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|Posté le: Lun 3 Juil - 23:49 (2017) Sujet du message: Flanders And Flamenco Two Forgotten Corners Of Europe
To the backdrop of a failing relationship Michael O'Brien's informative and hilarious new book provides a unique insight into two forgotten corners of Europe; Valladolid, the ancient capital of Spain; vain, proud, corrupt, defiant, not a word of English spoken, the true tapas capital a mother-in-law with a thousand yard stare. We follow O'Brien as he negotiates his way through life in the rigidly conservative, yet hopelessly hedonistic capital of old Castila. O'Brien is an engaging and knowledgeable guide to a part of Spain to which few tourists venture. Then, overnight, O'Brien re-locates to Lille where migrants are flooding – or maybe trickling – into Britain through Eurostar. The problem is the so-called 'Lille loophole', an immigration fault line thrown up by the Schengen agreement providing free movement between participating European countries. Armed with a hotline to the mysterious 'H' in London and holed up in a central Lille hotel, O'Brien and his Spanish girlfriend are now a cross between Dad's Army and MI5, servants of the crown isolated in a distinctly Gallic working world. But as the loophole remains unplugged, despite home secretary Theresa May's best intentions, O'Brien gradually realises he's not only living in France, he's also living in Flanders, a unique region with a fascinating history, bizarre contradictions, artery clogging food and mind blowing beer.
bound: 226 pages
publisher: Independently published (April 11, 2017)
isbn: 1520864663, 978-1520864662,
weight: 14.2 ounces (