Saturday, April 02, 2016

Holidaying Abroad

UK Prime Minister David Cameron urged UK people to spend their Easter visiting the north of England, giving tourism support after very bad floods over winter. But where did PM Cameron holiday? Lanzarote (Lanzarotty) on the Spanish owned Canary Islands. The PM and Sam Cam in very casual attire were snapped while drinking beer in the sunshine. 30,000 people have signed a petition to not allow him back into the UK, as he is a danger to British society. Bit of a laugh, but he should be concerned about his future, not that Labour Party alternative Jeremy Corbyn is of any great threat.

Photo from The Express and how staged the photo is with Sam Cam looking adoringly into her husband's eyes while Cam is telling an amusing story about the Chancellor of the Exchequer.


It is rather sad that R's family in the north of England don't spend holidays exploring the magnificence of the UK, or even the great cities of western and eastern Europe, but instead places like Lanzarote, Tenerife, Marbella, Ibiza, Benidorm and even where we planned to visit, Alvor. One of R's nieces has flown to Cancun in Mexico to a resort. I understand there desire to seek warmth and sunshine, but still, it is a bit sad. What is really sad is that they have little idea of where they are in the world when they travel and would not be able to point where they are on a map. They just get on a cheap flight that takes them somewhere. So far as I know, none of them have even been to London.

I am pleased to say that blog mates Marie of London,  John Gray of Wales and Friko of somewhere in England (I did once check but I have forgotten) do view the world as a bigger picture and know where they are when they travel.

21 comments:

  1. Thanks for your kind words Andrew. I do have some sympathy for the Camerons (not much-just a little). Trying to get away from the adoring public must be difficult! Apparently they always holiday in Cornwall at least once a year. Did you hear he had to return home anyway because of the crisis in the steel industry?

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    1. Marie, while I read about the steel industry problems and Tata pulling out, I didn't know Cameron cut his holiday short. I so want to visit Cornwall, but from what I recently read, so do many people and the trains can be very crowded.

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  2. Andrew I agree with you

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    1. Gosia, you do see plenty of your own country and others too.

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  3. There is that perception about some British people (as there is about some Americans) and yet there is a huge British diaspora, not the least including in Australia, who are also knowledgeable travellers.

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    1. Victor, indeed you are correct, but that does not apply to R's family.

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  4. Some politicians do more to encourage tourism by being absent...

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    1. EC, perhaps we should plan to visit the US when future President Trumpet is overseas.

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    2. The phrase 'better out than in', leaps to mind.

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  5. Andrew, ..... (Late Again! )

    It does seem odd that poshboy Cammo was galavanting around Lanzarote while telling us to visit the North of England.
    His holidays in Cornwall look very stage managed. And I'm sure he'd rather be somewhere else in a warmer climate. What's odd is that over the last few years while in Cornwall he kept getting called back to attend a crisis, just like this week having been called back from Lanzarote over the Steel Crisis.

    During the holiday month of August our MP's are no longer so keen to advertise the fact that they're on holiday, particularly after those national City riots in August 2011. Oddly enough Bumbling Boris was criticized for not returning straight away while London burned.
    And so now during August you'll occasionally see MP's and Cammo appearing on the news dealing with local issues when normally we wouldn't see them for weeks. But on and off they will sneak in and out of the country for their little getaways.

    In August 2011 there was just that feeling that no one was in charge or running the country and that the establishment were all abroad lording it up while the poor were having to make do with their lot. MP's are not a very popular lot over here.

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    1. Interesting DeeJohn. Politicians can seem very insensitive at times. We do have in common with you that our politicians are not very popular either.

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  6. People certainly should have been spending their Easter visiting the north of England, giving lots of tourism support. But not just because of the very bad floods during winter.

    Thatcher single handedly destroyed northern companies, families and cities. It may have been a tough life up north, but it was a productive one. After Thatcher's brutality, all people saw was unemployment, boarded up shops and depressed families.

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    1. Hels, for all Blair's faults, he did make sure money was poured into the north and it was revitalised. I think a good amount of EU money ended up in the north too.

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  7. I've never been to London either. I haven't left Australia since I got here in 1953 (*~*)

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    1. River, at least you can point to it on a map.

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  8. That's easily said when you live in a warm and sunny country ! But believe me if you would live here or in the UK (the weather is the same) you would also take the opportunity to escape and get some sunshine. You know that people here have to take Vitamin D pills because of the lack of light and sunshine and that it causes a lot of depressions ? It's better that Cameron gets some Vitamin D and gets some strength !
    I btw will do a tour around the UK this summer, hopefully not in the rain !

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    1. Gattina, it is not always warm and sunny here but I do understand the attraction of warmth and sun. I have low vitamin D and for some time I took supplements, but there is some doubt about low vitamin D testing levels in Australia, so I have stopped. I hope the weather in the UK is kind to you.

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  9. Naughty him. I would love so much to see the great places of the world, the cities, the wonders, the scenes and rivers and cultures. Alas, I can travel only through google maps and my imagination.

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    1. Strayer, I only really travel because I am 'forced' to, well actively encouraged.

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  10. For someone who's terrified of flying the idea of getting on a plane to anywhere because it's cheap is the craziest thing I've ever heard :)

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    1. Grace, I guess the book called Fear of Flying, Erica de Jong or something like that, is not a air plane passenger self help book.

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