Bruce McCall's Zany Afternoons Paperback – 1 Nov 1982
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The breath of his imagination is a delight and this is just one of a dozen equally great books by Bruce McCaul. Was there an Autogyro Joust, a Zeppelin Shoot, an R.M.S. 'Tyrannic' which dwarfed the 'Titanic' by facilitating pony races through steerage? Maybe........
While this particular book is out of print it is considered one of his best and will soon be re-printed. In the meantime enter his name in Amazon.co.uk and see what comes up second-hand.
Tim Costello, Dublin.
Jean-Philippe in France.
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The funniest thing that I have ever read and looked at, this is after reading and looking at it for 20 years!!
Most highly recommended of all.
The fun games are depicted poster style, accompanied by short commentary. Games like Tank Polo, Autogyro Jousting, and the all-in-fun, "Blindfold the seaplane pilot" (as it banks and twists between skyscrapers). The absurd "Wing Dining," as depicted on the cover, is worth the price of the book.
The second part is a collection of spoofs of 1930's through 50's advertisements, everything from monstrously large automobiles with tail fins, to rediculous home-study courses so you can afford to "eat steak."
There is just too much good about this book that can't be covered by a review. It does, however, require a somewhat twisted sense of humor for full appreciation.
I first saw a copy of Bruce McCalls colorful book when I borrowed one from a colleague 35 years ago. I was finally able to acquire my own copy five years ago and may buy another one as a loaner.
Much to my surprise, they have replaced four pages found in the original with four different pages I've never seen before.
The original paperback edition from 1982 on page 114 - 117 featured "Stewardesses of the Emerging Nations" - RwandaAir and all that jazz. The new printing has replaced that material with "The Adventures of The Hotel Throckmorton, est. 1906." This new (?) material (though still funny) is not nearly as good - even though my Dad and I both agree that "Stewardesses..." was probably our least favorite section of the original. But why the replacement? Was the orignal artwork misplaced? Very very odd.
One thing to note that I JUST spotted after years of faithful reading, one the airplanes featured in this original section was one of the first commercial jetliners that flew for British Airways... the De Havilland Comet. Infamous in real life for it's disastrous window blowouts. The plane originally had square windows which would occasionally blow out at altitude causing the entire fleet to be scrapped. Looks like the "Airlines of Emerging Nations" contained an extra insider "joke" from Mr. McCall.