We could say that these are searing critiques of commercialisation and embraces of the Absurd. We could.
My favourite reviews on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk:
Just Five Ingredients (Paperback)
by Ainsley Harriott (Author)
13 of 23 people found the following review helpful:
brave and courageous, 19 Aug 2009
By Dr. M von Vogelhausen
This is a movingly written account of one man’s battle to survive with limited resources at his disposal, as the title suggests. Like me, you may well be familiar with Mr. Harriott from the documentary “ready, steady, cook”, where chefs and members of the public are made to prepare meals while competing in a variety of track events. The hardship of that brutal series is as nothing, however, when compared to the travails described in this book.
Ainsley (I feel I can use his first name, having followed him this far) displays ingenuity and more than a little resolve when forced to make his five ingredients (pasta, potato waffles, loganberries, Tizer and ham oil) stretch for as many years. By the end, when the “recipes” are really just the scratchings in the sand of a mind pushed to its limits, I saw that it wasn’t really about food; it was about fear, anger, joy, and seasoning.
Reviewer’s Tags: brutal, ham oil, hardship, tizer
(More review anarchy from the Dr.)
A Whole New World
~ Katie Price & Peter Andre
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful:
Perfection?, 23 Nov 2006
By Black Mask
Duets can be tough things to pull off, especially when you’re dealing with two magnificent and unique talents, but sometimes… sometimes they just work. Think of Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald. Think of Iggy Pop and Debbie Harry. Think of Freddie Mercury and Monserrat Caballe. And now forget all of them, because the new benchmark in duets has finally arrived. Here we have two people of such staggering talent, of such bewildering cultural importance, of such dizzying MAGIC that they just blow you away. Every song on this album should be the Christmas number one. Every song on this album is destined to be a classic. This album should be compulsory on Desert Island Discs, just like the Bible and the collected works of William Shakespeare. Everyone in the world should have the lyrics from this album tattooed on their soul and the album cover tattooed on their back. This is the greatest album of all time. If a better album is ever released again, EVER, I will eat this album. And then I’ll buy another copy to replace the one I ate and put it with the other fifty copies I keep in what used to be my record collection until I dumped the lot because this album was the only album I’d ever need again ever.
The Mountain Men’s Three Wolf Moon Short Sleeve Tee
16,838 of 16,992 people found the following review helpful:
Dual Function Design, November 10, 2008
By B. Govern “Bee-Dot-Govern”
This item has wolves on it which makes it intrinsically sweet and worth 5 stars by itself, but once I tried it on, that’s when the magic happened. After checking to ensure that the shirt would properly cover my girth, I walked from my trailer to Wal-mart with the shirt on and was immediately approached by women. The women knew from the wolves on my shirt that I, like a wolf, am a mysterious loner who knows how to ‘howl at the moon’ from time to time (if you catch my drift!). The women that approached me wanted to know if I would be their boyfriend and/or give them money for something they called mehth. I told them no, because they didn’t have enough teeth, and frankly a man with a wolf-shirt shouldn’t settle for the first thing that comes to him.
I arrived at Wal-mart, mounted my courtesy-scooter (walking is such a drag!) sitting side saddle so that my wolves would show. While I was browsing tube socks, I could hear aroused asthmatic breathing behind me. I turned around to see a slightly sweaty dream in sweatpants and flip-flops standing there. She told me she liked the wolves on my shirt, I told her I wanted to howl at her moon. She offered me a swig from her mountain dew, and I drove my scooter, with her shuffling along side out the door and into the rest of our lives. Thank you wolf shirt.
Pros: Fits my girthy frame, has wolves on it, attracts women
Cons: Only 3 wolves (could probably use a few more on the ‘guns’), cannot see wolves when sitting with arms crossed, wolves would have been better if they glowed in the dark.