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Costa Concordia. by johnnyBgood! on 19 January 2012 2:46pm
Dreadful tragedy, but does the captain reinforce the stereotypical view of Italians ?

My dad captured about 200 of them single handedly in North Africa in 1942.
Re: Costa Concordia. by kazzzz on 19 January 2012 9:29pm
200 eh?
Re: Costa Concordia. by tucsonmike on 20 January 2012 12:41am
Mama Mia, Johnny did you dad start his own Italian neighborhood?
It is a major tragedy, the captain is just a loser. I hope they throw the book @ him.
Re: Costa Concordia. by johnnyBgood! on 20 January 2012 1:28am
My line about my dad was poetic licence but he had no regard for the Italian army in WW2. They didn't have a cause to fight for and most of them hated Mussolini. They were regarded as cowards as they surrendered in droves to a few British troops but they just didn't have any reason to fight.....or the guts.

I'm the youngest of six in my family but I'm the one who got him talking about war and his experiences. Horrific and rather scary. Don't believe the nonsense. War is brutal.
Re: Costa Concordia. by Lounge Trekker on 20 January 2012 6:15am
Scratch cruises off my list. Thank you Carnival for making it all possible.

Re: Costa Concordia. by Spursfan2 on 20 January 2012 9:57am
They never WERE on my list, Pete!!

First (and main!) reason - I get seasick standing in a puddle! I could tell you many tales but I will save you from that!! [However, a couple of years ago we went on a wonderful gulet cruise for a week in Turkey and I was FINE so perhaps I'm cured???!].

Second reason - the way you don't really see the countries you are supposed to be visiting. We regularly see the huge cruise ships in the port of the town/city where we have our apartment. Passengers are herded off, and taken to see Epheseus and surrounding sites (Virgin Mary's House, St Paul's Basillica, Tomb of the Seven Sleepers (sometimes - usually it is just Epheseus)) which are just a couple of miles from the town. Then they are brought back into town, taken down the most expensive street in town, full of jewellers etc, and then back on board. They then say to their friends or write on their postcards - "we've 'done' Turkey"!!

'Done' Turkey !! We've been going for 24 years, have seen more of Turkey than most Turks, have travelled hundreds if not thousands of miles internally and STILL we don't think we've DONE Turkey!!

Something you learn very early on when holidaying there is NEVER buy items of jewellery, carpets or leather when the cruise ships are in, as the prices all go up on those days!! (Though as I said to Zak one day when we were there, nowadays there are few days when there ISN'T a ship in!!)
Re: Costa Concordia. by Lounge Trekker on 20 January 2012 5:42pm
I'm thinking of the horrible events that enhanced Carnival's recent history. Carnival splendour had a fire that shut down all of her power so they couldn't head for port. There was no running water so the loo was over the rail. They had no refridgeration so the food was bad in a few days. They had no drinking water.

Trapped with a thousand people with no food, water or sanitation for two days. I go through life trying to avoid just that, and these guys paid money for the priveledge. Now Splendour has a sister ship run onto the rocks. My preference for tragedy: as long as the plane crashes on the way home...that's the kind of holiday nightmare for me.
Re: Costa Concordia. by TERRY S on 20 January 2012 11:06pm
The sooner the Captain of the Concordia gets his ass kicked the better.
Re: Costa Concordia. by johnnyBgood! on 21 January 2012 12:33am
Jeez, you can talk Anne. How does Zak survive ?
Re: Costa Concordia. by tucsonmike on 21 January 2012 1:37am
My take on it.

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