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antedeluvian
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antedeluvian   5/16/2012 7:40:45 PM
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I don't know if this was Bryson's best work, but I thouroughly enjoyed it. It motivated me to head off to Stratford-on-Avon last year, so read it at your peril!

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Max The Magnificent   5/16/2012 7:43:37 PM
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Oh -- was that you -- all of England was abuzz talking about the strange tourist with the weird accent and amusing dress sense (grin)

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David Ashton   5/16/2012 11:37:28 PM
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From what Max says, you would have been there with vellies and no socks?? (Vellies - short for Veldskoens - literally "Bush shoes". Almost a uniform for Zimbabweans, especially without socks.

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antedeluvian   5/17/2012 1:02:25 AM
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And a pith helmet.

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AndyMcC   5/17/2012 7:53:16 AM
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Bryson is, of course, first and foremost a scholar of English, and Shakespeare in all his spellings is one of his areas of expertise. I strongly recomend his "Mother Tongue" to put in context the differences between British and American English. I'll always admire Bill for his chapter on Liverpool in "Notes from a small island", he completely 'got' the place (where I grew up).

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Max The Magnificent   5/17/2012 12:18:04 PM
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Stop taking the pith :-)

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Max The Magnificent   5/17/2012 12:19:28 PM
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I loved his Notes from a Small Island (as far as I know I've read all of his books). You get the impression that he would be a real interesting guy to travel with -- I would have loved to tour Australia with him

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antedeluvian   5/17/2012 12:55:59 PM
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I have enjoyed all of his books except: I found most of "Seeing Further" impossible to read. Too detailed and technical. Bryson is the editor (and bandied about as the author to the outsider), but he didn't exert much influence. I also found "Bill Bryson's African Diary" disappointing.

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Max The Magnificent   5/17/2012 3:26:47 PM
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I must admit that I haven't bothered reading "Seeing Further" because it wasn't actually written by Bill. "African Diary" wasn't his best -- but still worth a read...

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SteveD_Aus   5/18/2012 12:55:11 AM
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I must confess that I've never been in that particular region of New South Wales, but if I do, just know I've got to make Hay while the sun shines....

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