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The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Travel & Indulgence -

‘THERE are cer­tain idio­syn­cratic no­tions that you qui­etly come to ac­cept when you live for a long time in Bri­tain. One is that Bri­tish sum­mers used to be longer and sun­nier. Another is that the Eng­land soc­cer team shouldn’t have any trou­ble with Nor­way. A third is the idea that Bri­tain is a big place. This last is eas­ily the most in­tractable. If you men­tion in a pub that you in­tend to drive from, say, Sur­rey to Corn­wall, your com­pan­ions will puff their cheeks, look know­ingly at each other, and blow out air as if to say, ‘‘Well, now, that’s a bit of a tall or­der’’.’

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