jomc.links

On the following 31 pages are “intricate designs and complex watermarks”, ready to be besmirched by visa stamps . They are adorned with traditional images of natural phenomena - “Reedbed” (see below), “Geological Formation”, “Shingle”, “Beach”, “Woodland”, “Moorland” - and man-made ones: “Village Green” (below), “Canal”, “Fishing Village”. There are also “Mountain” and “Lake”, not features these islands are over-endowed with. In the top corner appears a cloud or sun of the kind we see on weather charts; realistically, unbroken sunshine is absent. But also absent are any representations of towns and cities, as are roads, motorways, ports, shopping centres, commercial parks, sporting arenas, etc. This is a National Trust version of the nation that is being peddled. Far from unpleasant of course, but whom is it aimed at? Not the passport holders themselves presumably. Maybe the immigration officials who will be stamping those visas into the passport. (via The TLS blog: Passport tourism)

On the following 31 pages are “intricate designs and complex watermarks”, ready to be besmirched by visa stamps . They are adorned with traditional images of natural phenomena - “Reedbed” (see below), “Geological Formation”, “Shingle”, “Beach”, “Woodland”, “Moorland” - and man-made ones: “Village Green” (below), “Canal”, “Fishing Village”. There are also “Mountain” and “Lake”, not features these islands are over-endowed with. In the top corner appears a cloud or sun of the kind we see on weather charts; realistically, unbroken sunshine is absent. But also absent are any representations of towns and cities, as are roads, motorways, ports, shopping centres, commercial parks, sporting arenas, etc. This is a National Trust version of the nation that is being peddled. Far from unpleasant of course, but whom is it aimed at? Not the passport holders themselves presumably. Maybe the immigration officials who will be stamping those visas into the passport. (via The TLS blog: Passport tourism)

— 9 months ago with 1 note
  1. jomc posted this