Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Long Way Down

Ewan McGregor and Charlie Boorman.

This book follows on from their success from their Long Way Round adventure. It's more of a diary than anything else. Put together by the two of them, telling the almost day-to-day activities of their adventure.

There are two main things i picked up from this book.

1. They are selfish and
2. Charlie Boorman is a real dick (which was further highlighted to me after seeing some of Long Way Round on dvd).

There is no doubt about it. Riding what they rode is a phenomenol task. They tell us how hard it is and how awesome the two of them are for doing it.

But what about Claudio??

Claudio is one of the cameramen. He rides just as much as they do (in both adventures) but he films it all too.
Does he get any credit? No.
Does he get mentioned often? No.
It's almost like he is Tenzing Norgay or something and it really pissed me off.

This isn't as good as LWR as they have to complete it faster (and, boy, don't they let us know about it).
They are both constantly whingeing and complaining about things that, especially after LWR, they should have semi-factored in.

Don't bother reading this book. It's boring and painful and there is the obvious impression, for me, that Charlie Boorman is a real tosser.


killerrabbit said...

I read this the other day and have to totally agree with you. What was with all the complaining about the speed of travel - when they bloody arranged it all themselves!

And poor neglected Claudio does sometimes get a mention but he was such an afterthought because it was all about Charlie and Ewan.

I have to disagree with you about Charlie being the tosser - I thought that Ewan was much much worse! All that moaning about missing stuff.

The real adventures were the couple who had been cycling around Africa for seven years without a whole bloody support team to hold their hands the whole time.

Grrrrr - that book made me cross.

killerrabbit said...

I of course meant adventurers....its been so long since I blogged I have forgotten how to type.

kiki said...

re: tossers
that came more from the lowng way round dvd that i caught a bit of a couple of weeks ago
his attitude plus his odd looks combined with his (lesser) complaining. compare that to ewan who is hot.