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macocha europy
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Any good?

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Peter O'Hanraha-hanrahan
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I've read it quite recently, actually. Yeah, it's good. Very funny.
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A traveling-around-Ireland book I like (and probably have recommended already) is Is Shane MacGowan Still Alive? by WSC's Tim Bradford, with cameo roles by imp and Andy WSC.
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Duncan Gardner
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Both books are dully predictable romps through lovable Oirish clichedom, but Hawks deserves particular discredit for writing two more in similar style. I wonder, do Abedi, Art and Coffy enjoying reading about buxom dirndl-wearing Hofbrauhaus barmaids, scrumpy-quaffing Wurzel rustics, or drug-crazed Eddie Murphy wannabees from Philly? No, I though not [Wink]

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Peter O'Hanraha-hanrahan
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Yeah, I really liked ISMcGSA too, Coffy.

Duncan: Find a book with those characters in (or even write one), and then I'll see. It sounds intriguing.

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I wouldn't mind an amusing travelogue of Philadelphia, but it probably would only be an article's worth, not a whole book. There's currently a TV series set and filmed here, and I always watch for the local color, even if the plots aren't so hot.

FYI, I'm an Irish citizen.

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Don Malhumorado
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"I wouldn't mind an amusing travelogue of Philadelphia, but it probably would only be an article's worth, not a whole book"

I reckon I could get a book out of Grantham and it's surrounding villages (say as far North as Long Bennington, as far South as South Wytham, West to Bottesford and, well, there isn't anything East of Grantham except Boston and Skegness), so I reckon there has to be at least three or four books in Philadelphia.

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By the way, is the TV series that one set in a law firm? If it is, then it's f*cking brilliant. It was on channel 4 at about 4am for a little while and I got quite sucked into it.
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That reminds me: Are you coming here for Man. Utd.'s match in July? I can't wait for March 15, when tickets go on sale. I just hope they don't all end up in the hands of soccer-playing kids from the suburbs.
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I'm saving up in the desperate hope that I'll be able to make it across for some, if not all of the matches. I was hoping to make the trip pay for itself, but that looks kind of unlikely now.
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No, I never saw that show, called Philly. The new one is called Hack and is about an ex-cop turned cabbie who ends up solving crimes. That happens all the time here.

There's also a new drama series set here in the early '60s, American Dreams. It's shot on a set in LA but is really good, about a family dealing with the changes of that time.

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Around Ireland witha Fridge is excellent. Very funny. An easy read.
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the only review i saw of this book described it as 'deeply patronising'. i don't think it's sold too many copies in ireland. this kind of thing is not welcome round these parts.

then i thought, hmm, everyone else seems to have enjoyed it ... so maybe we should just loosen up and learn to laugh at ourselves. fuck this humourless post-colonial sensitivity. maybe young Hawks has achieved a degree of insight, maybe he's not just another smug brit peddling lazy cliches for a few pennies, like that cnut terry eagleton.

so i went to amazon to check out the book and the first quote i came across was:

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"I had clearly arrived in a country where the qualification for 'eccentric' involved a great deal more than that to which I had become used".
and i thought, nah, i don't think i'll bother with this book.
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It seems just as dreadful as those "Year in Provence" book. I think there was a book written about Moldova too.

Tim Park's Italian Neighbours is at the other end of the spectrum, a quality book by a quality writer describing life in a small northern Italian village where he has settled.

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I couldn't read past the first few chapters of Round Ireland with a Fridge; it didn't raise the slightest smile. But my dad thought it was great.
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