Can't Be Arsed
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In this day and age I find this pessimistic attitude to be adding to the general negative feel that surrounds us and not helpful. For me it was an excellent book to dip into when I wanted cheering up, which lately given the current global pandemic, was much more often than usual. There are a couple of bands and television shows that he mentions that would connect with an older reader. Hilarious, but some of the things Mr Wilson moans about should probably be taken with a pinch of salt.
It gives off-putting facts and statistics to quote at holier-than-thou thrillseekers, so the next time somebody tells you that you simply must swim with dolphins, read Kafka in Prague, or go skydiving, you can tell them exactly where to get off. Most purchases from business sellers are protected by the Consumer Contract Regulations 2013 which give you the right to cancel the purchase within 14 days after the day you receive the item. Not for this author the revered 'must-do' bucket lists of places to go, things to do, which seem all too popular these days. Can't Be Arsed" by Richard Wilson is an antidote to all those lists of 101 ___________ to do before you die. whereas the Pyramids, the last surviving Wonder of the Ancient World failed to live up to our overly heightened expectations.
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. I feel that this is the kind of book that you would read on the plane, and kind of flip through to pass the time.
Enjoy dipping into Can't Be Arsed and laughing at people you know who take these bucket lists seriously - Richard Wilson certainly doesn't. It gives off-putting facts and statistics to quote at holier-than-thou thrillseekers, covering such activities as running with the bulls in Pamplona and having sex in an airplane.Wilson rampages his way through the many varied things that you must see/do/read/watch/listen to while giving many a good reason as to why you just shouldn't bother. Here, at last, is the timely antidote to the plethora of '101 things' books so beloved by vaunting adventurers. Each chapter begins with a diatribe, followed by a detailed look at the alternative side of the 101 most frequently cited must do's, revealing ugly details not mentioned in existing guidebooks and giving off-putting facts and statistics to quote at holier-than-thou thrillseekers. A sort of self help book that convinces you to do the opposite of a normal self help book by giving you 101 things you don't need to do and maybe just enjoy your normal life. Due to the name of the author I couldn't stop from reading this in the voice of Victor Meldrew who is a fictional comedy character and a literal British Institution played by an actor of the same name.
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? 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 . There are more entertaining ways of subjecting myself to the scornful opinions of miserable people nowadays than reading a book like this, were I so inclined.Some of us actually do think that Shawshank Redemption is a good film and who says that humans are more intelligent than dolphins ? I think with Ephesus we had few expectations and it was early in our cruise and we were blown away by the site. Not everything mentioned in this book is rubbish, but I have to admit that going bungee-jumping and cutting a child's umbilical cord are not very high on my list of things to do (rather my list of Things to Don't [and not at the same time! Should one really not go to Australia because Koala's are not as cuddly as they look and might bite and scratch (what are the chances of that happening ?
Each chapter begins with a diatribe, followed by a detailed look at the alternative side of the most frequently cited must do's, giving off-putting facts and statistics to quote at holier-than-thou thrillseekers. Ebooks fulfilled through Glose cannot be printed, downloaded as PDF, or read in other digital readers (like Kindle or Nook). Book is excellent of its kind, given the author, but I do wish he would forego the use of words I haven't heard since my time as a cavalryman. Taking it with a grain of salt as I plan to do with nonfiction, I finished the first part, skimmed through the second part because I barely knew albums mentioned, finished the small 3rd part and closed the book before the 4th. No missing or damaged pages, no creases or tears, no underlining or highlighting of text, and no writing in the margins.To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. Whilst I understand the reasoning behind Richard Wilson's book, the expected 'humour' just wasn't there.