We have found the good people of Melbourne to be relaxed, friendly and easy to talk to. The news last night on TV carried the results of the recent World Economic Forum’s Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report 2013 which listed (amongst other criteria), the friendliest nations to visit.
Characteristically, the news presenters were seriously miffed that visitors to Australia only rated the country 27th for friendliness out of 140 nations. Actually they were more miffed by being beaten by New Zealand which they said was rated 2nd. To be honest, this had me if not nonplussed, only very slightly plussed and somewhat uncharacteristically, I resisted the temptation to point out that New Zealand and Iceland were actually first equal. The Age (allegedly a newspaper in Melbourne), carried a response by the acting CEO of the Australian Tourism & Transport Forum who said: “I think we have to take these findings from the WEF with a grain of salt…The research also shows that people who have been to Australia rate it far higher than those who have not visited.” As Manuel from Fawlty Towers might say: ¿¡Qué
As well as highly observant campervan drivers. (I think she’s looking for the insurance papers);
And for having some wonderful place names so I’ll close with a selection of these: Binnaway, Boyland, Burpengary, Burrumbuttock, Chinaman’s Knob, Cock Wash, Delicate Nobby, Humpybong, Mount Buggery, Pimpinbudgie, Tittybong or (my favourite) Wonglepong.