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Everyone likes going on holiday. The calming sound of the waves, the good food and the overall ‘good times’ which surround. Of course there are stresses, everyone knows this and still we continue, in true ‘fight them on the beaches’ British style.

Despite the recession still happening, people are still traveling around the world or even staying closer to home, despite the state of the market. Tourism is booming in Wales of all places, I found this out when I was nominated on another blog, for my ‘words’, for the ominous sounding ” Welsh Tourist Board Blog Awards. I now have a proud badge which I have applied to the site, I was fairly excited!

Personally I haven’t left this country for an age it seems at least 4 years and 2 of them haven’t had a weeks break! My only real excursion was to the charming ATP Festival to watch some incredible bands/artists such as Dinosaur Jr. Animal Collective. The Paper Chase. Ghostface Killah. Look them up they will change your life..

Right, I appears tourists around the UK and Europe are facing huge shortages in the availability of rental cars, and that Car Hire firms simply cannot cope with the demand which is ‘outstripping supplies’. Of course the lack of vehicles strangely enough has a knock on effect on the local micro economies, where tourists are cancelling holiday apartments and villas due to the shortage, or have found the prices to be too expensive.

Travel Supermarkets Bob Atkinson was quoted on the BBC…

Small cars in particular are in very short supply, and its often cheaper to take a larger car rather than the small ones

Taking a larger car out on when you don’t need it means you could be paying for a service you don’t need as the majority of car rentals conducted abroad involve a small car.

In Mainland Spain for example prices are 70% higher at the popular resorts of Alicante, Malaga and Murcia. Evidence from local brokers suggest that older vehicles are being used in an attempt to save business and avoid loosing out to the tourists who know what they want and will do anything to get it. However a sure weakness in the demand (fairly obvious) for second hand cars are seeing companies holding on to vehicles which they perhaps would have sold on in recent years. Many customers who have managed to secure a rental vehicle are unimpressed with the quality of the vehicles many of whom have dents to the bodywork and scratches. Not what you want from your Prestige Rental Vehicle! This is perhaps what you would expect from van hire firm with an owner called Ronnie who has had an unfortunate run in with the law!

Holiday Villas have also been struggling, with some Villas offering a free hire vehicle and then not being able to provide such a deal.

Sara Jones of Direct Villa Holidays said this:

It has been a very expensive and stressful affair, Booking hire cars never has never been a problem before, though prices flickered a bit. But this year has just been a nightmare, we couldn’t get cars, or, when we could, they were five or 10 times more expensive.

Is it time for a ‘Staycation where we stay at home ? Perhaps go on long cycle rides along rivers we see every day? I am all for it! (Not that I can’t actually afford to go away!)

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Storms have been brewing over with our friends across the channel for hundreds of years, no disrespect meant! And in true Fashion Contrast spirit we are at the forefront of reporting any form of fashion related controversy! This latest juicy bit of controversy comes after a 35 year old Muslim lady was banned from wearing a “burkini” at a public pool.

The row follows are lengthy and potentially disastrous call from France’s President Nicolas Sarkozy to ban Burkas which reveal only the eyes. With Western and Muslim tensions at an all time low, comes the question, when is it time to (directed at each) not interfere with each others ‘systems’.

The Lady in question a woman named only as ‘Carole’ as seen below brought a 3 piece ‘Burkini’ whilst on holiday in Dubai. She had worn the costume sever times at a unnamed swimming pool near Paris.

The burkini allows me the pleasure of bathing without showing off my body, which is what Islam recommends. The manager of the pool looked at it and originally said there’d be no problem, but made it clear he would not have the final decision

Authorities at the Pool later ruled the outfit , which coincidentally is widely available on the internet “broke hygiene rules” this despite that it bares startling similarity to Swimwear used by professional swimmers.

Carole rightly in my opinion is ‘sticking it to the man’…

It’s segregation.I understand that the burkini can shock, especially in France, but what disturbs me is that this is a political issue.I’m going to fight this through anti-racism groups. If no solution is forthcoming I’ll consider leaving the country.

The Pool Director was quoted in saying:

This is nothing to do with segregation, but is simply a hygiene problem. We also ban shorts. This woman can easily wear her burka at the library. We can’t see any problem there.

You can’t help but wonder if its not the fact that she is wearing a Burka swimming costume, more the fact that she is Muslim and is trying desperately to adhere to her particular religious beliefs whilst ‘ getting on with life’.

Sarkozy who seems to make issue with any Muslim related cause was quoted during a speech:

We can’t accept that women be prisoners behind a screen, cut off from all social life, deprived of all identity

Perhaps even though it might be a mystery to you Sarkozy but perhaps just perhaps this Lady made a choice, it doesnt appear that she was forced into wearing the Burkini, more importantly she choose to wear it based on her religious standing? You Fat Oaf.

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