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Around the World by Mouse

by Harry Pearson

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Harry Pearson, who previously treated us to visits to soccer grounds of northern England and the rural fairs of England, sits himself at the computer and travels the world virtually.

This means we don't get stories about train or plane travel and how bad airline food is, but instead we hear about how bad the internet connection in his rural Northumberland village is. A lot of badly translated website related humour follows, some of it rather amusing, some not so. Whatever the case may be, I was glad Pearson introduced me to the chap known as "Iron Man Wang". ( )
  MiaCulpa | May 25, 2015 |
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It is very easy to visit foreign lands and write sweeping generalisations about them.
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Inspired by the efforts of 1950s comic writer Alex Atkinson who wrote a travelogue about the USA without bothering to visit it, Harry Pearson embarks on an epic trip around the globe without leaving his office except for the obvious necessities (snacks, bathroom breaks and removing an electrocuted mouse from inside the toaster). Using the Internet, he traverses an incredible virtual world where natural wonders are rendered all the more remarkable by the florid language of computer translation programmes ("Glorious opinions of the provincial topography can be had from our high-up windows"). By train, car, motorbike, and yacht, as well as homepage, live cam, and blog, the author traverses the planet; fights off wave after wave of Spam-hucksters ("Want to make love like you were a teenager again?" What, you mean, on my own?); barters with locals using the recognized currency of the cyberspace—trivia; tries very hard not to be distracted from the appalling situation in Tajikstan by the news that a group of men in Michigan regularly recreate the great medieval battles using thousands of Playmobile figures; and along the way learns about truth, beauty, and why his septic tank is a ticking time bomb.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:15:46 -0400)

"Inspired by the efforts of 1950's comic writer Alex Atkinson, who wrote a travelogue about the USA without bothering to visit it, Harry Pearson embarks on an epic trip around the globe without leaving his office except for the obvious necessities (biscuits, lavatory breaks and removing an electrocuted mouse from inside the toaster.) Using the internet, Pearson traverses an incredible virtual world where natural wonders are rendered all the more remarkable by the florid language of compouter translation programmes ("Glorious opinions of the provincial topography can be had from our high-up windows"). By train, car, motorbike and yacht, homepage, live cam and blog, the author traverses the planet..." -- Back cover.… (more)

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