Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Paradise or hell on earth?

It is that time of year when we all start thinking about booking our summer holidays, and start perusing the travel brochures, the greatest works of pure fiction since Gulliver’s travels. Thankfully these days with the internet we can get a more independent appraisal of our potential travel destination.

This year Mrs DZ fancies the look of the Maldives, described in the brochures as “paradise on earth”. And it does look very pretty. 

But there are things the brochures don’t tell you. The Maldives is one of the most religiously intolerant, and repressive countries in the world, with serious human rights concerns. It is illegal to pursue any religion except islam, and even owning a bible is viewed dimly. This is unlikely to deter the average irreligious Brit on holiday but there are some things dearer to his heart that are also off the menu. Adultery is illegal and the punishment, for women at least is draconian. As usual in islamic states naughty boys can generally get away with sexual indiscretion.

The populace seems very much in favour of this approach and demands  have been made to tighten up further by banning pork and alcohol completely.

The typical British holidaymaker has pretty strong ideas about what constitutes a good holiday. Ideas which strongly feature bacon sandwiches, cocktails by the pool, and perhaps a little illicit nookie. If that is your idea of a good holiday then be advised, you will have more fun in Grimsby.

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