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Book Review: This Mitchell & Webb Book

This Christmas I was on the Good List again (don’t ask me how) and one of the gifts Santa Brought me was This Mitchell & Webb Book.

This Mitchell & Webb Book

This Mitchell & Webb Book

It’s a heavy tome and I was expecting it to provide accompaniment to my private times (ahem, I keep my books in the en-suite smallest room) for a few weeks. Here’s my first and biggest problem with the book… after a few interesting and funny pages, the book descends into an over-designed, overly-padded comedy book.

Now don’t get me wrong. I love comedy. I also love pictures and appreciate good design. I even love comic strip-type work and in my younger days I dabbled with it myself.  If anyone has a copy of my old student mag, it’s probably worth … oooh, several pennies now.

 But… when I’m presented with a hardcover book I expect it to last me more than 6 days of visits to the loo.  This book has some really funny comedy moments including the poster above, which made me chuckle for hours – I’m thinking of putting it on the notice board at work.  However, the last book I found so disjointed was something to do with The Young Ones when I was about 14.

Mitchell & Webb are funny. I love their radio stuff; their TV work’s entertaining and even their appearances on umpteen panel shows are amusing enough – I just feel that this book was thrown together under a contractual agreement involving a decent advance payment and a tight deadline to make sure it was ready in time for the pre-Christmas market.

Saying that, it’s not bad. Borrow a copy from a friend. Borrow mine if you want. It’s good enough for me to tell you that I want it back, but not so good that I’d demand that you buy your own. You can though, here:

Tell ‘em Phill sent you.

p.s. you can follow David Mitchell on twitter: @RealDMitchell – and read more from both of the chaps on MySpace.

Bikes for Girlies

The goose is beginning to get fat and lists are already being finalised before sending to the guy in the big red suit, so I’ve been trying to help him out by seeing what’s in the market for 6 and 7 year-old girlies.

Wiggle and Evans were both displaying some lovely bikes, but well out of the price range when you consider that these will last the girls a couple of years at most, unless I discover a way to stop them growing up (every Dad’s dream?).  Halfrauds do the cracking Carerra Luna, but to be honest, it’s a little on the pricey side.  So I asked around at work – and thank goodness I did…

Within a few minutes I was speaking to the very helpful Yvonne at E B Cycles.  After a few minutes browsing around their website whilst chatting to her, I’d pretty much made my decision.  The two girls in questions are as alike as chalk and cheddar, so they’re going to need vastly different-looking bikes.

I think they’ll be very happy with the selection! That is assuming that they are Very Good Girls and that Santa is in a cooperative mood!

Harrys Walks

Shameless Plug Alert!

A friend and colleague of mine, Dave, today proudly launched Harry’s Walks, a blog about his beloved black labrador.

Dave & Harry's New Doggyblog

Dave & Harry’s New Doggyblog

Dave’s a technical wizard, so I expect the site to introduce some interesting techniques (the best of which I shall steal mwuahahahaha), as well as showcasing the very best doggy gadgets available.  Dave simply cannot resist a gadget, especially if it’s imported for less than a fiver from Hong Kong.

If you have a dog, or are thinking of getting one, get in touch with Dave via his blog.  You know it makes sense.

Tell ‘im Phill sent ya.

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