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Never Hit a Jellyfish with a Spade: How to Survive Life's Smaller…

by Guy Browning

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The big things in life look after themselves. Birth, love, death-they're all terrifically exciting, but they happen whether we like it or not. It's the little things in life that cause the most trouble. How do you deal with the million and one everyday challenges? Help is at hand. For the first time you can get intelligent, practical tuition on the level you need it: the trivial level. After years of exploring the small pockets in life's backpack in his celebrated "How to" column in the Weekend Guardian, Guy Browning has the rules that can help you move safely and effortlessly through the micro-chicanes on life's byways, including:-How to evaluate a bottle of wine (if the alcohol content is less than 15 percent, send it straight back)-How to get what you want at the barber's (no multipart instructions, please) -How to stay warm in bed (when your partner has cold feet and steals the covers) -How to be a fashionista (when your twenty-year-old wardrobe is suddenly back in vogue) -How to pretend to laugh at a friend's joke (the closest most men get to faking orgasm) -How to fix a computer (If restarting it doesn't work, turn it off and go back to a preindustrial lifestyle.) Covering cooking and eating, sleeping and waking, men and women, love and marriage, religion and politics, hedges and neighbors, Never Hit a Jellyfish with a Spade delivers the truth about the things that really matter. With a package as fun as its contents, it's the ideal gift for anyone who wants to live life with a sense of humor.… (more)
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Very amusing. ( )
  obtusata | Jan 9, 2020 |
This is a series of short essays (taken from the author's newspaper column) each of which starts How to... and then goes on to discuss some small facet of modern life. The book's divided into short sections of 10 or so essays on a related topic, love & marriage, sport, etc. As with any colleciotn of this type, it has it's ups and downs. There is a dry sense of humour at work here and I found myself giggling happily at some of the essays. Some very good one liners and not at all afraid to poke fun at certain groups. Men in particular come in for a certain amount of stick. If you happen to be a single male trainspotting rambler, this is probably not for you. ( )
  Helenliz | Mar 31, 2013 |
Beautifully British and uproariously funny. ( )
  jwcooper3 | Nov 15, 2009 |
A very nice book to keep next to your bed. Columns of two pages (originally written for The Guardian) about how to behave in a changing room, how to mow the lawn, how to eat biscuit and how to be married. A lot of fun, smiling guarenteed.

http://boekenwijs.blogspot.com/2009/09/never-hit-jellyfish-with-spade.html ( )
  boekenwijs | Sep 6, 2009 |
Series of short columns from the Guardian. Entertaining british humour about managing through life's day to day little tasks, from How to Make a Good Cup of Tea, to How to Do Fancy Dress. Very sweet. ( )
  seniwati | Jun 30, 2009 |
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The big things in life look after themselves. Birth, love, death-they're all terrifically exciting, but they happen whether we like it or not. It's the little things in life that cause the most trouble. How do you deal with the million and one everyday challenges? Help is at hand. For the first time you can get intelligent, practical tuition on the level you need it: the trivial level. After years of exploring the small pockets in life's backpack in his celebrated "How to" column in the Weekend Guardian, Guy Browning has the rules that can help you move safely and effortlessly through the micro-chicanes on life's byways, including:-How to evaluate a bottle of wine (if the alcohol content is less than 15 percent, send it straight back)-How to get what you want at the barber's (no multipart instructions, please) -How to stay warm in bed (when your partner has cold feet and steals the covers) -How to be a fashionista (when your twenty-year-old wardrobe is suddenly back in vogue) -How to pretend to laugh at a friend's joke (the closest most men get to faking orgasm) -How to fix a computer (If restarting it doesn't work, turn it off and go back to a preindustrial lifestyle.) Covering cooking and eating, sleeping and waking, men and women, love and marriage, religion and politics, hedges and neighbors, Never Hit a Jellyfish with a Spade delivers the truth about the things that really matter. With a package as fun as its contents, it's the ideal gift for anyone who wants to live life with a sense of humor.

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