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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


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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?


Sandman
Ian Kingsley
A gripping psychological thriller with characters that reach out and grab you. Sandman touches our primary emotions: jealousy, love, fear, hatred, and grief. The dialogue is authentic, and, along with the scene-painting narrative, youíll feel like youíre on the beach witnessing the unfolding action.

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He's Just Not That Into You: the No-Excuses Truth to Understanding Guys
Greg Behrendt, Liz Tuccillo
You really like this guy, but he's giving mixed messages. So stop kidding yourself! This smart, funny and surprisingly upbeat book covers every excuse woman has ever made to avoid admitting to herself that a man just wasnít that smitten with her.
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The Playgroup
Janey Fraser
With an opportunity to prove herself, Gemma can't wait to take over Puddleducks Playgroup. But the new head of the infant school, Joe Balls, soon tempers her enjoyment. Meanwhile, Nancy is in turmoil. Her only son has just started at the playgroup and her husband has taken a temporary posting to Vietnam. There never was much hope of conceiving her much-wanted second child so what is she to do now? A tumultuous term lies ahead for all.
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Dead Men
Richard Pierce
Birdie Bowers, an infamously secretive painter, is a woman given a dead manís name by her obsessed parents. Her namesake was one of Scottís companions on his fated expedition to the Antarctic. Almost a hundred years after his death, she is determined to discover what really happened to him accompanied by Adam, a bored computer geek, who falls in love with her. But Scottís tent is now under 30 metres of ice.
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