I've been meaning to read this book since being moved by the massive Band/Live Aid events of the 80s and am glad I got round to it.
The book follows Bob's life from the unfortunate beginnings in Ireland, through teenage, the Boomtown Rats years and then the charity work. It is a compelling read for so many reasons. Of course there's the big events, which left me rediscovering the reality that he was just an ordinary bloke who was moved, motivated and organised. It was also just one of the things he did with his life, the school, teenage and Rats years were also interesting.
I suspect it was co-written, although Bob is himself a man with a great turn of phrase and a… Read more
Some statistical and mathematical application is fascinating, and the book opens with some really interesting angles and examples. I became disappointed as it seemed to run out of ideas, become very academic and in doing so lost my interest.
It seemed to me the main objective had been to demonstrate a high level of knowledge and some good reading, which was acheived, but this just lost me. I am a bit of a geek, I work with numbers and love spreadsheets. I've got two degrees in mathematical subjects, but couldn't get stimulated by this. Judging by other reviews this is not the prevailing view, but certainly my experience.
The subject is a taboo, and discussions of urine tend to be either scientific or juvenile. This is neither, and the result is a fascinating book.
Running A-Z style through a collection of anecdotes and historical revelations, the book brings together a spectrum of stories about urine. The value of this 'waste product' is undeniable as it has proved vital as a fertiliser, in the textile industry, making bricks for war refugees in water scarce areas and so many other ways. It makes a good case for being of medical value. Then there are the historical stories: often quirky, generally thought provoking.
This book IS funny, but it's also interesting. I also dare to… Read more