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To The Baltic With Bob In The Summer Of , Two Profoundly Amateur Sailors, Griff And Bob, Set Off In An Elderly Yacht For Russia, Because, On The Map, It Looked Easier Than Sailing To Cornwall They Took Baines With Them, As He Knew How To Mend The Engine And This Is Their Story Over Four Long Months Of Applied Bickering In A Vessel No Bigger Than A London Taxi, They Visited Most Of The Geographically Interesting Restaurants On The Baltic Seaboard They Sailed, Over, And, Even At One Point, Onto The Mysterious Heart Of The Nordic World They Pushed Themselves To The Very Limits Of Human Endurance, Before Finally Agreeing To Wash Their Sleeping Bags On A Cool Cycle At Number Six To The Baltic With Bob Is The Full Account Of Their Stirring Journey Through The Longest Heat Wave The Frozen North Has Ever Suffered Of Three Men In Search Of The Answer To A Troubling Question Can You Really Outmanoeuvre A Mid Life Crisis By Running Away To Sea



10 thoughts on “To The Baltic With Bob

  1. says:

    Fun enough..shorter on laughs than the book blurb claimed but in fairness I rarely if ever judge a book solely on the reviews on the sleeve as it s often the case a mate of the author is providing some of the glowing assessments.However this is a good enough travel book disguised as an adventureI found it life on the adventure aspect as I think it s one of those you need to have been there thingsth


  2. says:

    An epic misadventure was a good subtitle for it Griff has an impressive command of English and uses it beautifully to paint the scene of their adventures Some words such as wan I hadn t heard of before now I know a word that is a short synonym for dreary Nowhere was the book dreary, sorry wan , though the references to sex shops and such like I found a bit unnecessary and puerile at times I am not sure


  3. says:

    Thank goodness I ve finish his book..it has everything I should like on paper, Sailing, Wooden Boats, Exploring new lands, Humour of Griff Rhys Jones, but for me it lacks all the above and I actually still can t day why I didn t enjoy it It certainly doesn t have the At least 3 good jokes on every page as promised by the Mail on Sunday review on the front cover A boat full of grumpy old men, a leaky, wet b


  4. says:

    Now that I have spent the summer sailing into many of the places that Bob and Co sailed into, I thought a re read was in order Not a great literary tome but thoroughly enjoyable


  5. says:

    There is no denying it Rhys Jones can write However he does seem perpetually angry This is a great description of a North Sea Baltic cruise in what sounds like an alarmingly damp wooden vessel Ryhs Jones is clearly an experienced sailor and makes light of what must have been some challenging passages However I couldn t shake the feeling that he resented writing the book somewhat I came away feeling that I was intr


  6. says:

    Who would have known Griff was not only an accomplished comedian comedy writer but what appears to be a gifted amateur sailor He does seem, at times, to have lumbered himself with particularly inept crew If I d had someone who managed to ram some rocks after repeatedly told to steer another course I d be getting rid of them pronto.Also the fact that he was paying what were friends to crew his yacht other than paying a


  7. says:

    This is a well writte, and reasonably funny book The reason I only gave it three stars is because it is so very full of sailing jargon, and because of this is took me absolutely ages to read I also think it would be improved if it had maps attached detailing the route of the journey Not being familiar with the ins and outs of the Baltic myself I got lost quickly Obviously you could pull out your own map but that makes rea


  8. says:

    Turgid I mean, I guess the Baltic is a hard place to love, but Jones brings little delight to it And, to quote Chubby Brown, who the f is Bob I could see the point if he was some amazing character, cracking witticisms, shagging women and drinking the Baltic dry during Hell raising ventures ashore But no He remained a grey persona, un illuminated through observation or description, and I wondered what was the bloody point of i


  9. says:

    I love the sea, I love boats, even those with sails, but I struggled here There were glimpses of humour and I enjoyed that and interesting details, not all of which went over my head I d like to read another book by Griff withof that dry British humour which he is a master of.


  10. says:

    I enjoted this at first but began to flag towards the end It might be because I don t sail so a lot of the stuff about sailing didn t mean a great deal to me It all sounded pretty uncomfortable to me I was left wondering why anyone would want to sail so far.


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About the Author: Griff Rhys Jones

Griffith Griff Rhys Jones is a Welsh comedian, writer, actor, television presenter and personality Jones came to national attention in the early 1980s for his work in the BBC television comedy sketch shows Not the Nine O Clock News and Alas Smith and Jones along with his comedy partner Mel Smith With Smith, he founded television production company Talkback Productions, now part of RTL Group He went on to develop a career as a television presenter and writer, as well as continuing with acting work.While at Brentwood School he met Douglas Adams who would later write The Hitchhiker s Guide to the Galaxy Rhys Jones followed Adams to Cambridge, reading history and English at Emmanuel College While at university, Jones joined Cambridge Footlights Club of which he became Vice President in 1976 He was also president of the ADC Amateur Dramatic Club during his time at Cambridge He then joined BBC Radio Light Entertainment as a trainee producer, with his output including the satirical show Week Ending and Brain of Britain An evening planned to spend watching his hero Frankie Howerd at the invitation of friends Clive Anderson and Rory McGrath, who were writing the show at the time, resulted in Rhys Jones replacing the show s producer, who had suffered from a stress related illness from dealing with the comedian He later produced Rowan Atkinson s show The Atkinson People for the BBC and has appeared twice on Whose Line Is It Anyway.Rhys Jones filled in several minor roles in the first series of Not the Nine O Clock News, and was brought in as a regular cast member from the second series onwards, replacing Chris Langham, alongside Rowan Atkinson, Mel Smith and Pamela Stephenson.In 1981, Smith and Rhys Jones founded TalkBack Productions, a company which has produced many of the most popular British comedy series of the past two decades, including Smack the Pony, Da Ali G Show, I m Alan Partridge and Big Train From 1984, Smith and Rhys Jones appeared in the comedy sketch series Alas Smith and Jones the show s title being a pun on the American TV series Alias Smith and Jones After the first series, the pair appeared on the big screen in Mike Hodges sci fi comedy movie Morons from Outer Space and then in 1989, the LWT production Wilt Rhys Jones has developed a career as a television presenter, beginning as the co host on several Comic Relief programmes He presented Bookworm from 1994 to 2000 and is the presenter of the BBC s Restoration programme he began filming its third series at Lincoln Cathedral on 3 June 2006 , and has done a considerable amount of fundraising work for the Hackney Empire theatre conservation project In 2004, he led a demonstration at the Senate House in Cambridge University for the purpose of saving architecture as a degree in Cambridge.Rhys Jones has written or co written many of the programmes he has appeared in, and a number of spin off books In 2002, he started writing a book called To the Baltic with Bob, describing his adventures on the high seas with his sailing friend Bob, as they make their way to Saint Petersburg, port by port Rhys Jones released the book in 2003 His early life has been captured in his autobiography, Semi Detached, published in 2006 by Penguin Books His book to accompany the BBC1 series Mountain was published in July 2007.