The Joys of Weird by Peter Laurie

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This book is a collection of humorous newspaper columns written over the past decade by the author.
The “Joys of Weird” is Peter Laurie’s hilarious take on all the wonderful absurdities of life including such subjects as how to cheat at Scrabble, the real story of what happened in the Garden of Eden, beware of feng shui, how to make lists that annoy your wife, how to buy coffins, the uniqueness of Barbadian directions that ensure you get lost and stay lost, why machines conspire against us, the inglorious certainties of golf, and how to stop your genetically modified food from biting you.
His subversive sense of humour combined with his infectious love of human absurdity proves that laughter is the best medicine whether you are stressed out by life or not.
The book contains over seventy columns grouped under the headings Venus and Mars: the Joys of Marriage; the Joys of Food and Drink; Stop the World I Want to Get Off; Family Matters; It Takes All Sorts; It’s Not Cricket (or Golf!); and Final Weird Thoughts.
Readers will enjoy Laurie’s self-deprecating humour and wry yet warm look at family life as he surveys the pitfalls and highlights of raising their only son (their continual male efforts at ganging up on the female are always hilariously doomed to failure).
While he pokes gentle fun at his family, including his delightfully eccentric brother, his satire is irreverent and scathing when it comes to the follies he discovers in the world around him. Example: the press report about a woman in Florida who was awarded a pile of money in compensation for getting carpal tunnel syndrome while masturbating during phone sex. Or the story about the woman who was convinced she was being wooed by Donald Duck via a satellite dish in her neighbour’s yard, so she eventually undressed and climbed into the dish and consummated marriage with ‘Mr Duck’. Or the email the author received, ““If you are a Time Traveler I am going to need the following:
1. A modified mind warping Dimensional Warp Generator # 52 4350a series wrist watch with memory adapter.
2. Reliable carbon based, or silicon based time transducing capacitor.
I need a reliable source!! Please reply only if you are reliable.”
Peter Laurie is a Barbadian who has written and published short stories, prize-winning plays, three books of illustrated children’s fiction featuring a cat called Mauby; a book on Barbados (with photographer Mike Toy), a book on the Barbadian rum shop, a book on the street food of Barbados, and a book on West Indies cricket (with co-author Tony King).
He still writes a fortnightly column in the Sunday Sun newspaper.


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