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How to be Free
How to be Free
by Tom Hodgkinson
Edition: Hardcover

80 of 86 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this and prevent a heart attack, 9 April 2007
This review is from: How to be Free (Hardcover)
Considering Tom Hodgkinson is editor of the Idler and places being idle as a life aim he's not exactly workshy when it comes to research for this book. All around us we see stressed out workers competing for the best parking space, snatching at every opportunity and consuming with a vigour that would put most drug addicts to shame - Hodgkinson, with a broad sword that takes in medieval merrymaking and our 21st century tax burden (higher now than in fuedal times according to the author) puts forward an almost unarguable point that we all need to slow down, consume less, laugh more and stop striving for the next big thing. As most people deep down know this to be true it took "How to Be Free" for me to finally stop and, like being gently slapped in the face with the fish of happiness and quit rushing around like an idiot. It's rare for books to actually stop you in your tracks (The Corporation - Bakan, Stupid White Men - Moore, The Culture of Fear - Glassner, How Mumbo Jumbo Conquered the World - Wheen) but I was the road rage, drag the dog around the park, five meetings a day, make more money screaming bundle of stress that somehow defines modern man. How to Be Free points to an alternative way of life that drags the absurdity of this modern capitalist lifestyle out into the bright sunshine and stabs it repeatedly with his observations, facts and comparisons. Buy this book or alternatively, on Tom Hodgkinsons advice, buy a ukulele .. or was it a banjo. Buy two, one for yourself and one for someone you know who screams at cyclists.

Smithsonian: Bug Hunter (DK Smithsonian Nature Activity Guides)
Smithsonian: Bug Hunter (DK Smithsonian Nature Activity Guides)
by David Burnie
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.01

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Value for money educational bug resource, 12 Mar 2007
This is the sort of book that I would have loved as a kid so I bought it for my friends 6 year old daughter who was already capturing ladybirds. Although DK do not give you any idea of the age group it is aimed at the joy of this book is that with adult supervision and input it can be be used by 6+ but for kids left to themselves the reading age is about 10+. By using boxes, fruit juice cartons and plastic cups there is a plethora of fascinating activities for kids and at just under a fiver it is a great way of getting children to interact with nature and keep them occupied. Well done DK and I learned there are over 370,000 species of beetle.

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