How Not to Murder Your Grumpy
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Before you push your Grumpy off the next bridge,
Look no further!

Is your Grumpy Old Man getting under your feet? Is he wrestling with retirement? Are you wondering if you should bundle him up and entrust him to basket-weaving classes? Then this book could be the answer to your prayers. This light hearted guide is packed full of lively ideas, anecdotes and quips. Not only does it set out to provide laughs, but offers over 700 ideas and ways to keep a Grumpy Old Man occupied.

From collecting airline sick bags to zorbing, you will be sure to find an absorbing pastime for your beloved curmudgeon. There are examples of those who have faced extraordinary challenges in older age, fascinating facts to interest a reluctant partner and innovative ideas drizzled, of course, with a large dollop of humour.

Written tongue-in-cheek, this book succeeds in proving that getting older doesn't mean the end of life or having fun. It provides amusing answers to the question, "How on Earth will my husband fill in his time in his retirement?" It offers suggestions on what might, or most certainly might not, amuse him. Ideal for trivia buffs, those approaching retirement, (or just at a loose end) and frustrated women who have an irritable male on their hands, this book will lighten any mood and may even prevent the odd murder.

*** FINALIST in The People's Book Prize for 2013! ***

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Excerpt from How Not To Murder Your Grumpy

Without further ado, let's look at the abundance of activities that your Grumpy can enjoy beginning with the letter A.

Introduce your Grumpy to the absorbing and completely time-consuming hobby of aviation, particularly aeroplanes.

First, get him a copy of Top Gun (or any good film about flying) to whet his appetite. Next, purchase a trial flying lesson. He'll love it. Honestly, he will. Don't be mean though, and get him an aerobatic flight. He'll come home a horrible pasty shade of grey, and you'll never get him to agree to that holiday to Alicante you hoped you could take next year.

Once he has "the flying bug", ensure he signs up for flying lessons. Now, you'll have to make some serious economies to fund this new hobby, and you'll have to forget that holiday to Alicante for a while, but it'll be worth it. He'll soon transform into a new man, and which one of us wouldn't fancy a Tom Cruise-a-like coming home after a long day up in the clouds?

Flying doesn't just keep these Grumpy Old Men out of the house for an hour or two. Oh no, they have to get to the airfield early to set up, have a pre-flight briefing, a couple of cups of coffee and some cake, chat to their mates and ensure they have planned a route. Then, there is the actual flying, followed by a debrief, and the obligatory drink at the pub to recap the entire flight.

There are exams to be taken and much studying to be done. Many a night will be spent sitting at the dining table with pencils in their mouths, as they attempt to learn the principles of aviation law or meteorology. You'll be able to relax on the settee and watch all those soaps without any dark muttering coming from the other end.

You may find that you will need to learn the phonetic alphabet though, just to show willingness and give him a hand. Let me assist you by starting with: Golf, Romeo, Uniform, Mike, Papa, Yankee.

If you can't interest him in this particular hobby, then you could try him with a remote-controlled aircraft. This is the best of both worlds. He can fly his aeroplane without taking examinations, wherever he fancies, and it won't cost a fortune. There will be more about remote-controlled vehicles later.

Last but not least, you could offer him the chance to do some plane spotting. This is obviously the cheapest option, and can be enjoyed at the airport or in your back garden if you are fortunate enough to live under the flight path.

If he decides on the latter, you'll be able to book that trip to Alicante. After all, he'll see plenty of aeroplanes.

What do William Tell, Robin Hood, and Cupid have in common? The answer is archery or toxophily as it is also called. (You might need that piece of information for a pub quiz.)

Archery is one of the most ancient sports known to mankind. In ancient times and the medieval period, this activity was used for protecting people from enemies and for hunting wild animals. Today, it is regarded as a recreational activity or sport, and is looked upon as a way to improve concentration, mental strength, and precision … where was I? Oh yes, sorry, I was thinking about Kevin Costner in the 1991 film Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and got distracted. Today, two forms of archery are prevalent: target archery and field archery.

Sign your fractious man up for lessons and watch him improve, along with his game. Word of warning: don't let him place an apple on your head "for practice".

Question: What did the lustful maiden say to the handsome archer?

Answer: You make me quiver.

Carol E Wyer

Carol E Wyer