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An Idiot Aboard – The Utterly Useless Guide to Mediterranean Sailing

by Bob Newbury.

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  • Print Length: 284 pages.
  • Language: English.

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An Idiot Aboard – The Utterly Useless Guide to Mediterranean Sailing

An Idiot Aboard is one of a kind. It combines the travelogue and change of lifestyle genres and then tosses miscellanies of popular science and riffs on human nature and psychology into the mix. It effortlessly blends philosophical discussion with toilet humour (and toilet maintenance).

The author’s irreverent, dry humour and highly developed sense of the absurd produce reactions in the reader that range from laugh out loud guffaws through apoplectic indignation to wry grins of recognition.

At the core of the book is the story of a three year voyage by sailing boat to and around the Mediterranean. On the way, our protagonists encountered blockading French fishermen, sinister Mafiosi, forlorn refugees, the catamaran from Hell and the horrors of The Resort. Luckily, they narrowly escaped bumping in to Peter Mandelson and George Osborne. They were introduced to the dubious pleasures of pontoon politics and were mugged by an ape.

Woven into the narrative are musings on national stereotypes, French shopping idiosyncrasies, the nature of religious experience, the evolution of tribalism, how to annoy men of a certain age in yacht clubs, the ineffable vastness of space, the devastating consequences of electromagnetic pulses, why there really ought to be a ‘bollocks’ section in bookshops, survival tips for crossing the road in Italy, Greek bargaining tactics and the utter futility of trying to outsmart a Portuguese bureaucrat.

This is not just a book for sailors, although they will certainly enjoy it. It is a book for anyone who rails against the pompous, self-serving venality of politicians, paper-pushers, pundits and the press but can still take joy from the flight of fancy of visualizing them all being herded on stage at the end of the party conferences and forced to perform the birdie song (with actions).

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