Long lines at Walt Disney World theme parks in Florida are not
uncommon, but Insider, on hand for last month's grand opening of
the Asia section at Disney's Animal Kingdom, overheard a new
definition of crowded. Partly because of spring break, partly
because of the newness of it all, the park was packed, so much so
that there were times when you could not move just while strolling
through common areas of the park. As a visitor immediately behind
us put it, "We're standing in line even when we're not standing in
A release that caught our eye was from the Fantasy Inn &
Wedding Chapel in South Lake Tahoe, Calif. The release contained a
top-10 list -- said to be penned by "Cupid" -- of reasons clients
would want to book the Fantasy Inn for their wedding. A few of the
reasons follow:"The Fantasy Swing: Guaranteed you don't have this one at
"Your wedding guests can have as much fun on your wedding
night: With 13 different theme rooms to choose from, everyone in
your wedding party can enjoy themselves as well."
"Coffee makers in every room: Let's face it -- romance
sometimes requires a little energy and rejuvenation."
Sounds convincing enough, but we wonder when or where Cupid
picked up the attitude of a wisecracking PR scribe.
Don't be a bloody fool
The sign pictured on the
left appeared near a military installation outside Llangammarch
Wells, in central Wales. The graphic on the sign speaks for itself,
and we're at a loss to parse out the Welsh-Gaelic part of the
warning. But we just adore the English rendition.
No governmental, lawyerly, passive-voiced shilly-shallying here;
no "hazardous materials may detonate, and bodily injury may be
incurred by a tampering person or persons."
No. Rather: "Do not touch any military debris. It may explode
and kill you."
We're loath to invoke Central Casting, but can't you just hear
David Niven (in smoking jacket and ascot) or, for that matter, Hugh
Grant speaking this line? Perhaps adding, as a droll
conversation-closer, "You bloody fool"?
Slaves to 'AP'
Time to turn the flashlight on ourselves a moment. In the April
19 Travel Weekly, in the Florida section, we ran a short item
headed "Atlanta-Melbourne service slated," under which appears the
dateline "Melbourne, Australia." What were we thinking? Well, we
You see, in the widely used "Associated Press Stylebook and
Libel Manual," there is a list of about 50 cities that can stand
alone, without reference to state or country, in datelines, and
neither Melbourne, Fla., nor Melbourne, Australia, is one of
So before Page 59 of April 19 got shipped to the printer, an
eagle-eyed copy editor noticed the "hanging" dateline and penciled
in Australia, not realizing the notice was about new Atlantic
Southeast Airlines service to Florida's east coast aboard
50-passenger regional jets. For passengers' sake, let's hope the
airline's baggage handlers in Atlanta are a little more careful
than our Copy Desk was on that day.