Great British ping time
The latest edition of travel bible Lonely Planet has painted a rather unsavoury picture of Britain – splitting society into two distinct groups – banking fat cats and binge drinking whiners obsessed with the weather – so what exactly has happened to ‘Great’ Britain?..
[UKPRwire, Fri May 29 2009] The latest edition of travel bible Lonely Planet has painted a rather unsavoury picture of Britain – splitting society into two distinct groups – banking fat cats and binge drinking whiners obsessed with the weather – so what exactly has happened to ‘Great’ Britain?..
Lonely Planet has offered visitors an insight into hundreds of countries and cultures since its launch in 1972. The guides have become unofficial travel ‘bibles,’ to which people turn for a glimpse into the life and style of their intended destination, or simply to daydream about far-flung hotspots.
The eighth addition of the Lonely Planet Guide to Great Britain argues that we now have one of the most unequal societies in the developed world, as ordinary types are left out of pocket and very bitter after bankers walked off with their cash.
It adds that the popular mood is ‘now in favour of increased regulation of the financial sector.’
Away from the money, the guide doesn’t paint a hugely rosy picture of our ‘damp little island’ either. Apparently, whilst we love watching cookery programmes on TV and are obsessed with celebrity chefs, our own cooking is limited to microwave meals.
“Freshly created food sounds great in theory, but in reality the recipe for dinner is more likely to be something like this: open freezer, take out package, bung in microwave, ping, eat,” says the guide.
The guide’s co-coordinating Author David Else and his team spent months travelling all over the country observing the British way of life.
He found that, as a nation, we are obsessed with British property and the weather and our moods are at the mercy of the fortunes of sports teams. We are also big binge-drinkers.
The guide looked at the way in which we Brits travel and this was found to be split into two distinct camps too. One lot is the ‘Sabbat-packers,’ which are professionals who have been made redundant and are now taking sabbatical breaks all over the world.
The other group is ‘Staycationers,’ - those who cannot afford to holiday abroad and take breaks in the UK.
Unsurprisingly, tourists are advised to visit London for its ‘endless reserves of cool,’ along with Cambridge and Bath. More surprising is the recommendation to spend time in the Midlands. Tourists are told to avoid costly Alton Towers and Madame Tussauds.
Mr Else said that the purpose of the updated guide, which praises the urban renaissance of many northern cities, was to give readers ‘the whole story’ of life in Britain and not just the gloss.
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