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Richard Blade (series)

Richard Blade is an adult fantasy pulp novel series produced by Pinnacle Books between 1969 and 1984. The 37 books in the series were written by Roland J. Green, Ray Nelson, Manning Lee Stokes under the pseudonym "Jeffrey Lord"; the novels were released as audio books, as trilogy sets- each set having edited versions of 3 novels on 6 cassettes, on cds, under the name "Richard Blade Journeys". These were released as Americana Audiobooks by Americana Publishing in English; the novels were a series of adventures featuring the titular character, teleported into a random alternate dimension at the beginning of each novel and forced to rely on his wits and strength. Along the way, he would have several explicitly described sexual encounters with beautiful women, would return from his adventure with some item, or bit of knowledge useful to Britain. Richard Blade was distinctly British, all of the stories are set in England; the series was translated into several languages, including Russian, French and Greek.

The Bronze Axe ISBN 978-0-523-00201-9 The Jade Warrior ISBN 0-523-00202-5 Jewel of Tharn ISBN 978-0-523-00203-3 Slave of Sarma ISBN 978-0-523-00204-0 Liberator of Jedd ISBN 978-0-523-00205-7 Monster of the Maze ISBN 978-0-523-00206-4 Pearl of Patmos ISBN 978-0-523-00207-1 Undying World ISBN 978-0-523-00208-8 Kingdom of Royth ISBN 0-523-00295-5 Ice Dragon ISBN 0-523-00768-X Dimension of Dreams ISBN 0-523-00474-5 King of Zunga ISBN 0-523-00523-7 The Golden Steed ISBN 0-523-00559-8 The Temples of Ayocan ISBN 0-523-00623-3 The Towers of Melnon ISBN 0-523-00688-8 The Crystal Seas ISBN 0-523-00780-9 The Mountains of Brega ISBN 0-523-40790-4 Warlords Of Gaikon ISBN 0-523-00822-8 Looters of Tharn ISBN 0-523-00855-4 Guardians Of The Coral Throne ISBN 0-523-00881-3 Champion of the Gods ISBN 0-523-00949-6 The Forests of Gleor ISBN 0-523-00993-3 Empire of Blood ISBN 978-0-523-40018-1 The Dragons of Englor ISBN 978-0-523-40042-6 The Torian Pearls ISBN 978-0-523-40111-9 City of the Living Dead ISBN 0-523-40193-0 Master of the Hashomi ISBN 0-523-40205-8 Wizard of Rentoro ISBN 0-523-40206-6 Treasure of the Stars ISBN 0-523-40207-4 Dimension of Horror ISBN 0-523-40208-2 Gladiators of Hapanu ISBN 0-523-40648-7 Pirates Of Gohar ISBN 0-523-40679-7 Killer Plants Of Binnark ISBN 0-523-40852-8 The Ruins of Kaldac ISBN 0-523-41208-8 The Lords of the Crimson River ISBN 0-523-41209-6 Return to Kaldak ISBN 0-523-41210-X Warriors of Latan ISBN 0-523-41211-8 In the early 1990s the Russian publishers could secure the rights to only the first six books in the series, approached the translator - Mikhail Akhmanov - to write the further adventures of Richard Blade.

Together with young sci-fi author Nick Perumov and others, Akhmanov wrote over sixteen sequels to the adventures of Richard Blade, after writing Russian sequels to the saga of Conan, went on to create numerous original characters and plots. Like the Conan sequels, the Russian Richard Blade sequels are not available in English. Today Akhmanov is the author of over fifty fantasy and science fiction novels

Upminster Windmill

Upminster Windmill is a Grade II* listed smock mill located in Upminster in the London Borough of Havering, England. It was known as Abraham's Mill and was in Essex when built, it is a museum open to the public at selected times. The mill was built for James Nokes of Hunt's Farm in Corbets Tey Road in 1803 on land transferred from Bridge House Farm, owned by his brother William, it drove three pairs of millstones. A steam engine was added early in 1811 driving two pairs of millstones, an action which increased the rateable value of the mill from £30 to £77. A fourth pair of millstones was added to the mill. James Nokes died in the mill passed to his son Thomas. A fifth pair of millstones had been added by 1849. By 1856 the mill was driving six pairs of millstones by steam. Thomas Abraham purchased the mill in 1857, having been in the employ of Nokes at both West Thurrock windmill and Upminster, he had been in business at a steam mill in Navestock for the previous two years. In 1876, the Upright Shaft was broken in an accident at the mill.

It was repaired with a cast-iron coupling. Thomas Abraham died in the mill passed to John Arkell Abraham. In 1889 the mill was struck by lightning and on 5 January 1900 the windshaft snapped at the neck and the sails crashed to the ground. A windshaft from a post mill near Maldon was fitted along with four new sails. After the death of John Arkell Abraham, the mill passed to his nephews Thomas and Clement. In 1927 a stock was replaced and the fantail repaired; the mill last was purchased for £ 3,400 by W H Simmonds. The steam driven machinery was sold and the associated outbuildings decayed and were demolished; the mill was listed in 1955On 22 June 2004, the Upminster Windmill Preservation Trust were granted a 35-year lease on the mill. On 18 January 2007, the windmill suffered damage in high winds; the stock sustained damage as did the sail. Two new sails were fitted by Vincent Pargeter in August 2008; the mill has a four-storey smock on a single-storey brick base. There is a stage at first-floor level.

It has a boat-shaped cap with a gallery, winded by a six-bladed fantail. Four Patent sails are carried on a cast-iron windshaft; the mill drives four pairs of millstones by wind. The mill is 52 feet in height to the top of the cap; the brick base is 27 feet 9 inches across the flats and 9 feet 6 inches high. The brickwork is 34 inches thick at ground level, diminishing to 18 inches at the top; the four-storey smock has cant posts of 13 inches by 12 inches section, 34 feet long. The sills are 12 inches by 6 inches in 18 feet 4 inches long; the spout floor is 27 feet 9 inches across the flats, the stone floor is 24 feet across the flats and the top of the smock tower is 14 feet diameter at the curb. The main floor beams are 12 inches square at all levels except the dust floor; the main transoms are 8 inches by 7 inches in section at all levels. The boat-shaped cap is 17 feet 6 inches by 16 feet 10 inches in plan and 8 feet 9 inches high; the main sheer beams are 12 inches square, on 10 feet 10 inches centres.

With the weatherbeam of 18 inches by 12 inches section at the centre and 13 inches square at the ends. The cap is thought to be the work of the millwright William Bear of Ballingdon; the fantail consists of six wooden vanes set at right-angles to the sails, has the year 1799 carved on the horizontal wooden beam beneath it. The octagonal cast-iron windshaft has two square sections to take a Head Wheel and Tail Wheel as was its intended purpose in a post mill, was moved to Upminster from a post mill near Maldon in 1899 to replace one broken during a storm, it carries a 10 feet 4 inches diameter composite Brake Wheel with eight cast-iron arms and six wooden cants. The Brake Wheel has 78 cogs; the neck bearing of the windshaft is a roller bearing, fitted after the mill ceased working commercially. Upminster windmall had canvas sails, but the sails on the mill when it ceased working commercially were four double Patent sails, they were carried on two stocks 46 feet long, 12 inches square at the centre, tapering to 9 inches by 6 inches at the ends.

The sails were 70 feet in span, tapered from 7 feet wide at the heel to 6 feet 6 inches at the tip. Each sail had twelve bays with three shutters per bay, giving a total of 288 shutters, each carved with a number in Roman numerals to indicate its location; the weather on the sails was 23˚ at the heel and 0˚ at the tip. The Upright Shaft is wooden, in two sections for reasons noted above, it is 18 inches across the flats and 30 feet 4 inches long in total. The Wallower is of compass arm construction, 5 feet 4 inches diameter with 43 cogs. At the bottom of the Upright shaft the 10 feet diameter compass arm Great Spur Wheel has 126 cogs, it drives four pairs of underdrift millstones via stone nuts with 24 cogs. The millstones are one pair of Peak stones. Two pairs of the French Burr stones are 4 feet 6 inches diameter and the other two pairs of millstones are 4 feet diameter; the steam engine was located in a brick building built against the north-east side of the windmill, drove two pairs of millstones, a centrifugal governor, a sack hoist.

The steam driven millstones were located on 2 levels and driven by a 2 1⁄2 inches