Author... Backpacker... Company Director

David Jenkins, like everybody else from Manchester, was born in a seven-letter country. He hitchhiked to France (a six-er) the day he left school and by the time the year 2000 came around he had lived, worked and travelled in almost half the countries of the world.

It was a pleasing tally; a satisfying collection of six, seven and eight-letter nations with a respectable smattering of fives and nines. Multi-worders and a handful of 11-plussers completed his list but where on earth were the four- and the ten-letter countries? A mysterious oversight indeed, it was surely time to get back on the road...

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