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The Trouble With Celebrity: The Crazy World of Show Business (Laugh Out Loud at Life Book 1) (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Charlie Bray

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Présentation de l'éditeur

That's Entertainment!


Charlie has never really known anyone famous, except a serial killer. He's just sort of bumped into a few inadvertently. Or, to put it another way, he’s been knocked out by one, peed on by another and had to pull a gun on one of the Great Train Robbers. He also lost Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, got drunk with Keith Moon and ‘arrested’ John Lennon. Always there to help others, Charlie’s even saved an old lady from a handbag swinging Lady Archer. And it was Jeffrey who went to prison

Celebrities Say the Funniest Things


Did you know East Anglia was an African nation and that Sherlock Holmes invented toilets? It’s not and he didn’t, but a certain celebrity thought otherwise. Watch Charlie unravel the blunt minds of many 'personalities"

The Famous and Their Toys


Learn who lands his own jet liner about ten yards from his front door, and who swims to his Ferrari via his indoor swimming pool

How Did Peppa Pig Corrupt a Two Year Old?


Find out how the wayward pig and a whole host of celebrities were caught behaving badly

Hollywood Scandals


Why do famous stars throw phones at hotel staff and punches at toilet attendants? Some even grab testicles and bite noses off. Join Charlie as he names and shames, and applaud the public for fighting back

Special Needs for Special People


You’ll be amazed at the dressing room demands of some of your heroes. But don’t worry, Charlie’s got the answer. A perfectly designed dressing room for all, that doubles up as a green room. And its portable

What Others Think of This Book


"This short book is a fun diversion from the daily grind"

"This is a rather humorous look at the culture of celebrity that I must admit had me chuckling from the first chapter"

"I found this book hilarious and literally laughed out loud several times while reading it"

" If you sometimes find yourself scratching your head at the fuss of “celebrity for celebrity sake,” then Bray’s rant will resonate and draw a chuckle"

"His concise prose had me howling especially over the Great Train robber singing on his way to his trial in a prison van"

"This book gets my five stars for what it is- an irreverent look at individuals in the mixed quality pile of people that become, for at least a short time, a brand, a household name"

"Charlie Bray gives a witty, lighthearted look at celebrity and what it takes (or rather, what little it takes) to reach this status"

"He begins by telling us some interesting encounters he had with celebrities when he was a Nottingham policeman, and follows with his tongue-in-cheek opinions of today’s celebs"

"Some of his stories about his own brushes with celebrities are priceless"

" a wry and amusing look at what makes a person a celebrity whether they deserve to be or not. Attention-seekers with no discernable talent are one of my pet peeves as certainly as they are Mr. Bray’s"

"Sometimes it is refreshing to just rant at what we think of the state of the world - or listen to someone else doing the ranting for us! A 5 star read for sheer relaxation value and fun"

"I had a great laugh reading this, so if your brain has been bogged down by too much tedious hard concentration, pick it up. I felt like I was attending a Joan Rivers comedy festival"

"I would have to agree with pretty much everything he says, having learned early on that all human idols have feet of clay"


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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 565 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 53 pages
  • Utilisation simultanée de l'appareil : Illimité
  • Editeur : The Writer of Smiles (14 mars 2014)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00J15D9NK
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A whimsical look at the world of celebrity 11 avril 2014
Par ChasD - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
This is a rather humorous look at the culture of celebrity that I must admit had me chuckling from the first chapter. The author describes his own brushes with known figures in a way that makes one want to pat him on the back and say, "Bad luck, sir, perhaps it will be better next time."

Bray thoroughly addresses the topic of professional celebrities, "famous for nothing." While he mentions 2002 as a date when this appeared to become a prevalent observable reality, it has actually been all too common in British television for at least a decade earlier. I remember watching a question and answer programme called Have I Got News For You and seeing one of the activists who tunnelled under Manchester Airport brought on air as a contestant. Of course in an anarchist tunnel, one doesn't hear much of the news and he didn't make a very good showing.

The tone of the book is light hearted until the chapter about celebrities who publish books. There appears to be a touch of resentment on that topic from our Mr. Bray. You can't blame him really.

Overall I enjoyed reading the book and might have even wished that it had been longer. Hopefully we'll see more of this sort of thing from Charlie Bray in the future. Considering some of his political observations, perhaps he has a future as an English version of the next Bill Hicks.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 What is this fascination with "Celebrity?" 11 avril 2014
Par Inge H. Borg - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Charlie Bray ponders exactly that in his hilarious (alas, sadly true) spoof "The Trouble with Celebrity." Not the actually talented stars, but the wanna-be celebrity, intent on let everyone around him/her know that now one is in the presence of a star, no matter how dim - still or again.

We soak up headlines at the check-out counter, Google more about so-and-so, you know who I mean. Only to be told by Bray in the end that reading about celebrities is a waste of time! Charlie, now you're telling me!

But I learned something should I ever go back to London where the German "Green Heinrich" is called the "Black Maria." Not that I expect to be hauled off in either.

This short book is a fun diversion from the daily grind (particularly of perusing celebrity headlines).
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 "Chris and Gwyn Split" 28 mars 2014
Par Karl Wiggins - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
This was the front page headline in The Sun yesterday, coincidentally the day I finished reading `The Trouble with Celebrity' and set down to pen this review. It was devastating news and I was unable to focus on the book I'd just read. I imagine most people in the free world felt the same. Indeed when I arrived at work and entered the canteen I was met by several dozen groundworkers, scaffolders, tower crane drivers and Romanian steel fixers, all looking at me in stunned silence. It's no exaggeration to say that more than one tear landed in a plate of eggs, bacon, sausages, beans, mushrooms, black pudding, bubble & squeak, hash browns, chips and half a tomato.

All other concerns such as family worries, money worries, car worries, which of the Big 6 to choose, the impending war between Russia and Ukraine, where to go on holiday in the summer, and even West Ham's chances of avoiding the drop pale into insignificance. Chris and Gwyn, I just can't believe it.

We work on a large London development and share the site with two other Principal Contractors, so I estimate there are possibly 1000 blokes on site, all practically speechless in shock. I myself was absolutely floored. I even thought about suggesting we fly a black flag and close the site for day, because it was clear not much work would get done.

My wife phoned about ten o'clock with the simple question, "Have you heard?"

I choked back a tear and was just able to assert a weak, "Yes," before putting the phone down.

I'd intended to write a review appraising Charlie Bray's book, adding something about the humour value of a good heartfelt and passionate rant about celebrities and the trivialities of their insignificant and meaningless lives, but I'm afraid my heart's just not in it.

Glenn and Gwyn. Who would have thought it?
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Wry and Amusing 24 mars 2014
Par mardoufox - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Have you peed next to someone famous? Charlie Bray's book, “The Trouble With Celebrity: A Lighthearted Rant at Life…” is a wry and amusing look at what makes a person a celebrity whether they deserve to be or not. Attention-seekers with no discernable talent are one of my pet peeves as certainly as they are Mr. Bray’s. I didn’t always know of the celebrities that rankle him, likely because I’m in the U.S. We do however have an overflowing abundance of the nitwits ourselves.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Feet of Clay 22 mars 2014
Par Robin E. Levin - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
“So what is a celebrity, this modern day phenomenon that causes my blood pressure to rise? Well, apparently, the label can be pinned on anybody who is deemed by anyone else to be famous.”
“Now, you may wonder why I’m bothering to dig deep into the generic force that is celebrity. Quite simply it’s because too many of these twerps get up my nose on a daily basis, and it’s time someone took a swipe back at them.”
Charlie Bray has indeed fulfilled his mission in a scathing rant about celebrities. I would have to agree with pretty much everything he says, having learned early on that all human idols have feet of clay.
“Now I bet you’ve noticed that the dictionary’s interpretation of fame and the famous carries no riders relating to any skill or talent. And there is the rub.”
Well, there I have to disagree. Celebrities of all stripes have a singular talent, the talent for drawing attention to themselves, without which, they would not be celebrities. But as Charlie points out, no other talent is necessary in order to become a celebrity.
Charlie’s rant brings up many points about celebrities that you may not have considered: How fame feeds upon itself-for example, a whole entertainment genre has developed of reality shows which give talentless and washed-up celebrities a chance to stay in the public eye.
Charlie also delves into the lifestyles and, more specifically into the wretched excesses of the rich and famous, for example “Before he became bankrupt, ex world boxing champ, Mike Tyson began living a life of excess, buying a 38 room mansion, collecting expensive jewelry, exotic cars and rare Bengal tigers.”
The Trouble With Celebrity is amusing to read an made me laugh a number of times. But beyond that it also made me sad. It is a little disturbing to me that our modern world has become so coarse and vulgar that we admire the famous for being famous and the wealthy for being wealthy, that people would be more interested in some inane remark that Paris Hilton makes than in the problems of global warming, poverty or the wars in places like Syria or the Sudan. I hope Charlie’s next rant will be about the mass media that is nearly entirely responsible for this state of affairs.
My suggestion for Charlie and all who feel about celebrities as we do is to follow my lead and stop watching television and listening to radio and find serious sources for your news and good books to read for your entertainment. Ignoring celebrities is the best way to deal with them.
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