Saturday, February 12, 2005

A matter of local pride 

Ray Romano will not be holidaying in Australia, and not being a huge fan of "Everybody Loves Raymond" I can't say I'm too heartbroken. I was, however, intrigued by the reasons Romano came up with for giving Down Under a miss:
"His dislike of flying is holding him back. He said the 15-hour flight was just too long."
Which is fair enough, but spare a thought for the Aussies who have to fly to Europe, which takes around 24 hours plus stops along the way. But for Romano the clincher is:
"There's a lot of sharks and snakes and creepy things down in Australia as well."
Hey, Ray, you forgot about those vicious koala bears and boxing kangaroos. Give us some slack, Romano; there are sharks and snakes in the United States, and some of our most unpleasant creepy things now live in Great Britain anyway (John Pilger, Germaine Greer).

As it is, Ray will be choosing to holiday somewhere safer, "probably Mexico or a resort in the Caribbean," the locations which with their temperate-to-subarctic climates are pleasantly devoid of dangerous fauna and poisonous insects.


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