- Hardcover: 192 pages
- Publisher: Orion (8 Nov. 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0752889990
- ISBN-13: 978-0752889993
- Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 1.8 x 18.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,985,055 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Little Black Book of Red Tape: Great British Bureaucracy Hardcover – 8 Nov 2007
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I co-presented a Radio 4 documentary Three Men in a Float - an account, like the book of the same name, of a journey across Britain in an electric milk float with Dan Kieran and Prasanth Visweswaran. The journey took three weeks on account of the float's maximum range - around 35 miles - and it's maximum speed - approximately 15 mph, or slightly less than the velocity of a speeding bee (we know this, because one overtook us in Cornwall). We planned very little of it in advance and just headed off with a touching faith in human kindness; we had to temporarily re-wire around 20 cooker mains, a few campsites and a couple of factories - all from people we had never met before - to get the required amperage to re-charge our batteries.
My website is at http://www.ianvince.co.uk
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with a deft turn of phrase and an astutue eye for the ridiculous, Vince and his correspondents expose this petty officialdom in all its infuriating, and often hilarious, glory (MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
A compendium of insane British BureaucracySee all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
However it isn't. The author has essentially written a short history about red tape, and whilst that may be of interest, it does not do what it says on the tin! There are of course some tales, but they are all too infrequent, and I found myself skimming some passages to get to the good bits.