Wednesday 7 December 2016

The armchair critcs who love complaining

Published 06/11/2011 | 06:00

Watching Attack of the Trip Advisors (Channel 4), I couldn't decide who I disliked more -- the proprietors of the featured hotels and B&Bs or the reviewers intent on giving them a trouncing.

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The internet, of course, has enabled everyone to be an instant critic, and nowhere more so than on the TripAdvisor site, which attracts all sorts of characters.

There was Ricky, for instance, who marks the ends of sheets with tiny ballpoint dots so that he can prove they haven't been changed the next day.

His grandmother revealed that he'd been bullied at school and so "now he's getting the upper hand".

Colin, who runs the upmarket Olde Forge in Norfolk, got a heart attack last year and the film showed him risking a recurrence as a TripAdvisor hitman came to stay.

The subsequent withering review was, in Colin's apoplectic opinion, "full of bullshit by someone who knows bugger all about anything".

If Colin had evinced even the teensiest bit of charm, I might have sympathised.

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