Old Shite's Almanac by A. Parody
The almanac has a long and distinguished history as an annual reference work. In tune with earthly and celestial occurrences, almanacs have traditionally contained statistical and descriptive data concerning the events of the past year, astrological and geological observations and prognostications for the year to come. In recent years, publications such as Schott's "Almanac" have seen the traditional format evolve to accommodate the modern world, with subjects expanding to include apparently essential trivia, media developments, political affairs, demographics, health and science, alongside the almanac's time-honoured coverage of the natural world, with features such as tide tables and astrological observations. However, anyone who really wants to know what has happened in the current year and, even more importantly, what is going to happen in the next, should pick up a copy of Antal Parody's latest foray into the literary world, "Old Shite's Almanac 2007". This latest offering from the inimitable author of the bestselling Shite's "Unoriginal Miscellany and Eats, Shites & Leaves", "Old Shite's Almanac 2007" is an anarchic compendium of outrageous facts, figures, statistics and predictions. Between its unlearned covers lie horoscopes, astrological predictions, tide tables, weather forecasts, political predictions, trends and fashions, scientific and medical advances, "Who's Who in the World Today", useful lists, useless information and other trivia, "Review of the Year To Come", sporting events, celebrity prophecies, and a lot of more-or-less useless astronomical or astrological guff. Written with assurance and gusto and with astounding percipience, "Old Shite's Almanac" is an absurdly parodic and brilliantly humorous record of our world, resulting in a remarkably prescient picture of contemporary existence.