Thursday, May 10, 2007

Holiday...do do do...do do doo....celebrate....

Yes well I'm not going to apologise for that tragic version of Madonna's breakthrough hit song back in the 80's. Yes, it was slightly out of tune and breathy but that just makes it more authentic and like the way Madonna sang it before the studio engineer glossed it up on the sound deck.

Umm, where was I ? Oh yes, holidays.

Lonely Planet is a well known series of travel guides that sell around the world. They take the "off the beaten track", I'm a real "traveller" not a "tourist" approach.

Actually they are pretty good.

However, apparently they have been drenched in a wave of self righteous effluent recently according to my friend tango girl with the common phrases section attempting to translate the following: " Do you have fair trade coffee ?" " Are those energy efficient light bulbs ?" and the like.

A couple of pointers people. In a poor country - question 1 sounds pretty patronising and you should take whatever they have. Question 2 assumes electricity.

Just a thought

7 comments:

The Phosgene Kid said...

There are only three questions you need to know in any foreign language:

1. May I please have anothe rbeer? (alwasy be polite)
2. When do the girls get here?

3. Where is the bathroom?

Everything else pretty much takes care of itself.

Eternally Curious said...

I do so enjoy you Mummy!!!!! Right on!

The Phosgene Kid said...

I used a rather unusual tour company too. I got to visit a lot of places where I wasn't particularly welcome. It made for some interesting times...

mummified said...

Yeah PK, I imagine being a military person would be pretty challenging - esp when the welcome mat wasn't there.

The Phosgene Kid said...

Still I got to see some interesting things and meet some great people. wouldn't trade it for the world... never made it to your neck of the woods, though I did go drinking with some Aussie soldiers whilst in the Philippines.

The Phosgene Kid said...

Need some advice - my boomerang won't come back!!

The Phosgene Kid said...

Must be on hiatus!