Since we became the pariahs of the world, with countries refusing flights and ferries from the UK, there developed a long queue of lorries outside Dover – all those lorries that can no longer drive onto the ferries that no longer sail… The hardship for the British drivers is one thing but I’m really sorry for those foreign drivers who were on the last leg of the journey back home in time for Christmas and instead look set to spend their Christmas in the freezing cabins of their lorries, far from home and lacking even basic amenities, like toilets, although one would like to hope that the authorities will sort something out for the stranded drivers ASAP, if they haven’t done so yet!
Recommended Reading from the Forbidden Island:
It seems appropriate to read books about miserable castaways, shipwrecked and marooned sailors and the like and luckily world literature has plenty to choose from!
- Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
- Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson (set aside some cheese for Ben Gunn this Christmas)
- The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne
- Two Years Vacation by Jules Verne
- The Lord of the Flies by William Golding
- Life of Pi by Yann Martel
- The Island by Robert Merle
- The Story of a Shipwrecked Sailor by Gabriel García Márquez
⇒ Ten of the most vivid accounts of being marooned in literature (The Guardian)
⇒ 6 Famous Castaways (History)