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http://edition.cnn.com/2008/TRAVEL/09/04/u...ghan/index.html

 

Very harsh words by a British journalist about taking a vacation in Britain and Britain in general.

 

I must say that I only partially agree with him. Whilst it is true that I have almost always found British tourist accomodations poor value for money when compared with European ones, I have had also some good experiences.

A summer of many years ago I was in Clydebank for work. While looking for a more permanent place where to stay, I slept in a couple of B&B accomodations in Dumbarton. They were quite OK, and when I had some free time I could visit some of the most beautiful places in Europe. With other words, unless things have changed for the worse, the traditional holiday in Scotland is unlikely to disappoint you (if weather permits :D )

 

Some other thoughts:

 

This year, for the first time since I was a teenager, I vacationed in the UK. I was not alone. Faced with tighter household budgets, soaring travel costs and a strong euro thousands of my cash-strapped fellow Brits decided to stay at home too. Decaying British resorts like Blackpool, Bournemouth and Torquay have enjoyed a bumper summer as a result.

 

I know that "the better classes" wouldn't go to Blackpool for a holiday. I have never been in Torquay. But Bournemouth looked quite OK to me. I used to call it: "the British Montecarlo".

Also, I noticed that the strong euro is being mentioned once again.

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The last two summers here have been a wash out, but it still wouldn't stop my holidaying in the UK. I go to North Wales at least once a month and love it.

 

Who cares what this snob thinks, you make the holiday so if your up for having a banging time then you will have a banging time where ever you go.

 

I went to Paris last year and to be honest I think I would have had just as good time in any city in the UK. Plus I wouldn't have had to put up with the bloody french.

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http://edition.cnn.com/2008/TRAVEL/09/04/u...ghan/index.html

 

Very harsh words by a British journalist about taking a vacation in Britain and Britain in general.

 

I must say that I only partially agree with him. Whilst it is true that I have almost always found British tourist accomodations poor value for money when compared with European ones, I have had also some good experiences.

A summer of many years ago I was in Clydebank for work. While looking for a more permanent place where to stay, I slept in a couple of B&B accomodations in Dumbarton. They were quite OK, and when I had some free time I could visit some of the most beautiful places in Europe. With other words, unless things have changed for the worse, the traditional holiday in Scotland is unlikely to disappoint you (if weather permits ;) )

 

Dumbarton?

If you really want to see spectacular Scottish wilderness, you really need to be north of Perth at least, and North of Inverness preferably.

 

We normally go to the West coast. Some fantastic places, and by far the best holidays I've had.

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Dumbarton?

If you really want to see spectacular Scottish wilderness, you really need to be north of Perth at least, and North of Inverness preferably.

 

We normally go to the West coast. Some fantastic places, and by far the best holidays I've had.

 

Well, I mean places like Loch Lomond, the Trossachs, the Southern West coast...

I was particularly clever in discovering places unknown to most. Everything looked to me like Dreamland...

But I have always suspected that there was plenty more to see. I suppose a lifetime spent in Scotland wouldn't be enough.

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There's a reason I left Britain. :D I'll be taking in a holiday in Leeds this November though. How strange does that sound?!

 

I lived in Leeds and I loved it. So it doesn't sound strange at all to me :)

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too true!!!

Is the person getting criticized because they wrote an article about a bad experience traveling? Or is it just that England is the subject of the bad experience? Buddha forbid anyone saying anything bad about England (How many individuals in this post slurred Parisians, what, slurring Parisians is OK but writing an article about a bad travel experience in England is not? Also, how did Parisians get into a topic about traveling in England?

 

Maybe the author is absolutely correct and accurate the retelling of the holiday, maybe exaggerating. It doesn't matter, it is their retelling, and their might be truth in it. Who cares about the story. What should be concerning is more subtle.

 

A few comments and questions

  • why does the CPP obsessively control what people can access on the internet, but anti-Japanese sites/ pro Chinese sites are allowed?
  • What are the Palestinians / Israelis , Serbian / Croatians, Brit / French, etc, etc, etc really begrudging?
  • in this sentence "Plus I wouldn't have had to put up with the bloody french" replace french with "white devil" or any derogatory term one pleases, and ponder, what does the sentence read like? If that is the attitude of the majority of English sipping tea, in the comfort and privacy of their homes, I would rather go to the middle east.
  • how similar are nationalist, fascists, and eugenic evolutionary racists in their mentalities.

 

Who said that our technology has surpassed our humanity? What did they mean?

 

It is good that one loves their home, some humans are made that way, some don't give to quid for their countries, and many people go to other countries, trash it, and make a ton of cash in the process. In this world were people with money take what they want, when they want, it is understandable for an itchy, subconscious nervousness when ones country is criticized. But one must realize what the real enemy is.

 

Someone wrote that they had a bad time in England, that upset someone enough to write this post, (or maybe the author of the post is a British travel agent angry that business was slow and found a scapegoat :( ). Sorry offense was taken, but ... well ... the autonomy of Africa is threatened by wealthy interest in the US, and China simply for the natural resources. Does anyone care about the citizens of Africa? In Canada 52% of a very large oil company in Alberta is owned by the Chinese Government. 2 profitable ski hills in British Columbia (that I know of) are owned by wealthy Australian interests, not to mention a large diamond mind also controlled by Australians. What is the Canadian government doing to protect Canada's autonomy, and sovereignty; or is it all just sell to the highest bidder, no matter what the generations before fought and bled to make their country a better place. Maybe Sweden has some good government policies, not sure, but I don't know of a government that isn't selling their country down the river.

 

On and on and on one could talk hypocrisies and injustices done by the Genghis Khan's that walk around untouchable. Many people through history dedicated their lives fighting against injustice and some people spend their lives making money off articles they wrote.

 

It was said that the author of the article was unfair in the comments made about traveling in England, then several times in the thread Parisians were slurred. All the while we argue over these tidbits, huge fish in the world are getting fried and I wonder, who's bellies are getting filled tonight?

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