Saturday, March 29, 2014


It seems to be an iron rule that receptionists in all the hotels in England's major cities are foreign. I have no problem with this but I do wonder what factors have contributed to it. Is it really a job that Brits will no longer do? Possibly because of 'anti-social' hours.

Which reminds me . . . I like this comment in one of yesterday's papers:- We must not confuse diversity, which is good and enriching, with multiculturalism, a blind liberal creed that maintains all cultures are equally valuable. You and I might readily agree that not all cultures are equal but it's been a doctrine of faith in the UK over the last 30 years of so that they are. Happily, it appears to be dying, one sign of this being the first ever prosecution of doctors for practising female genital mutilation. On the national health service, would you believe.

I stopped in a Bristol café yesterday morning, while waiting for my daughter to join me on my drive further North. I ordered an Americano and was surprised to be asked whether I wanted milk with it. "By definition, no" I replied but, when it was finally brought to my table close to 10 minutes later, the barista/waiter asked me if I'd wanted it black or white. In contrast, I have to add, the woman on my left got her order in about 3 minutes. But, then, the woman on my right had to re-order her non-appearing toast. So, if I were to post a review about the service on the net, I'd have to say it was 'spotty', at best. But the male barista did take time out to give me directions to the Brunel museum. Sort of

BTW - There was a can of sugar on the table. Or, rather, a pile of the stuff in an old treacle tin. Given the antipathy to this foodstuff these days, I decided it needs the label The Devil's Grain. You heard it here first.

Back in Spain . . . There's a huge (and ugly) hotel built right on the beach in a national park down South. It's totemic of the coastal destruction in which Spain has long indulged in rampant pursuit of the tourist euro.Its completion or demolition has been bouncing around Spanish courts - including the national Constitutional court - for over 10 years. It's been condemned several times but, to general astonishment, the Andalucian Supreme Court has just pronounced it legal. But there are higher courts and this show will continue to run, taking with it Spain's reputation for being or not being un estado de derecho.

I am of the school that has it that Russia will be the long term loser from its Crimean adventure. Here's our Ambrose to explain why.

Finally . . . Here's an exhortation from a troll who doesn't seem to read this blog often enough to know my name or exactly where I live. Or that I enjoy living in Galicia: If you hate Galicia and it's[sic] culture so much why don't you fuck you and your family back to your shithole called Britain? Have the balls and tell the people your real name and where exactly do you live in Pontevedra. Despite demanding my (well-known) identity, he/she opts for anonymity. Nature of the beast.

13 comments:

Perry said...

Colin,

I think Ambrose is looking in the wrong end-of-sale bin. It will take only 10 winters similar to the last USA one for us to enter another Minimum. Sunspots are the key to understanding how this change in climate will happen.

http://iceagenow.info/2014/03/climate-change-play-role-putins-aggression-ukraine/

http://www.landscheidt.info/?q=node/50

Putin needs Ukraine's wheat & he needs warm water ports. Sebastopol is all his now, so he can mothball the military facilities at Novorossiysk.

In 2003, President Vladimir Putin signed a decree setting up a naval base for the Black Sea Fleet in Novorossiysk. Russia has allocated 12.3 billion rubles (about $480 million) for the construction of the new base between 2007 and 2012. The construction of other facilities and infrastructure at the base, including units for coastal troops, aviation and logistics, will continue beyond 2012.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Novorossiys

Cordially,

Perry

Perry said...

Needs a K

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Novorossiysk

Looks like you've brought decent weather with you. Thanks.

Perry

Alfred B. Mittington said...


Oh for heaven's sake: Have you nothing better to do than to start a PC ampaign against Sugar???? Which is a blessing to mankind!? Are there no Spotted Owls to save? No Guantanamotions to file?? What next? A drive for the prohibition of alcohol???

Indignant Al.

Lee said...

Hotels hire foreigners as receptionists because hotel guests are often from other countries, and it helps if the front desk staff are bilingual.

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Perry said...

The teeth of Queen Elizabeth 1 were rotted by sugar from the New World.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Yudkin#.E2.80.98.E2.80.99Pure.2C_White_and_Deadly.E2.80.99.E2.80.99

Colin Davies said...

Many thanks, Perry.

Colin Davies said...

@Lee. Less true of Spain, I fear.

Colin Davies said...

@Alfie: Probably best if you write your comments before your first intake of sugar in vineous form

Anonymous said...

So then I'm not the only troll here ...? Conforting to know ...


anyways, you don't have to follow his/her advise, Colin, do you?

Anonymous said...

as for the foreigners in hotels must be because they speak languages, whereas brits rarely do, and in hotels you get foreign clients all the time ... that might explain it ... together with the low wages and inconvenient hours ...

also, young people form all over the world like to travel the world and to do so they tend to work in the hostels they staying ...

Perry said...

Dear Troll,

Advise: verb, doing word. "I would advise you etc".

Advice: noun, object. "Here is some good advice".

Don't type here. Compose your diatribes in Word & cut & paste to the comment column, thus preventing those little solecisms that discover your country.

Cordially.

Anonymous said...

doggy, as it happens I could check my spellings if I wish to, but I'm always drunk when I come to dis shite, so I donnie care about my caligrafy ,,, either way, it makes you redundant, the same as in the world

btw, my country has been discovered long ago before me (or you) was born

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