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Whinging Poms - [That's Brits to Yankees]

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« on: April 11, 2009, 04:36:39 pm »
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A little bit of light readin' to brighten up your day..though I'm not sure what let's, it's , etc means..

Poms serve up a vintage whine
12/04/2009 12:07:49 AM

DAMN those wide sandy beaches and oceans full of fish. And let's not get started on the consistency of the soup. Honestly, it's enough to ruin a perfectly pleasant holiday, according to a list of recent complaints by British tourists.

Consider this "it's all your fault" rant by a woman who returned to Britain with an unexpected holiday souvenir: "My fiance and I booked a twin-bed room but we were placed in a double-bed room. We now hold you responsible for the fact that I find myself pregnant."

Her complaint and scores like it, compiled by the Association of British Travel Agents and travel company Thomas Cook, have done nothing to dispel the whingeing Pom cliche.

In one case, a British guest at a Novotel hotel in Australia made a fuss about his soup being too thick and strong. He had been supping from the gravy boat.

Another culinarily challenged traveller grumbled that "on my holiday to Goa in India, I was disgusted to find that almost every restaurant served curry. I don't like spicy food at all."

Other British tourists found their fun-in-the-sun vacations were spoiled because "the beach was too sandy" and "no one told us there would be fish in the sea. The children were startled."

One wife declared that **** sunbathing should be banned because her "holiday was ruined as my husband spent all day looking at other women".

While Australians love a rant as much as the next ticked off customer, they are more likely to see the funny side of a bad situation than British tourists, Flight Centre spokesman Haydn Long said. "It's more in our nature to say 'She'll be right, mate,' and turn a blind eye to it all," he said.

"Australians tend to be a little bit more adventurous and when you take the more adventurous option, you tend to be more tolerant."

Australian Federation of Travel Agents chief executive Jayson Westbury agreed, saying most Australians only complain when they have a legitimate grievance.

Peter Hook, spokesman for the country's largest hotel group, Accor Asia Pacific, says Australians have had to "overcome the tyranny of distance".

"When you fly 24 hours to the UK, a park bench looks attractive compared to an economy airline seat.

"Travel is in the blood of Australians and they also see the humour in situations … Other nationalities can be far more irritable."

Source: http://www.smh.com.au/travel/poms-serve-up-a-vintage-whi ...

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