Wit and wisdom, a la A. P. Herbert, and in such perfect blend that one emerges from the chuokles which these random sketches evoke, to the realization that much of his fun cloaks sound philosophical or political or social commentary. He writes under various aliases, but always is recognizable. His humor is spontaneous, kindly, constructively critical. And this is the perfect pick-up book for those few moments before dropping off to sleep, for sharing in brief extract with appreciative friends. For flavor, read the title essay. The Gulf Stream, Who'd Be a Farmer Silly Saws, 'Not Catch', and almost anything that catches the random eye. Yes, it's very English -- but it's fun.