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It's come to our attention that Times hack Michael Moran has a book out - the snappily entitled Sod Abroad which explains "why you'd be mad to leave the comfort of your own home".

We were alerted to this new tome by a pretty shameless email from Mr Moran asking us to punt his cautionary travel tales through El Reg, and in which he at no stage offered cash/beer/expensive electrical goods as payment for the favour.

We were, then, going to ignore the request until he decided to catch our eye by launching an "user-generated" map down at his blog which offered the hoi polloi the chance to recount their holiday horror stories by filling in a web form which "fed a spreadsheet in Google Docs - through a Yahoo pipe - onto a Google map".

Ahem. Here's one of the more concise offerings:

Google Map showing less-than-flattering review of Renne, France

Suffice it to say, there are rather more insightful reviews of international hellholes on offer, and some real corkers, like this sorry tale of one night in Corfu: "In the early 90s I was on holiday in Curfu [sic], I went out one night got so horrifically drunk on cheap cocktails and beer, I woke up in the morning feeling really unwell in a strange grubby room alone, with a sore arm and bruised face and body, and an empty wallet, there was a used syringe on the floor, apparently I had been mugged, had my wallet emptied of a couple of hundred pounds and in return they filled me with heroine [sic]. I’ve never wanted to try drugs and I’m crap scared of needles so I certainly didn’t volunteer to do it willingly."

Cracking stuff. With material like that on offer, we reckon this Web 0.2 thing might really catch on. ®

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