Through work, I got a copy of Lynne Truss's new(ish) book on manners yesterday. As I am fond of bemoaning the rudeness of the world, and I loved the collection of Truss's pre-punctuation-obsession journalism which I got through work a few years ago, I thought I would like it. But no! It's such a mean-spirited, snobbish, nasty little book, perfectly summed up here (and it's fairly obvious that the abridger's last line there - "but most of all I hate former liberals who turn into miserable old reactionaries." - is aimed at La Truss herself). If you were tempted even to buy it for someone as a present, don't. Unless they believe that just because you find someone saying "there you go" when giving you something, they are being incredibly over-familiar and rude. Which I don't, myself. Nor do I think that giving politicians a hard time is wrong, or indeed rude. But Truss does. So she can just go fuck herself - oops!