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Getting to know... different nationalities

We all have our little quirks! It's just that they differ from country to country. Yet a good understanding of these may help you to make the most of your trip by giving you an insight into the minds of the locals. That is the purpose of this unique and satirical series.

The Nationals (alphabetical)

The Author

Argentines

Lorraine Jenkin

English

Jeff Pringle

French

Christian Arno

Irish

Noreen Wainwright

Italians

Alexander Reed

Scots

Kevin Sturton

Turks

Diane Caldwell


Do YOU have the insight to write one of these articles?

Check-out the Italians article. Can you contribute real insight like this — and with similar humour? If so, why not submit a 1,200 - 1,800 word article in the same format. It should comprise single paragraphs with appropriate sub-headings. Ideally it should also include a picture to sum-up the nationals. If you cannot provide this yourself then just recommend one from the iStockphoto website that we could use. Please also include a head-and-shoulders picture of yourself.

At present, articles accepted for this section are being fast-tracked. All published articles are part of our FreeStyle competition. For further details visit the Contributors page.

We are particularly looking for informed articles on Americans, Spanish and French. Can you help?


Tulagi Hotel
Heikki Hietala
A wonderful novel which follows the life of ace US Marine fighter pilot Jack McGuire. Trying to rebuild his life post WW2, he moves to the Solomon Islands, where he builds a hotel on an island he flew over in his combat years. From his days on the family farm and the trauma of the loss of his twin brother, through flying school to his war service and retirement, we share his hopes and disappointments, his exhilarations and despairs.
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Deception Point
Dan Brown
Exiled author, Craig Mellow returns to Zimbabwe when he is given a spying mission for the World Bank. Accompanied by photographer, Sally-Anne Jay, he stumbles upon an ivory-poaching operation which masks the treacherous plot to sell the country he once fought for into slavery.

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Life of Pi
Yann Martel
Yann Martel's imaginative and unforgettable Life of Pi is a magical reading experience, an endless blue expanse of storytelling about adventure, survival, and ultimately, faith. The precocious son of a zookeeper, 16-year-old Pi Patel is raised in Pondicherry, India, where he tries on various faiths...
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The Alchemist
Paulo Coelho
A simple fable, based on simple truths and places in a highly unique situation. An Andalusian shepherd boy one night dreams of a distant treasure in the Egyptian pyramids. Then he's off, leaving Spain, literally following his dream.
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