A new travel guide has described the English as a nation of overweight, alcopop-swilling cretins, who obsess about TV, sex and celebrity.
The Rough Guide to England warned visitors that trying to talk to a stranger was often perceived 'as tantamount to physical assault' (How true!). Many towns across the country are summarily dismissed as 'identikit retail zones with overpriced, under-funded public transport'. It adds: 'England is a country where accent and vocabulary can stamp a personís identity like a brand.'
As spokesman for the national tourist board Enjoy England said the comments would detract attention from the many 'fantastic' things about England. 'We get more than 30 million international visitors every year and they love our country,' the spokesman said.
'I certainly donít think approaching someone in England would ever be a problem for any tourist.
'British people need to celebrate all the great things about our country, not put ourselves down.'
On balance, the guide spotted some great beaches and coastal beauty spots and claimed the English as typically 'animal-loving, tea-drinking, charity donors thriving on irony and Radio 4'. It also praised the 'thriving pop culture and dynamic fashion, music and arts scenes' and Britain's immigration policy on refugees. The guide's top three English beaches are Par Beach, at St Martin's on the Isles of Scilly, and Porthcurno and Polzeath, which are both in Cornwall. The guide lists 35 'things not to miss' in England, including afternoon tea, castles and Bonfire Night. It is due out next month. http://news.monstersandcritics.com/t...es_the_English