As a reader has so rightfully commented on this blog’s previous post, “sometimes, fortunately, fortune and fate do play their tricks”.
That said, EXACTLY after THAT post in which we said that we wouldn’t any longer publicize here newspapers' agendas, we see ourselves quoting The Guardian.
If that isn’t fate enjoying our sense of humor and we enjoying hers, then we don’t know what is.
In our defense, we did safeguard the fact that we would quote whenever we thought necessary to prove our point, and on Feb 18th, The Guardian decided to give us a hand.
A precious one at that, and the word “precious” here is being used with in its utmost expensive and posh meaning, obviously.
You see, the paper has been running a story on how Pontin's rescuer Alex Langsam plans to bring Disney-style resorts to Britain
You know Pontins so we won’t dwell on it.
What caught our attention was Alex Langsam's interview, which you can read here.
Now the fascinating bit:
“Pontins has annual sales of around £40m but Britannia will seek to increase its occupancy during the off-peak months.
Quick wins for Britannia will be to boost occupancy by reinstating chalets that are out of use simply because they need repairs. "Number one we will go in and fix whatever we need to fix," he says. "In Scarborough [with the Grand] we started out with a plan to spend £13m, but ended up spending £15m. We have earmarked £25m but invariably will end up spending more on Pontins."
The camps already cater for all-comers, hosting clairvoyant weekends and the "mardi gras of the north" at Southport.
Langsam rattles off a list of special events organised by birdwatchers, chess players – and there had even been a swingers event. What? The dancers? "No, the sex bit," he admits. "You've got to get away from the idea that Pontins is for working-class people and [the camps] are downmarket. The reality is that all sorts of different things go on”
Sorry, too much information all at once, so let us break it down in a nice a simple way:
“…will seek to increase its occupancy during the OFF-PEAK months”
“…and there had even been a SWINGERS event.”
“What? The dancers? "No, the SEX bit," he admits.”
"You've got to get AWAY FROM THE IDEA that Pontins IS FOR WORKING-CLASS PEOPLE and [the camps] are downmarket.”
“The reality is that all sorts of different things go on”
So, swinging isn't for the underclasses then!
It seems to be organized for upper and upper middle class people, certainly NOT for working-class people, at holiday venues, doesn’t it?
And on off-peak season too…
I suppose it does makes a change from knobbly knee and glamorous granny competitions!
Does it, by mere chance or coincidence, remind you of anything similar?