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The Crap Old Days Hardcover – 6 Oct 2008

3.9 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Prion Books Ltd; 01 edition (6 Oct. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1853756830
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853756832
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.5 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,192,334 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Wayne Williams has been writing for magazines for over 18 years. Until September 2005 he was the Editorial Director of Live Publishing an independent magazine publisher based in South Manchester. He lives in Manchester. Darren Allan has been a freelance journalist for a large range of computer magazines and websites for the past eight years. Previous to this role, he was Editor of a computer magazine at IDG Media based in Macclesfield. He lives in Scotland.

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Format: Hardcover
After reading "The Crap Old Days" I must take exception about "The Crystal Maze". I was one of the "middle-management yuppie prats" who appeared on the show and can say that it's not quite as easy as you think it was from your armchair (although the description of the contestants scrabbling around in the sawdust looking for a crowbar was pretty much what I did come my moment of glory !).

Apart from that slight blemish, I agree with most things (UB40, leg warmers, Ultravox) and many memories were stirred.

Lots of laughs and a great read.
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I thought this book would be an ideal stocking filler, and so it has proved to be as it is easy to dip into or read straight through. However, I was unprepared for the level of discussion and, in some cases, outright indignation, it has caused in our household. I didn't realise how much some people could get attached to such worthy items as Scalextric and Etch-a-Sketch; items which do not usually appear on a list of "things that aren't really that great after all". Some boundaries have definitely been crossed and previously sacrosanct memories are going to be seriously challenged. An irreverant romp through our childhood and adolesence, I found this thoroughly entertaining although I must take issue with the postings for The Clangers and Ultravox.....
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If you grew up in the 70s you will love this book and not perhaps for the reasons you expect! Everyone will have a pet fuzzy warm memory about a particular toy or TV program from that era (mine is Space Hoppers and the Six Million Dollar Man...and Weebles) and it's funny how a feeling of righteous indignation rears up when your treasured memories are somehow picked apart and held up to the clear light of day as being rather rubbish. However you find yourself still trying to justify them to anyone who will listen which then results in a counter attack by the listener and an enjoyable debate ensues about the varous merits (or otherwise) of Weebles and Space Hoppers... That's what's good about this book - it would be too easy to poke fun at only Mullets and The Krankies - these guys also go for the hard stuff..Action Men, Dr Who..The Clangers! Read it and you will laugh not only at the obvious but the not so obvious... thoroughly enjoyable.
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This is a bloody miserable book, in my opinion, what is so wrong with remembering your childhood or past times fondly? why is it cool to say everything is crap? there are much better books out there for those of us who like to remember things from our childhood, ignore this crap.
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