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  Navvy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Navvy is a shorter form of the word 'navigator' and is particularly applied to describe the manual labourers working on major civil engineering projects.
The construction of canals in Britain was superseded by contracts to construct railway projects from 1830 onwards, which developed into the railway manias, and the same term was applied to the workmen employed on building rail tracks, their tunnels, cuttings and embankments.
Navvies working on railway projects typically continued to work using hand tools, supplemented with explosives (particularly when tunnelling, and to clear obdurate difficulties).
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Navvy   (318 words)

 Navvy -- Facts, Info, and Encyclopedia article   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Navvy is a shorter form of the word 'navigator' and is particularly applied to describe the manual labourers working on major civil (The discipline dealing with the art or science of applying scientific knowledge to practical problems) engineering projects.
The term was coined in the late 18th century in (A monarchy in northwestern Europe occupying most of the British Isles; divided into England and Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland) Britain when numerous artificial waterways ((Long and narrow strip of water made for boats or for irrigation) canals) were being built.
The British canal revolution was superseded by a rush to construct (Line that is the commercial organization responsible for operating a railway system) railway projects from about 1830 onwards, and the same term was applied to the workmen employed on building railways, their tunnels, cuttings and embankments.
www.absoluteastronomy.com /encyclopedia/n/na/navvy.htm   (173 words)

 Welcome to Navvy
Navvy is a new patent-applied for group of concepts in database access.
Apart from the grid, Navvy usually has a traditional hierarchical data tree with important modifications that allow users to navigate data schemas and build queries without keyboard input, or with minimal keyboard input.
It interfaces the Navvy to your ODBC data sources, enabling you to navigate your schema and generate queries with minimal keyboard input.
www.navvy.org   (654 words)

 My Sunday at Home - from The Day's Work - Rudyard Kipling, Book, etext
The navvy was asleep, empty to the lowest notch; yet his hand clutched still the doctor’s collar, and at the lightest movement (the doctor was really very cramped) tightened mechanically, as the hand of a sick woman tightens on that of the watcher.
Lower and lower the doctor sank, kneeling now by the navvy’s side, till his head was on a level with, and just in front of, the great hairy fist, and—there was no tension on the coat-collar.
It was the one porter who beat the navvy on the nose with a ticket-punch, but it was the three third-class tickets who attached themselves to his legs and freed the captive.
whitewolf.newcastle.edu.au /words/authors/K/KiplingRudyard/prose/TheDaysWork/sundayhome.html   (4373 words)

 Hartlepool Books   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
A navvy, by the way, was a labourer employed in the construction of the railways or the docks.
Distinctive in her long skirts, large coarse apron, and hob-nailed boots, she could hold her own with any navvy in Stranton with pick and shovel, and in other ways too, for she could quaff three pints of strong ale in five minutes.
She chewed fl twist, and her donkey which drew her little cart and was her inseperable companion when it wasn't in the shafts, must surely have been unique in the animal kingdom, for it had two long ears of different shades of brown.One was the usual "donkey" brown, but the other was a darker hue.
www.contango.demon.co.uk /navvynan.html   (588 words)

 Hog Eye Navvy Music Web Links   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Whenever you give up that force, you are ine Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming.
- Mark Twain Hog Eye Navvy Usenet is like a herd of performing elephants with diarrhea -- massive, difficult to redirect, awe- inspiring, entertaining, and a source of mind-boggling amounts of excrement when you least expect i The only weapon that becomes sharper with constant use is the tongue.
And that is what keeps him out of the abyss." (Hal Holbrook, Wallstreet) Hog Eye Navvy Many a man that could rule a hundherd millyon sthrangers with an ir'n hand is careful to take off his shoes in the front hallway whin he comes home late at night.
www.searchmusicnetwork.com /Bands_and_Artists_H_Hog_Eye_Navvy.html   (1657 words)

 Ann's Savvy Navvy™ font family : MyFonts
Savvy Navvy I is a font family with three fonts comprised of navigation bars, frames, interfaces, and remotes with a style reminiscent of art nouveau, art deco and even the 70s.
Savvy Navvy II is a font family with three fonts comprised of navigation bars, frames, interfaces, remotes and fancy buttons with a decadent going-for-Baroque style reminiscent of art nouveau, art deco and even the 70s.
Savvy Navvy Five and Savvy Navvy Six have 36 unique characters each in a-z and 0-9 lowercase and 36 silhouettes or variations each on the interior shapes for the uppercase versions.
www.myfonts.com /fonts/dingbatcave/anns-savvy-navvy?refby=bloch   (262 words)

 AAI | Topic
With his 1911 and 1912 publication of two collections of poetry Gleanings from a Navvy's Scrapbook and Songs of a Navvy, and his subsequent book, Songs of the Dead End (1912), MacGill established himself in literary circles and became known as 'The Navvy Poet'.
MacGill's personality excited as much interest as his writings and the public was curious to know how a youth with little education and the many disadvantages that a navvy's life could bring to literary development, could be so successful.
He frequented second hand bookshops, but booksellers often insisted that he purchase the books he had held as his navvy hands were so grimy.
www.askaboutireland.ie /show_narrative_page.do?page_id=418   (568 words)

 Norway : Active Pursuits : Biking | Frommers.com
The coastal route is much easier, whereas the Old Navvy Road runs across open mountains, passing through pastures and meadows en route down to the nearest fjord.
Since the Old Navvy Road follows the Bergen-Oslo train tracks for most of the way, the usual starting point is Haugastøl, known for its herring and jazz.
The Old Navvy Road, called Rallarvegen in Norwegian, was built from 1895 to 1902, starting in the tree-lined east and climbing into the open mountains, with panoramic views of snow-covered slopes; high-altitude, incredibly blue lakes; and the Hardangerjøkulen glacier.
www.frommers.com /destinations/norway/0262020086.html   (575 words)

 crosskeys   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
One night in the Cross Keys there was a big brute of a navvy (a labourer) who took great delight in playing tricks on people or insolently drinking other people's drinks.
Palmer got Brettle to order a drink for the navvy and then took a packet of white powder out of his pocket and put it in to the navvy's drink.
Brettles was so worried that he got up early the next morning to go again and check up on the man but to his surprise the body had disappeared.
www.staffspasttrack.org.uk /exhibit/palmer/crosskeys.htm   (406 words)

 Amazon.co.uk: The Men Who Built Britain: Books   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Previous books on the subject, Terry Coleman's 'The Railway Navvies' and Patrick MacGill's semi autobiographical novel 'Children of the Dead End' cover between them the time from the canals and their need for large numbers of labourers, up to the building of the first hydro-electric scheme at Kinlochleven for the British Aluminium company.
Not only is the book an excellent social account of the lives of the Irish employed on the major civil engineering projects in Britain, but it also gives a valuable insight into the projects themselves, and the views and attitudes of many of the contractors who employed the men is such large numbers.
The whole strata of the Navvy society is covered, from the original tramp navvies, the later 'long distance kiddies', the men who became gangers, foremen and agents, to the men 'who managed to pull themselves out of the trench and into a Mercedes'.
www.amazon.co.uk /exec/obidos/ASIN/0863278299   (843 words)

 Channel 4 - The Worst Jobs in History - Victorian
The term 'navvy' originated with the 'inland navigators' who constructed Britain's canals.
It's now used for the men – a quarter of a million them – who are needed to build the thousands of miles of railway track that are set to span Britain: digging the cuttings, laying the lines and packing the ballast.
When the artist Ford Madox Brown includes a navvy in his painting Work (1859-63), he writes: 'Here is presented the young navvy in the pride of manly health and beauty; the strong fully developed navvy who does his work and loves his beer...'
www.channel4.com /history/microsites/W/worstjobs/victorian.html   (719 words)

 AAI | Topic
Navvy Life and Literary Beginnings London Times Novel Writing First World War War Experiences After the War American Opportunities Late Career Patrick MacGill Summer School Bibliography
Born in Ardun in the Glen of Glenties, County Donegal in 1890, Patrick MacGill was the eldest of the 11 children of small farm holders
During his years as a navvy, McGill became a member of the many circulating libraries and educated himself, reading authors such as Carlyle, Victor Hugo, Rudyard Kipling, Bret Harte and Montaigne.
www.askaboutireland.ie /show_narrative_page.do?page_id=417   (336 words)

 Navvy Boots
The song is known to northern industrial workers as well as to southern farm labourers.
[1974:] Most occupations have their own versions of this song [...] and the navvy version is as widespread, seemingly, as the railways and canals they navigated through the land.
As I first got it from Fred McKay, it was almost identically the same as sung by the Belfast tinker lady, Lal Smith, on Topic 12T158.
mysongbook.de /msb/songs/n/navvyboo.html   (544 words)

 Navvy Boots   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Navvy Boots A digging and a-picking as I was one day The thought of my true love it led me astray.
The day it was gone and the night coming on And I hit for the road with my navvy boots on.
Come all you pretty fair maids take heed what I have said Don't ever let a navvy come into your bed, For their hearts do run light and their minds do run young Sure they'll jump on your bones with their navvy boots on.
sniff.numachi.com /~rickheit/dtrad/pages/tiNAVVYBTS;ttNAVVYBTS.html   (288 words)

 PATRICK MACGILL-The Navvy Poet. - MacGill Summer School - Glenties, Co. Donegal
Patrick MacGill became known as the ‘Navvy Poet’ when a slim little volume of poetry which he had mostly written when working on the railways in Scotland and which he called ‘Gleanings from a Navvy’s Scrapbook’ came to the notice of the literary critics in Britain.
His poetry, much of it based on his own experience as a navvy, reflected his growing preoccupation with the poor and the downtrodden and those navvies who, like himself, toiled in the muck to build civilisation but lived on the outside of society.
His first collection of poetry, which he published himself and sold, at sixpence a copy, from door to door in Greenock where he was living at the time, together with articles he had submitted to the Daily Express in London incredibly resulted in his being offered a job by that newspaper.
www.patrickmacgill.com /index.cfm?action=article&page_id=D34ABB24-45DC-4C57-A06C2E25CE659555&userid=9279046B-B8B8-467D-8DDB198B88FEAB19   (1028 words)

 Catesby navvy settlement   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
L2872 Navvy hut settlement at Catesby, photographed in August 1896.
This was the largest of many camps which were erected by the contractors close to the route to house the navvies and their families.
Although primitive by modern standards, these humble dwellings represented a significant improvement on the accommodation that previous generations of navvies had endured.
www.railwayarchive.org.uk /Lpages/html/L2872.html   (109 words)

 [No title]   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
In the lagoon itself, a rusty object appeared whenever there was a dry spell and the water level dropped.
The machine is not a light weight, and the conditions from which it was recovered were by no means ideal, but with a lot of help from others, he managed to get the machine back to the Ruston Bucyrus factory and see it into full working condition.
This account of the recovery was originally published by Stationary Engine magazine in issue 51, and we have added two pictures which were not in the original article, one of the crew of the navvy and the other of the finished and working machine.
www.oldengine.org /members/ruston/Arlesey.htm   (334 words)

 Patrick MacGill 1890 - 1963 | The Home of The Navvy Poet and Son Of Glenties, Patrick MacGill   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
By now he was eighteen and working as a navvy on the waterworks project in glasgow.
Later that year he was working as a libarian in the Winsor Castle and published Songs of a navvy (1911) and then for the Daily Express where he interviewed Shaw and Sir John Neal Dalton, Cannon of St.George's chapel at Winsor Castle and later again worked as secretary to Dalton transcribing latin MSS.
Published Songs of the Dead End (1913) and met his wife to be Margaret Gibbons in late 1913 early 1914, Whose father was an R.U.C man from Westmeath.
www.declangallagher.utvinternet.com /life2.htm   (328 words)

 navvy - OneLook Dictionary Search
Navvy : Dictionary of Phrase and Fable (1898) [home, info]
NAVVY : 1911 edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica [home, info]
Words similar to navvy: drudge, navvies, peon, galley slave, more...
www.onelook.com /?w=navvy&ls=a   (191 words)

 Steam & Engine of Australia - Working Steam Navvy
On a tourist visit to Alcatraz I came across this giant steam powered navvy floating crane helping out with the dockside construction.
Being construction workers they were not exactly helpful about letting me get near the crane, and there was no way to talk to the crane driver to get more details...
Over time I will be replacing or removing all email addresses on this site with this sort of feature.
www.steamengine.com.au /steam/engines/navvy   (335 words)

 Agfa-Monotype fonts - Ann's Savvy Navvy font for Windows and Mac
Ann's Savvy Navvy is a font from AGFA Monotype library.
Ann's Savvy Navvy font family contains 6 styles and 2 packages to save your money.
Browse for Ann's Savvy Navvy and other fonts at our Shopping Mall.
www.paratype.com /astore/fonts/Anns-Savvy-Navvy.htm   (83 words)

 Questions & Answers: Navvy
My Shorter OED tells me it is an abbreviation of navigator but somehow that doesn’t seem likely.
Later in the century it become the usual term for any labourer working on construction projects.
It was so firmly attached to the idea of excavation that when the first mechanical digger came into service in the 1870s it was called a steam navvy.
www.worldwidewords.org /qa/qa-nav1.htm   (249 words)

 The Session: Tunes - The Navvy On The Shore (reel)
The Session: Tunes - The Navvy On The Shore (reel)
Submitted on December 31st 2002 by Trevor Jennings.
Also known as The Navvy On The Line.
www.thesession.org /tunes/display.php/1273   (108 words)

 Navvy Cartoons
Related topics: past careers, past career, ex-navvy, navvy, sentiment, sentimental, nostalgia, nostalgic, reminiscences, reminiscence, chairman, chairmen,
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Related topics: builder, builders, builders bum, bum, bottom, identity parade, usual suspects, construction, construction workers, construction worker, navy, navvy, navvies,
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 Pere Ubu - Navvy: Reviews, Audio Clips, and more ||| Music.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Pere Ubu - Navvy: Reviews, Audio Clips, and more
Navvy [+] performed by Pere Ubu [+] written by Scott Krauss [+], David Thomas [+], Allen Ravenstine [+], Tom Herman [+]
All Music Guide is a registered Trademark of AEC One Stop Group, Inc.
www.music.com /performance/navvy/2   (120 words)

 Navvy Boy, The   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
DESCRIPTION: The navvy boy goes roaming, finding work and shelter with a ganger.
The ganger's only daughter wishes marry and travel with him.
Notes: It has been suggested that this is a reworking of "The Little Beggarman." There are common elements, but that's quite a stretch.
www.csufresno.edu /folklore/ballads/HHH760.html   (119 words)

 Chapter Circe of Ulysses by James Joyce
From a bulge of window curtains a gramophone rears a battered brazen trunk.
In the shadow a shebeenkeeper haggles with the navvy and the two redcoats.)
PRIVATE CARR (To the navvy.) Portobello barracks canteen.
www.bibliomania.com /0/0/29/61/20802/10.html   (277 words)

 The Poetry of Patrick MacGill - MacGill Summer School - Glenties, Co. Donegal
In 1984, The Navvy Poet, The Collected Poetry of Patrick MacGill was published by Caliban Press, 25 Nassington Road, London NW3.
Gleanings from a Navvy's Scrapbook was the first collection of poems published by the Derry Journal in 1910.
Patrick MacGill went from house to house selling the collection of poems and around eight thousand copies were sold at sixpence each.
www.patrickmacgill.com /index.cfm/action/article/sec_id/045B9991-2399-4D8B-945B5810BFEB27CF/page_id/D32F70C0-B91F-4921-8318ED793E624FD9/userid/9279046B-B8B8-467D-8DDB198B88FEAB19.htm   (506 words)

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