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!Amazing! ~ For Ten Minutes
on 19 February 2013
I was really captivated by this book, and I laughed out loud at some of the completely ridiculous situations outlined in the blurb. I agree whole-heartedly that Health and Safety Regulations have gone quite mad. And yet I can see it from the other side two: Only yesterday, the electrician arrived to de-fur the blades of the extractor fan in the kitchen, which had filled with muck. He couldn't reach it, so the boy went to get a bicyle, but when the electrician stood up on the seat handle he still couldn't reach the fan, so he sent the boy to fetch a stool. The stool was perched on the cycle seat, the electrician climbed up, using cycle parts and stool struts to gain a foothold. After that he mounted the stool. The entire arrangement wobbled alarmingly, but a third person came to steady the base. The work was completed. Fetching a third guy was our level of Health and Safety.
We're in India, you see. We did well. I won't deny that I blanched and bawled, bawled and blanched, but they took scant notice. In England the act would have been totally unacceptable, and measures would have to be adopted, as they should, to a certain extent, here. Yet how far do you need to go? There's the the rub!
In UK we have gone way, way too far not only in Health and Safety regulations, but in political correctness too. There can hardly be a soul left whose life hasn't at some point been tarred by bureaucracy and petty rules. So the point of the book soon becomes its own problem. Every single clipping is headlined, (say) "!Senior Citizen Banned from Drinking Hot Tea!" - "An edict was issued yesterday by their chief Executive which prohibits Sillyville's Council Workers to serve tea above 65 deg C to senior to prevent accidents..." You could write your own at the drop of a hat. We have all been affected one way or another. What's good for an elevenses natter over a cuppa isn't necessarily good for a book.
After ten minutes of this my mind was tiring and I wasn't in the least surprised. The double exclamation marks amused me for a bit, but after a while they grew incredibly irritating. It's really bad typographically and stylistically to use them persistently.
An amusing try, but I really can't see anyone being entertained by this book for long.