By Robert Irwin
A different image of the wasteland and the center East, the camel used to be unkindly defined as "half snake, part folding bedstead." yet within the eyes of many the camel is a creature of serious attractiveness. this is often most obvious within the Arab international, the place the camel has performed a imperative function within the historic improvement of Arabic society—where an complex vocabulary and wide literature were dedicated to it.
In Camel, Robert Irwin explores why the camel has interested such a lot of cultures, together with these cultivated in locales the place camels are usually not indigenous. right here, he strains the background of the camel from its origins thousands of years in the past to the current day, discussing such concerns of latest situation because the plight of camel herders in Sudan's war-torn Darfur zone, the alarming bring up within the inhabitants of feral camels in Australia, and the endangered prestige of the wild Bactrian in Mongolia and China. all through historical past, the camel has been liked around the world for its practicality, resilience, and mythical skills of survival. accordingly it's been featured within the works of Leonardo da Vinci, Poussin, Tiepolo, Flaubert, Kipling, and Rose Macaulay, between others. From East to West, Irwin's Camel is the 1st survey of its type to ascertain the animal's function in society and historical past through the world.
not only for camel aficionados, this hugely illustrated publication, containing over a hundred informative and weird photos, is certain to entertain and tell somebody drawn to this interesting and unique animal.
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50 Picking oysters today, from the Pacific oyster beds in the us. Although Pinney restocked his beds with Pacific oysters after the losses of the 1962 winter, he decided to try another experiment in the early 1970s with a new Pacific oyster, the Crassostrea gigas, which had recently arrived from Japan; it grew to adulthood more quickly and showed resistance to cold water. 14 The Japanese oysters flourished in the waters of the creek but, because the oysters wouldn’t spawn in his own cold waters, Pinney had to buy and import new spat every year.
An entry in an encyclopaedia for 1911 reads: ‘Oysters are more valuable than any other single product of the fisheries, and in at least twenty-five countries are an important factor in the food-supply. The approximate value of the world’s oyster crop approaches £4,000,000 annually, representing over 30,000,000 bushels, or nearly 10 billion oysters. Not less than 150,000 persons are engaged in the industry, and the total number dependent thereon is fully half a million. ’ Country United States Canada Great Britain and Ireland France Holland Italy Other European countries Asia, Africa and Oceania Total Bushels 26,853,760 134,140 113,700 3,260,190 100,000 68,750 29,930 275,000 30,835,470 Value £2,533,481 £43,405 £154,722 £716,778 £84,400 £44,000 £40,250 £111,400 £3,728,436 In 1911 the United States was the biggest global producer of oysters, followed by France and then by ‘Asia, Africa and 40 Oceania’.
Rome: only Rome. There is only one civilisation in the world. Bring Britain into it and she will grow and prosper: count for something, be alive. Shut her off into herself, and what is she? An island off the coast of Gaul, celebrated – for its oysters. Lawrence Binyon, Boadicea (1927) strandlopers and shell middens Archaeologists have found shell middens, extraordinary mounds formed by sea shells accumulated over millennia by early human settlers, along Scandinavian shorelines and down the west coast of the Americas from the Bering Strait off Alaska to British Columbia, California, Mexico, Peru and Chile.