Archive for October 8th, 2010

Let’s be clear, we’re not trying to pull the wool over anyone’s eyes…our often inclement weather is no secret.

Still, it’s reassuring to know that foreign visitors who set foot on our green and pleasant lands don’t love Britain any less because of the rubbish weather.

Routemaster bus crossing Westminster Bridge in central London, during heavy fog‘Could you tell me the way to Big Ben? Behind the blanket of fog you say? Thanks…’ 1000 tourists questioned said they wouldn’t be dissuaded from visiting Britain because of the weather.

New research from VisitBritain has found that tourists – from more than 30 countries worldwide – wouldn’t be put off visiting our shores by the prospect of grey skies.

1,000 potential travellers were asked how much they agreed with the line: ‘I would not want to visit Britain because of the weather there’.

On a scale from 1 to 7, where the latter was ‘strongly agree’, the average score came out at 2.76 – a clear vote of confidence that poor weather rarely dissuades tourists from actually visiting.

It seems foreign travellers are under no illusions that they’ll be met with sunshine though, with around half of those questioned agreeing that ‘wet and foggy’ was an accurate general description of British weather.

 VisitBritain chief executive Sandie Dawe said: ‘This survey shows that Britain’s weather is not as bad as folklore would have us believe.

‘Visitors do not come with a belief that should a few drops of rain fall then their trip will be ruined.’

A brush with an umbrella doesn’t detract from the appeal of the country’s museums, castles and ancient attractions, continues Dawes.

‘Our research also tells us that visitors from overseas come here to experience our world-class heritage and culture, be this Tate Liverpool, Edinburgh Castle, the British Museum or Stonehenge.’

 It never rains on my tours – and thats a promise!  I have 1000’s of satisfied customers who have toured with me who will vouch for me.

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HE HAS become a byword for an unfeeling brute, but it now seems that Neanderthal Man could simply be deeply ­misunderstood.

Neanderthal Man had a sensitive and caring side, according to new research

Neanderthal Man had a sensitive and caring side, according to new research

Evidence unveiled yesterday suggests that behind that ­low-brow, sloping forehead and crudely ­jutting jaw, lurked a rather ­sensitive and compassionate soul.

Researchers said the sub-­species of modern humans, who lived in Europe and Asia between 230,000 and 29,000 years ago, were actually caring, sharing types who looked after the sick and vulnerable.

The evidence included the remains of a child with a ­congenital brain abnormality who, far from being abandoned, lived to be five or six years old because of ­nurturing.

The researchers, who used new techniques such as neuro-imaging, also cited a ­partially blind caveman with a deformed arm and feet who may have been looked after for 20 years.

Further proof that Neanderthals were committed to the welfare of others was said to lie in their long adolescence – which they could have reached only if older relatives had looked after them.

Dr Penny Spikins, who led the study byYork University’s Archaeology Department, said in the journal Time and Mind: “Compassion is perhaps the most fundamental human ­emotion. It binds us together. The archaeological record has an important story to tell about the prehistory of compassion.”

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