Sunday, May 25, 2008

What The Papers Say

Yesterday's Guardian today had some truly beautiful travel writing.

"The pace of life isn't a drama here," observed my bloke, contentedly, while we slipped effortlessly from lattes to lunch at the Beach House Cafe, eating oily bruschetta and Thai cod cakes whose mint-laden mayonnaise evoked not Asia but Sunday lunch.

Truly beautiful. And the John Masefield quotes top the article off like a sprinkling of hundreds and thousands on a knickerbocker glory. And all for a mere £2,643 for seven nights in July and August. Dorset is truly God's own country.


And a fantastic full page advertisement on the back page of the Guardian Review:-

"If you want to know what God thinks of money, just look at the people he gave it to." Dorothy Parker

At Barclays Wealth, we have always recognised that wealth means different things to different people. We can help protect your wealth, grow it, use it and pass it on. And if, like Ms Parker, you are a passionate believer in philanthropic causes, we can even help you give it away.

What wonderful biting wit! Worthy of Mr Wilde or, dare I say it, Ms Parker herself.


  1. "I must go down to the seas again, To the lonely sea and in my Rav,
    It's two and a half grand a time here,
    But the Grauniad's Picking up the tab."

  2. "With Masefield's uplifting lines hovering on my lips
    I ate a sumptuous plate of Barry's fish 'n' chips"

  3. I think I live in a different world to these guys. £2500 for a week's holiday - I wouldn't be able to sleep at night.
    The awful thing about money is that when you have it you take it for granted, and somehow forget that 75% of the world's population spend their lives working out where their next meal is coming from (please note - 80% of statistics are made up on the spur of the moment).

  4. Dorset isn't exactly the holiday of a lifetime. For that price that's the least I'd expect.

  5. I loved that Dorothy Parker ad. Barclays couldn't have missed the point more.

  6. It was a nasty, sneering riposte to a nasty, sneering, mostly truthful witticism. Someone at the advertising agency has been waiting since their university days to have a go.