Is It Just Me Or Is Everything Shit?

I was idling away some time in the excellent public library at Albany Village. Small but perfectly formed. Picked up an interesting looking book called: Is It Just Me Or Is Everything Shit? by Steve Lowe & Alan McArthur. Very, very funny. I laughed out loud. A Cynical, laddish, opinionated A-Z…perfect. If you like the likes of Jeremy Clarkson or Charlie Booker.
I read pretty much the lot (except the obscure British topics - because, let's face it, who cares about their provincial little concerns and minor celebrities). Here's what they say about Prince Andrew:

In 2003, the fourth in line to the throne decided to travel from London to a lunch engagement in Oxford by chartered helicopter at a cost to the taxpayer of £2,939. When faced with complaints about squandering the public purse, a palace spokeswoman explained that reliability was paramount as the Oxford date was a state banquet in honour of Vladimir Putin. Sadly, 'setting out earlier' was, she continued, simply not possible as there was 'something he'd forgotten to do' and also 'something on the telly'.

Prince Andrew loves helicopters so much that when no helicopter can be found for him, he scampers up and down the palace corridors shouting: 'Mummy! 'Copter! Mummy! 'Copter!'
They are less flattering about Charles and their views of Prince William are just disturbing.

Another highlight was the entry about Che Guevara t-shirts (and other merchandise). You can read it and other extracts from the book on the website.

Don't buy the book from their site though. Buy it here and make an old man happy:

Is it just me or is everything shit?

It's probably bad e-commerce practice…distracting you from my latest compelling recommendation with some TV…but check out this Charlie Booker clip. At the very end are a couple of Scots geezers talk about old TV shows about technology. 'Parently there was one called DATBASE - at the end of which they broadcast software using the racket that dialup modems used to make and probably still do if you live in one of the many Telecom forsaken areas that don't have broadband access. Quite an interesting cultural artifact....recorders at the ready?...


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