Cream Teas, Traffic Jams And Sunburn: The Great British Holiday – Vansonphu.com


Cream Teas, Traffic Jams And Sunburn: The Great British Holiday A book about the Great British Holiday and the Great British on holiday.For all those who have battled with putting a tent up in a howling gales and rain in August or have been stuck behind caravans, or moaned about the towels left behind by Germans, this is the book for you.Viner touches on lots of different subjects, not always in depth, but enough to get a flavour It is very, very funny in parts, so much so that I did laugh out loud at some parts.Very good, well worth a read. Great fun An agreeable and funny fluffy read, the perfect choice for my book group s Summer Words theme It s merely a hook for journalist Viner to engage in a little light research and mix it in with anecdote and near stream of consciousness on the theme of the British on holiday It s just him waffling on I suspect he could easily throw in a few things which would be offputting to those of us who won t ever be reading anything he may have in the Daily Mail but either he just takes their money and d An agreeable and funny fluffy read, the perfect choice for my book group s Summer Words theme It s merely a hook for journalist Viner to engage in a little light research and mix it in with anecdote and near stream of consciousness on the theme of the British on holiday It s just him waffling on I suspect he could easily throw in a few things which would be offputting to those of us who won t ever be reading anything he may have in the Daily Mail but either he just takes their money and doesn t subscribe to their world view, or he is savvy enough to leave them out.There are a few serious reflections he mentions Madeleine McCann relevantly and sensitively in a general and personal way perhaps he only can because of that personal incident and that helps to avoid total marshmallow.There is one point where he pads out the narrative with something doing the rounds that a mate shared with him via email and, granted that it is very funny, I see that as a low point and stretching his borrowing too far Cover says Winner of the narrative travel book of the year award below author s name Presumably not for this.Tired anecdotes of Brian s friends friends, bits nicked from better books chain email funnies are cut pasted into a book, that you have to keep checking isn t self published.The gear box grinding as he moves from one subject to the next is genuinely painful.Worth reading one chapter to see how bad it is For extra fun read with an Alan Partridge voice Cover says Winner of the narrative travel book of the year award below author s name Presumably not for this.Tired anecdotes of Brian s friends friends, bits nicked from better books chain email funnies are cut pasted into a book, that you have to keep checking isn t self published.The gear box grinding as he moves from one subject to the next is genuinely painful.Worth reading one chapter to see how bad it is For extra fun read with an Alan Partridge voice A fun read on the British and their holidays.If you are a Brit you will recognise many of your friends and family in these pages, indeed probably even yourself.Highly entertaining and a perfect book to take away on holiday with you, to read on the beach as you look at all the Brits, burning in the sun The great and not so great British holiday.Brian Viner has approached the subject with humour and insight that brought back many memories of summers past while answering questions of why we put ourselves through all the hard ship for a few hours of sunlight, an ice cream on the beach or a traditional English breakfast on the Costa Del Sol. The British on holiday how can four simple words evoke so many vivid images, images of raw sunburn and relentless rain, of John Bull s Pub in Lanzarote and Antonio s Tapas Bar in Torquay , of endless queues to get through security at Manchester Airport, or Gatwick, or Glasgow, or Luton, and endless tailbacks on the M, or M, or M, but also images of carefree sploshing in Portuguese swimming pools and lazy lunches in the Provencal sun In this funny, acutely observed and engaging social history, Brian Viner celebrates the holidaying British, with their quirks and their quinine tablets, and their blithe assumption that the elderly man selling oranges at the roadside in Corfu, so photogenic with his walnut face and three teeth, must surely understand just a few, uncomplicated English sentences He examines the fortnight long cruise at one end of the holiday spectrum, and a day s rambling in the Lake District at the other He looks at how the holidaying British evolved into the big spending, many headed beast we know today, by recalling not only the holidays that we took as children, but the holidays our grandparents, and their grandparents, took It is a story that connects Blackpool with Barcelona, Mauritius with Margate It is a story, indeed, that connects us all Reading this could be compared to watching a documentary about the royal family there s not much scintillating new information but it s nevertheless enjoyable So, a fairly predictable book about the history and eccentricities of our British holiday habits, written in a witty yet perceptive manner which makes it an entertaining and engaging read.Can I go on holiday now please Very funny account of the British on holiday at home and away. An amusing trip with the British abroad and at home.From the 60 s to the present.Will leave you chuckling and enlightened.Easy to see why Brian Viner is an award winning travel writer.


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