Sunday 24 May 2009
British Bank (Car Park) Holidays
I didn’t think it actually happened, I thought it was just people exaggerating; I thought it was just a comic devise used to self-mock the Brits.
But today, I experienced the very peculiar habit of people driving to a beauty spot, parking up, getting out the camping chairs and having a cup of tea, in the car park, by their car.
Just 20 yards away was a little visitor’s centre with a tea room attached, but several couples were more than happy with their boot party.
The views from the visitors centre were stunning, with Hadrian’s wall climbing over the ridges into the distance, but they weren’t taking in these views. They were looking at the car park, and the ticket machine. They had their backs to the stunning scenery!
Perhaps it’s just me. Not having a driving licence I obviously haven’t got a drivers mind, I’m not focused on the car.
Or perhaps it was a troop that specialise in acting out the peculiar habits people joke about.
I hope its the latter, but I think it’s probably the former.