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Nature Made Ridiculously Simple Paperback – 13 Dec 1984


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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; New edition edition (13 Dec. 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140072586
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140072587
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 2.5 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,199,258 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. T. Looser on 11 Mar. 2004
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This book is one of the funniest I have ever read. From beginning to end it is hysterically funny and warm hearted. Who could forget the poisonous loathsome prickly, that always grows next to stiles or the only available toilet spot? Or the life cycle of the fish finger, that shy and retiring creature?
This book is guaranteed to lighten up even the most depressing and gloomy day.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. T. Looser on 9 Mar. 2004
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This book has to be one of the true gems of comic writing. It is unfailingly hilarious and good humoured from beginning to end, covering all areas of the natural world from the life cycle of the fish finger to the great fat evil eyed white seabird. Anyone reading this book will not be ale to prevent themselves from laughing out loud and it can be guaranteed to brighten up even the dullest and most depressing day.
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By Stuart on 29 Aug. 2013
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Yes, I loved this one too. Amongst my favourites were 'stinking sea vegetable' and the one you had to identify by passing a lawnmower over it. Also 'Millsand Boonstone' and the tongue-in-cheek homophobic bush section.
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Simply The Best Guide To Nature For The Casual Rambler Or Observer Of Nature 17 Dec. 2013
By Stephen Mann - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was written with a simple premise: Scientists live to classify things with the result that everything in nature is labeled with some complicated three word name in Latin. This is obviously not optimal for the casual nature viewer who simply wishes to discuss what they are looking at with someone else without fear of getting one of the three Latin words wrong, thereby opening themselves to ridicule by passing "scientists", and no-one can remember all the bloody little subtypes scientists think are important anyway.

Miles Kington classifies everything into ten subclasses (usually). There are ten types of tree, ten types of flower, ten types of bird and so forth. There is also a clever procedure by which one can arrive at the proper class of ten to use on *anything* that fills an obvious gap elided by so many smug Audubon and National Geographic guide authors who assume that the guide book owner already knows how to tell a bird from a tree, something anyone over the age of thirty can tell you from experience shouldn't be taken for granted.

This means that you can now point out some tree and confidently identify it to a prospective mate as a Faux Walnut (or whatever it looks like) without fear of being wrong. After all it's not like he or she is going to check, and the important thing about the tree is that it provide shade for the coming events and hide the couple from unwanted observation.

I was given this book about thirty years ago and have never looked back (there's no point: I've already confidently identified everything now behind me while it was still in front of me).

I recommend Nature Made Ridiculously Simple to all.
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