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2006-10-17 00:01:16
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But to continue a moan and apologise a bit. I feel bad for slagging off Robert Ross in a thread, when I’ve not even read the new book, but when I have… ha,ha. No, but I feel bad cos he has got a Goodies book out there and persuaded publishers that, yeah, there’s a market for it here despite the lack of repeats etc. After all no ‘Robin of Sherwood’ book is there? Sob.

I don’t like A-Z’s or Episode Guides so Ross is stuffed before he even begins in my little critical world. And the Goodies Rule Ok does seem to be an episode guide. Like the last Inspector Morse book that came out it was “Oh it’s so great,” but its just an episode guide! ‘The Making of Inspector Morse’ may be more populist and less easy to use but I thought the information was more interesting and useful. As I’ve said before I’ve either seen the episode or I don’t want any spoilers. Plus in this day and age: internet! I did get a little Doctor Who episode guide though’ cos it was cheap and I can never remember the titles, the plotline yes.

Oh and non-fiction books without  an index that’s another big beef with me. I know they’re a pain to do but they are essential for the reader.

I think Ross has been set up by the jacket blurb and the graphic designers too like he says in the introduction The Goodies have been stuck with flares, clackers, spangles and stick on ’taches in the naff 70’s bar nostalgia section of culture, not to be given much thought and wurr its got bright colours!, big letters!, retro font! Yes, I know it’s the Goodies font and a nice touch, but to the casual browser it doesn’t have the gravitas of times new roman (keeping it serif, man. I wrote an essay on serifs and sans serifs once, not quite sure how). I only want the best for our boys, “boys”!?

Just to prove I’m not an semi-literate who only reads TV-tie ins and massage my ego by proving how superior I am, I’ve read from cover to cover ‘Seven Pillars of Wisdom’ by T. E. Lawrence, ‘Religion and the Decline of Magic’ by Keith Thomas and ‘What A Week with Bruno Brookes’ by Mary Wilson.

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Music - Radio 1, why?
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