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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 29 Jan 2006
This review is from: Britain: What a State: A User's Guide to Life in the UK (Hardcover)
Sir Edward Bicycle is a regular on the b3ta.com web site, and often posts the sort of materials that have been lovingly (?) collected in this great book. The book is witty, sarcastic, and very funny - especially for those of us who believe Britain is in a terrible bureaucratic mess. It also makes great toilet reading!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect present for anyone, 18 Dec 2005
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This review is from: Britain: What a State: A User's Guide to Life in the UK (Hardcover)
It's such a cliche to say that something is the perfect present - but having given this to numerous people now without fail, I really think it is.
The book presumes a level of cynicism with the government and level of sickness with bureaucracy - but I seriously can't imagine any demographic that doesn't have that. Besides that I can see the book appealing to all, right or left.
The book (and accompanying website) had me crying with laughter and - like with all comedy gigs - it's hard to explain what was funny afterwards or to remember the jokes. I wish I could :)
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, very funny., 7 Oct 2005
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Jeff Jenkins (Eastleigh, Hampshire United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Britain: What a State: A User's Guide to Life in the UK (Hardcover)
If you like wacky humour with a wicked satirical style, you'll love this book. I was reading it on the train to London the day it came out and was getting very odd looks from the people in the same carriage as I was laughing out loud at most of the items. It's a nice one to read in bits and is a bueatifully bound and presented book perfectly capturing the style of Ian's website but with fresh new material. Ok there are a few repeats from his website, but nothing like as many as I was expecting.
All in all, worth every penny of £6. Buy copies for all your relatives and friends for Christmas or upcoming birthdays, they'll love it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Be afraid be very afraid, 25 Mar 2008
This review is from: Britain: What a State: A User's Guide to Life in the UK (Hardcover)
Dissecting the culture and politics through razor-like wit, it spells out the true facts of how we all operate, and the jargonistic language used to baffle us! The Department of Social Scrutiny controls our very existances and we are at the mercy(there isn't any it's a fabricated lie)
of faceless automatons who have no conscience. Dealing with the British public(you'd have to be certified to do so), would make anyone want to emigrate. Soul destroyingly true is the insight and satire that we are all doomed...even in death....I bought this book cheaply but the contents are priceless...Wonderful stuff Mr.Vince(if that is your real name!!! :) )
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DoSS pwnz j00, 18 Oct 2005
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This review is from: Britain: What a State: A User's Guide to Life in the UK (Hardcover)
Outstanding. Buy it. Buy it now. Buy it for all your friends and they'll love you forever. Buy it for your mum and watch her disapprove heartily whilst trying to hide a snigger. Buy it for your dole officer to help them make sense of their life. Just buy the damn thing already!
[...] will give you an idea of the type of stuff in this book :)
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 16 Nov 2005
This review is from: Britain: What a State: A User's Guide to Life in the UK (Hardcover)
A frighteningly funny insight into the mindset of Britain. A must for all worth their salt.
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