The Bright Coast

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What’s Wrong With TV Dinners and Binge Drinking?

Posted by demkid on January 9, 2010

Well, if you’re the people who make the Quality of Life Index, quite a lot.  Apparently, those two things aren’t among the finer things in life, and it’s part of the reason why the Brits fell to 25th in the annual survey, now in its 30th year.  Ever so often, I see stories on Drudge about how the Brits are going out of control with their drinking, and the stories are often accompanied by pictures of people in compromising positions.  For a good example, we only have to look to this past New Years.  So, Lithuania is now a “better place to live” than the UK.  Pretty sad!  Topping the Quality of Life list for the fifth year in a row are the French (but why would anyone want to live around a bunch of French people??), and the United States fell to 7th “because of the economic crisis.”  More on France:

Working hours are far shorter than those of their stressed British neighbours, who have less holiday entitlement too. The French take most of August off, view Sunday leisure as sacrosanct, and have more public holidays, as well as a lower crime rate.

‘In France, life is savoured,’ said Jackie Flynn, publisher of International Living. ‘I don’t think anyone will argue that France is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. The French love tidy gardens, pretty sidewalk cafes, and clean streets. Cities are well tended and with little crime.’

Variety is also seen as a major factor in France’s appeal, with the survey noting: ‘Romantic Paris offers the best of everything, but services don’t fall away in Alsace’s wine villages, in wild and lovely Corsica, in lavender-scented Provence. Or in the Languedoc of the troubadors, bathed in Mediterranean sunlight.’

I guess I’m just old fashioned, but I’ll take laying face down in your own vomit with your pants around your ankles over sipping a glass of wine on the Champs-Elysees anyday!  Or, maybe I’ll just compromise and move to Australia.  Or Germany. 

Germany is widely praised for its efficiency and leisure facilities, with the magazine noting that ‘the Harz Mountains now has a specialist hiking trail for nudists. Germany is arguably the world’s most naturist-friendly country’.

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