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Sep 8th, 2005, 09:18 AM
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I would call it typical travel trade speak - in the end they are trying to sell you paradise...
 
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Sep 8th, 2005, 09:22 AM
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Hello,

Mitch, both 'superb' and 'brilliant' are typical Britishisms and are used in everyday speech -- that's what people here say instead of words like 'awesome' which is used a bit more in the US. I think people are just picking up on the differences between British and American English.

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Sep 8th, 2005, 09:30 AM
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Watch any Hugh Grant movie & you'll hear him say "brilliant" a lot.
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Sep 8th, 2005, 09:31 AM
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Julian has hit the nail on the head - brilliant and superb are commonly used by most of us Brits, admittedly when we're expressing some serious enthusiasm, but certainly not reserved for occasional use.

The comparison to American usage of awesome is also spot on.

Definitely not just a sales tactic, just a facet of Britspeak.
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Sep 8th, 2005, 09:35 AM
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Thank you for clarification, Julian. So apparently I'm more affected by the British travel trade...

Btw, here in Germany, you often hear these words in advertising and art cycles.

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Sep 8th, 2005, 09:49 AM
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Spend anytime in Africa and the word is MAGIC.
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Sep 8th, 2005, 09:51 AM
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Mitch, what is an art cycle?

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Sep 8th, 2005, 09:58 AM
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Can't find a good translation...

art scene?
people who are dealing or collecting arts, also artists themselves.

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Sep 8th, 2005, 10:09 AM
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Thanks Ilee, I thought you had found paid employment. I know it's impossible, but I've always had problems with accepting reality. The Leap would be great - if I were younger and richer.

Is there a job where you don't have to deal with demanding people? What seems more specific of ATR is that they have embarrassing pictures of the staff on their website. One is completely naked!

Art circles?

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Sep 8th, 2005, 10:22 AM
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Art circles -- that's it!

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Sep 8th, 2005, 10:23 AM
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Sorry for the confusion...
 
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Sep 8th, 2005, 10:31 AM
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...but(t) doesn't the bathroom at Lake Manyara Tree Lodge look great?

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Sep 8th, 2005, 10:31 AM
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When I last visited Tanzania we stopped at Mweka Wildlife College to visit a brother of our guide. The students were telling us how difficult it is to find internships or even temporary work in Tanzania & Kenya.

Most of the students end up working as waiters or kitchen staff while hoping for a break in the tourism industry to compliment their wildlife diplomas or degrees.

I guess I don't understand why these lodges need overseas help? Surely they can contact a local hotel school or college and employ the local students to help with guest services, elephant tracking, and so on?
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Sep 8th, 2005, 10:34 AM
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From what I've read on ATR's website, it looks like the man doing the recruiting is an ex-client who jumped ship -- might be sympathetic to someone like us!

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Sep 8th, 2005, 10:53 AM
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Answer to Julian’s question: Yes, it would be a lot worse if it wasn’t in such a good shape.

Janet, I suppose the lodges make money accepting “overseas help”. But they earn more from regular tourists, so I don’t understand either.
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Errr...I meant the tub...

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Sep 8th, 2005, 11:03 AM
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I think it was my mentor Rocco who referred to ATR as "slick marketers."

They have certainly convinced me that paying more to rough it for a shorter safari is a brilliant idea.

The PG13 nudity, the Britishisms that sound--to this Californian's ears--both quaint and erudite, the very opinionated website. It's all working, isn't it?

On the other hand, I really liked the wacky e-mails I was getting from my native Tanzanian agent at my old operator. The "God willing," the "Hakuna matata, dada," etc., etc.

Good luck, ilee.
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Sep 8th, 2005, 12:26 PM
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In case anyone might be impressed, I just used the word "brilliant" in an e-mail to Canechick BEFORE I saw this thread. And I don't even live in California, I live in the Midwest. I also like to say things like "swell", "groovy" and "fabulous."
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Sep 8th, 2005, 12:28 PM
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Sharon, you've been watching too much Ab Fab!
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cooncat, I hope you also pressured Canechick to write even a really brief, messy, stream-of-consciousness trip report.

I know she had an awesome time and I'd love to hear more about it.
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