Around the World in 80 Disasters - the Chapter Titles

The long winter evenings have arrived, and there is little to do apart from drink and write, so a combination of the two starts in earnest in the morning, with The Muse in attendance. Book number 5 will be written by the end of November. Any pro-bono editors out there, get in touch, to be part of what is sure to be the 2014 Christmas blockbuster. 

Around the World in 80 Disasters

Chapter 1 – 1988

Belgium: Waking Up in an Ostend Hospital

Germany: Confessions of a Male Munich Chambermaid

Germany: Tax-Efficient Begging in Munich's Finer Suburbs

Germany: Assuming a Fijian ID on the Munich Underground

Wales: Fluorescent Fish, Denuded Caravans and Bad Camping

Chapter 2 – 1989

Guyana: A Malaria Expert Flies into the Jungle

Brazil: The Heart of the Amazon is a Lonely Place

Bolivia: From Brazil Nut Factory to La Paz

Chile: Camping with Cows on the Island of Chiloe

Argentina: A Little Mustard for the Rucksack

Brazil: $430 Short of a Ticket Home

Chapter 3 – 1990

Germany: Madam, You are Overdressed in Those Socks

Germany: Telling Keith Richards to Turn the Music Down

Germany: A Liberal Interpretation to Weeding

Romania: Curious Chambermaid Meets Securitate

England: Learning Russian with No Front Door

Chapter 4 – 1991

Scotland: I Wandered Lonely as an Unemployed Drunken Tour Guide

Russia: Homeless in the Soviet Union: A Long Way from Manchester

Russia: Crossing the Black Sea in a Novel Fashion

Bulgaria: Teaching English with the Moonies

Bulgaria: Five Reasons Not to Go to the Dentist in Bulgaria

Bulgaria: The Importance of Boarding Schools

Hungary: Marooned in No Man's Land with a Filipino Moonie

Chapter 5 – 1992

Italy: Earning a Million as an Undercover Polish Journalist

Russia: In Search of Laser Crystals in the Footsteps of NASA, CIA and Mossad

Russia: How to Get Arrested in a Bathrobe at St. Petersburg Train Station

Russia: How to Compress a Lada in Two Easy Steps

Russia: Naked Saunas and Apples for Vodka

Chapter 6 - 1993

Russia: A Brewery in a Town with No Beer in the Switzerland of the Urals

Russia: Introducing the Red Army to Peanut Butter

Russia: The Scary World of the Aeroflot Internal Flight in the Nineties

Russia: Why Don't American Cows Give Milk

Russia: How Not to Conduct a TV Interview in Russian

Russia: Chechens, Guns, Diplomats and Tangerines

Russia: The Hunt for 27 Pints of Kilkenny

Russia: Hunting for Woodcocks with Soviet Special Forces

Russia: An Appreciation of Rubber Chicken in Sisert

Tajikistan: Take Care How You Say Things in Tajikistan

Chapter 7 – 1994

Ireland: From Russian Literature to the Costa Brava

Finland: Building Towns in Kazakhstan

North America: 4,810 Miles in 10 Days

Russia: My Daughter for a Million Rounds of Ammunition

UK: Making a Will in Covert Garden

Uganda: A Police Roadblock Made to be Destroyed

Rwanda: 15 People, 4 Beds, No Water

Rwanda: The Rewards for Destroying Military Road Blocks

Rwanda: My Teeth Cannot Open This Car, Please Don't Shoot

Rwanda: The Quest for Gin and Tonic

Chapter 8 - 1995-2001

Rwanda: Introducing the Brussel Sprout to the Minister of Agriculture

Peru: Fish, Blood and Mad Englishmen

France: Ford Luton (3m) Meets Alsace Bridge (2.8m)

Ethiopia: The Two Dollar Honeymoon

Qatar: Learning the Capital of Qatar the Hard Way

UK: Rioja Gran Reserva 1989 Meets Open Air Swimming Pool

Spain: Wine by Watering Can

Lebanese Nuns Don't Ski and Other Beirut Stories

Chapter 9 - 2002

Somalia: Engine Trouble in John Travolta's Private Plane

Somalia: Tribal Negotiations – the Case of the Green Boot

Somalia: The Manchester Rain God Arrives

Somalia: The Hunt for Flowers on International Women's Day

Somalia: Maternity Beds, Camel Troughs and Dutch Gout

Somalia: The Perils of Trying to Date a Somali

Kenya: The Culinary Delights of Trying to Date a Kikuyu

Dubai: A Date with a Serbian Cameron Diaz

India: The Case of the McDonalds Chicken Maharaja

Croatia: From Somalia to Hvar – How Not to Buy Property

Hungary: Learning to Teach English

Chapter 10 – 2003

Israel: Flying El Al on the Eve of a Gulf War

Japan: Toyland with Sex

Japan: Teaching Toddlers

Japan: George Bush, She Speak Engrish

Japan: Teaching A-Bomb Survivors

Korea: Taekwondo Tree-Trimmers

Chapter 11 – 2005-2010

Slovakia: Buying Maria Theresa's Bedroom

Croatia: Taking the Childbirth Father Test

Bosnia: Sanity Tests and the Chicken and Egg Permits

Albania: Negotiating a $2 Million Deal with Tirana's Garbage Magnate

Bosnia: Tactics with the Bosnian Traffic Police

Bosnia: Air-Freighting Norwegian Halal Goats

Albania: Investing in Tirana's First Indian Restaurant

Bosnia: This is Zdravko, Where is My Money?  

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Paul Bradbury

About Paul Bradbury

Author of Lebanese Nuns Don't SkiLavender, Dormice and a Donkey Named Mercedes and the Hvar's first comprehensive guidebook, Hvar: An Insider's Guide to Croatia's Premier Island, I have lived in Dalmatia full time since 2003 and run various tourism information websites about Hvar, Split and Zagora, and am co-author of Split: An Insider's Guide with Mila Hvilshoj.

I also have various blogging clients, including the Central Dalmatia Tourist Board, Restaurant Gariful, Hvar Adventure, Villas Hvar and Andro Tomic Wines, and print clients include Qatar Airways inflight magazine, Out! magazine from New York, and Croatian Hotspots. 

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I also write for Google News via Digital Journal - see my range of articles here

Ongoing writing projects:

A History of Hajduk Split, co-author with Frane Grgurevic

Around the World in 80 Disasters

Total Hvar in the Media:

Interview of the Month, Croatian Embassy in Washington (May 2013)

Special Feature in Globus Magazine (May 2013)

Featured on Croatian TV show, More (2012) - watch the report here

4-page special in Nedjelji Jutarnji, Croatia's leading paper (August 2014)

Interviews in Slobodna Dalmacija, Dalmacijanews, Radio Split

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