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It's enough to make a bloke laugh.

I AM not a big fan of top 10 lists. They are invariably subjective, I never agree with them and they seem to have been chosen after a poll of adolescents with the collective brain span of a goldfish.

But then along comes Shortlist TopTens and I changed my mind.

Shortlist is apparently a men's magazine and many of the lists presented in this chunky hardback (published by Collins at pounds 12.99) will make most blokes grin inanely. It would make a neat birthday or Christmas present.

How about these I plucked from the Frankly Unbelievable Footballers'' Names: the Zimbabwean called Dangerous Fourpence, the Seychelles player Johnny Moustache, Nigerian midfielder Osa Ice-Cream Guobadia, Brazilian playmaker Creedence Cleerwater Revival Couto and the Dutch striker Jan Johannes Vennegoor of Hesselink, who sounds like a character from Lord of the Rings.

Eighties Sweets? Who remembers Tooty Frooties, Flumps, Wham bars, Highland Chews, Sherbet Dib Dabs and Flying Saucers? And I particularly liked the top 10 Signs You''re In The Wrong Relationship which includes the excuse that she's late for your Valentine''s meal because "the pub didn't have a clock" and her response to your marriage proposal is "all right then".

A book for blokes that will make them laugh.

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* HOW SWEET: Do you remember Eighties' sweets such as Flumps or Flying Saucers?
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Nov 3, 2009
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