Thursday, 21 September 2017

The Teacher of the Rombuli by Eddie Gubbins

The Teacher of the Rombuli a fantasy novel by Eddie Gubbins. Book 1 of the fantasy trilogy The Rombuli Saga.
Edward Eastland lives in an obscure country, Rombuli, on the edge of the Parison Empire. He is the son of the most powerful and wealthy man in Alaskar Province of Rombuli, Idris Eastland. For centuries the small nation of Rombulihas been bowed under the yoke of the Imperial Army. The Emperor and the Imperial High Families are maintained in control of the Empire by the mysterious group of magicians called the Covenent.
Soon after Edward has his first encounter with Kitty, the daughter of the Imperial military governor of Rombuli, the Emperor plans a visit to this outlying province of his Empire. In Alaskar town Edward confronts a Covenenterby using his magic but has to back down.
Edward is taken to Nimmar, the capital of Rombuli and is forced to question the dichotomy of his hate for the Empire but his regard for some of the Imperial servants.
Follow Edward on his journey of discovery about the history of Rombuli, attempts to match his magic to that of the Covenent and searches for the ancient Teacher of the Rombuli,the magician Nelvask who has not been seen for over one hundred years.
Book 2 The Return of the Exiles and Book 3 The Prisoner of Parison follow.
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Monday, 11 September 2017

For The Love Of Pauline by Eddie Gubbins

A thriller by Eddie Gubbins " For the Love of Pauline."
It's is six years since Ken Flood helped his brother in Mengambi, ( A Legacy from Mary). After his daughter Pauline was kidnapped and exchanged for Ken, his wife had asked him to leave their home and obtained an injunction banning him from having any contact with his daughters or his wife. Ken is heart broken but lives in hope that Doreen and he will resume their life together.
Doreen phones one day to tell Ken his daughter Pauline is in hospital suffering from a drugs overdose. That night she dies from taking contaminated drugs not an overdose.  The police can do nothing to apprehend thge drug dealers because of the lack of evidence.
Ken sets out too find out who supplied the drugs which killed his daughter. He is soon on the fringes of the unfamiliar world of drug dealers and people traffickers. He ghetto help from his brother Norman but they soon become the target of international criminals. Determined to find out who killed Pauline, Ken and Norman ignore the dangers and try to navigate their way through the underworld.
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Tuesday, 5 September 2017

A Legacy From Mary by Eddie Gubbins

A Legacy From Mary, a thriller from Eddie Gubbins.
Ken flood is an academic and events in ther wider world are only periferal to his life. He watched the news and knew what was reported but in a second hand way. Then his friends Joshua and ~Mary died in suspicious circumstances. In reality the only connection between them was a country called Mengambi. Joshua was a Mengambian studying for his PhD supervised by Ken. Mary published joint research papers with Ken and organised and lectured on short course in Mengambi. Suddenly Ken became caught up in the game of power being played out in Mengambi when he agreed to take Mary's place teaching on the short course in Mengambi. What. He needed to find out was if there was  more to his friends deaths than reported by the police.
The story follows Ken's attempts to survive ther dichotomy of the pressure from his employed in Mengambi, the request from his brother Norman to gather information and his need to find out what really happened to his friends Joshua and Mary.
He had vowed that he would never become involved with his broither's murky world or work for Commander Sturgess again. He recalled the smile on the Commander's lips when he had told him as much. Now he was back in that world but he needed their help.
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Transport objectives

Society especially in this country appears to have lost sight of the fundamental of transport in all the fanfares over big projects.
The function of transport is simple. In the case of passengers its is to enable people to travel from one plaice to another. For goods it is to enabler a person or company to send their goods from one place to another.
The questions on that has to be asked is why do people and goods want to move. People travel to reach a place where they would rather be for reasons of pleasure or business. Goods are transported from one place to another to enable them to be sold for a higher price.
This poses the question of whether people in general enjoy transport. If most people could step into a box in their living room and be instantly transported to their destinations most people would jump at the chance. People use transport to satisfy desires and needs for other things. `This is termed the derived demand for transport. Transp[ort enables people to satisfy desires for other things by taking them or their goods from one place to a place where they would rather be.
What do the consumers of transport services wish to buy? The answer can be defined as a seat, a cabin or freight space. What in reality is the passenger or freight shipper wanting from transport? People use transport because they have little choice.The passenger has to sacrifice both money and time to make a journey. What they want from transport is to arrive sat their destination so that they can satisfy their desire for business, leisure our selling their goods. It is the arrival that the operator is selling. This is not enough. The arrival must be accomplished safely so that passengers arrive uninsured, goods undamaged.
The service mix of speed, reliability, comfort and frequency depends to a large extent on the quality of the service offered for which the consumer is willing to pay. ~The consumers needs become paramount when designing a service.
This is an extract from my book Managing Transport Operations. It is something I think has been lost in all the debate on transport policy over the last decade since I retired.
Edmund J Gubbins. FCILT, retired transport lecturer.

Monday, 28 August 2017

Brotherly Love by Eddie Gubbins

Brotherly Love
A thriller by Eddie Gubbins.
This is the story of family loyalty. Can loyalty to a family member be misplaced or must it always be adhered to? This is a question which is posed in many situations every day to many people. If a family member is going off the rails should he or she be reported to the authorities? Does the thought of the affect this reporting will have on the rest of the family colour the decision?
When his brother Norman out of the blue asked Ken Flood for help, Ken does not question his motives. He is his brother anyway. He does not question the nature of the activity. In many aspects what he is asked to do has all the marks of a criminal act or at least shady pursuit.
Ken has to ask himself if what he is asked to do is outside the law, should he abandon his brother to seek help elsewhere?
When Ken agrees he is forced to flee across the Channel and on to London. He has no idea of what side he is on or who is enemies can be. He feels that everybody is looking for him, that enemies lurk bin all the shadows. Where will it all end? He asks himself.
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Friday, 11 August 2017

Managing Transport Operations by Edmund Gubbins

Managing Transport Operations by Edmund Gubbins one of the best text book on transport management.
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Edmund Gubbins was a lecturer on transport operations before retiring. He undertook consultancy with the UN in east Africa and Nigeria with Shell. As a fellow of the CIT he served on the Council and as an examiner.

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Running After Maria by Eddie Gubbins

A tragic romance novel.
James Ashleigh lives to him the perfect life. Plenty of money, plenty of women and plenty of drink to keep him happy. He spends his working time sailing the oceans of the world as an officer on oil tankers. Carefree, he is not tied to one place but visits exotic places around the world. When on leave, he can completely please himself as to what he does. Life is great.
Feeling the need to move from oil tankers, he joins a small company whose ships trade to the Baltic. While the ship is in Helsinki discharging cargo, he meets Maria. His life changes from that point. He is no longer carefree but tied to a place and another person. He starts to look forward with excitement to arriving in Helsinki and her letters when he gets back to London.
The novel charts the progress of those changes, both for good and bad. Through the twisting path of James' life we follow his joy and his despair in his relationship to Maria.
As time passes he wonders whether he will be truly happy again.