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Re: Stratford Tourism
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.2095  Thursday, 17 October 2002

[1]     From:   Takashi Kozuka <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 16 Oct 2002 21:41:44 +0100 (BST)
        Subj:   Re: Stratford Tourism

[2]     From:   Stanley Wells <
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        Date:   Thursday, 17 Oct 2002 10:24:27 +0100
        Subj:   FW: SHK 13.2089 Re: Stratford Tourism


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From:           Takashi Kozuka <
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Date:           Wednesday, 16 Oct 2002 21:41:44 +0100 (BST)
Subject:        Re: Stratford Tourism

>The former guides did a great job, and I
>wonder whether members of the Shakespeare
>Institute (whatever their academic degree)
>will be able to replace them adequately.
>(Maybe in English, but what
>about other languages???)

Their new red buses have equipment for providing audio/recorded services
in several languages, although I know it's not the same. (Mike told me
that the bus he got on had a living, flesh-n-blood guide.)

To add to Stanley's post, Guide Friday is now part of the City
Sightseeing group, which operates worldwide (in nearly 60 destinations,
according to its website).

Those who wish to buy 'green & yellow' bus models (while they last)
should visit: http://www.stratford.co.uk/guidefriday and click 'Buy the
Bus!'

Best wishes,
Takashi Kozuka

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From:           Stanley Wells <
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Date:           Thursday, 17 Oct 2002 10:24:27 +0100
Subject: 13.2089 Re: Stratford Tourism
Comment:        FW: SHK 13.2089 Re: Stratford Tourism

>>Professor Mahon and others may be relieved to know Guide Friday no
>>longer exists...

>Sad news. The former guides did a great job, and I wonder whether
>members of the Shakespeare Institute (whatever their academic degree)
>will be able to replace them adequately. (Maybe in English, but what
>about other languages???)
>
>On the other hand, this is the only kind of job suitable for an
>Academic on the dole.
>
>Let's see, whether the new guides can give people from Bangladesh,
>Iraq, or Eastern Germany a laugh.

I am sorry to impinge further on Hardy Cook's time, but this message is
ill-informed and unnecessarily offensive. My message clearly referred to
the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, which is not the same as the
Shakespeare Institute. The Trust, which is responsible for the
Shakespeare houses, employs professional guides, not out-of-work
academics. Some of them are proficient in several languages, and cater
to visitors who want accurate information, not just a laugh. The
Institute is a postgraduate institution of the University of Birmingham,
and does not offer tours.

     Stanley Wells

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