South Africa ratifies treaty covering fishing vessel safety


Efforts to increase global fishing vessel safety have received a boost with South Africa becoming the seventh State to ratify the 2012 Cape Town Agreement. The treaty, which implements the Torremolinos Protocol, covers various important safety requirements including radiocommunications, life-saving appliances and arrangements, and emergency procedures, musters and drills. The Agreement will enter into force 12 months after it has been ratified by 22 States which, collectively, have 3600 or more fishing vessels of at least 24 metres in length operating on the high seas.

Mr. Peace Kennedy, Counsellor at the South African High Commission in London, presented the instrument of ratification to IMO Senior Legal Officer Jan De Boer at IMO Headquarters, London (19 August).

It’s Not Over Until Brexit’s Delivered


Since the momentous Brexit vote on June 23rd, British politics has been in a state of flux. Theresa May, our new Prime Minister, has moved into No 10 Downing Street. Nigel Farage has resigned and UKIP seems to be in disarray, with their leadership battle descending into a farce after the exclusion of the favourite, Steven Woolfe. The Labour Party is also in the middle of a leadership challenge which could be ruinous – with Jeremy Corbyn being castigated more than ever. Corbyn is criticised by the vast majority of his MPs for not supporting the EU enough, despite Labour’s main issue being the way they are completely out of touch with their core voters, especially in the North, where they voted overwhelmingly for Brexit! It is even more important in these difficult times for Get Britain Out to continue our work, to ensure the Government’s feet are held to the fire on the issue of Brexit.

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Seaforth Historic Ships, HMS Cavalier, Destroyer 1944



Great Britain has made a very poor job of preserving its historic warships. This is all the more amazing in view of the immense contribution made by the Royal Navy to the growth of Great Britain and the establishment of the first truly global Empire, linked by the sea routes, protected by RN warships. This delightful book provides a beautifully illustrated review of the only WWII RN destroyer to be preserved for future generations to visit. The work is lavishly illustrated, in full colour, through the body of the book and could be considered a photo essay, although it contains a great deal of information also in text. Affordable and enjoyable, strongly recommended.

The Royal Gunroom at Sandringham



This book was published in 1989, in an apparently short print run. At launch it was a high priced book and is likely to command a currently high price if a copy can be found in a specialist book shop, or at auction. With a foreword by HRH Duke of Edinburgh, very high quality photography and production, it should be highly collectable today.This is the sort of book that every gun enthusiast and royal follower wants to own. Well worth the time of searching specialist book dealers.

That Hamilton Woman, Emma and Nelson



Nelson and Emma Hamilton became a great scandal and, after Nelson’s death in battle, Emma was ostracised by society and died in poverty. There have been many attempts by historians to explain the relationship and to place it in perspective as a part of the life of one of Great Britain’s naval heroes. An interesting and sympathetic account succeeds where others have failed, recommended reading.

A Privileged Journey, from Enthusiast to Professional Railwayman



The author has re-embarked on his privileged journey as a youthful enthusiast into a career in the railways. There is a second volume promised to take the story on from the 1960s to today. Together, the two volumes will make a unique account of railway life and technology. This first volume is a fascinating insight into what is now something of a lost world, but still a world of dreams and love of steam. Strongly recommended.

Take 5 minutes and help us impeach President Obama’s corrupt IRS commissioner!

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A slew of Veterans Affairs inspector-general reports document the continued ineptitude across the department, including wasteful spending to the tune of millions of taxpayer dollars. Meanwhile, we are gearing up to launch a series of calls to action pushing legislation in the House that would expedite the impeachment of President Obama’s corrupt IRS Commissioner John Koskinen AND calls to action stopping another lame-duck session of Congress.

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The Powder of Death MegaContest!


In the run-up to the official launch of The Powder of Death on August 18 we’re running a MegaContest with a fabulous bundle of prizes – a signed hardback of The Powder of Death & a signed paperback of The Silk Tree, cover postcards and an information sheet; an unabridged CD set of the audiobook of The Powder of Death – and a smart Allison & Busby tote!

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To enter, email with the name of the English univerity town associated with Roger Bacon. Please include your full postal address and ‘Bumper Contest’ in the subject line. One winner will be drawn on August 18 and notified by email.

Please include your full postal address and ‘Bumper Contest’ in the subject line. One winner will be drawn on August 18 and notified by email.

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