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While rummaging through NetGalley, I came across this one. Maybe the fifth time. I paid it little mind. Why would I? It held little promise. Plain as day, it just wasn't serious enough. That thought echoed, "Serious enough for what?


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For that, I enjoyed a good laugh at my own expense. Not the first time. A most recognizable voice inside me demanded, "Get the book Paul. I listened and finally came to my senses. Now, abo While rummaging through NetGalley, I came across this one. Now, about the book. Is it character-driven? Does it have a storyline? The usual whodunnit, plots, twists and turns et al. So what was there? Fun storytelling with a pinch of balderdash - without an ending. Just what I wanted! A pleasant diversion - escape from the regular rigmarole I've grown accustomed to.

So to Julian Worker, if you'll excuse me, I must say, "pip pip, tally ho and all that rot". Thanks mate for a jolly good read! View all 9 comments. Nov 29, Annarella rated it it was amazing. I really like this book: it is entertaining and full of humour and curious stories of British tradition. I recommended it if you want to be entertained and learn about some curious traditions at the same time Many thanks to Netgalley and BookGoSocial. View 2 comments. Nov 26, Pam H rated it it was amazing. I chose this to read while driving to Florida, knowing there would be distractions.


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What a clever, thoroughly entertaining read. With so many dark, disconnected books and shows being published, it was a refreshing way to entertain myself over the mile s. View 1 comment. Jan 30, Sarah rated it really liked it Shelves: humour , netgalley. Any book that includes a 'Squirrel containment officer' is a book I know i'm going to enjoy. I so very much wish that all of these traditions were real because I would make it my mission to go and watch each and every one of them and take photos!! Jan 31, Peter Schindler rated it really liked it. I loved this book. The wit reminded me of a Monty Python sketch, and the edgy humor was just right for a stormy afternoon.

The Brits have a great sense of humor nudge, nudge, know what I mean? Dec 13, Nathan Albright rated it it was amazing Shelves: challenge All thoughts and opinions are my own. As I happen to be a somewhat eccentric fellow and also someone fond of Great Britain, I found a great deal to appreciate here. Those who are fans of wacky British comedy as well as the wacky true history of Great Britain are likely to find a great deal of enjoyment in this short book that comes in at under pages and gloriously lives up to its title.

The author well understands that humorous traditions are made more humorous by involving animals, history, local color, and something that is odd but not entirely implausible, and these tradition fit the bill admirably. One could see these traditions being part of inside jokes on BBC comedies in the future, hopefully with royalties coming to the author. The author states at the beginning of this book that these traditions are all made up because he made them up himself, and to the author's credit these fake traditions are quite funny.

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Most of them blend in some sort of reality, including the Anarchy, the War of the Roses, references to oddly named local towns, Shakespeare plays, and the like. The author comments on imitating animals, throwing or shooting odd objects, creating wacky poems, and knitting fur from wild animals. Some of the humor results from the made up traditions being close to real traditions, including the tossing of cricket stumps as opposed to caper tossing of larger logs, or the imitating of animals being suspiciously close to what is done by American duck hunters.

Other aspects of humor result from animal comedy like the walking of weasels or trying to lure donkeys with carrots in a race or the humor of laughing about people regarding romance and their lack of success in it. Some of thus humor might appear to cut a bit too close to home, but the fact that the author appears not to be targeting any group of people in particular and appears to be making a joke about British eccentricity on a broad scale makes it much easier to go down.

In reading this book I was struck by what would be a good idea of a game. There is a game where the player must distinguish between a real Welsh word and a made up Welsh word, the point of the game being that Welsh is such an odd language that it is difficult to distinguish between real Welsh and gibberish. The game here would be to contrast the made up British traditions--which include homages to Wales and Scotland as well--with real but odd British traditions and see if anyone can distinguish between the real and the fake.

I am not sure if the author himself would be interested in creating such a game but given the hilarity of this book it would be an entertaining endeavor at least. For that, I enjoyed a good laugh at my own expense. Not the first time. A most recognizable voice inside me demanded, "Get the book Paul. I listened and finally came to my senses. Now, about the book. Is it character-driven? Does it have a storyline? The usual whodunnit, plots, twists and turns et al.

So what was there? Fun storytelling with a pinch of balderdash - without an ending. Just what I wanted!

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A pleasant diversion - escape from the regular rigmarole I've grown accustomed to. So to Julian Worker, if you'll excuse me, I must say, "pip pip, tally ho and all that rot". Thanks mate for a jolly good read! Format: Paperback. I was quite gobsmacked.


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  6. I had to remind myself that this is non fiction, some of these traditions sounded pure storybook. I never knew that the human race could be quite so creative and bored to think up some of these traditions. I mean turtle rinsing, duck quacking and animal gambling to name a few. A book that will have prde of place on my bookshelf. Highly amusing read! Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with the opportunity to read and review this book.

    I really like this book: it is entertaining and full of humour and curious stories of British tradition. I recommended it if you want to be entertained and learn about some curious traditions at the same time. A strange collection of English traditions that might be real but probably aren't. Beautifully written and engaging it tells of such odd things as turtle rinsing and arrow catching.

    If we can believe in clog dancing and bog snorkling then frog racing and biscuit rolling may not be too hard to believe. Each little section gives historic details about the activity making it seem totally believable. May only complaint and the reason for dropping one star off the perfect five is that it is a wee bit short. See all 6 reviews.

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