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Arbie's Unoriginally Titled Book Blog

It's a blog! Mainly of book reviews.

Currently reading

Ursula K. Le Guin: Hainish Novels and Stories, Vol. 1: Rocannon's World / Planet of Exile / City of Illusions / The Left Hand of Darkness / The Dispossessed / Stories (The Library of America)
Brian Attebery, Ursula K. Le Guin
Progress: 132/1100 pages
Life and Letters of Charles Darwin - Volume 1: By Charles Darwin - Illustrated
Charles Darwin
Progress: 200/346 pages
Basics of Plasma Astrophysics
Claudio Chiuderi, Marco Velli
Progress: 3/250 pages
Ursula K. Le Guin: The Complete Orsinia: Malafrena / Stories and Songs (The Library of America)
Brian Attebery, Ursula K. Le Guin
Progress: 359/700 pages
Selected Short Stories - Conrad (Wordsworth Classics)
Keith Carabine, Joseph Conrad
Progress: 236/272 pages
A Student's Guide to Lagrangians and Hamiltonians
Patrick Hamill
Progress: 7/180 pages
Complete Poems, 1904-1962
E.E. Cummings
Progress: 108/1102 pages
The Complete Plays and Poems
E.D. Pendry, J.C. Maxwell, Christopher Marlowe
She Stoops to Conquer and Other Comedies (Oxford World's Classics)
Henry Fielding, David Garrick, Oliver Goldsmith
Progress: 76/448 pages
Gravitation (Physics Series)
Kip Thorne;Kip S. Thorne;Charles W. Misner;John Archibald Wheeler;John Wheeler
Progress: 48/1215 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.