21st Century Dodos : A Collection of Endangered Objects (and Other Stuff), Paperback

21st Century Dodos : A Collection of Endangered Objects (and Other Stuff) Paperback

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A fond farewell to the many inanimate objects, cultural icons and general stuff around us that find themselves on the verge of extinction.

We've all heard of the list of endangered animals, but no one has ever pulled together a list of endangered inanimate objects.

Until now, that is. Steve Stack has catalogued well over one hundred objects, traditions, cultural icons and, well, other stuff that is at risk of extinction.

Some of them have vanished already. Cassette tapes, rotary dial phones, half-day closing, milk bottle deliveries, Concorde, handwritten letters, typewriters, countries that no longer exist, white dog poo...all these and many more are big a fond farewell in this nostalgic, and sometimes irreverent, trip down memory lane.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 224 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
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  • Category: Humour
  • ISBN: 9780007484669



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If you remember sliding your home made mix cassette tape, recorded in silence from the Radio Top 40, into your Walkman and strapping your calculator watch to your wrist before disappearing to play unsupervised in the local park until dinner time, then the nostalgic appeal 21st Century Dodos will be a source of nostalgic appeal.Subtitled “A collection of endangered objects (and other stuff)” this is a light and humourous tribute to the end of an era. At just forty it seems almost obscene that so much of my childhood is now obsolete – rotary phones, Polaroid cameras, 10c mixed lolly bags (Cobbers were my favourite), school blackboards and roller skates but I enjoyed the reminder of these simple pleasures, and treasures.It might hearten Steve Stack to know Australia still has Woolworths stores and my boys are currently participating in Bob-a-Job week (though I go door to door with them). Not having grown up in England however there are a lot of things mentioned in the book that I’m unfamiliar with, retailers, television shows and product brands among them.21st Century Dodos is a fun read, for anyone over about 35 I would think, but as it is heavily skewed towards British culture it is to those readers that grew up in England during the 1970/1980's that I would recommend this book.