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Can't Be Arsed

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I visited Pompeii in 1981 at the end of a school cruise, we had earlier seen ruins in Greece, Turkey and Egypt, so by the time we got to Pompeii we were unappreciative of further ruins. Canâ t Be Arsed is a hilarious diatribe from the head of comedy at Hat Trick (producers of Have I Got News For You, Room 101 and Father Ted) that takes a detailed look at the alternative side of the 101 most frequently cited must do's, revealing the ugly details that most of these guidebooks conveniently ignore. Taking it with a grain of salt as I plan to do with nonfiction, I finished the first part, skimmed through the second part because I barely knew albums mentioned, finished the small 3rd part and closed the book before the 4th.

So the next time someone insists on swimming with dolphins, reading Kafka in Prague, or skydiving, you can feel better about thumbing your nose and staying in your comfort zone instead. Should one really not go to Australia because Koala's are not as cuddly as they look and might bite and scratch (what are the chances of that happening ? It's easy to see the grumpiness and general antagonism but I just found it to be a permanent rant in the same vein as the World According to Clarkson books.Honestly I have no interest in 99% of the stuff in those books so why waste my time doing something I don't want to. Again, if it had been funny then it could have pulled it off, but it's really not funny, nor clever. I think with Ephesus we had few expectations and it was early in our cruise and we were blown away by the site. I had a quick look at getting there form Tbilisi and most routes involved two or three changes and around 24 hours to arrive in Cuzco then there would be a "bladder-bursting seven hour bus ride".

If you're a positive person, enjoy new experiences and seeing the world and not accepting the norm, don't read this. Proust's "A La Recherche du Temps Perdu", the longest novel ever, is dismissed with a single sentence: "Yes, yes, Proust tasted a biscuit that made him think of his childhood, we've all done that. Not for this author the revered 'must-do' bucket lists of places to go, things to do, which seem all too popular these days.Here, at last, is the timely antidote to the plethora of '101 things' books so beloved by vaunting adventurers, to finally make them stop telling us how to live.

A lazy, seemingly tired male (hence the spike in interest) lists things he finds overrated, overromanticised or simply too much effort, and hence advises us not to do them. But the majority of the 101 entries were along the lines of 'tattoos look tacky' and 'Taxi Driver is boring'. Great for those looking for short articles and that also happen to poke fun at the traditional to-do-before books. Not all things on the not to do list are great or should be followed (most really) but honestly was just fun reading the opinion of another who’s not afraid to say whats on his mind (a fresh air with the cancel culture these days).

To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. Fantastic book with a brilliant take on seeing all the well-known, over-visited, over-glorified tourist meccas. A sort of self help book that convinces you to do the opposite of a normal self help book by giving you 101 things you don't need to do and maybe just enjoy your normal life.

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