Round Ireland with a Fridge

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Whilst in Ireland for an International Song Competition, Tony Hawks was amazed to see a hitch-hiker trying to thumb a lift, but with a fridge. This seemed amazingly optimistic - his Irish friends, however, thought nothing of it at all. 'I had clearly arrived in a country', writes Tony, 'where the qualification for 'eccentric' involved a great deal more than that to which I had become used'. Years pass. . . but the fridge incident haunts our author. Until one night, heavy with drink, he finds himself arguing about Ireland with a friend. It is, he insists, 'a magical place', so magical in fact, that a man could even get a lift with a fridge. The next morning there is a note by his bed. 'I hereby bet Tony Hawks the sum of One Hundred Pounds that he cannot hitch around the circumference of Ireland with a fridge within one calendar month. ' The document was signed. The bet was made. This book is the story of Tony's adventures through that incredible month. The people he meets, the difficulties, the triumphs, The Fridge.

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TV comedian Tony Hawks tries to win a bet by hitchhiking around the circumference of Ireland in one calendar month, with a fridge. This is the story of Tony's adventures--the people he meets, the difficulties, the triumphs, and that fridge.

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On his only prior visit to Ireland, songwriter/comic Tony Hawks had seen a man hitchhiking with a refrigerator. For years, he was wont to tell the tale during late-night drinking matches, and after one particularly heavy-duty night of partying, he awoke to find a bet scrawled pillow-side: a friend wagered 100 pounds that Hawks wouldn't travel Ireland for a month with a refrigerator at his side.

Out of this stupid premise, a ridiculously amusing book was born. Quickly discovered by the Irish media, the thumbing Englishman finds that he and his box fridge are elevated to celebrity status, and there's no dearth of rides, places to stay or goofy people to meet, from kings to spoons players to locals who take his fridge surfing. As insightful about the strange inner workings of Hawk's mind as it is about charming peculiarities of Irishmen--it's doubtful that Hawks would have been similarly embraced by Germans, Italians, or the French--Round Ireland with a Fridge is an entirely silly, heart-warming tale told in a rollicking funny and refreshing style. --Melissa Rossi

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