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To access your ebook(s) after purchasing, you can download the free Glose app or read instantly on your browser by logging into Glose. Here, at last, is the timely antidote to the plethora of '101 things' books so beloved by vaunting adventurers, to finally make them stop telling us how to live. Again, if it had been funny then it could have pulled it off, but it's really not funny, nor clever. Or more objective: a few entries were fairly well argued, such as the one about the history of the marathon being a myth and marathon running being more about proving your fitness than continuing a tradition.

A counterpoint to the infinite “must have” and “must do” lists that appear in magazines and on television, this detailed study reveals all the ugly details that are often conveniently ignored. Ever screwed up your Sunday newspaper in rage as yet another lazy journalist fills column inches with the indispensable hundred things to do, places to go, restaurants to eat in, books to read, etc, before you die? The author Richard Wilson (not that Richard Wilson - this one is the producer of TV's Have I got News For You) has put the lists together in this slim volume along with reasons (including scientific but totally bogus graphs) showing why you shouldn't do any of them.This is not a book for those easily offended (or even those who are able to get offended not matter how easily) as Wilson has a go at pretty much everybody (himself included). Great for those looking for short articles and that also happen to poke fun at the traditional to-do-before books. Some of us actually do think that Shawshank Redemption is a good film and who says that humans are more intelligent than dolphins ?

Finance is provided by PayPal Credit (a trading name of PayPal UK Ltd, Whittaker House, Whittaker Avenue, Richmond-Upon-Thames, Surrey, United Kingdom, TW9 1EH). No it's not something that one is likely to sit down and read straight through like a traditional story, but instead are likely to read a bit at time. Not all things on the not to do list are great or should be followed (most really) but honestly was just fun reading the opinion of another who’s not afraid to say whats on his mind (a fresh air with the cancel culture these days). Some of the chapters are quite funny and to the point but putting things down that a lot of people truly enjoy sounds pompous, quickly becomes tedious and makes one wonder what the man actually does in his free time apart from sitting in an armchair staring out of the window or visiting nearby market towns.

Some funny (and often sopt-on) reasoning on most of the 101 things (I guess the author did well on his school's debate team), but ultimately, a bit samey throughout. In this day and age I find this pessimistic attitude to be adding to the general negative feel that surrounds us and not helpful. If it had been funnier then this book would have worked, unfortunately it just feels like an old man ranting about things he doesn't like/thinks is overrated. Not for this author the revered 'must-do' bucket lists of places to go, things to do, which seem all too popular these days.

His description of how pointless it is to build an igloo or put up a tent had me rolling around on the carpet in fits. whereas the Pyramids, the last surviving Wonder of the Ancient World failed to live up to our overly heightened expectations. We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others.

It did make me laugh out loud several times (being a bit Victor Meldrewish myself - not something I do often) and I was saddened to finish the book but have now bought 'Those were the days .



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