You may remember that a British man was awarded £750 compensation after suing his travel company over a holiday at a Greek resort filled with Germans. The chap argued the holiday had been spoilt by the number of German tourists and that all the activities were organised in the German language.
Now I'm puzzled, he has gone on holiday to Greece. Ok I accept you won't expect all the activities to be in German but by what right does he expect them in English? I appreciate that many resorts in Greek cater for foreigners (the locals have more sense) but still can you imagine if a resort here did the activities in ooh Spanish?
It does show the little Englander mentality that we just assume we can go somewhere and speak English. Of course, regretably, I don't have a second language but if I ever travel over that 23 miles of water I won't assume everyone should speak English for my benefit.
The German tabloid newspaper Bild has responded to thus my printing a list of holiday resorts to avoid - those dominated by the British. The top six 'black spots' are listed as the Bay of Palma in Majorca, San Antonio in Ibiza, Playa de las Americas in Tenerife, Ayia Napa in Cyprus, Faliraki on the Greek island of Rhodes and Malia in Crete. Note toself if anyone mentions going to those places avoid like plague.
Bild prints a picture of how to recognise the British abroad and says that "athletically they are not up to much, they can't even take penalties" and points out that Austria and Switzerland (Euro 2008 Footy hosts) will be largely British-free zones this year as no British teams have qualified.