21 February 2017

Anglesey

We are thinking of visiting The Isle of Anglesey in April. We have only ever driven across it to get to the ferry port at Holyhead but have never properly visited it. Last night I was looking for accommodation - sifting through a whole bunch of listings. 

Of course, the owners want to "big up" their properties, making them seem desirable and worth booking. They often use positive, flowery language for describing both the accommodation and the surrounding area. Here was one example. I have emboldened the subtly impactful descriptive vocabulary:-

The rural village of Llanddaniel Fab is ideally situated just 2 miles from the beautiful Menai Straits, on the south coast of the delightful Isle of Anglesey, and provides a local shop and an all weather, 9 hole golf course. Discover the magnificent Llanddwyn Beach, 3 miles of golden sands boasting stunning walks and striking views across the glistening sea toward the Welsh Mountains, or explore the fascinating National Nature Reserve, renowned for its colourful birdlife, whispering forest and huge sweep of marshes and dunes. The National Trust's Plas Newydd country house and gardens is a short drive and well worth a visit.The whole of the island boasts superb watersports, fishing, diving and walking opportunities. A wonderful location for a varied and enjoyable holiday.

Just for fun, I have written an alternative, downbeat version of this blurb...

The isolated settlement of Llanddaniel Fab is located two miles from the dangerous Menai Straits. on the rocky coast of the impoverished Island of Anglesey and only has a basic local shop and a small golf course that some desperate golfers even tackle in the rain. Relieve the tedium by trudging to litter-strewn Llanddwyn Beach, three miles of monotonous sand that furtive dog owners plod along sometimes looking across the grey Irish Sea towards the equally grey and cloudy Welsh hills, or instead you might want to go to the mildly interesting National Nature Reserve, where bird spotters in khaki anoraks scribble sightings of common birds in old notebooks and where there's an impenetrable pine plantation and a large area of boggy ground with windswept sand dunes. The National Trust's expensive Plas Newydd estate house and grounds is several miles away and something to do if you can't think of anything else. At a few places on the coast of the island you can pay through the nose for watersport activities in the freezing sea. There's also fishing - but don't expect to catch anything, diving - but you won't see anything and of course long, tiring walks. A satisfactory place to go for a budget break.

But that was just an exercise. I think we'll still be going to Anglesey and have failed to persuade myself otherwise.
North Wales

33 comments:

  1. I've never liked some of the bleakness of the island though the best eating places in the entire country can be found there as well some some of the most lovely beaches

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    1. Best eating places in the entire country? You mean they have some good fish and chip shops?

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  2. YP I do hope you call in and say hello to Mr Gray on your way....

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    1. Then he really will think I'm stalking him!

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  3. Ha-ha, your version is funny. I've never considered going to Anglesey, I shall look forward to seeing your photos.

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    1. Perhaps I should refer to it as Ynys Mon - the Welsh name - which means the island of Princess Mona. The name Anglesey is believed to be of Viking origin - the island of Ongil.

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  4. What is the saying? Blessed are they who expect nothing, for they will not be disappointed. You have set the bar low. Enjoy yourself!

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    1. Thank you for your wise guidance Jenny!

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  5. My Uncle lived for many years on Anglesey until he came to live in sheltered accommodation on Lewis in 2004. I think it's a charming place and I've walked for miles on the beaches there on and off ever since I was a nipper. I hope you enjoy it. Don't forget to learn to say the name of the station: Llanfairpwllgwyngyll-gogerychwyrndrobwll-llantysilio-gogogoch.

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    1. By the time I learnt that the train would have already left!

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  6. YP - are you sure you dare show your face after your alternative blurb? It makes Moorends seem quite exotic.... after all, they have a pony.....
    If you're popping in to say hello to John, don't forget the bumper pack of Scotch Eggs and prezzies for the gorgeous Winnie, and rest of the menagerie.

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    1. It's okay CG.They mostly speak Welsh on Anglesey and there's no electricity there. Meeting Mr Gray in real life would leave me tongue-tied. I am naturally rather shy.

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    2. Shy? (sniggering as I type it) Are you really?

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    3. Yes. Via this blog and can be myself but normally I am a trembling, beetroot-coloured wallflower, peeping through a chink in our curtains.

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  7. Wot a cheek!!! If you would like a detour down the A483, you would be most welcome to visit the delightfully pretty little hamlet of chez JennyandKeith. :)

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    1. I notice that Wrexham was chopped off the map of North Wales. Sorry about that.

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  8. I know who would go broke first! :)

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    1. What? The second version's sponsor?

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  9. I guess we have to use the judgement our English teachers taught us and see through all the highly descriptive baloney.

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    1. Baloney! That's a good word. It would be a great title for a blog...but not yours of course Red. Oh no!

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  10. Isn't a village rural per definition anyway?

    I don't know anything about Anglesey and am looking forward to seeing the place through your blog.

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    1. Yes. Surely all villages are rural but most readers wouldn't stop to note that.

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  11. All that negativity and you STILL couldn't convince yourself to stay away!

    Alphie

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    1. I'm a crazy mixed up kid Alphie.

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  12. Just don't get a job in a tourist board.......takings would plummet.

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    1. But maybe I could make my first million with a new website called "Reality Check".

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    2. You gotta be joking' YP. Nobody wants reality. It's too.....real.

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    3. You're probably right Graham. You usually are.

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  13. Well, if it wasn't for these wonderful posts from my newfound friends in the UK and elsewhere, I would be totally ignorant of the great little places God created for us to experience.. I sincerely hope you will bring us a colourful review of this place, YP. And by the way, I can really understand why you appreciate this art classes so much, you are really good!!!!! That foxy fox!!

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    1. Thanks for calling by again Fairtrader and I am pleased you liked my fox. By the way which "God" are you referring to? Odin?

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    2. well, since I am a countryside minister in the church of Sweden, I have abandoned both Odin and Baal and joined the One and only!!! My faith is today quite solid, but I never rub it in if people don't agree, I just thank God for all those gifted and nice people I come across every day!! And you should know, in Sweden there is no God but Zlatan........(wink)

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  14. Your review did make me chuckle.

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    1. Good! It was meant to tickle visitors.

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