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After a very long break, welcome to Episode 10 of Virtual Pizza, devouring the digital world, one slice at a time.


This episode has a special horror theme!


Remember, tickets are still available for the Back to the Theatre Brian Cox event on September 28th, where Manhunter and Trick ‘r’ Treat will be screened with the great man himself in the audience!

Break music: the fantastic ‘Re: Your Brains’ by Jonathan Coulton

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The English: A Field Guide

Back in 2012 I was approached by a Sunday Times Magazine journalist to be involved in an article on Extreme Commuting. Matt (Rudd) wanted to experience part of my 9 hour daily roundtrip commute. Some of you may remember the article, Matt wimped out after a few hours, leaving me to continue on my own… cheers Matt. Noted.

At the time, Matt had mentioned that he was part way through writing his new novel, which would be examining the English way of life. Now, I have to admit, this type of book usually does nothing for me, and what little precious reading time I have is spent reading science fiction. However, when I saw that Matt’s book, The English: A Field Guide, had been published by Harper Collins (and that there was a chapter on commuting!), I made my one-click purchase.

It arrived in time for my annual week long vacation, the one time of the year when I get to read without interruption from work.  Broken down into 11 chapters, Matt takes a humorous journey as he examines the often ignored parts of English (and British) life, taking us with him as he looks at the anthropology of sofa etiquette, the outside room, the commuter train (!), the pub and dogging…

At 310 pages long, I settled down to start, ignoring the immediate temptation to jump straight to chapter 4 ‘The Commuter Train’ (page 107 to be exact if you’re really interested).  By the end of the Introduction, I was hooked.  With some real laugh out loud moments (which in typical Britishness I rarely do when reading), genius footnotes, the author has put together a fantastically  funny piece of work.  There are a lot of home truths that you automatically relate to, and Matt’s self deprecating wit gives it an honesty that feels fresh.  This humour is not staged or contrived, this is the author.

It is the most romantic story I’ve ever heard from a man called Phil

‘My’ chapter, was of course sublime, and the above line certainly put me in the good books with Mrs.O!

Particular favourites were Matt’s first time playing 5-a-side football, experiences with English customer service and faulty goods, the love affair we have with kitchen gadgets, and the recounting of ridiculously arduous time spent in a Blackpool hotel from hell, where Matt

was awoken by the sound of a child telling another child to fuck off, and a man telling that fucking child to stop fucking shouting and the fucking child telling him to fuck off, and then all of them fucking laughing

Despite my connection with the book, I can honestly say that I haven’t enjoyed a book this much in a long time.  It hit a number of recognition chords and I really did find myself smiling throughout.  It’s an easy read, I finished it in a couple of sittings, and as I write this post, remembering the stories, I think I’ll start reading it again.  A rarity.

Highly recommended, Matt Rudd’s The English: A Field Guide, published by Harper Collins, is available from Amazon, and at time of posting, it’s currently priced at a very reasonable £8.27 for the paperback (£5.99 Kindle edition).

You can also follow Matt on Twitter @MattRudd.

I’ve recently become addicted to Goodreads, but more about that later. One of the functions of Goodreads is that my book reviews will be automatically published onto this blog.

To do that I need to find my blog’s post URL, which is easy to find in the source code of your blog web page. But if your doing this on an iOS device, there’s no option in Safari to allow you to view the source!

Luckily I happened upon this page, which instructs you on creating a bookmark with some JavaScript. Very simple, took me a couple of minutes to do, and now when I want to view a web pages source code I just need to click on my new bookmark and Hey presto!

Hope this helps someone else!

Check out the first of hopefully many, Virtual Pizza: The Slice.

In this Slice we take a look at 5 of the most anticipated shows coming to your screens in 2013.

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