This man should get a knighthood
I think the coach driver is a hero, and I think we should start a petition to get him honoured in the new years honour list.
A Brit coach driver successfully liberated Italian Riviera sun loungers from foreign occupation by setting fire to the towels traditionally used to denote German territorial sovereignty. Glyn Bowden, 55, was driver for 55 South Wales tourists at at Diano Marina near San Remo. He yesterday recounted how the Germans "put their …
What a load of b&ll@cks! The pool lounger race in the morning is more of a British hobby than a German one. Each morning as I went to reserve my lounger with my Union Jack towel the crowd waiting to get the prime lounger positions were predominatly made up of Brits and not Germans. This is just a myth and something that amuses the Germans who can't believe that us Brits are gullable enough to believe it.
Being a Krautlaender living in Limyland, I find it very amusing, how people get themselves worked up about this alleged German thing...
Funny enough, the cliché goes the the other way too:
in Germany there is the strong belief, that it's the Limies, who frequently use towels to mark their territory.
It just shows, that there are very sad people on both sides, who just have nothing better to do than accuse each other of being mischievous.
Best regards from the British ZimboKraut (You know who I am ;-)
As a German who once got assaulted by a Brit with a knives for speaking German to my girlfriend while on holiday in Spain I'd say, yep, that guy is just the British pond scum one has to expect when being on holiday in a popular resort.
Since that assault I avoid British pond scum at all cost. Destinations popular with the Brits are a no go area for me now. May they wallow in their own dirt.
... it's their habit of digging trenches on the beaches. I shit you not. Many Germans holiday in the Netherlands, on the North Sea coast. Quite why people holiday on this wind-blown stretch of North European beach with icy water (and Dutch "food"), I don't know, but the Germans are famous for excavating like the 3rd Armoured Infantry are going to be making a landing, to get out of the wind.
That, and the 'ik wil mijn fiets terug' thing ('I want my bike back', from WWII when the Germans confiscated every bike they could in the Netherlands) are the mainstays of Dutch humour, which tells you all you need to know about Dutch humour...
Yes, of course it is a stereotype; like this one. French guy of my acquaintance as a brother who runs a camp site in the South of France (imagine the following in an 'Ello 'ello french accent) says; "when ze Germans come, zey spend much mon-eh in zee shop, give much mon-eh to zair chil-ren to spend in zee shop.... mhy brother sezs "come in come in ve have rhoom". Ze British... zey do not spend as murch, or give zair chil-ren as murch, but still my brother sezs "come in we have rhoom". The Dutch... zey bring sacks of potatoes and sauzeges in a tin, chocolate sprinkles, flat meat, nasty bread, even zair own beer; zey buy no-ting in ze shop except a Dutch newspaper each day and give zir chil-ren virtually nothing... he does not want those EuroGypsies and their steenking caravans, so my brother he says "very zorry, no room".
I've known groups of Dutch people arrange a 'Dutch Day' on campsites, and co-ordinate the delivery of dozens of boxes of frozen Dutch snacks (like Bitterballen and frikandel) to be deep-fried for the party; some mad Cloggie driving flat-out 1,000km to Narbonne in a Volvo full of ice-boxes. Bizarre.
As for the 'Brits do it too', yes, but that's evolution. I remember family holidays as a child when nothing could match the awful efficiency of the German Towelkrieg, not even the terrible fact that the Germans were normally there for three weeks to our two. Over the years the Brits have simply raised their game and got organised, but it's not natural behaviour, it's survival. ;-)
Having just come back from the Maldives the Germans were very civil and worked on a first come first served basis. The Brits however would either get up at 6am and put towels on the sunbeds to reserve them for the 1 hour a day they actually spent on the beach rather than in the all inclusive free bar or would actually pull the loungers up onto their deck so that no one could remove them.
"Being a Krautlaender living in Limyland, I find it very amusing, how people get themselves worked up about this alleged German thing...
Funny enough, the cliché goes the the other way too:
in Germany there is the strong belief, that it's the Limies, who frequently use towels to mark their territory."
If this is true then there must be somthing more sinister at work. Who would stand to gain by anoying both the British and the Germans? It must be our age old enemys.. The French!!!
And for some reason you think this behavior is strictly limited to Europeans? Americans do it all the time, I've seen Japanese do it in Hawai'i, all over the place.
The worst I've seen it was at the water parks at Disney World. The best is on cruise ships, where the deck attendants will pick up towels on the loungers if left unattended for more than about 15 minutes. And since you have to check your towels out, there's always a little pissing and moaning going on.
In reaction to: In the Netherlands it's not towels the Germans are famous for...
I agree. The Dutch are the worst people to have in your resort or on your camping. They bring their own food, are sticklers for low pricing and consider the Netherlands the best country in the world (shouting this often while commenting on other peoples culture and their lack of tollerance - WHAT?!). Oh, and don't forget the campers clogging up the roads from Moscow to Manchester! They're as loud as the most yobbish Brit, as stubborn as a German, as flirtatious as a Spannish beach comber with crabs (no.. not the animals) and as respectful as Al Qaeda interogators at Abu-Graib prison.
Conclusion: when on holiday avoid the Dutch at all costs! Trust me, I know. I am one. And I feel the shame.