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(Guardian)   "Sooo, about that dream holiday in Cornwall your family's been waiting for all year... turns out we overbooked your hotel, so here's one in Uxbridge instead. Have a great day"   (theguardian.com) divider line
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2021-09-28 9:11:37 AM  
I'd be mad too, but I got a bit of a chuckle over the big deal they were making about a four hour drive.
 
2021-09-28 9:30:08 AM  
I love seeing words put together in an order that they've never been paired together before.

"dream holiday in Cornwall" checks that box.
 
2021-09-28 9:30:49 AM  
I mangled that sentence.

Yeesh.
 
2021-09-28 10:21:54 AM  

DannyBrandt: I mangled that sentence.

Yeesh.


Worry not, it happens to the best of us.

As for Cornwall, what is there to do there for a vacationer?
 
2021-09-28 10:23:04 AM  

Valter: DannyBrandt: I mangled that sentence.

Yeesh.

Worry not, it happens to the best of us.

As for Cornwall, what is there to do there for a vacationer?


Play cornhole?
 
2021-09-28 10:23:20 AM  

Valter: DannyBrandt: I mangled that sentence.

Yeesh.

Worry not, it happens to the best of us.

As for Cornwall, what is there to do there for a vacationer?


https://www.visitcornwall.com/
 
2021-09-28 10:25:40 AM  
Come for the sights, stay for the hens.
 
2021-09-28 10:26:05 AM  

DannyBrandt: I love seeing words put together in an order that they've never been paired together before.

"dream holiday in Cornwall" checks that box.


Really.  Is Gran Canaria closed to tourists?
 
2021-09-28 10:26:23 AM  

meat0918: Valter: DannyBrandt: I mangled that sentence.

Yeesh.

Worry not, it happens to the best of us.

As for Cornwall, what is there to do there for a vacationer?

https://www.visitcornwall.com/


Saint Anthony's head?

Is it the big one or the little one?
 
2021-09-28 10:28:14 AM  
Can someone from the UK (or not) translate this into US cities?

/ kthx
 
2021-09-28 10:31:09 AM  

emersonbiggins: DannyBrandt: I love seeing words put together in an order that they've never been paired together before.

"dream holiday in Cornwall" checks that box.

Really.  Is Gran Canaria closed to tourists?


Nope. Went in August.
 
2021-09-28 10:32:48 AM  
The five-star Retallack Resort near Newquay is one of Cornwall's top watersports centres...
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2021-09-28 10:34:51 AM  

BenSaw2: Can someone from the UK (or not) translate this into US cities?

/ kthx


Booked a casino in Vegas, ended up at a Motel 6 in Stockton.
 
2021-09-28 10:35:35 AM  
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//I'm sure for UK Farkers this joke kills
///in the U.S. half of us can't even find the UK on a map, unfortunately.
 
2021-09-28 10:36:38 AM  
Hell that happened to me with a real travel agent. Instead of a four-hour drive I had a transatlantic flight to London and the first hotel had no record of her making the reservation, fortunately they had a reasonable vacancy.

Turned out the agent was a drunk and farked up a lot of that trip. Her agency got an earful when I returned.

The joke was on them in the long run though because for my second hotel the agent booked four extra rooms for a week in my name and the hotel went after them for the money.

/CSB
 
2021-09-28 10:36:40 AM  

BenSaw2: Can someone from the UK (or not) translate this into US cities?

/ kthx


I've been to Cornwall several times. I dunno, think mini Myrtle Beach 40 years ago maybe...but colder, windier and with impassable hedge rows...so nothing like Myrtle beach actually. They do have Cornish palm trees suprisingly.
 
2021-09-28 10:37:02 AM  

BenSaw2: Can someone from the UK (or not) translate this into US cities?

/ kthx


Made reservations in Niagara Falls and got moved to Cleveland.
 
2021-09-28 10:39:16 AM  

BenSaw2: Can someone from the UK (or not) translate this into US cities?

/ kthx


Imagine that you booked a trip to stay at scenic Mount Desert Island in Maine. You find out that the place you went to is booked, but they got you a room in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
 
2021-09-28 10:39:39 AM  

Madman drummers bummers: BenSaw2: Can someone from the UK (or not) translate this into US cities?

/ kthx

Booked a casino in Vegas, ended up at a Motel 6 in Stockton.


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2021-09-28 10:39:44 AM  

Madman drummers bummers: BenSaw2: Can someone from the UK (or not) translate this into US cities?

/ kthx

Booked a casino in Vegas, ended up at a Motel 6 in Stockton.


Niiiice.
 
2021-09-28 10:41:07 AM  

Valter: DannyBrandt: I mangled that sentence.

Yeesh.

Worry not, it happens to the best of us.

As for Cornwall, what is there to do there for a vacationer?


Cycling tour?  Just make sure the pump doesn't get caught in your trouser leg.
 
2021-09-28 10:45:44 AM  

Fear the Clam: BenSaw2: Can someone from the UK (or not) translate this into US cities?

/ kthx

Imagine that you booked a trip to stay at scenic Mount Desert Island in Maine. You find out that the place you went to is booked, but they got you a room in Tulsa, Oklahoma.


Uxbridge isn't great, but it's not that bad. Maybe somewhere in suburban DC, but not as nice as Richmond.
 
2021-09-28 11:00:23 AM  

thealgorerhythm: Hell that happened to me with a real travel agent. Instead of a four-hour drive I had a transatlantic flight to London and the first hotel had no record of her making the reservation, fortunately they had a reasonable vacancy.

Turned out the agent was a drunk and farked up a lot of that trip. Her agency got an earful when I returned.

The joke was on them in the long run though because for my second hotel the agent booked four extra rooms for a week in my name and the hotel went after them for the money.

/CSB


Do people still use travel agents for personal travel? I can see using them for a large group, but with the internet, why deal with the middleman?
 
2021-09-28 11:01:02 AM  

meat0918: thealgorerhythm: Hell that happened to me with a real travel agent. Instead of a four-hour drive I had a transatlantic flight to London and the first hotel had no record of her making the reservation, fortunately they had a reasonable vacancy.

Turned out the agent was a drunk and farked up a lot of that trip. Her agency got an earful when I returned.

The joke was on them in the long run though because for my second hotel the agent booked four extra rooms for a week in my name and the hotel went after them for the money.

/CSB

Do people still use travel agents for personal travel? I can see using them for a large group, but with the internet, why deal with the middleman?


Work. And years ago.
 
2021-09-28 11:05:13 AM  

Scaley: Fear the Clam: BenSaw2: Can someone from the UK (or not) translate this into US cities?

/ kthx

Imagine that you booked a trip to stay at scenic Mount Desert Island in Maine. You find out that the place you went to is booked, but they got you a room in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Uxbridge isn't great, but it's not that bad. Maybe somewhere in suburban DC, but not as nice as Richmond.


Uh, Tulsa isn't that bad either.  I'll forgive a lack of geographical knowledge about flyover and just suggest saying Limon, Colorado checks all the boxes you're looking for as a place to be bored out of your mind.
 
2021-09-28 11:07:47 AM  

Madman drummers bummers: BenSaw2: Can someone from the UK (or not) translate this into US cities?

/ kthx

Booked a casino in Vegas, ended up at a Motel 6 in Stockton.


This is what we were looking for.

Although can we make comparisons to Vegas for Cornwall? I thought they were best known for closed tin mines.
 
2021-09-28 11:08:02 AM  
and this type of crap is why I have learned to just call the hotels myself and set stuff up.  Have done a few family trips where tried using the hotel chains where you call a 800 and they setup the stuff, just to call the hotel a week or 2 before to find out it didn't take  for some reason.
 
2021-09-28 11:13:05 AM  
Valter:
As for Cornwall, what is there to do there for a vacationer?

There's a great music scene.

https://soundcloud.com/djdlyte/d-lyte​-​south-coast-business-free-download
 
2021-09-28 11:14:01 AM  

emersonbiggins: Scaley: Fear the Clam: BenSaw2: Can someone from the UK (or not) translate this into US cities?

/ kthx

Imagine that you booked a trip to stay at scenic Mount Desert Island in Maine. You find out that the place you went to is booked, but they got you a room in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Uxbridge isn't great, but it's not that bad. Maybe somewhere in suburban DC, but not as nice as Richmond.

Uh, Tulsa isn't that bad either.  I'll forgive a lack of geographical knowledge about flyover and just suggest saying Limon, Colorado checks all the boxes you're looking for as a place to be bored out of your mind.


And assaulted by wind.
 
2021-09-28 11:31:58 AM  
Strange, it's credible when you read it in the Guardian. Had it been the Star or Daily Mail, you'd wonder why the mom was topless at the train station, and why it was snowing outside in the photo, taken last week.
 
2021-09-28 11:34:08 AM  
It's Uxbridge. What were they expecting to see? The Sydney opera house, the hanging gardens of Babylon, herds of wildebeest sweeping majestically?
 
2021-09-28 11:40:41 AM  

Valter: DannyBrandt: I mangled that sentence.

Yeesh.

Worry not, it happens to the best of us.

As for Cornwall, what is there to do there for a vacationer?


For one, it is tremendously beautiful.  Lots of wide open vistas and a huge number of walking paths along the coast.  We rented a car, and the driving roads were just incedible.

Two, it is filled with historic sites, particularly ancient stone circles and monoliths.

Third, St. Austell's Brewery, and all those amazing Cornish Ales.  Looking at you, Tribute.  Scrumpy is also a fun.

A huge literary heritage, reflected in physical locations.  The Jamaica Inn, Altarnun, Holywell Beach, Tintagel...

Mrs. Orange and I can't wait to go back.
 
2021-09-28 11:41:08 AM  

EvilEgg: I'd be mad too, but I got a bit of a chuckle over the big deal they were making about a four hour drive.


"An Englishman thinks a hundred miles is a long way; and American thinks a hundred years is a long time"
― Diana Gabaldon, Drums of Autumn
 
2021-09-28 11:47:42 AM  

meat0918: Valter: DannyBrandt: I mangled that sentence.

Yeesh.

Worry not, it happens to the best of us.

As for Cornwall, what is there to do there for a vacationer?

https://www.visitcornwall.com/


It's a beautiful and rugged part of the country, once you get there down the A30 - that road is horrible in the summer.
 
2021-09-28 12:03:50 PM  
I you're a geocacher there is (almost) always something to do...anywhere!
 
2021-09-28 12:10:05 PM  

Madman drummers bummers: BenSaw2: Can someone from the UK (or not) translate this into US cities?

/ kthx

Booked a casino in Vegas, ended up at a Motel 6 in Stockton.


Was it "similar" to Vegas?
 
2021-09-28 12:10:24 PM  

meat0918: thealgorerhythm: Hell that happened to me with a real travel agent. Instead of a four-hour drive I had a transatlantic flight to London and the first hotel had no record of her making the reservation, fortunately they had a reasonable vacancy.

Turned out the agent was a drunk and farked up a lot of that trip. Her agency got an earful when I returned.

The joke was on them in the long run though because for my second hotel the agent booked four extra rooms for a week in my name and the hotel went after them for the money.

/CSB

Do people still use travel agents for personal travel? I can see using them for a large group, but with the internet, why deal with the middleman?


We used one for a week long family trip to Disney World.  Helped us navigate all of the reservations, fastpasses, etc like a champ.  And when there ended up being some scheduling issue one day, we texted him what was up, and he had it fixed before we were off the next ride.

It is sort of a specific case, though... this guy only books Disney stuff as his second job, and that's primarily to fund his own trips there.

There's still a few more general travel agents around, though it's a dying breed.  Only used them twice, last time a few decades ago, and was happy with the experience.

However, that really doesn't relate to this article.
 
2021-09-28 12:13:15 PM  

Jimmy's getting angry: BenSaw2: Can someone from the UK (or not) translate this into US cities?

/ kthx

I've been to Cornwall several times. I dunno, think mini Myrtle Beach 40 years ago maybe...but colder, windier and with impassable hedge rows...so nothing like Myrtle beach actually. They do have Cornish palm trees suprisingly.


I have family in Cornwall. They were surprised by the weather in Oklahoma. Torpoint is basically on a sea cliff buffeted by winds, and a Okie storm is what gets you?
 
2021-09-28 12:32:34 PM  

EvilEgg: I'd be mad too, but I got a bit of a chuckle over the big deal they were making about a four hour drive.


To be fair, that's half way across their nation, long-ways.

I saw in your profile you were in Connecticut, and was gonna make a smart ass remark about how small your state is, but... damn, it's about 2 and a half hours to drive across.  Christ, Europe is small.

/In Kansas, which takes about 6 hours to drive across, but it feels sooooooo much longer
 
2021-09-28 12:52:52 PM  
I have a co-worker who used to work in the hotel industry. According to him hotels hate those online booking sites because they take a cut of the room fees lowering the hotel's profit margin. As a result they regularly bump bookings done through third party bookers like Hotels.com. They also assign the crappier rooms and offer fewer amenities to those who book through those sites.

He suggests checking prices on those sites, but book directly with the hotel by phone and they will usually match the online price.
 
2021-09-28 1:33:48 PM  
that place they'd originally reserved? is on the coast and it has its own waterpark including a wave pool
 
2021-09-28 2:43:23 PM  
Headline is meaningless to Yanks.
 
2021-09-28 4:38:12 PM  

whidbey: Headline is meaningless to Yanks.


Let's see, with a quick google, I get "you booked a vacation on the Eastern Short, but we overbooked, so here's a hotel in Crystal City."
 
2021-09-28 5:44:39 PM  

ReverendLoki: Kansas...takes about 6 hours to drive across, but it feels sooooooo much longer


They should be running a high-speed rail along I-70, St. Louis/Kansas City/Denver to make that horrible drive a thing of the past, right?

Nope. They want to connect Denver to...Omaha.

God, Americans are stupid.
 
2021-09-28 6:02:37 PM  

tekmo: ReverendLoki: Kansas...takes about 6 hours to drive across, but it feels sooooooo much longer

They should be running a high-speed rail along I-70, St. Louis/Kansas City/Denver to make that horrible drive a thing of the past, right?

Nope. They want to connect Denver to...Omaha.

God, Americans are stupid.


Seriously.  I get it, Nebraska has almost as much empty space as Kansas, and Iowa is easier to navigate than the Missouri River Valley.  Living in KC, with family to the east, I've been this route all too often.  But still...

At least the KC-StL route has the Missouri River to make it a little interesting, which makes it 100 times more interesting than the Kansas plains along I-70.
 
2021-09-28 7:28:59 PM  

Tyrosine: I have a co-worker who used to work in the hotel industry. According to him hotels hate those online booking sites because they take a cut of the room fees lowering the hotel's profit margin. As a result they regularly bump bookings done through third party bookers like Hotels.com. They also assign the crappier rooms and offer fewer amenities to those who book through those sites.

He suggests checking prices on those sites, but book directly with the hotel by phone and they will usually match the online price.


Same goes for vacation rentals. Use Airbnb/ VRBO to find the place, Google the name and try and find direct booking site. They're just brokers taking a cut.  Generally is one if established place. Far less expensive. Direct comms to owner/ manager.
 
2021-09-29 12:13:18 AM  
A holiday in Uxbridge is a wonderful treat for aficionados of English dictionaries.
 
2021-09-29 5:37:35 AM  

Bondith: Valter: DannyBrandt: I mangled that sentence.

Yeesh.

Worry not, it happens to the best of us.

As for Cornwall, what is there to do there for a vacationer?

Cycling tour?  Just make sure the pump doesn't get caught in your trouser leg.


Ask for Mr. Atkinson. Housey-housey.
 
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