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When I Were a Lad Paperback – 2 Nov 2009


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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Portico (2 Nov. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 190603284X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906032845
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 1 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 425,180 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Andrew Davies has written and contributed to a variety of comedy books including 101 Sports Not to Play, 101 Places Not to Visit and the Ugly Book.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Vaughan Grylls on 13 Dec. 2009
Format: Paperback
As a child you could stand up on the back seat of the car with your head out of the sunroof trying to grab at low-hanging branches..ah, those were the days. But seriously, a charming little collection of funny photos which you can't quite believe ever got through the health and safety inspectors.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Peter B on 10 Jan. 2010
Format: Paperback
Having seen this book reviewed on Breakfast TV, I immediately placed an order. The pictures and descriptions looked very humerous. However, when it arrived, I realised that the pictures actually in the book are all placed at 'jaunty' angles, across the centre spine, making it difficult to view them properly. On reflection, with the small description of each item, this 'trick' has been used to make the book much fatter then it would otherwise be.
All in all, a great disappointment.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Thompson on 21 Dec. 2009
Format: Paperback
This book perfectly embodies Great Britain past and present. The past -- in the nature of the images, and the present in the utterly useless modernist layout.

Great Britain has indeed become the Great B-Arc from which Douglas Adams implied we had all evolved. Where the one person who knows what shape a wheel should be, is shouted down by the fifty arguing over what colour it should be painted! Thus so with this book. Where the standard functional layout of a picture on one page with the text on the opposing page would have been perfectly acceptable. Instead we get the images placed at a jaunty angle across the centre of the book and all in muddy sepia tone. The undoubtedly overpaid individual that came up with this idea should be put out of our misery.

Typical of modern Britain. Utterly useless!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Carole Davis on 15 Jan. 2010
Format: Paperback
Bought this book as a fun present for my husband,s 60th. He's not much of a book reader, but enjoyed looking through the old photos, a reminder of what he used to get up to when he was young.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael Haughey on 24 May 2010
Format: Paperback
I share the criticism that the photos are spread across two pages and so some of the image is lost in the join. Only took me 15 minutes to look through. Content is a bit thin plus the jokey stereotypical northern humour used in the captions is cringeworthy even for a bloke from the north of England like me. A few laughs, its a stocking filler rather than a main present. Worth buying on Amazon as its cheap.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Reader on 5 Jan. 2010
Format: Paperback
Very interesting photos. I would have liked more information on subjects, i.e. Place photo taken and dates.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Brooks on 4 Jan. 2010
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Lovely set of photos, some seem quite familiar to a child of the 1950s.

Some extraordinary images that is difficult to believe were ever allowed....

Amusing and refreshing in these days of H&S!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By R. Drysdale on 11 Dec. 2009
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I was disappointed in this book. Whoever had the idea of placing these wonderful photographs at angles across two pages so that much of the photograph is "lost" in the join, has spoilt a very good idea. I also wonder why it was decided to print them in sepia which tends to make the pictures rather murky when black & white would have been more in keeping with the era portrayed. The light-hearted "northern working-class" captions were amusing but sometimes more information would have been appreciated. All in all a missed opportunity to observe how much our attitudes to health and safety have changed over half a century.
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