Quote: chipolata @ March 30 2009, 10:21 AM BST
To be fair, he wrote that before Muslims and everything they believe in became scary.
To be fair, I was attempting sarcasm (and I FAILed) - Eddington writes about how the sound of the early morning muezzin (call to prayer) from a nearby mosque caused him to wake up and leap several feet in the air as if struck by a cattle prod (or something like that; I can't check the exact text, having lent my copy of the book to someone seven years ago and I'm still awaiting its return). Any Westerner who has ever visited or moved to a Muslim country and stayed near a mosque will relate to the passage.
Scary Muslim beliefs? Try reading the Koran - loads of similarities to the Old Testament and the Torah. Despite most beliefs of most religions being fanciful, the vast majority of the world's Muslims are peace loving. Don't be scared of Muslims, except for suicide bombers and those who deny rights to women.
EDIT: Getting back on topic, lest this thread morph into an awful discussion about Islam, Paul Eddington was very humble, as illustrated by this passage about his desired epitaph: A journalist once asked me what I would like my epitaph to be and I said I think I would like it to be 'He did very little harm'. And that's not easy -- most people seem to me to do a great deal of harm. If I could be remembered as having done very little, that would suit me.