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The main character Bob takes us into an intimate journey to weddings all over the world with great humour, a fine sense of observation, and great social skills. The conversations are funny, savvy, and rarely serious. Delicious book. A must read!

Rating: 5 / 5 *

Original Posting: Marielle Croft | November 12, 2013 | Source Link: Amazon.CA
Subject: Santiago #30 - Some of those character names
(Posted on Jan 14, 2014 at 10:25PM ) Tags:
One of the buried elements inside that wedding (and indeed generally sprinkled throughout the book) is the use of some past famous or notable people names for some of the local / regional characters in the chapter.

If you are from those places, be it Chile, Bolivia or Germany, some of the names may well mean something to you, and were noticed. Four names were slipped in here for the following characters:

- Anita Lizana (1915 - 1994) was a famous Chilean tennis player who reached World #1 ranking in 1937 when she won the U.S. Championships.


- Ramon Vinay (1911 - 1996) was a Chilean operatic tenor.


- Antonio Diaz Villamil (1897 - 1948) was a Bolivian writer, novelist, historian, and folklorist (not to be confused with florist, although one could be both in an exceptional circumstance). The embedded bio link for this cat is in Spanish.


- Oswalt Kolle (1928 - 2010) was a German sex educator who first became famous in the 60s and 70s for his books and films on sexuality. Hey, even the groom doesn't get away clean here.


Just because some single guy is hitting far-flung weddings for fun and adventures, doesn't mean a few obscure references can't get thrown in there every now and again. Not that any of the above folks looked at all like the characters present at the wedding. And if they bore more than a passing resemblance to each other, maybe it was all just coink-e-dink.

In keeping with the Chlean wedding backdrop, and discussions harking back to a certain politcal periiod in the country during the reception dinner, here's an inspirational number from 1973 that seems just as suitable today in many places around the world outside of that country. Go figure. Some stuff is timeless. The song title translated to Engreesch, means "the people, united, shall never be defeated." It was also on the music playlist for that chapter, no doubt another coink-e-dink.





Subject: Epilogue - Of Max and Mexico
(Posted on Jan 14, 2014 at 09:33PM ) Tags:
Another obliquely inserted reference near the end of the book lies with one of the two wedding help letters written to Bobby Bo in his imaginary gig as a wedding advice newspaper columnist.

Who was Max and what was he on about? The answer might lie with his location and parting line.


Credenhill, in the UK, is the home of 22 SAS Regiment. Yes, that's right, the Special Air Service. Maybe, that is why Max signs off with "Who Dares Wins" playing off the SAS motto of "Who Dares, Wins." Or that was just accidental. Quite possibly, Bob may just have goofed and forgotten the comma too. D-oh, Homer! Or maybe both are in common usage in reality.

Note that Heref (Herefordshire) is not the same as Herts (Hertfordshire). The two are a couple hours apart by road. Since Max is ostensibly some covert operations guy, he could have tried a sly substitution of the latter, for the former, in order to be purposely misleading. He could then claim it was a mistake, and would have plausible deniability. Either that, or he could do it to see if anybody was actually paying attention.

Now, on the main matter, why would some of them SAS cats take a covert gig in Mexico doing wedding security? Maybe they might, and even if they did, it would be a case of steadfast denial if ithe word ever got out there. And how would some part-time typist ever find out about it anyway either, unless they were writing to him for advice?

In this day and age, with military budget cutbacks all over the gaff, and subpar pay in the ranks, it's all about the money, honey--especially if you turn to the private sector where all the fat be, Bobbolino. Just look at Academi (as changed from Xe and Blackwater before thet in some weak rebranding exercise to try and play "let's hide the past"). Everybody just wants to be paid out, as Dr. LoveSexy might say. Who cares who wins?


Our man Max could have also been some local-pub punter wannabe nearby the base, just hanging out and being a pretender.

At the end of the day, it's all just about some single guy's wedding adventures and funny tales therein.



Subject: Mustique #47 - The three spots
(Posted on Jan 11, 2014 at 10:58PM ) Tags:
All the action that day and evening back in February 2000 for Patty and Bruce's wedding revolved between the two villas, Yellow Bird and Flomarine, and Firefly, which was where the ceremony and initial mini-reception were held.

Yellow Bird was where "somebody" woke up poolside in the mornng at the opening of this chapter after a big night out.


Flomarine - Gin and tonic anyone?


Firefly - Awesome place to get married, no matter if you want to call it a guest house, a restaurant, or a bar, depending on your point of view. The ceremony took place in the garden by the pool.


Many other island shots are on this related Pinterest board Bob put together for this sun-drenched escape  Here's a great teaser video for Mustique to cap this all off. One is way better grabbing some sun and fun in late February for a tropical wedding than being somewhere like snowy, frigid Canuckistan in the dead of winter.




Subject: Los Angeles #70 - Manuel Noriega and Oreo Cookies
(Posted on Jan 11, 2014 at 10:43PM ) Tags:
It was a fast comment in passing by Wade Roe in dialogue, but based on fact.

"It took out the Northeast faster than Manuel Noriega does a bag of Oreos."

Manuel Noriega has (or had) a large love of Oreo cookies. I wouldn't spin no crap on that. Here's some support from back in the day when our main man Manuel first started cooling his heels in the clink.


Exhibit #1

WELL, THAT'S HOW THE COOKIE CRUMBLES
October 30, 1990

Who's that kid eatin' the Oreo cookies? Surprise, surprise, it's the pineapple-faced Panamanian Manuel Noriega, former Foreign Enemy No. 1, who now resides in the "dictator's suite" in Miami's Federal Correction Center.

We don't know if he's a twister, a dunker or a cruncher, but we do know that the Nabisco treats are his favorite snack and just one of life's little pleasures that the once-mighty strongman enjoys while awaiting his Jan. 28 trial.

Source: Philly.com

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Exhibit #2

January 25, 1991

DO EX-STRONGMEN EAT THE FILLING FIRST? It`s doubtful, however, that even daily 2,500-milligram injections of coconut would do much for the pockmarked, russet complexion of Panama`s deposed Manuel Antonio Noriega, a confessed chocoholic (if not drug co-conspirator). "The Dictator's Suite" at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Miami is stocked with candies and other junk food, Oreo cookies being Noriega`s favorite.

Source: ChicagoTribune.com

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Exhibit #3

News of the Weird
May 02, 1991

Vanity Fair reports that Manuel Noriega always offers visitors to his prison cell Oreo cookies. Said Noriega's lawyer, "He may no longer be the ruler of his nation, but psychologically he still has this need to offer you hospitality."

Source: ChicagoReader.com

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Exhibit #4

He's Our Thug, And We're Taking Good Care Of Him

October 29, 1990

The government isn't revealing the cost of maintaining Chateau Noriega, which was custom-designed because an ordinary jail cell was too confining. Nor is it known which of the general's goodies - from deodorant to English-lesson tapes to his beloved Oreo cookies - are paid for by U.S. taxpayers.

Source: TheSeattleTimes.com


Case closed. This is the kind of weird stuff that gets thrown at you while attending fun and wonderful weddings around the world. Nabisco shoulda made that guy their spokesperson for the brand. Everything taken away, and he chooses Oreos for a treat. That's hardcore! You can't buy that kind of brand loyalty.

Only the important stuff for you, and just the facts.



Very funny and smart

Very funny to read, amazing speed of story telling and an interesting combination of funny anecdotes, some serious messages, good descriptions of the moments in time the book describes (and makes you think). I felt like being on a passage in time of my own life, but not just... Definitely recommendable to read!

Rating 5 / 5 *

Original Posting: Caspar | October 28, 2013 | Source Link: Amazon.com
A fun-packed race around the world of weddings

With this book, Bob has defined a new way of writing: witty, funny, (geo)politically involved and without needing the boring details of a plot. You can read it in a few goes or, like I did, in little chunks. The conversations are funny, the style is, at times, mind boggling. The background thoughts about marriage and the world all together are entertaining and definitively give you food for thought.

The continuous alliterations are razorsharp and after reading the book, I guess everybody wants to have a "beer, booze and some banter with Bobby Bo and Dr LoveSexy!"

Looking forward to the second part of the trilogy.


Rating: 5 / 5 *

Original Posting: Joris Siroo | November 24, 2013 | Source Link: Amazon.com
Totally original book - cool idea, cool tour of the world

Gives an interesting and lively tour of the world through weddings, along with some amazing music tips ... this guy has a wedding problem!

Rating: 4 / 5 *

Original Posting: Jeff F | December 9, 2013 | Source Link: Amazon.com
Exposé into a band of professional wedding attendees that makes a fascinating read

This is a fascinating look at a person's life who loves attending weddings, really fancy weddings. It is very well written. I found myself so absorbed by this book, I finished it in less than 24 hours. The book describes how a group of individuals who met in Spain at business school got together at weddings around the world.

Some strong characters emerge putting you on the edge of your seat as the book, like a good crime or suspense novel, transitions from one interesting cultural situation to another. At the same time you gain stunning insight into different places, different ways of thinking and some world events that were happening at the time. It is also quite funny in parts. I keep wondering what would cause someone to spend so much effort and expense to attend so many weddings. I guess the weddings were really fun!

Rating: 5 / 5 *

Original Posting: Andrew Ross | November 8, 2013 | Source Link: Amazon.com
Subject: Tenerife #18 - Death List and Oprah Winfrey
(Posted on Jan 10, 2014 at 04:17PM ) Tags:
Per the poolside discussion in Tenerife with Billy Brant and Grant Lipman (aka Student Grant), DeathList (with no space between being the proper way to write it per the site) really does exist, and it's been going for decades now. Their tagline is certainly pretty catchy.


Bobby Bo wouldn't make up stuff like that, but he might make up other stuff. Another example of fact being more interesting and stranger than fiction.

N.B. It is in no way connected to the movie, Death List (2006), which looks pretty bad, judging from the trailer.

Even the mention of Oprah Winfrey being on DeathList 1990 in position #30 at the tender age of 36 years old is factual. What were those guys on about way back then with that? That's another matter altogether.

Fast forward to present day, and it looks like the lads hit a record year with DeathList 2013, bagging a record bumper crop of 13 / 50 stiffs. Seems they are getting better with their picks over the years. What will DeathList 2014 bring? Take a look as there are, as always, some interesting candidates, but no one really unexpectedly young, save one.

Last, but important, Bobby Bo was at a wedding in the summer of 2012 in the UK countryside way out past Stonehenge. Billy Brant finally tied the knot, but the bride's identity is a surprise for now. Sure enough, Student Grant, still not married like this cat tapping the keyboard, was there too. We both had another good laugh about DeathList one more time 18 years later.

This rather odd, annual Brit hobby, or pursuit, will reappear in future dialogue in one of the next two books in the Wedding Chronciles trilogy. It's just too good to pass up.