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The Goat writes, "Some books have made a huge impact on my life." It's true. It wasn't until the b3ta mods read the Flashman novels that we changed from mild-mannered computer operators into heavily-whiskered copulators, poltroons and all round bastards in a well-known cavalry regiment.

What books have changed the way you think, the way you live, or just gave you a rollicking good time?

Friendly hint: A bit of background rather than just a bunch of book titles would make your stories more readable

(, Thu 15 May 2008, 15:11)
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The Compleet Molesworth
It didn't really change my life as such, apart from making me write with deliberately appalling spelling for a while. And calling everyone I disliked a "Fotherington-Thomas", or "uterly wet and a weed".
(, Wed 21 May 2008, 15:11, 6 replies)
The best bok in the wurld
As ane fule kno
(, Wed 21 May 2008, 15:31, closed)
I went to Public School (yes, really - you'd never guess) and whilst a lot of the things in How to Be Topp and A Whizz for Atoms were a bit out of date, I can relate to the tales of facing the first XI bowlers (especially the hearty cries of advice from the sports master) and the fear caused by the wild Gerund.

I think that these books, along with the wonderful Thelwell books of the pony club girls are something that should be introduced to kids at an early age instead of shoving them in front of the Night Garden or sticking a joystick in their hand - even a student as atrocious as Molesworth has pride in his school and does actually try to work, even if he's inept. God help us, if Molesworth is a role model, but I can actually see it being the case....
(, Wed 21 May 2008, 15:41, closed)
Molesworth stuff
I'm now regressing 15 years to being back at prep school (which had more than a passing resemblance to St Custards), being in the decrepit latin rooms, trying to bring about the downfall of the french teacher.

Occasionally, I do find myself talking and writing in Molesworth-speak.
(, Wed 21 May 2008, 15:57, closed)
St Custards
Despite being a product of lefty Comprehensive schooling of the 1980s, I spent nine months at school in Cape Town during 1987/88 where I felt like I was transported back thirty five years.

Oh yes, the delights of corporal punishment, khaki shorts, socks AND a blazer as school uniform and numerous schoolboy japes involving firecrackers was a tad close to St Custards for my lily livered liking.
(, Wed 21 May 2008, 16:18, closed)
Abso-fucking-lutely LOVE that book
re-read it recently as I found it having thought I'd lost it chiz
(, Wed 21 May 2008, 16:50, closed)
I still say
"chiz chiz chiz"
(, Thu 22 May 2008, 11:01, closed)

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