[PDF/EBOOK] Where the Hell Is Tuvalu? How I Became the Law Man of the World's Fourth Smallest Country By Philip Ells – stationroadsurgerywigston.co.uk



10 thoughts on “Where the Hell Is Tuvalu? How I Became the Law Man of the World's Fourth Smallest Country

  1. says:

    For a book that according to Worldcat cannot be found in a single library in the US this isn’t half bad It’s another memoir from an expat on a Pacific Island; I read it shortly after the much popular Sex Lives of Cannibals and liked it a bit better Troost is a better storyteller than Ells but Ells has interesting stories to tell

  2. says:

    Philip Ells was a lawyer in London and he was burnt out  He decided to escape his high pressure job by volunteering with Voluntary Service Overseas  He was sent to Tuvalu to be the People's Lawyer  That job is basicall

  3. says:

    Where the Hell is Tuvalu? describes the two and a bit years Ells spent working as the People's Lawyer or the People's Liar as came to be known in the world's 4th smallest independent nation during the mid 1990's Focusing o

  4. says:

    Are you a lawyer thinking of a career change? Why not volunteer to be the People's Lawyer in Tuvalu? Your experience sadly will be completely unlike Philip Ells because we are in a technological age now and when PE

  5. says:

    This book was a great insight into life in a completely different part of the world Kiribati as well as Tuvalu and one not influenced by the outside world very much Philip Ells writing style didn't work for me and didn't see the wit mentioned on the cover or on reviews but it also didn't have me yawning This was a random choice based on round the world in 80 books and Pointless so it could have been worse

  6. says:

    Well written and surprisingly entertaining and informative read recounting the experiences of a young British l

  7. says:

    Of all the wryly humorous memoirs about White Boys Traveling to Exotic Places ™ this is one of them It's a fairly forgettable book

  8. says:

    Allow me to address this book in one sentence You became the lawman by signing up for a UK version of the Peace Corps when you were

  9. says:

    The author volunteered his skills to the population of the tiny island of Tuvalu He has a pleasant narrative sty

  10. says:

    Interesting look at the practice of law in Tuvalu mostly domestic violence and to a lesser estent of Kiribati loads of rap

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free download Õ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ¶ Philip Ells

How does a young City lawyer end up as the People's Lawyer of the fourth smallest country in the world 18000 kilometres from homeWe've all thought about getting off the treadmill turning life on its head and doing something worthwhile Philip Ells dreamed of turuoise seas sandy beaches and palm. Where the Hell is Tuvalu describes the two and a bit years Ells spent working as the People s Lawyer or the People s Liar as came to be known in the world s 4th smallest independent nation during the mid 1990 s Focusing on his job and ex pat life among the Tuvaluans Ells self deprecating humour makes this an interesting read and stands almost alone as the only travel book written on this countryDisillusioned with the corporate world at the grand old age of 23 Ells decides to enroll with Voluntary Service Overseas VSO an international development charity and picks up a posting to Tuvalu situated smack bang in the middle of the Pacific OceanWith a total land area of 26 suare kilometres and a population of close to 10000 this is a nation that few will have heard of which also applied to the author who spent three months pondering whether to take the assignment Previously comprising the Ellice part of the Gilbert and Ellice Islands colony Kiribati making up the Gilbert component the country only became fully independent in 1978 It s admission to the United Nations in 2000 means that it is the 6th newest UN member bizarrely beating Switzerland which only became a member in 2002Where the Hell is Tuvalu mostly concentrates on Ells interactions with other palagis pronounced pah langis the law cases he works and his daily life as an ex pat on this tiny island Naturally most of his dealings with the Tuvaluan people is through the work he undertakes in his job as the People s Lawyer It is in this role that he defends his clients mostly against charges of pig theft traffic offences and drunken fighting However on loan to Kiribati his cases become much gruesome including rape and child abuse which signals a somber tone to this part of the bookGiven his visit to and Tuvalu s close historical connection to Kiribaiti the book naturally lends itself to comparison with J Maarten Troost s book The Sex Lives of Cannibals While Where the Hell is Tuvalu contains a greater number of funny events that take place Troost s superior writing ability makes his book the pick of the two by some distance That said there is still plenty that appeals within Ells offeringSuffering constantly from giardiasis we probably learn way too much about his bodily functions than is absolutely necessary with this knowledge usually imparted by way of humourous events that occur to Ells Ells considerable efforts to also become immersed in the Tuvaluan way of life ensures that we also get glimpses of some of their customs which he observes in an entirely by non judgemental fashion There s also illustrations of some of the steadfast friendships he makes during his time on Tuvalu both with other ex pats and localsAll up Where the Hell is Tuvalu is a good read told in humourous fashion and one which provides a bit of knowledge on what life on Tuvalu is like Given the dearth of books available on this tiny Polynesian nation this is definitely recommended for anyone wanting to find out about Tuvalu So long as you re able to find it

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Where the Hell Is Tuvalu? How I Became the Law Man of the World's Fourth Smallest Country

Trees and he found these in the tiny Pacific island state of Tuvalu But neither his Voluntary Service Overseas briefing pack nor his legal training could prepare him for what happened thereHe learned to deal with rapes murders incest the unforgivable crime of pig theft and to look a shark in th. Are you a lawyer thinking of a career change Why not volunteer to be the People s Lawyer in Tuvalu Your experience sadly will be completely unlike Philip Ells because we are in a technological age now and when PE went to Tuvalu 1993 1994 he was heavily reliant on irregular boats bringing post for news of the outside worldThis was a fun read of a world long gone and soon to be physically gone too if the sea levels keep on rising and of the tensions between volunteers as outsiders business people as outsiders and a traditional community and tensions within that traditional community concerning women s rights violence and change PE provides insightful comment and manages to stick to the volunteer mandate of observing and not judging What is he doing now I wonder I can probably google him

free download Õ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ¶ Philip Ells

E eye But he never dared ask the octogenarian Tuvaluan chief why he sat immobilised by a massive rock permanently resting on his groinWell you wouldn't would youThis is the story of a UK lawyer colliding with a Pacific island culture The fallout is moving dramatic bewildering and often hilariou. Of all the wryly humorous memoirs about White Boys Traveling to Exotic Places this is one of them It s a fairly forgettable book a year on I have forgotten all of the details both major and minor but as far as I remember sometime in the early to mid 90s Philip Ells headed off as a volunteer with the British Voluntary Service Overseas sort of the British euivalent of the Peace Corps to be the people s lawyer of Tuvalu His willingness to be the butt of the joke won my sympathy at first but his self deprecation uickly ceases to be charming and tends toward annoying and his desperate pursuit of the humorous just comes across as whingey and culturally tone deaf I mean the title alone is fairly insulting if you re from Tuvalu rightThis is an excerpt from a longer review on my blog Around the World in 2000 Books