Book: Red Tape & White Knuckles aka 'Lois 2'

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  1. BSR

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    Just wondering if anyone else has read Lois Pryce's second book?
    I had mine on order, prepaid through amazon ready for its release. :wink:

    For those trying to decide whether to buy it or not... BUY IT!
    For those who haven't either heard of it or thought of buying it... BUY IT!

    Fantastic read, not quite as 'rough and ready' at the start as Lois On The Loose, but once you get into it it's superbly written and you genuinely feel the rollercoaster of emotions with her.
    Awesome book.

    I've been reading mine at home, but mostly at work during my break on night shifts. I wonder if Lois realises that her adventure, just for a few minutes everyday makes someone elses life worth living by drawing them into an adventure on another continent and letting them forget the daily drudgery of life. One day i'll get to one of Lois's public appearences and offer my thanks to her.

    I can't wait for her next adventure.

    If you have no idea what i'm on about, go to amazon and buy this one;
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    and once you're buzzing after reading it, buy this one;
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    Cheers! :thumb
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  2. Wildman

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    Don't have much time for her after her interview with Boorman for TBM; "fantastic read" or not. Maybe I'll relent one day.

    I'm reading this at the moment and thoroughly enjoying it:

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  3. RaY YreKa

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    I have even less time for Mike Carter, if he's the journo I'm thinking of. Get s a divorce, fleet street paper buys him a 1200GS, he does a short tour of Europe for free and writes about it in the Travel Section. He hadn't even passed his bike test before the series got commissioned.
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    So what's the issue? You got a problem with divorcees or something? He wouldn't deny any of what you say but I really can't see the problem, Ray. At least he doesn't belittle and ridicule the efforts of others like Lois did. He just had an adventure and wrote about it in an entertaining and a pretty unassuming way if the first twelve chapters are anything to judge.
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    He's just a wagon-jumping journo, that's all. I get just as irritated with bike journos My Latest Free Holiday puff-pieces.

    And of course I don't have anything against divorcees - I am one :1drink .

    If I were going to buy books by journos I'd probably take Dan Walsh's These Are the Days That Must Happen to You. Walsh may be basically an alcoholic waster on a bike, but he spent 4 years in the saddle and paid for it working in bars and free-lancing.

    Don't let my cynicism ruin the book for you, it's no biggy really.

    And I don't know the Lois v Charlie thing.
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  6. Wildman

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    As opposed to....Ewan and Charley! No, wait a minute, wagon-jumping actor and his best-mate.

    You just don't like "journos"! :lol3

    Ps. I guess we should stop pissing in BSR's thread - sorry BSR!
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  7. RaY YreKa

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    E&C are almost single-handedly responsible for a 40% jump in BMW GS sales. You have one yourself Paul (and a fine beast it looks too!).

    Lois Pryce, Ted Simon, all those old school RTW travellers have all - to some extent - had a new lease of life thanks to the 'adventure' bikes, books, docs, etc.

    I'd bet that 5 years ago you'd be hard pressed to find a second copy of some of these publications, now we have sequels to these 'seminal' works (which means that Pryce is kinda biting the hand that feeds her, if she's publicly attacked Boorman).

    Mike Carter couldn't hold a candle to any of them, under any circumstances :fitz :D

    And that's why he's a wagon-jumper. And not even a biker, to all intents and purposes.
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  8. RaY YreKa

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    I'm sure he doesn't mind :evil

    You should take a look at what flies on the Aussie forum :huh
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  9. BSR

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    No, you carry on chaps... :eek1

    As to the article in TBM where she interviewed Charley from a certain 'angle', i thought it was a little harsh when i read it, but you have to bear in mind that she did her trips in a much more isolated (hardcore?) fashion.
    There's no argument that Ewan and Charley physically did the miles and you can't take that away from them, but they did have the comfort blanket of back-up in the shape of support vehicles (which were necessary for the filming etc). I can't remember any part of their DVD where they were sat on a train at night holding their bike, surrounded by Kalashnikov-toting drunk and stoned Congalese soldiers wondering if they would escape with their lives or just get raped...

    Anyhow, back to the original subject of my post which was to say that I loved the book, as i did the first and that I can't wait for her next adventure. She's given me a modicum of happiness in each dreary day.
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  10. Chrisbarnes1

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    Too many negative waves man!
    I've watched the DVDs, read the offending article and so on. You can't deny that its brought "adventure" back into many lives. Some of us are fortunate (and have the large dangly bits) to get off our backsides and do it.--as the saying goes--"life's too short--go ride!!"

    ps I'm now at bus pass age and I'm still trying to do the odd enduro---for those that want some offroad training then you could do far worse than join TBEC (the Trail Bike Enduro Club)--here's a link to the 12 hour team event last weekend--I did the travelling marshall bit this time (I reckon harder than riding)--and I managed the stream crossing a few times without dunking it .
    http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=cMkryKEQK7w

    Regards, Chris:clap
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    :lol3

    :nono

    He's not better, he's not worse, he's just different. Doesn't even pretend to be a biker. He's just a sad guy who's life lacks some meaning after a divorce and realising that he's 42, tries to find it scooting round Europe on a GS. If you've got a problem with him writing about his exploits for a Fleet Street rag then you should also have a problem with Lois serialising her adventure in TBM and Ewan and Charley doing the TV. Carter's not in the same league in terms of being a "hard-core" rider but that's what makes it plausible as an adventure. As you said originally, he couldn't even ride when he first committed himself to the trip. You don't have to bleed engine oil to be a biker; JFDI.
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    Lois is a outstanding "adventurer". She just didn't need to belittle Boorman's efforts simply because they weren't as hard-core as she was. I have some sympathy for her opinions when looking at LWD but LWR was a tough journey and as Ray said, brought many people to the World of biking. She took the cheap shots during and after the interview and the way TBM backed her up was a disgrace; I cancelled my subscription.
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  13. RaY YreKa

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    What's JFDI?

    Mike Carter is perfectly entitled to his holiday around Europe. I'm just not going to read about it (and I tried, in the Sunday-Whatitsname). He might as well have done DAS on a Harley.
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    Cool video Chris :clap #

    Who's the poor sod trying to kickstart his bike a million times at the start?

    Don't worry about me and Paul, we're just jousting :turkish
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    Just F*#"ing Do It! :D

    Ps. nice video Chris; great fun!
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  16. Chrisbarnes1

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    Without highjacking the thread anymore--don't know who without checking--but TBEC have strict rules --noise is 94 dBA at 0.5 m and 11 m/s mean piston speed (ACU std--and std bikes sometimes fail!)---and they don't allow engines to be run in the pits , or before the start--so its a cold engine start after an overnight soak -and this was 7 am--perhaps a bit of the old 2 stroke flooding problem. However, in my experience 2 strokes always start eventually--unlike some modern oversquare 4 strokes which can defy all the thrashing you can give them and are far more sensitive to flooding.

    I still get TBM--you still get great articles and tests. On the adventure front I do hope we get some good coverage out of next year's Dakar--a still relatively unexplored continent as far as Adventure riding is concerned--I wish I could afford to go and watch.
    Chris:clap

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  17. wuming

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    Anyway, back to the topic. I have read both of Lois' books and enjoyed them. Only downside for both books is the bitchiness towards her travelling companions (her co-rider in Lois on the loose and the gap year girl in the Africa one). Fair enough if you don't get on with them, but to bitch about them in print when they have no recourse or are able to put their side of the story is a bit much. Would recommend them apart from this though.
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  18. RaY YreKa

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    Sounds like Lois is a bit of a handful. Very focused sportsmen/women can be like this eh?
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    The gap-year-girl you said about reminded me of so many pretentious "i've seen the world" students that i knew exactly what Lois was talking about.
    I think she was trying to explain the personalities; Jacques was focussed, his missus was 'along for the ride' and Angel was (as we all were) opinionated without being particulalry informed.
    I didn't think she was bitching about them particularly, because the way she described them they seemed just like the sort of folks who would piss the arse off me equally as quickly, if not sooner!

    When i write my book, i can see you all commenting on the various forii "that Dunc, doesn't he whinge"...
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