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The Miscellany of Britain Hardcover – Illustrated, 10 Jul 2009

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Arcturus Publishing (10 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841936642
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841936642
  • Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 1.3 x 17.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 508,004 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
This is only a small book, but it packs quite a lot in, all things considered. Inevitably, the author brings his own particular preferences to this book in selecting what to include and what to omit, but while there is some serious information here, it's not a serious book overall.

There is plenty to chuckle at. The author included some easy targets including David Icke (who really should have stuck to being a sports presenter) and John Prescott (who is mentioned here for his playing croquet rather than for his two Jags). The author explains the two types of V-sign, but uses Liam Gallagher as an example in describing the rude version. I must be showing my age as I associate it first and foremost with Harvey Smith.

Perhaps the biggest laugh in history (and it hurts me to say this) is Scotland's attempt to establish a colony in part of what is now Panama. The person whose brainchild this was had better luck in helping to set up the Bank of England. It seems that Scottish bankers have a history of getting things spectacularly wrong.

In some areas, I'm not sure if the author is right. He explains why some but not all countries stipulate left-hand drive, but I've seen various explanations. It seems there is a consensus about why the British drive on the left, but is he correct about why the French drive on the right?

I've never been keen on polls that try to ascertain who was the greatest ever. They are always biased in favor of who is around at the time. This book mostly avoids such polls but it has a poll about the greatest Brit of all time. It was no surprise to me that 22 of the top 100 were alive at the time of the poll, nor that Tony Blair was in the top 100 as the poll was conducted in 2002. I wonder where he would figure now.
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Format: Hardcover
This is a mini coffee table book you can pick up when you have a moment and have a chuckle at over a beer ( or whatever your poison is).

It covers People, some illustrious such as Nelson & Wellington and some who will (hopefully) be forgotten in a few years.
Places and landmarks, Historical tid-bits, and the ubiquious British culture.
Sports & customs are also up for scrutiny.

All in all a light hearted look at the British and the mark we have made on the world.
An excellent gift for an homesick ex-pat. thanks Sis!

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