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After 20 years, Tony’s back in Ireland with his fridge

Just before the end of the last millennium, in order to win a rather pointless £100 bet, I spent a month hitch-hiking around Ireland accompanied by a small fridge. I experienced extraordinary kindness, hospitality, and much generosity of spirit. I wrote a book about it - Round Ireland With a Fridge - that went on to become a bestseller, but more importantly it informed how I lived my life henceforth - the basic tenets of which I call ‘Fridge Philosophy.’

For two decades I’ve attempted to apply this ‘fridge philosophy’ to my life, and I believe I’ve reaped rich rewards. As such, I’m immensely grateful to all those people who sustained my crazy adventure all those years ago.


The time has come to change that. I’m going to dig out the notebooks I filled when I hitched around Ireland before and make a list of all the people who helped me. Then I’m going to track each one down and come up with a unique way of thanking them.

Naturally, I’ll take the fridge with me. It’s my lucky charm – it’s what gave me the ‘faith’. I’ll retrieve  it from the shed, complete with the faded signatures from well-wishers of almost a generation before. My task will not be easy, but I’ll call on Ireland to help me find my erstwhile ‘helpers’. 

And this time you can help, too. By pledging support for the book, you’ll get access to my shed, where I’ll keep you updated on progress. You can even reserve a ticket for the Turn the Fridge On! party in Dublin this summer, at the end of my journey when I will attempt to turn the fridge on for the very first time...

Tony Hawks is a British radio and TV comedian who makes regular appearances on I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue, Just a Minute, The Unbelievable Truth and Have I Got News for You.

Tony Hawk is an American skateboarder, famous for landing the 900 at the X Games, always donning the requisite safety equipment when skating and his eponymous video game franchise, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater.

Tony Hawk did not write the Top 10 Sunday Times Bestseller Round Ireland with a Fridge about his attempt to hitch round the circumference of the isle with a fridge within a month to settle a £100 bet; Tony Hawks did. It has since sold more than 500,000 copies and been made into a feature film. Six more books have followed, including Playing the Moldovans at Tennis (2000), One Hit Wonderland (2002) and A Piano in the Pyrenees (2006).

Two decades later, Once More Unto The Fridge will unite Tony with his fridge (which has still never been turned on).

Twitter @thefridgeman


A Brief Guide to Fridge philosophy

- Life is like a fridge journey – we don’t know what it’s all about, and the chances are it may well turn out to be as pointless. (Buying a fridge for £130 to win a £100 bet.) So - best make it joyful. And don’t take it too seriously.

- When hitching, it is impossible to make concrete plans. You have only a vague idea of where you will be at the end of the day. So, learn to live your life like that and relinquish the desire for control. Realise that you can only really ever control one thing – and that is the way you choose to respond to the events that unfold around you.

- Have faith in the fridge! Believe that things will go well and that people will help you. Carry yourself in such a way that you are ‘available’ to receive people’s good will.

Kate Jackson
Kate Jackson asked:

Hi, I would like to pledge for 2 tickets to the Fridge Party. Would I purchase them separately? Has the date been set? If so, when is it? Many thanks, Kate

Tony Hawks
Tony Hawks replied:

No date yet - but it will likely be towards the end of May. Not sure about how you'd buy them - but if you e mail me at my website, I'll forward the mail on to the Unbound people

Thanks for showing an interest...


Alistair McCann
Alistair McCann asked:

Do you have any more details of 'Brendan from Lurgan'? I hail from the town itself and may be able to help track him down (if you have not done so already).

Tony Hawks
Tony Hawks replied:

Hi Al,
None as yet - but if i get stuck i'll call on you. Mail me you details to the contact address on my site.



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