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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


Lorraine Jenkin


Jeff Pringle


Christian Arno


Noreen Wainwright


Alexander Reed


Kevin Sturton


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?

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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On Beauty
Zadie Smith
"On Beauty" concerns a pair of feuding families - the Belseys and the Kipps - and a clutch of doomed affairs. It puts low morals among high ideals and asks some searching questions about what life does to love. For the Belseys and the Kipps, the confusions - both personal and political - of our uncertain age are about to be brought close to home: right to the heart of family.
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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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The kite Runner
Khaled Hosseini
In his debut novel, The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini accomplishes what very few contemporary novelists are able to do: provide an educational and eye-opening account of a country's political turmoil - Afghanistan - while also developing characters whose heartbreaking struggles and emotional triumphs resonate with the reader.
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