Round Ireland with a Fridge

by Tony Hawks | Travel |
ISBN: 0091867770 Global Overview for this book
Registered by Tsjara of Zaandam, Noord-Holland Netherlands on 4/20/2010
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Journal Entry 1 by Tsjara from Zaandam, Noord-Holland Netherlands on Tuesday, April 20, 2010
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I hereby bet Tony Hawks the sum of One Hundred Pounds that he cannot hitchhike round the circumference of Ireland, with a fridge, within one calendar month'. A foolhardy attempt to win a drunken bet led to Tony Hawks having one of the most unforgettable experiences of his life. Joined by his trusty travelling-companion-cum-domestic-appliance, he found himself in the midst of a remarkable, inspirational and, at times, downright silly adventure. In their month of madness, Tony and his fridge surfed together; entered a batchelor festival; and one of them had sex without the other knowing. The fridge got christened, and they even met the poorest king on Earth. An absurd story of an extraordinary adventure, Round Ireland with a Fridge follows the fearless pair as they battle towards Dublin and a breathtaking finale that is moving, uplifting, and a fitting conclusion to the whole ridiculous affair.

Claimed by ApoloniaX at the European Pay it Forward Book Relay :)

Journal Entry 2 by Tsjara at Heiloo, Noord-Holland Netherlands on Monday, May 03, 2010

Released 10 yrs ago (5/3/2010 UTC) at Heiloo, Noord-Holland Netherlands

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The book is now in its way to Bremen :)

Happy Bookcrossing!


Journal Entry 3 by wingApoloniaXwing from Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin Germany on Tuesday, May 11, 2010
The fridge book just arrived along with tea and candy :-)
Thank you, Tsjara!

Journal Entry 4 by wingApoloniaXwing from Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin Germany on Saturday, May 22, 2010
A great, amusing read, this book is truly hilarious - a wonderful, dry sense of humour, expressed very eloquently. It made me break into giggles pretty often (a great book to read on the bus or so). I also like the way Hawks depicts Ireland. But he shouldn’t be surprised that no woman would ever call him back though…

Journal Entry 5 by wingApoloniaXwing from Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin Germany on Saturday, May 22, 2010
Ring with a twist (completed): Send it along with a fridge magnet
(none of those advertisement ones, please, but a magnet of your city or region or some artsy one).

- Sardonyx, UK, ship UK/EU (int'l if needed)
- RonOren, UK, ship int'l
- sing-on-a-star, UK, ship EU (int'l if needed)
- Kayellbee, UK, ship EU
- TiffanyAching, UK, ship intl
- blackteiwaz, Costa Rica, ship America/Europe
- jumpingin, Can, ship intl
- collectorkerri, US, ship US/Can
- nmugirl, US, ship intl
- laure69, France, ship EU
- ApoloniaX

- Someone will PM you for your address, PM them back and provide your address
- When you receive the book & magnet, please make a journal entry letting everyone know that you received them
- Please try to finish it within four weeks
- When the end is in sight, check the book's journal and PM the next person to get their address
- Make another journal entry and let everyone know what you thought of the book
- Make a release note to let everyone know that it's in the mail
- Send the book AND A MAGNET OF YOUR CITY OR REGION to the next person on the list

Journal Entry 6 by wingApoloniaXwing at Bremen, Bremen Germany on Thursday, May 27, 2010

Released 10 yrs ago (5/28/2010 UTC) at Bremen, Bremen Germany

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Travelling to Sardonyx now.
Along with some magnets and a magnetic bookmark.
Enjoy!

Journal Entry 7 by Sardonyx at London, Greater London United Kingdom on Wednesday, June 02, 2010
The Book and magnets arrived!

I felt like a child at Christmas when my OH brought the package inside! I loved the magnets, bookmark and labels :) Sending a big thank you to ApoloniaX.

5th June 2010 - I have just finished reading this book. What a funny story... It had me giggling on the tube to work much to the dismay of the passengers travelling near me. There were definitely some funny looks being shot in my direction. It was a very enjoyable read.

Waiting on RonOren for an address to pass it on

Journal Entry 8 by RonOren at Cambridge, Cambridgeshire United Kingdom on Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Arrived yesterday and I've started on it immediately. So far, I'm fully agreeing with Sardonyx that there are snickering moments in there (and undoubtedly laugh-out-loud ones as well). So I'm really looking forward to the rest of it!

Thanks also for the absolutely brilliant fridge magnet, Sardonyx! It will have pride of place at all of our houseparties, barbeque, or whenever we open a beer in the house. So pretty much, we'll use it every other day... :-)

Journal Entry 9 by RonOren at Cambridge, Cambridgeshire United Kingdom on Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Yep, this was pretty much was I expected from it. Many chuckling moments and the odd laugh-out-loud one, but the overwhelming effect it had was to increase even further my (rather irrational) love for the Irish. I can't imagine any other country taking such an eejit into their hearts and making such a fuss over what is, in the end, a silly bet. Aren't they a lovely people!

I've been trying to pick a favourite bit, but I can't. All I can say is that I loved the epilogue...

Thanks ever so much for sharing this, ApoloniaX! I'll get in touch with sing-on-a-star and get both book and fridge magnets moving soon.

Journal Entry 10 by RonOren at Cambridge, Cambridgeshire United Kingdom on Thursday, July 01, 2010
Going to sing-on-a-star tomorrow. Hope you'll enjoy the book, and the magnet (which is from Broadstairs, rather than Cambridge).

Journal Entry 11 by sing-on-a-star at Manchester, Greater Manchester United Kingdom on Monday, July 05, 2010
Received in the post today with a cute lighthouse magnet. Thank you! I'm in the middle of a book so will read this next week.

Journal Entry 12 by sing-on-a-star at Manchester, Greater Manchester United Kingdom on Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Very easy to read, and lots of funny moments. I loved how his story spread far and wide in Ireland, and the many quirky folk he met.

Have Kayellbee's address so it will be off to her in the next couple of days.

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Sending to Kayellbee with a few extras - enjoy!

Journal Entry 14 by Kayellbee at Chorley, Lancashire United Kingdom on Saturday, July 31, 2010
Recieved - with goodies - thank you! I'm taking this to read on holiday, so it might be 2-3 weeks before I can post it on, but I promise to find a really nice fridge magnet to go with it!

Journal Entry 15 by TiffanyAching at Burntisland, Scotland United Kingdom on Monday, December 20, 2010
arrived today in Snowy Scotland

I will read this over the holiday season and have it on it's way

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I am so SORRY!

I did finish this a few weeks back but have only just got round to posting, huge apologies for taking so long

On it's way to blackeiwaz x

Journal Entry 17 by blackteiwaz at San Pedro, San José Costa Rica on Wednesday, April 06, 2011
It's here! And it arrived with a lovely little bagpiper for my fridge! I'm thrilled! :) Thank you Tiffany! I have another bookring ahead of this one, but will try to hurry to pass it along.

Journal Entry 18 by blackteiwaz at San Pedro, San José Costa Rica on Wednesday, June 29, 2011

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I really enjoyed it, and laughed out loud in some parts. It is a light, entertaining read, uplifting in a way, thank you for sharing!
I sent this book today to the next reader, since it appears like the Post strike in Canada is over as of today. I sent it certified, here is the confirmation number: RR040232189CR.
Enclosed is a handmade magnet. Enjoy! :)

Journal Entry 19 by wingjumpinginwing at Vancouver, British Columbia Canada on Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Arrived safely today, along with a lovely magnet (you're very talented, blackteiwaz!), a gorgeous postcard that brightened up a gray day, and several bookmarks. Thanks so much!

I will have this read and on its way as soon as possible.

Journal Entry 20 by wingjumpinginwing at Vancouver, British Columbia Canada on Wednesday, August 17, 2011
I really enjoyed this book! The writing was funny and the author met some great characters on his travels.

I've PMed collectorkerri for her address.

Journal Entry 21 by wingjumpinginwing at Vancouver, British Columbia Canada on Thursday, August 25, 2011

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I didn't get time to mail this out before I went on vacation, but now it's on its way to collectorkerri by surface mail.

Journal Entry 22 by collectorkerri at Springfield, Illinois USA on Saturday, September 03, 2011
Received today. Will read ASAP.

Journal Entry 23 by collectorkerri at Springfield, Illinois USA on Tuesday, September 27, 2011
This book was hilarious. After wanting to visit Ireland for years, thanks to Maeve Binchy, this book makes me want to visit Ireland even more. Perhaps when the kids are older we'll finally take a trip there. Tony Hawks is a funny writer (like RonOren, I loved the epilogue), and I'd like to read more by him.

On it's way to nmugirl with a magnet shaped like the great state of Illinois.

Journal Entry 24 by wingnmugirlwing at Frankfort, Michigan USA on Sunday, October 02, 2011
The just opened the package with the book and magnet. A neat magnet of Illinois. I'l start the book tommorrow.

Journal Entry 25 by wingnmugirlwing at Frankfort, Michigan USA on Saturday, October 08, 2011
The book was sent to laure69 yesterday. What a funny quick read. Thanks for sharing.

Journal Entry 26 by laure69 at Paris, Ile-de-France France on Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Arrived yesterday with two nice magnets.
Thank you.

Journal Entry 27 by laure69 at Paris, Ile-de-France France on Sunday, October 23, 2011
Completely crazy but very nice. Some kind of very original travel diary. I loved the episode with the nuns and was amazed by this man's drinking capabilities.

The book is going back to ApoloniaX tomorrow.

Journal Entry 28 by wingApoloniaXwing at Bremen, Bremen Germany on Friday, October 28, 2011
The ring has come home!
Merci beaucoup, laure69 - I got a lovely magnet from Paris, a street sign of Rue Saint-Louis en l'Île!

Journal Entry 29 by wingApoloniaXwing at A fellow BookCrosser, A RABCK -- Controlled Releases on Sunday, October 30, 2011

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RABCK for you, along with a little home-made magnet.
Enjoy!

Journal Entry 30 by VictoriaWagtail at Bagarmossen, Stockholm Sweden on Monday, November 07, 2011
Woho, I won a RABCK! :) Thank you so much ApoloniaX, this book looks very interesting and I look forward to reading it and to learning more about Ireland (a coutry I'd very much like to visit). And thank you too for the Janis fridge magnet, I love it :)

Journal Entry 31 by VictoriaWagtail at Bagarmossen, Stockholm Sweden on Monday, January 29, 2018
This year I resolved to get round to reading more of the books I have waiting at home and one of the first ones I thought of was this one that I've wanted to read ever since I got it. It's a little over six years now since I recieved it and now I've finally read it! Like everyone else I really enjoyed reading this book, it was a funny and easy read which was exactly what I needed right now with a lot going on around me. Knowing that I had recieved it through Bookcrossing and that this exact same copy of the book had been read and enjoyed by so many others before me only added to the experience. It was also something I was reminded of when reading since I often had to have a roll of tape ready for some of the pages that are starting to come off. But I hope this book is up for some more travelling, I'll try to find a new home for it as soon as possible.

Journal Entry 32 by VictoriaWagtail at Bagarmossen, Stockholm Sweden on Monday, December 16, 2019

Released 9 mos ago (12/16/2019 UTC) at Bagarmossen, Stockholm Sweden

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Finally this book gets to travel again! Happy reading everyone, and take care of this book that is becoming slightly fragile... :)

1. Penelopewanders - Switzerland
2. Maria-nunes - Portugal
3. Gypsysmom - Canada
4. Mcsar - Canada
5. Stringofpearls - US
6. Dabercro - US
7. Heartthumper - US
8. Any one else? Contact me if you would like to join

Journal Entry 33 by wingpenelopewanderswing at Hasliberg, Bern / Berne Switzerland on Wednesday, December 25, 2019
This arrived in Switzerland with sweets and greetings on Christmas eve... It's a busy time here, so it may be the new year before I can get to this apparently well-travelled book. Thanks so much for sending and for the good wishes - all the best to everyone for a happy season and wonderful new year.

Journal Entry 34 by wingpenelopewanderswing at Hasliberg, Bern / Berne Switzerland on Friday, January 03, 2020
If you accept the premise, that it makes sense to hitchhike around Ireland because of a bet, then this is a fairly entertaining story / travelogue. I did enjoy it but did not find it hysterically funny.
In ways I found the out-datedness most interesting, to read and remember how things were at a time when the radio was pretty universally listened to by all. Yes, there was television and yes, they even had mobile phones occasionally, but in this day and age of podcasts and the internet, the fact that so many people listened to a live radio show is a thing of the past.
I think, and the author acknowledges, that the adventure would have been wholly different without the involvement of the Gerry Ryan show. Much beer was consumed.
This is here as a bookcrossing ring - I still have not made it to Ireland, and this does confirm my wish to make it there at some point.
Thanks so much for making this available and sending it on - and all the very best to all for a brilliant 2020 with wonderful stories, both on and off the page!

Journal Entry 35 by wingpenelopewanderswing at Beaune-la-Rolande, Centre France on Friday, January 10, 2020

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Yesterday this book sort of hitchhiked from Switzerland to France - at any rate, it travelled by car, and now it's been posted from there to Portugal. Thanks for making this available. Enjoy!

Journal Entry 36 by Maria-Nunes at Lisboa - City, Lisboa (cidade) Portugal on Wednesday, January 15, 2020
It has just arrived in Lisbon :-)
Thank You!

Journal Entry 37 by Maria-Nunes at Lisboa - City, Lisboa (cidade) Portugal on Thursday, January 23, 2020
Thank you very much for sharing this book and for sending it to me :-)

I guess I had too high expectations about this book, especially being it about a journey around Ireland...
But it was ok, and there were some parts that made me laugh; it's a light reading.
(I spent 3 weeks in Ireland in 1995, I didn't hitchhiked - I travelled mostly by bus - but I think my journey was much more interesting than his as I went to many interesting places rather than just local pubs...)

This book is already on its way to Canada. It may take a while to get there because I sent it by economic intl shipping.
I wish Gypsysmom will appreciate reading it.

Journal Entry 38 by winggypsysmomwing at Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada on Wednesday, February 12, 2020
The book actually didn't take too long to reach Canada. It arrived in our mailbox on February 10 so that is only about 2 1/2 weeks to make it across the Atlantic Ocean and then half-way across Canada. I'll try to get this read and off to mcsar soon. Will keep you posted.

Journal Entry 39 by winggypsysmomwing at Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada on Tuesday, March 31, 2020
What a tonic this book was for this time of social distancing and stressful outings! I was in Ireland less than a year ago and I really enjoyed reading of Tony Hawks adventures while he hitch-hiked around the Republic of Ireland. He did it in 1997 but I think a person could probably have done it last year and found the Irish people as friendly and helpful as he did then. Life slows down in Ireland; tractors still take to the highway to travel miles with no-one getting upset behind them; sheep stand in the middle of the road and just look at the cars they have stopped for as long as they like; people stop for a long chat while out for a walk. And everyone wants to help you whether you need directions or a recommendation for a place to visit or how to figure out where to park without getting a ticket.

Tony didn't include Northern Ireland in his trip because it was still a dangerous time to go there. He did however end up in Northern Ireland briefly to do a TV interview and the chapter on that is hilarious. We were able to visit Northern Ireland last year and we found no difference between people regardless of which side of the border we were on.

I have kept this book longer than I should have but I plead the unusual circumstances of a global pandemic in my defence. I have now contacted the next person on the list, mcsar, and hope to get it off in the mail very soon. Thank you to Tsjara and Apalonia and VictoriaWagTail and all the rest who have passed this book along. It is getting a little tattered now and must be handled carefully but hopefully it has a few more stops to make.

Journal Entry 40 by winggypsysmomwing at Richmond, British Columbia Canada on Saturday, April 04, 2020

Released 5 mos ago (4/6/2020 UTC) at Richmond, British Columbia Canada

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This book is off to the next participant in the ray, mcsar in Richmond, BC. Canada Post will pick it up from my doorstep for free so I don't have to leave my social isolation to mail it. Isn't technology wonderful?

When you find a BookCrossing book it is yours to do with what you like. You can read it and keep it or pass it on or if you don't think it is your kind of book pass it on to someone who might like it or release it in a spot for someone else to find like you just did. Whatever you choose it would be great if you could write a short note letting us know what new adventures the book is on.

Journal Entry 41 by wingmcsarwing at Richmond, British Columbia Canada on Saturday, April 11, 2020
Thank you, gypsysmom, for sending me this well travelled and well received book. I will start reading soon. Thank you, VictoriaWagtail, for sharing the book in a bookray again.

Journal Entry 42 by wingmcsarwing at Richmond, British Columbia Canada on Saturday, July 11, 2020

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Finally on its way to the next reader. Hope you enjoy this fun little adventure. It was a great diversion during the lockdown.

Journal Entry 43 by stringofpearls at Escondido, California USA on Wednesday, July 15, 2020
Thanks, mcsar. This arrived yesterday - only 4 days! That’s lightning quick delivery across the border from Canada to the US.

I’ll finish the book I’m currently reading then I’ll start Round Ireland next. I always enjoy travel books and this one looks fun.

Journal Entry 44 by stringofpearls at Escondido, California USA on Saturday, August 08, 2020

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I signed up for this ray because I like stories set in other countries and I’ve enjoyed travel shows about Ireland. I had no idea what the book was actually about and assumed it was about someone eating their way round the country, not literally about a fridge. It’s a cute story and Tony had a unique adventure. In case anyone is interested I recently saw an excellent documentary, The Irish Pub, about some very interesting traditional public houses and their owners.

Journal Entry 45 by dabercro at Clinton, Utah USA on Monday, August 10, 2020
The book arrived today. I can't believe how fast it got here. The mail has been moving so slow since the pandemic. Iwill start this as soon as I finish my current read. I traveled to Ireland almost a year ago so I'm looking forward to reading this book.

Journal Entry 46 by dabercro at Clinton, Utah USA on Monday, August 17, 2020
I enjoyed this funny book about Tony's hitch hiking adventure around Ireland. I was in Ireland last September so this brought back some good memories of my time there.

Journal Entry 47 by dabercro at -- BookRing, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- USA on Monday, August 17, 2020

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On to the next reader. Sent to heartthumper in KS. Enjoy!

Journal Entry 48 by wingheartthumperwing at Hutchinson, Kansas USA on Tuesday, August 25, 2020
The book arrived today. Can't wait to start it!!! Thanks!

I found this book absolutely hilarious! When he took it to the Abbey to be blessed, I laughed so hard. I called my 90 year old mother who had a grade school teacher named Sister Clare. She said, "Well, Sister Clare would bless about anything." Then we laughed some more. Thank you so much for sharing this book!!!

Journal Entry 49 by wingheartthumperwing at Donabate, Co. Dublin Ireland on Thursday, September 03, 2020

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I was LAST......sooooo.....I'm continuing this bookray on to claudia_amorim, though I think it'll be a bit of a surprise when she gets it. Only seems fair that this little book makes its way to Ireland where it all took place.

Hope you can take time out from your teaching to read it!!!!

Journal Entry 50 by wingclaudia_amorimwing at Donabate, Co. Dublin Ireland on Tuesday, September 22, 2020
It's in Ireland! I was definitely surprised, it actually arrived a little while ago with all the postcards but I put it straight on the nightstand to begin reading and only realised now that I never journalled it! Sorry about that it's been a crazy few months.

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