The 2012 Paralympic Games are still six years away but already the sixty-five year old Terry Ravenscroft is putting together a team for the Throwing the Zimmer (Walking) Frame competition - should such an event be included. And when he has time to fit it in, of course. For this is a man who has many other diversions to fill his waking hours (of which he has more to fill than most people, thanks to the troublesome prostate gland that wakes him up in urgent need of a pee a least six times every night ). Stairlift to Heaven, the journal of an old age pensioner, is an irreverent, hilarious look at one man’s life after retirement. Although written by an old age pensioner, non-coffin dodgers should not be put off by this. Everyone will be old one day, and there are many valuable lessons in coping with advancing age to be learned within its pages (including the aforementioned prostate gland problem and the countless bladder examinations it brings with it); you will learn how to cope with increasing forgetfulness; how to become adept at dealing with junk mail; how not to go about capturing a Christmas goose; how to deal with the increasing forgetfulness....sorry, I forgot, I already mentioned that; discover why you might be well advised to avoid swimming lessons; why you would do well to give faith healers the widest of wide berths; learn how to deal with neighbours from hell; along with many more tips to help you through the minefield that comes with old age. But most of all you will learn how you can have lots of FUN whilst you’re doing it.
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For decades, this author made a living writing the television comedies that we laugh at and quote. Now in his "Golden Years" he's still making us double over by poking sly fun at himself, his wife, friends, pompous officials, brain-dead clerks, moronic laws and all the other irritations of daily life.
I got this book for free and it was so hilarious that I PAID for the 2nd and 3th volumes in the STAIRLIFT series. O.K., you'd have to know how cheap I am to really appreciate the weight of that statement. Just trust me, if you love good comedy, it doesn't get any better than Terry Ravenscroft.
Author: Terry Ravenscroft ISBN: 978-1-908895-02-8
If you are a Brit, please excuse my ignorance if I never heard of such well-known BBC comedy shows as Les Dawson, The Two Ronnies, Morecambe and Wise, Alas Smith and Jones, Not the Nine O'Clock News, Dave Allen, Frankie Howerd, Ken Dodd, and Ray Hudd. These are some of the shows that Terry Ravenscroft wrote the scripts for and if they were as hilarious as his recent journal, Stairlift to Heaven, they must have been a blast!
In the Forward to Stairlift to Heaven Ravenscroft informs us that the day before his sixty-fifth birthday he decided to keep a journal chronicling the first five years of his life as an old age pensioner. And incidentally, he doesn't like to use the term 'Senior Citizen' explaining that people his age are old and draw a pension, neither something to be ashamed of-why call ourselves senior citizens?
His piercing curmudgeon humour concerning problems faced by those of us who are...
This is the second book by this author I have read so I had an idea it would be funny. I approached with trepidation though as the subject was aging and I wondered how one could treat this with the kind of wonderful irreverence I had come to expect. I should not have worried. Mr Ravenscroft mixes humour with sage advice and a brilliant sarky skewed view of the world to deliver a laugh out loud work that the reader is genuinely sad to finish. If you like classic English comedy you will find here echoes of the very best of it. It seems to me the golden age of bbc/itv comedy was the seventies and I now know why if authors such as this were at the peak of their powers at the time. I'm glad that this screenwriting talent has now been transferred to book form. It is highly embarrassing to have a laughing fit in public places - I blame this book for much embarrassment over the last few weeks. Anyone who wants to brighten their day BUY IT, NOW.
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