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Alan Brazil , Mike Parry
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2 Jun 2008
In this paperback edition of his sensational best seller, one of Britain's favourite broadcasters details the thoughts and philosophies that have shaped his life. 'We're only here for a visit' is one of the Scottish firebrand's most determined mantras. Why worry about tomorrow when today can be so much fun. And if anybody tries to get in the way of the action, swat them away. Politicians? Forget it. They're in it for their own ends, not to improve our lives, according to the former Scottish football international who now addresses, in his own inimitable style, more than a million loyal talkSPORT listeners each weekday morning. Traffic wardens, ticket collectors, life-style 'experts' and a whole truckload of other 'jobsworths' are in Brazil's sights in this very funny follow-up to the bestselling "There's an Awful Lot of Bubbly in Brazil".

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Highdown (2 Jun 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905156448
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905156443
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 437,897 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Alan Brazil and his co-writer Mike Parry have worked together for nearly a decade. The unlikely pairing of an international footballer and a Fleet Street journalist came about when they teamed up at talkSPORT radio to create one of the liveliest acts on the airwaves.

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not enough talk about sport 7 Feb 2008
By Bantam Dave TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
I didn't read the blurb before I bought it so I suppose it was my fault really, but I was extremely disappointed with this book.

I was expecting a similar helping of wit and insight into the world of football to what we got in Awful lot of Bubbly, but instead what this book offers is a prolonged tirade against the UK's ills - policing, the health service, immigration, roads etc, etc. It reminded me of the sort of stuff that you can hear being spouted on about in taproom bars all over country.

There is not much football in this book but the times when there are are amongst the precious few times when this book becomes interesting as are the anecodes told about the co-author Mike 'Porky' Parry.

My advice to Brazil and Parry if they are planning another book is to stick to the subject they best at - football.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Self opinionated codswallop! 29 Jun 2008
Format:Hardcover
This really is a poor read. ill thought out 'opinions' with nothing to back them up for chapter after chapter.

Avoid at all costs
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Random Ranting 4 July 2008
By Nick Brett TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
Well, I really enjoyed "There's an awful lot of bubbly in Brazil" - it was a fun autobiography packed with stories and anecdotes, often involving drink and mayhem. A recommended read.
But this....
I hope I have established I like Brazil and loved the first book, which may be why I was so disappointed with this one. This is just a series of rants that might appeal to certain Daily Mail readers, but neither educate or entertain. Jeremy Clarkson does this stuff but with wit and irony, but this is not what Alan Brazil does well. Yes there are some anecdotes, but having him describe kicking people in the face in bus top fights in his youth do not hit the right note. Neither is he apologetic, preferring to focus on the "it made me the man I am today" line. This was neither comfortable nor entertaining and kind of sums up the book.

It was a struggle to get through this, I kept going in the hope that there might be a good story around the corner, but most of the time, there wasn't. A real shame.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Save your money and buy the Daily Mail 5 Aug 2008
By DONJAUN
Format:Paperback
This book reads like an editorial in the Daily Mail.Right wing rantings some which are bordering on racism..As usual his partner in crime Mike Parry is the author.The standard of writing is very poor.A two year old could have wrote it.C"mon Brazil put your glass down and write a book by yourself,not that idiot Parry and leave the politics to someone who knows what they are talking about
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Both barrels firing blanks 5 Oct 2010
Format:Hardcover
The book consists mainly of rants by the Mr brazil a la Jeremy Clarkson without the wit.
Admittedly there are a couple of amusing yarns which, to be truthful, probably only appealed to me as I know some of the characters involved.
A disapointing purchase.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A let down 6 July 2008
By D. W. Miller VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
Their first book was passable but this is pass-byable. Little or no soccer content and politics is done so much better by other people.Seems like Alan Brazil feels he has the answers to society's problems and I should imagine that when he and Mike Parry get together in the wee small hours they persuade each other of their mutual genius. Poor stuff but it may well have an audience with white van man much as their radio programmes do.
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