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- DescriptionThis narrative is of a motorcycle journey to Trieste for a cup of coffee. Trieste was the port where coffee originally entered Europe - the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Coffee curiosity began on an earlier trip in the Alps with an espresso so small I thought ridiculous. But later, back on the road, the aftertaste set in and I was transformed. This journey was part holiday, part business encumbered by the personal issues before and during the trip. Thus the journal consists of two intermingled parts beginning as a catharsis as a consequence of my estrangement, but then extends to an impromptu narrative of travel and those ensuing relationships of machine, place and people. The journal is of the various occurrences and the feelings and reactions experienced during the journey as distinct from visiting as a tourist. I use paper, fountain pen and ink and write in the various cafes en route. I took David Lodge's book Therapy and Ben Okri's Birds of Heaven. Lodge was, to some extent, of the same genre as my initial writing. Okri has a disposition regarding words and 'the beyond' that I felt was also an aspiration of mine and somehow linked to my solitude fundamental to my growing up. Hence to travel alone allowed deviation according to impulse without influence from 'the other'. Later, there was companionship at the yoga holiday in Crete meeting two ladies and back home to the race track to watch my son in his Alfa.
- Author BiographyRussell Hayton grew up with his mother in several small flats in Surbiton in the 1940s and as a young adult, he played fly half, drank gin and orange and milked cows initially in Devon. As a young man, he went to Seale-Hayne College, where he got his NDA and DipFM and began as an agricultural advisor with the Ministry of Agriculture. Subsequently he did a MBA at the University of Kent. A broad minded, generous and inspirational father, Russell painted a camel on his wife's 'everybody contribute' Victorian-scene Christmas mural; taught his daughter and everyone else on the road at the time, how to drive an Alfa Romeo and encouraged his son on sports fields around Cambridge. Characterized by a strong desire to understand the workings of anything he encountered whether it be physical, economic or philosophical, Russell tries to understand: how motorcycles go round corners; what the optimum strategy should be for small businesses and why writing a letter is important. The Jam and Other Relationships is his first venture into travel narrative writing - a summary of thoughts and adventures during one of the many road trips since discovering the freedoms offered by a motorcycle and tent. Driven by a desire to make a perfect cup of coffee, loaf of bread or jam,Russell has spent a lifetime on a quest. He recently studied English Literature and History of Ideas at Kingston University, and consequently developed a website: www.travelwriting.info that includes his American and Spanish motorcycle journeys.
- Author(s)Russell Hayton
- PublisherMelrose Books
- Date of Publication04/02/2013
- SubjectTravel Writing
- Place of PublicationEly
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintMelrose Books
- Content NoteIllustrations
- Weight283 g
- Width148 mm
- Height210 mm
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