Oh, I think that they used the same excuses, but it was evidenced by the prevailing culture of the time. Today they're educated, informed, and woke. Previously they were influenced by Rock-'n'-roll and alcohol; Rock festivals and cannabis; Psychedelic rock and LSD; Punk and heroin; Acid House and LSD; Rave music and E's. Now it's Coldplay and freetrade coffee with non-dairy milk, and smashed avocado on artisanal sour-dough spelt toast, the degenerates.
I downloaded a kindle copy while it was on Amazon so the Hard back remained pristineI think, and I stand to be corrected, that once it has been published, other publishers are not so keen to take the book on. I know this is the case should a book be published on Kindle, but as for paper books, not 100% sure.
Tbh anyone would be hard pushed to find 'the best' as there have been too many to remember. RTFQ still has one of the highest 'hit' ratios for LOLs. I've read his stuff with tears & snot dribbling down my face amongst very bemused civvy twats in an office on numerous occasions. Just reading that quoted dit of his about lagging all over the kitchen floor after boozing with his wenches grandpa had me in stitches again.
One of our best for simple one liner put downs though is another who's left us - snail would whip out some super stingers when some new mong was trying to act the cnut in the NAAFI threads.
Who was the mad bastard who pulled two slappers, and took them back to his hotel for a massive session of dirty sex, and teased us with a few pictures of
A a bit of a leg
B a shoulder
C the wall
while you lot gave him hints and tips and worked out exactly which hotel chain it was, and rang security, the bomb squad the vice squad, the Local Chinky to deliver and any one else you could think of to raid his room and spike his guns
I sat watching that unfold after a real rubbish day and I forgot all of my worries
it was a beauty