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Friday, 29 February 2008
An awfully small adventure
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Abroad is bloody.

“Don’t go abroad,” muttered George VI, speaking for his class and most of his realm. “Abroad’s bloody!” Nancy Mitford’s Uncle Matthew ventured abroad once, but “four years in France and Italy between 1914 and 1918 had given him no great opinion of foreigners . . . ‘Frogs are slightly better than Huns or Wops, but abroad is unutterably bloody and foreigners are fiends’.” From the BBC:

A man who planned to walk from Bristol to India without any money has quit, after getting as far as Calais, France.

Mark Boyle, 28, who set out four weeks ago with only T-shirts, a bandage and sandals, hoped to rely on the kindness of strangers for food and lodging.

But, because he could not speak French, people thought he was free-loading or an asylum seeker.

He now plans to walk around the coast of Britain instead, learning French as he goes, so he can try again next year.

Mr Boyle, a former organic food company boss, belongs to the Freeconomy movement which wants to get rid of money altogether.

In his online diary at the start of his journey to Porbander, Gandhi's birthplace, he said he was given two free dinners on his first evening away in Glastonbury.

Later, he was joined in Dover by two companions, and the three managed to get to Calais.

But in one of his last entries, he wrote: "...not only did no one not speak the language, they had also seen us as just a bunch of freeloading backpackers, which is the complete opposite of what the pilgrimage is really about..."

I'm now wondering which language it was that nobody couldn't not speak. Was it not French or not English?

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Posted on 02/29/2008 4:22 AM by Mary Jackson
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4 Mar 2008
Brian Barker

Perhaps someone should have sent Mark Boyle a copy of Teach Yourself Esperanto.

There already exists a substantial number of speakers of this international language and they have set up a free accommodation service worldwide called "Pasporta Servo"

However you must be able to speak the language and a degree of fluency can be attained within a period of one year, which Mark could easily achieve. Please check Esperanto.net



29 Feb 2008
Send an emailMary Jackson

This bloke is an idiot on so many levels.



29 Feb 2008
Paul Blaskowicz
 

Mark Boyle, 28, who set out four weeks ago with only T-shirts, a bandage and sandals, hoped to rely on the kindness of strangers for food and lodging.

He should have waited until the calla lilies were in bloom again.

[...]people thought he was free-loading

He was free-loading.  He had no money.  Was he offering to do odd jobs.  "Je travaille par main et par bouche."

He now plans to walk around the coast of Britain instead, learning French as he goes

Hello...

"...not only did no one not speak the language, they had also seen us as just a bunch of freeloading backpackers, which is the complete opposite of what the pilgrimage is really about..."

Ha-bloody-ha. Serves the naive dolt right for attempting to make pilgrimage to Gandhi's birthplace.  Gandhi said the Jews should have gone without protest and with dignity to their deaths in the camps, and the world would have had more respect for them.  Boyle should have made his pilgrimage to  Santiago de Compostela,  and prayed for the victory of civilisation over the barbaric hordes.  I wonder why I feel he would be on the side of the barbarians...

I'm now wondering which language it was that nobody couldn't not speak. Was it not French or not English?

Le francais. (Ca va sans dire:.  Tout le monde parle anglais...)