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African Brew Ha Ha: A Motorcycle Quest from Lancashire to Cape Town
African Brew Ha Ha: A Motorcycle Quest from Lancashire to Cape Town
by Alan Whelan
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Annoying and best avoided, 28 Oct. 2010
Am I the only person who found this guy arrogant and intensely annoying? His trip through Africa is one disaster to another. It seems that the idea was thought up in a pub and then carried through without any basic planning or realisation that maybe not everyone else in the world shares or has even heard about the English idiosyncrasy of drinking tea.

The culmination of this is an awkward exchange with a poor local who has no idea of the custom and wastes money indulging this weird Westerner in a custom he doesn't understand. It would have been much better to have drunk the local `Brew'; be that tea, coffee, beer etc

Also, the fact that he chose an inappropriate motorcycle, was completely hopeless when a problem arose, didn't complete his journey (he flew a significant part of the way), moaned the whole way about customs and did not seem to know anything about the countries he planned to cross or anything about fixing his bike irritated me to the point where I was glad I had finished.


Against the Flow: Culinary Adventures Up the Mekong River
Against the Flow: Culinary Adventures Up the Mekong River
by Ian Walker
Edition: Paperback

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Food, food, food, 28 Oct. 2010
If like me, you love SE Asian food and travel there then this is the book for you. The descriptions and recipes made me genuinely hungry and the anecdotes were genuinely interesting. The author went to great effort to explore the cultures and food on offer and reaching source of the Mekong is an achievement in itself. Thoroughly recommended.


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