By Tony Hawks
'If you needed to decide stuff you sought after -- in the event you needed to -- what may you pick?' I hesitated. This was once a much bigger query than often obtained requested at those post-match debriefs. 'I think the sincere resolution could be,' I acknowledged, nonetheless having access to the final items of required information from a jumbled brain, 'meeting my soul mate, and discovering an idyllic residence in another country somewhere.' encouraged by means of breathtaking perspectives and romantic desires of discovering love within the mountains, Tony Hawks all of a sudden buys a home within the French Pyrenees. right here, he plans to eventually fulfil his formative years myth of gaining knowledge of the piano, untroubled by way of the issues of the realm. actually, the chaotic tale of Tony's hopelessly ill-conceived condominium buy reads just like the definitive consultant to how to not purchase a home out of the country. It reveals him flirting with the elimination company in a disastrous try to shipping his piano to France in a dodgy white van; foolishly electing to construct a swimming pool himself; and increasing his courting repertoire while he starts off co-habiting, now not with a beautiful French good looks, yet with a middle-aged builder from West London. As Tony and his buddies haplessly try and healthy into village lifestyles, they research extra approximately themselves and every except they ever imagined.
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THE CRITIC AS ARTIST’ The English mind is always in a rage. The intellect of the race is wasted in the sordid and stupid quarrels of second-rate politicians or third-rate theologians. ‘THE CRITIC AS ARTIST’ It is always an advantage not to have received a sound commercial education, and what I learned in the playing fields at Eton has been quite as useful to me as anything I was taught at Cambridge. ‘THE PORTRAIT OF MR W. ’ Thinking is the most unhealthy thing in the world, and people die of it just as they die of any other disease.
THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY And now that I think of it I have never heard any man mention his brother. The subject seems distasteful to most men. THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST It is a ridiculous attachment … she has no money, and far too many relations. ‘THE HAPPY PRINCE’ No one cares about distant relatives nowadays. They went out of fashion years ago. ‘LORD ARTHUR SAVILE’S CRIME’ A family is a terrible incumbrance, especially when one is not married. VERA, OR THE NIHILISTS After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one’s relations.
A WOMAN OF NO IMPORTANCE Grass is hard and lumpy and damp, and full of dreadful black insects. Why, even [William] Morris’s poorest workman could make you a more comfortable seat than the whole of Nature can. ‘THE DECAY OF LYING’ One of those utterly tedious amusements one only finds at an English country house on an English country Sunday. THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY When one is in town one amuses oneself. When one is in the country one amuses other people. THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST If Nature had been comfortable, mankind would never have invented architecture, and I prefer houses to the open air.