Curled deep in his burrow in a GrandCentral Station crawlspace, Lee Stringer--ragged, homeless, addicted to crack--is digging around for...... more
Curled deep in his burrow in a GrandCentral Station crawlspace, Lee Stringer--ragged, homeless, addicted to crack--is digging around for something he can use to clean his crack pipe. Finally his fingers latch around "some sort of smooth straight stick": a pencil. In the days that follow, he carries it with him wherever he goes. "So I have this pencil with me all the time and then one day I'm sitting there in my hole with nothing to smoke and nothing to do and I pull the pencil out just to look at the film of residue stuck to the sides--you do that sort of thing when you don't have any shit--and it dawns on me that it's a pencil. I mean it's got a lead in it and all, and you can write with the thing." And so that's what he does. "Pretty soon I forget all about hustling and getting a hit. I'm scribbling like a maniac; heart pumping, adrenaline rushing, hands trembling. I'm so excited I almost crap on myself. It's just like taking a hit." GrandCentral Winter is the tale of Stringer's twin addictions--writing and crack--and the lengths he went to in order to satisfy each. But Stringer dwells on neither his descent into hell nor the long journey back. Instead, he paints a nuanced portrait of street life itself, its pleasures as well as its terrors. Hustlers, hookers, dealers and addicts come to life in a series of vignettes that are tough, unsentimental, but compassionate to the core. There's honest rage to be found in GrandCentral Winter, but precious little political posturing. "Policy is never the real issue," he writes in "Dear Homey," his advice column for New York's homeless paper, Street News. "The real issue is the hearts of men."
GrandCentral - London To Sunderland Cab Ride [DVD]
Jump into the cab of one of GrandCentral's Valenta-powered High Speed Trains and experience the driver's eye view of the route between London...... more
Jump into the cab of one of GrandCentral's Valenta-powered High Speed Trains and experience the driver's eye view of the route between London and Sunderland. In the Autumn of 2008, this extraordinary rail journey was filmed onboard the 11.27 Kings Cross to Sunderland. Calling at York,Thirsk,Northallerton, Eaglescliffe, Hartlepool and Sunderland we discover the many different landscapes and speeds this working line traverses. From the suburbs of London, through the open fens of Cambridgeshire to the Durham coast.. The train is formed with two class 43 power cars and 5 MkIII coaches (1 first class, 1 restaurant/buffet and 3 standard class trailers). GrandCentral operates 3 such sets on this route allowing for four trains in each direction per day. Pure engine room sounds are retained throughout to enhance the experience, whilst on-screen graphics point out features of interest en route.
It was supposed to be a simple test flight, one that pilot Ariane Austin was on only as a last-ditch backup; intelligent, superhumanly fast automation would...... more
It was supposed to be a simple test flight, one that pilot Ariane Austin was on only as a last-ditch backup; intelligent, superhumanly fast automation would handle the test activation and flight of humanity's first faster-than-light vessel. But when the Sandrisson Drive activated, every automated system crashed.
At GrandCentral Station, Chief of Police George Coppola finds lost people, and Mr. Chidchester, head of the Lost and Found, finds lost dogs....... more
At GrandCentral Station, Chief of Police George Coppola finds lost people, and Mr. Chidchester, head of the Lost and Found, finds lost dogs. Marino Marino makes oyster stew, while thinking up interesting math problems. A man in a porkpie hat buys cherry pies. Maira Kalman's stylized artwork, along with entertaining text, brilliantly captures the excitement of GrandCentral Station, "the busiest, fastest, biggest place there is."
Design iPod Cufflinks, Model 12101, by GrandCentral
Simply a fantastic pair of cufflinks - ideal for anyone who loves their gadgets! These cufflinks bear an uncanny resemblance to a certain popular mp3 player,...... more
Simply a fantastic pair of cufflinks - ideal for anyone who loves their gadgets! These cufflinks bear an uncanny resemblance to a certain popular mp3 player, cough, * iPod * cough, and have fantastic detailing including the symbols on the touch wheel, right down to the text on the screen! These great cufflinks measure 2cm by 1cm and come in a nice gift box
GrandCentral: How a Train Station Transformed America - 1455525960
GrandCentral A rich, illustrated--and entertaining--history of the iconic GrandCentral Terminal, from one of New York City's...... more
GrandCentral A rich, illustrated--and entertaining--history of the iconic GrandCentral Terminal, from one of New York City's favorite writers, just in time to celebrate the train station's 100th fabulous anniversary. Full description
Advantages: Modern and stylish hotel in Glasgow Disadvantages: none
...On a recent weekend away to Glasgow, my wife and I stayed in The Grand Central Hotel, which is perfectly situated in the centre of the city. In fact the hotel adjoins Glasgow Central train station so is in a brilliant location for all the sights and the nightlife. This Grand Central is an iconic hotel which in its heyday had guests such as Laurel and Hardy and Frank Sinatra....
Advantages: close to the city Disadvantages: close to the traffic
...This particular Premier Travel Inn is situated on the Oxford Business Park. It is just off the A4142 on the junction with the B480 and it is opposite the Rover Works, 3 miles from Oxford city centre.
My husband originates from Wallingford near Oxford so we travel up that way occasionally to see old friends and family. We were finding it more and more difficult to find a reasonable B...
Advantages: Clean, good staff, nice breakfast Disadvantages: Terrible bed
...My husband had to go to Manchester for a meeting at fairly short notice and would be staying over the night before. As I'm not working at the moment, I decided to tag along - any excuse to go shopping in Manchester for a few hours.
Unfortunately, it being the 4th March, Manchester United were playing at home in the Champions League and, despite the best efforts of his company travel people...