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Can't Be Arsed : 101 Things Not to Do Before You Die - Richard Wilson

Can't Be Arsed

101 Things Not to Do Before You Die


Published: 1st January 2008
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Books, television shows and websites are forever ordering us around - 100 things to do before you're 30; 50 albums you must own; this year's must-have handbag; change your life in two weeks.

Why - is this an increasingly desperate search for happiness? Perhaps you can in fact attain happiness not by going anywhere or doing anything but instead by actually reducing your ambitions.

This is the philosophy behind 101 Things Not To Do Before You Die. Each chapter begins with a diatribe, followed by a detailed look at the alternative side of the 101 most frequently cited must do's, revealing ugly details not mentioned in existing guidebooks and giving off-putting facts and statistics to quote at holier-than-thou thrillseekers.

Here, at last, is the timely antidote to the plethora of '101 things' books so beloved by vaunting adventurers. After all, why must we swim with dolphins? Or read Kafka in Prague? Or go paintballing?

Wish-fulfillment lists take heed...

About the Author

Richard Wilson is head of comedy for Hat Trick Productions and executive producer of Have I Got News For You. He has also previously worked on Never Mind the Buzzcocks and Room 101. His first book for Portico is Can't Be Arsed: 101 Things Not To Do Before You Die.



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    Comments about Can't Be Arsed:

    Great book.....puts all the other books of this genre in the shade..(101 things to do before you die, etc.). Very funny and very apt. Would like to read more from this author. A good laugh....especially the anecdote about swimming with the dolphins.

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    "A funny book from the man behind some of Britain's funniest TV shows. Quite an achievement for such a miserable old ba****d." John O'Farrell

    Introductionp. 1
    Visit Machu Picchup. 6
    Canoe up the Amazonp. 8
    Shower in a Waterfallp. 10
    See the Great Wall of Chinap. 11
    Go to Thailandp. 12
    Swim with Dolphinsp. 14
    See the Taj Mahalp. 16
    Go Snorkelling in the Maldivesp. 19
    Visit the Pyramidsp. 21
    Go to Sienna for the Paliop. 24
    Backpack around Australiap. 26
    Run with the Bulls in Pamplonap. 29
    Read Kafka in Praguep. 30
    Visit the Grand Canyonp. 32
    Go to Buenos Aires to see Boca Juniors vs River Platep. 35
    See the Parthenonp. 39
    Go on a Balloon Safarip. 41
    Bungee Jumpp. 43
    Eat Fugu Fish in Japanp. 45
    Drink a Yard of Alep. 47
    Go White-Water Raftingp. 50
    Skydivep. 52
    Drive at l00mphp. 54
    Ride a Horse on a Beachp. 57
    Ride a Horse on a Beach Barebackp. 59
    Learn to Ride a Motorbikep. 60
    Touch a Tigerp. 62
    Say Hello to a Stranger Every Dayp. 64
    Look into a Child's Eyes, See Yourself and Smilep. 66
    Be Totally Honest with Your Partnerp. 68
    Drink Champagne out of a Slipperp. 70
    Go Speed Datingp. 73
    Go (Speed or Otherwise) Dating with Your Mump. 75
    Have a Threesomep. 77
    Have Sex in an Aeroplanep. 79
    Have Sex on a Beachp. 80
    Have an Affairp. 81
    Cultural Section
    Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Bandp. 87
    Dark Side of the Moonp. 89
    Thrillerp. 90
    Pet Soundsp. 91
    Blonde on Blondep. 93
    Nevermindp. 96
    Electric Ladylandp. 98
    The Velvet Underground and Nicop. 99
    Exile on Main Streetp. 101
    Never Mind the Bollocks Here's The Sex Pistolsp. 103
    London Callingp. 104
    Astral Weeksp. 105
    Lowp. 107
    Citizen Kanep. 110
    Battleship Potemkinp. 111
    Taxi Driverp. 112
    Singin' in the Rainp. 113
    Lawrence of Arabia / Gone with the Wind / The Searchersp. 114
    Vertigop. 114
    Casablancap. 116
    The Shawshank Redemptionp. 117
    Pulp Fictionp. 119
    The Empire Strikes Backp. 120
    War and Peacep. 124
    Crime and Punishmentp. 124
    The Iliad and The Odysseyp. 125
    Freakonomics / The Tipping Point / The Beauty Mythp. 126
    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegasp. 129
    Animal Farmp. 129
    The Catcher in the Ryep. 130
    Catch 22p. 130
    The Dice Manp. 131
    Jane Eyre / Pride and Prejudice and stuff like thatp. 132
    A la Recherche du Temps Perdup. 133
    Great Expectationsp. 134
    For Whom the Bell Tollsp. 135
    Ulyssesp. 136
    Lord of the Ringsp. 137
    Enough Culture…
    Make Friends with a Famous Personp. 138
    Try Drugsp. 141
    Get a Tattoop. 143
    Go to Glastonbury (or any other rock festival)p. 146
    Have a Meaningful Conversation with a Beggarp. 151
    Make Yourself Spend a Day in Auschwitz and Vow Never to Forgetp. 153
    Build a Tree Housep. 155
    Build an Igloop. 157
    Make a Dreamcatcherp. 160
    Have a Powwow with American Indiansp. 162
    Undergo a Rebirthing Experiencep. 164
    Cut Your Child's Umbilical Cordp. 167
    Play on the Swings when You're a Grown-upp. 171
    Go Dancing in the Rainp. 174
    Go Skinny-dippingp. 175
    Build a Bonfire on a Beachp. 178
    Stay up All Night on a Beach until Sunrisep. 180
    Have a Weekend of Pampering at a Health Spap. 182
    Eat at the Best Restaurant in the Worldp. 185
    Run A Marathonp. 188
    Build Your Own Housep. 193
    Learn a Languagep. 194
    Learn a Musical Instrumentp. 196
    Learn Circus Skillsp. 199
    Perform Stand-up Comedyp. 200
    Write a Bookp. 205
    Bibliographyp. 209
    Acknowledgementsp. 213
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    ISBN: 9781906032371
    ISBN-10: 1906032378
    Audience: Professional
    Format: Hardcover
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 213
    Published: 1st January 2008
    Publisher: Pavilion Books
    Country of Publication: GB
    Dimensions (cm): 20.0 x 13.6  x 2.4
    Weight (kg): 0.363