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The Life and Music of Eric Coates

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Eric Coates (1886-1957) is perhaps the most familiar name associated with British light music. Sir Charles Groves said that 'his music crackled with enthusiasm and vitality. He could write tunes and clothe them in the most attractive musical colours'. Coates won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music, and from 1912 to 1919 he was principal viola of the Queen's Hall Orchestra under Sir Henry Wood. He also played under such conductors as Elgar, Delius, Richard Strauss, Debussy, and Beecham. It was, however, as a composer of orchestral music that he found his greatest success. Beginning with the Miniature Suite, written for the 1911 Promenade Concerts, he forged an enviable reputation as a composer. By the 1920s and 1930s, he was one of the most popular and highest-paid British composers, with a string of popular works flowing from his pen. Coates' music has become indelibly entwined with such popular radio programmes as the BBC's In Town Tonight, which was introduced by the 'Knightsbridge' March and Desert Island Discs whose signature tune for the past forty years has been By the Sleepy Lagoon. Perhaps his most memorable work was his march for the Dam Busters film. Michael Payne traces the changing fortunes of the career of the man who composed some of Britain's best-known music. In many ways, Coates' story is the story of British light music, and Payne's study offers a fascinating insight into the heyday and decline of the British light music tradition.

Macao Cultural Interaction and Literary Representations

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Macao, the former Portuguese colony in southeast China from the 1550s until its return to China in 1999, has a long and very interesting history of cultural interaction between China and the West. As an entity with independent political power and a unique social setting and cultural development, the identity of Macao’s people is not only indicative of the legacy and influence of the region’s socio-historical factors and forces, but it has also been altered, transformed and maintained because of the input, action, interaction and stimulation of creative arts and literatures. Held together by racial accommodation and tolerance and active cultural interactions, Macao’s phenomenon can be characterized as hybridization. This book is a presentation of the ongoing hybridization of Macao and is in itself a hybrid, covering a wide range of issues. Putting forward substantial new research findings, the book explores the nature of cultural interaction in Macao, and how the city has been constructed and perceived through literature and other art forms. It is a companion volume to Macao – The Formation of a Global City .

Rizal

Author : Austin Coates
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Macao and the British 1637 1842

Author : Austin Coates
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The story of the British acquisition of Hong Kong is intricately related to that of the Portuguese enclave of Macao. The British acquired Hong Kong in 1841, following 200 years of European endeavours to induce China to engage in foreign trade. As a residential base of European trade, Portuguese Macao enabled the West to maintain continuous relations with China from 1557 onwards. Opening with a vivid description of the first English voyage to China in 1637. Macao and the Britishtraces the ensuing course of Anglo-Chinese relations, during which time Macao skillfully – and without fortifications – escaped domination by the British and Chinese. The account covers the opening of regular trade by the East India Company in 1770, including the 'country' trade between India and China and Britain's first embassies to Peking, and relates the bedeviling effect of the opium trade. The story culminates in the resulting war from which Britain won, as part of its concessions, the obscure island of Hong Kong. Among those who feature in this lucid and lively account are the merchant princes Jardine and Matheson, the missionary Robert Morrison, the artist George Chinnery, and Captain Charles Elliot, Hong Kong’s maligned founder. Austin Coates (1922–97), a former senior British civil servant in Hong Kong, Malaya, and Sarawak, left government service at age forty to pursue a professional writing career. Widely regarded as the most distinguished English-language author in Hong Kong, Coates remained a long-time Hong Kong resident, later dividing his time between Hong Kong and Portugal, where he died. Macao and the British is a companion to his other two books on Macao, A Macao Narrative and the historical novel City of Broken Promises. Both these books and his other novel, The Road, are also available in the Echoes series from Hong Kong University Press. "Macao history at its most readable. It … should be immediately snapped up by anyone who has been unlucky enough to have missed it up to now." – South China Morning Post "This study vividly introduces the general reader to historic Macau, once 'the outpost of all Europe in China' and foothold to East India Company officials and private merchants trading in Canton." – Clive Willis, Emeritus Professor of Portuguese Studies, University of Manchester and author of China and Macau "Macao and the British 1637–1842: Prelude to Hong Kong (1988), published originally in 1964 as Prelude to Hong Kong, was the first work on Macau by Austin Coates (1922–1997). It is the first comprehensive survey ever to be written on the English presence, the Anglo-Chinese-Portuguese relations in Macau, and the Portuguese settlement's strategic importance for the British China Trade." – Rogerio Puga, Assistant Professor of History, University of Macau

China Races

Author : Austin Coates
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Austin Coates

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It was a single, short book, discovered in a Hong Kong bookshop, that prompted Ramon Rodamilans to establish contact with its author, an expatriate Englishman, Orientalist and former special magistrate. And so a new, brilliant and illuminating chapter opened in their lives, revealed in this elegant and amusing exchange of letters, which cover a decade of great change, and only cease with Austin's death in 1997. We witness Hong Kong at the crossroads, sightseeing in Macao, Singapore, Spain and Portugal, family visits, musical soirees, projected publications and forays into colonial history. Two 'ghosts' haunt the correspondence: the composer Eric Coates (Austin's father) and the Filipino liberator, Dr Jose Rizal, the subject of an acclaimed work by Austin and a martyr for his belief in freedom. Here then is a record of an unforced friendship, easy affection and informed comment spanning a world of contrasts. It is also a lasting portrait of an excellent writer and an admirable companion.

A Macao Narrative

Author : Austin Coates
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Macao, 40 miles west of Hong Kong, became a place of Portuguese residence between 1555–57. In this short, lively and affectionate book, Austin Coates explains how and why the Portuguese came to the Far East, and how they peacefully settled in Macao with tacit Chinese goodwill. Macao's golden age, from 1557 to the disastrous collapse of 1641, is vividly reconstructed. There follows the cuckoo-in-the-nest situation of the late eighteenth century when the British in Macao were a law unto themselves, until the foundation of Hong Kong and the opening of Shanghai gave wider scope for their energies. Portugal’s subsequent struggle to obtain full sovereignty in Macao, and the extraordinary outcome in 1975, brings this account to a close. Special tribute is paid to the risks Macao gallantly undertook in harbouring Hong Kong's starving and destitute during World War II.

The Road

Author : Austin Coates
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Western Pacific Islands

Author : Austin Coates
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Quick Tidings of Hong Kong

Author : Austin Coates
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A sophisticated and efficient telecommunications system has been one of the most important factors in Hong Kong's success as a major international commercial center. Coates here provides a short history of the development of this system, introducing the people, the complex commercial issues, and the technical considerations involved. This lively, entertaining text is supplemented by over 60 photographs and drawings.

Basutoland

Author : Austin Coates
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One in an illustrated series dealing with the United Kingdom's dependent territories, the way their people live, and how they are governed.

Personal and Oriental

Author : Austin Coates
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Author combines the story of his trip from Japan to Istanbul with his observations on Oriental life and customs learned during his more than 10 years residence in the Far East.

Dr Jose Rizal and the Writing of His Story

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Road to 2012

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This remarkable collection of portraits showcases the diverse range of men and women who have come together to prepare for, stage and participate in the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Commissioned over three years as part of the National Portrait Gallery/BT Road to 2012 project, these photographs tell the incredible stories of those responsible for the London 2012 Games, as well as the athletes whose dream it is to take part. With an introduction by Sebastian Coe KBE, an illustrated essay exploring the story of the Road to 2012 project and profiles of the internationally renowned photographers involved, this fascination book forms a unique record of the human ingenuity and skill involved in creating the world's pre-eminent sporting event.

The Commerce in Rubber

Author : Austin Coates
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In itself, rubber is a dramatic subject; and the history of rubber and the trade in it, embracing as it does five continents over a period of 250 years, is of compelling interest. This book is a history of the rubber trade going back to the beginnings, and to original sources. It starts withthe discovery of rubber in Brazil and describes some of the early industrial uses made of it in France, Britain and the USA. The story then moves across the world to India, Burma, Ceylon, Singapore, Malaya and the Dutch East Indies, where plantation cultivation gradually took hold from the 1870s, toportray in detail the commercial aspects of the market, with its booms and slumps, during the first part of this century. Finally, the years following World War II are recorded, when natural rubber struggled for commercial existence against the challenge of synthetic, a struggle which centred on thetwo giant producers, Malaysia and Indonesia, and on Singapore, the world centre of the rubber trade. Thus chapter by chapter, the author traces the history of rubber and the trade in it from its first emergence in Brazil in 1735 to the present day. The book, however, is not only a chronicle ofevents. It provides a source of information much of it newly researched from contemporary resources.The 68 illustrations range from photographic records of historical events to cartoons and caricatures and have been chosen to reflect and complement the contents of the book.

Myself a Mandarin

Author : Austin Coates
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Austin Coates tells of his experiences when unexpectedly appointed a magistrate in a country district of Hong Kong.

China India and the Ruins of Washington

Author : Austin Coates
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Attempts to explain the Oriental mind to the Westerner and break down preconceptions of the East.

City of Broken Promises

Author : Austin Coates
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The city is Macao, the Portuguese settlement on the China Coast, as it was more than 200 years ago. The promises are those made by Englishmen to marry their Macao mistresses, only to leave them abandoned and their children bastards. Martha Merop and her English lover are unique in this period. He, son of the founder of Lloyd's and cousin of the philosopher, Jeremy Bentham, was one of the first merchants to oppose the trade in opium. She, Chinese, abandoned at birth and sold into prostitution at the age of thirteen, became an international trader in her own right, the richest woman on the China Coast and Macao's greatest public benefactress. This moving novel that captures the time and place so convincingly is a historical reconstruction of the years 1780 to 1795 when the two were together. It is based on oral tradition handed down through generations in Macao, and on documents that survive about them in Macao, Lisbon and London. Austin Coates identified Martha Merop’s lover, about whom little was known. The documents about him confirmed the traditional Macao story, and the outcome was this book.

Fordlandia

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The stunning, never before told story of the quixotic attempt to recreate small-town America in the heart of the Amazon In 1927, Henry Ford, the richest man in the world, bought a tract of land twice the size of Delaware in the Brazilian Amazon. His intention was to grow rubber, but the project rapidly evolved into a more ambitious bid to export America itself, along with its golf courses, ice-cream shops, bandstands, indoor plumbing, and Model Ts rolling down broad streets. Fordlandia, as the settlement was called, quickly became the site of an epic clash. On one side was the car magnate, lean, austere, the man who reduced industrial production to its simplest motions; on the other, the Amazon, lush, extravagant, the most complex ecological system on the planet. Ford's early success in imposing time clocks and square dances on the jungle soon collapsed, as indigenous workers, rejecting his midwestern Puritanism, turned the place into a ribald tropical boomtown. Fordlandia's eventual demise as a rubber plantation foreshadowed the practices that today are laying waste to the rain forest. More than a parable of one man's arrogant attempt to force his will on the natural world, Fordlandia depicts a desperate quest to salvage the bygone America that the Ford factory system did much to dispatch. As Greg Grandin shows in this gripping and mordantly observed history, Ford's great delusion was not that the Amazon could be tamed but that the forces of capitalism, once released, might yet be contained. Fordlandia is a 2009 National Book Award Finalist for Nonfiction.

Whampoa

Author : Austin Coates
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