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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?


The Sound of Harris
Cecil Johnson
School days - the best days of your life? Of course they are! - and it's probably the same for the kids, too! Enter the Wild Wood that is secondary education and see it from the side of so-called authority. Remember that teachers can be wags, too, and their sense of humour is their only hope of at least playing a draw...

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I Am Charlotte Simmons
Tom Wolfe
Tom Wolfe masterfully chronicles college sports, fraternities, keggers, coeds, and sex - all through the eyes of the titular Simmons, a bright and beautiful freshman at the fictional Dupont University.

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Jemima J: A Novel about Ugly Ducklings and Swans
Jane Green
With a fast-paced plot that never quits and a surprise ending no reader will see coming, Jemima J is the chronicle of one woman's quest to become the woman she's always wanted to be, learning along the way a host of lessons about attraction, addiction, the meaning of true love, and, ultimately, who she really is.
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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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