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European hotels | Boris Johnson | The Sound of Music


The Sound of Music, which some viewers might find distressing. Chichester Festival Theatre has slapped a trigger warning on the beloved musical, noting that it touches on “the threat of Nazi Germany and the annexation of Austria”.


European hotels, whose beds are not up to American standards. A recent article in The Washington Post interviews multiple Yankee tourists who couldn’t get a decent night’s kip on the harder mattresses preferred in the Old World – and who expressed shock at the custom of pushing together two single beds to make a double. “I’m on the way to the chiropractor,” says Nicole Dunn, a PR exec who went through the gruelling ordeal of staying at the Angel Islington Hilton Hotel in London. “I can still barely move.”


Boris Johnson, who indirectly caused a spot of holiday inconvenience for his brother-in-law. When I tried to change money at Mexico City airport, says Ivo Dawnay, husband of Rachel Johnson, in The Spectator, I was told I was a “politically exposed person” and therefore couldn’t use the service. “The sins of the brothers-in-law, it seems, will always be with me.”