of camaraderie and good behaviour in 2004 inspired the formation of the Villarreal Celtic Submari.
The Submari has proved to be an extraordinary example of the way in which decent people can help others through football and friendship.
The remarkable friendship between Celtic Supporters and Villarreal supporters has continued to grow, and inspire, many years on.
Lessons for Scotland
Celtic Submari also explores why the subsequent visit of Glasgow Rangers to Villarreal did not result in a similar outburst of mutual friendship but saw instead Rangers fined for the poor behaviour of some of their supporters.
This book investigates the cultural differences between Celtic and Rangers supporters which explain their different behaviours abroad.
It offers an enhanced understanding of some of the elements of the sectarian sourness that so scars Scottish football. It puts forward radical solutions drawing on the Villarreal Submari model.
It shows why both Celtic and Rangers supporters need to learn from the model practiced by the Villarreal Submari if Scottish football is to eradicate its sectarian sickness.
Title: Celtic Submari
Price: £6.99 (of which £2 will go to the Celtic Submari Charity Fund)
It is exceptional value, offering Two Stories for the Price of One
Book 1: The Miracle of Villarreal CF
The explanation of how a wee club from a small town of 50,000 inhabitants became a major force not just in Spain but in Europe, including becoming Semi-Finalists in the Champions League, the UEFA Cup and the Europa League, and Runners Up in La Liga. The amazing success of Villarreal offers supporters of clubs both large and small throughout Europe a model of how they too might live the dream, without having to rely on Russian or American billionaires or Arab dynasties.
It is also a story of amazing community involvement in a football club, with the number of season tickets holders representing over 40% of the population, a figure unprecedented in world football. Villarreal have by far the highest percentage of female season ticket holders, some 30%, of any major club. The Villarreal youth section has 7,000 members. In the Villarreal crowds, adult males are a minority.
Story One reveals the component parts of this miracle transformation of a club used to life in the lower leagues. “Yellow Submarine” explores how this on field success and equally remarkable high degree of community involvement has been created, and offers its Ten Secret Ingredients as a model for other clubs throughout Europe, both big and small, to emulate.
Book 2: Inside Account of a three year voyage on the Yellow Submarine as they set sail in search of further European glory in the Champions League, Europa League and La Liga, encountering teams like Manchester United and Arsenal, Celtic, Barcelona and Real Madrid, and Porto on the way.
Story Two follows the Yellow Submarine through three seasons from 2008-2011 as they compete in both the Champions League and the Europa League, while striving to maintain the success in La Liga that will allow the European adventures to continue until the ultimate dream comes true and Villarreal win the Champions League.
It explores how the miracle ingredients identified in Book 1 are applied in practice and examines the Catch 64 question that threatens the continuation of the dream.
Title: Yellow Submarine – The Miracle of Villarreal CF