Friday, September 28, 2007

To Be Shore, To Be Sure

Hoax British Beach Doesn’t Exist

A Cornish joker, Jonty Haywood, has set up a website to lure tourists to a beach that doesn't exist. A website for the fake Porthemmet beach boasts it is the best in the county and the only one in Britain "to allow topless sunbathing". It quotes Bill Oddie as supposedly saying: "Porthemmet and its surroundings are one of last remaining natural treasures of the British Isles." But its name gives the game away to locals as "emmet" is a derogatory word for tourist in Cornwall. The site tells unwitting visitors an emmet is someone who loves Cornwall and says if they tell residents they are emmets they will fit in fine.

FOOTNOTE: Must have been a pigment of his imagination.

12 comments:

wes said...

Thanks for the post, reminds me of beatiful Cornwall.

Merisi said...

Oh dear,
imagine, booking a vacation on Neverland. :-)

WalksFarWoman said...

Oh David, have you seen the kind of people who like to throw off their clothes! That would keep me away. :)

Calamity Jane said...

Now it all makes sense - so many of the American guys at work are asking me how to get to Cornwall! Ahaha! You can sunbathe topless at Brighton - wouldn't want to do it in the this weather though.

david mcmahon said...

Hi Wes,

Never been to Cornwall. Must avoid this beach!

Keep smiling

David

david mcmahon said...

Hi Merisi,

How very apt. You;ve described it perfectly.

Keep smiling

David

david mcmahon said...

Hi Walks Far Woman,

I can't sy that I have - but you;ve got me intrigued now...

Keep smiling

David

david mcmahon said...

G'day Calamity Jane,

Did you give them directions to Land's End instead?

I guess your weather is geting colder now, unlike ours.

Thanks for visiting. Do keep in touch.

Keep smiling

David

just me said...

Oh, but what a beautiful prank. Think of the locals and what fun they would have had.

dr. filomena said...

David, we need wake-up calls like this to remember we're all most comfortable acting like sheep.
Think you know what I mean...
dr. fil

Old Wom Tigley said...

I heard this last night on the news and thought it was a great british leg pull. Very funny, I would have fallen 'hook, line and sinkers myself.

Akelamalu said...

Ah beautiful Cornwall has enough beaches without making any up. :)