Father’s Day Gift Ideas!
Father’s Day Gift Ideas!
Father’s Day is fast approaching, so I have come to the rescue with gift ideas for those hard-to-buy-for men in your life.
Here are five books that are sure to be a hit, because whose dad doesn’t love maps, transportation, lego and food?
The Phantom Atlas is an atlas of the world not as it ever existed, but as it was thought to be. These marvellous and mysterious phantoms – non-existent islands, invented mountain ranges, mythical civilisations and other fictitious geography – were all at various times presented as facts on maps and atlases. This book is a collection of striking antique maps that display the most erroneous cartography, with each illustration accompanied by the story behind it.
Although a basic form of railway, or rutway, did exist in Ancient Greek and Roman times-notably the ship trackway between Diolkos and the Isthmus of Corinth around 600 BC-it would take several thousand years before the first fare-paying passenger service was launched in the early nineteenth century.
Some two hundred years on, it is possible to travel by train to some of the worlds most remote and remarkable destinations, and track the many weird and wonderful legacies of the Earths extensive history-man-made and otherwise. From prehistoric rock formations to skyscraper cities, slow steam engines to high-speed bullet trains, let A History of the World in 500 Railway Journeys be your guide.
What’s the difference between a tile and a plate? Why isn’t it a good idea to stack bricks in columns to make a wall? How do you build a LEGO mosaic or build at different scales? You’ll find the answers to these and other questions in The Unofficial LEGO Builder’s Guide.
From the Wright Brothers’ plane to Concorde, from the Penny Farthing to 21st-Century road bikes, the projects inspire and inform readers of all ages with trivia about transportation innovation. Thanks to its versatility and adaptability, LEGO lends itself to vehicles of all kinds. Brick Wheels selects 40 from around the globe to model in LEGO bricks and there are instructions for the smaller models so that you can replicate these in your own home.
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A little known culinary secret is that the world’s best sandwich isn’t found in Rome, Copenhagen or even New York, but rather, on the streets of Vietnam! The street is where you’ll find the heart of a cuisine and its culture – somewhere among the taco carts and noodle stalls, the scent of wood fires and the hubbub of fellow diners.Bring the world’s greatest street foods to your home with this compendium of classic recipes.
I hope you have found some inspiration here for a slightly unusual book for your dad on Father’s Day!
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