Troubador A Man a Plan a Canal Panama

Released: 28/07/2019

ISBN: 9781838590529

eISBN: 9781838599447

Format: Paperback/eBook

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A Man a Plan a Canal Panama


Neither Brian nor Sandra knew whether there was a longer palindrome than 'a man a plan a canal Panama', but they did know that the country in this palindrome was well worth a visit. Not only did it house a whole treasure-house of wildlife riches, but it also had that extremely well-known canal. 

Furthermore, it presented them with the opportunity to travel through this canal on a splendid catamaran with just a handful of other people. So, off they both went to discover for themselves what Panama held, and how far this isthmus nation matched up to their guide book's description. Was it all green and lovely or was it a bit more 'lived-in' in certain respects? 

Oh, and was that canal all it was cracked up to be? Well, A Man a Plan a Canal Panama answers these questions – and does a hell of a lot more. For example, it examines the hardships Brian suffered as a result of his being billeted in a giant Coke can and the discomfiture he endured from having to dance with a half-naked (full-breasted) girl.

Then there is what others had to ensure as a result of his habit of sounding off about all sorts of stuff, including the devaluation of degrees and the raising of the voting age to thirty-two. And various other similarly unprejudiced ideas... 

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 David Fletcher

Securing a degree in chemistry, well before the days of modular exams, was a very good start for David, and his using this degree to embark on a lifetime career in accountancy seemed, at the time, like the best next step to take. And in a way it was. Becoming a partner in one of the world's 'Big Four' firms of accountants proved to be surprisingly interesting and constantly challenging.

However, over the years, a belief became fixed in David's mind that he hadn't been put on this Earth just to provide opinions on financial statements but also to provide opinions on human nature. Not pompously or even vehemently - but in the only way he knew how: through humour.

So he started to write - and in this writing to focus particularly on what the nature of human nature was doing to the nature of the natural world - first through some 'sci-fi humour' and latterly through some 'travelogue humour'.

He doesn't claim to be some sort of jokey Cassandra - as he is only too aware that both his thinking and his writing is riddled with serious self-doubt. So he is quite relaxed about whether his opinions get through to his readers - or not - just as long as in the process of reading his books they all have a jolly good laugh. Because, with what he and the rest of his species are visiting on this planet, one thing he doesn't have any doubt about whatsoever is that sooner rather than later, we will all need to develop our ability to have a jolly good laugh indeed - even if it is of the somewhat hollow variety...

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