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Arbie's Unoriginally Titled Book Blog

It's a blog! Mainly of book reviews.

Currently reading

Station Zero
Philip Reeve
Progress: 220/282 pages
The Books of Earthsea: The Complete Illustrated Edition
Ursula K. Le Guin, Charles Vess
Progress: 749/997 pages
The Penguin Book of Russian Poetry
Robert Chandler
The Uncertain Land and Other Poems
Patrick O'Brian
Progress: 8/160 pages
The Heptameron (Penguin Classics)
Marguerite de Navarre
Progress: 152/544 pages
The Poems and Plays of John Masefield
John Masefield
Progress: 78/534 pages
Poems Selected
Emily Dickinson, Ted Hughes
Progress: 4/50 pages
Selected Poems
U A Fanthorpe
Progress: 18/160 pages
The Penguin Book of Scottish Verse
Mick Imlah, Robert Crawford
Hainish Novels & Stories, Vol. 2
Ursula K. Le Guin
Progress: 133/789 pages

How to be a Wally, Paul Manning

How To Be A Wally - Paul Manning

In this book, from 1983, Manning repeatedly points out how hard it is to be a Wally; how much effort it takes. Driving badly in a clapped out Capri with fluffy dice hanging from the rear-view mirror is merely a minimal pre-requisite for the pretender-Wally. Despite all the effort and determination apparently required, Britain had a Wally epidemic in the first half of the eighties. They were everywhere and impossible to mistake for anything else.


But if it was tough then, how hard is it now? Where do you even find fluffy dice now, let alone a Capri to hang them in? Wallies may well be extinct - I haven't seen one for decades. Nerds, yep. Geeks, yep. Wallies? No.


Whatever happened to the Wallies?...Actually I don't care and nor should you - we're better off without them.