It’s Nice to Feel Useful (10)


Now and again I look back over my posts to review what has been going on.  One of the things that I like to do is to take a look at the search questions that seem to bring web-surfers by the site and take a look at some of the more bizarre and unusual.

royal garden party

One of my most successful posts is about the day I attended a Buckingham Palace Garden Party and I get lots of odd Google referrals about this one.  So far this year my favourites just have to be:

  1. who uses diplomatic tent at royal garden party buck palace

I have to say that this is a really easy one to answer – it will be diplomats!  At the Garden Party there are a range of tents all arranged in an appropriate hierarchical order.  At the bottom are the common tents for people like me and you.  Then there are tents for important people like the Prime Minister and his guests and then tents for foreign diplomats and at the very top are lavish affairs for visiting royalty who just might happen to drop in!

  1. how much does it cost to hire Buckingham palace for a garden party

…and I have to say that I  am fairly certain that the Queen of England is not so short of cash that she needs to hire her back garden out for a corporate  event.

But my favourite this time is…

  1. This year’s theme for Buckingham Palace party?

A garden party is a formal affair where guests where their very best clothes. The day that I went there were gentlemen in tails and top hats, women in floral dresses and elaborate hats and it reminded me of a scene from a nineteenth century painting of a sophisticated social event.  And there were so many military uniforms that it was almost like being in an episode of Foyle’s War!

Surely I do not have to explain that  a garden party at Buckingham Palace is not a fancy dress party but then again perhaps someone should have advised Prince Harry when he thought it was amusing to attend a society party dressed as a Nazi!

Prince Harry as a Nazi

I also get a lot of referrals from questions about behaviour – here are a couple of tips about not what to do…

Rowdy Racegoers

Next I have some rather bizarre geography questions:

  1. Is Benidorm in north Europe

And the answer is no, it is in Southern Europe and hopefully my post about Benidorm helped to correct this misconception. 

Benidorm Spain

  1. Liechtenstein is it in Austria or Germany

Actually it is in neither, it is in Switzerland.  It is a boring place, hardly worth visiting but I went there once in 2008 and stayed overnight near the capital Vaduz.  I have to say that I am not surprised that anyone may not know exactly where Liechtenstein is because it is an instantly forgettable place which I once included in my list of disappointing places to visit.

Vaduz Liechtenstien Concrete

“It occurred to me that there is no reason to go to Liechtenstein except to say that you have been there.  If it were simply part of Switzerland… nobody would dream of visiting it” – Bill Bryson,  ‘Neither here Nor there’

  1. where is Europe located next to Italy

What a wonderfully stupid question.  It is like asking where is USA next to Texas? Where is Canada next to Calgary? Or where is Australia next to Melbourne?

Actually, Italy was the first European country that I ever visited when I travelled to Sorrento in 1976!

Italy Postcard

Mine is not a food blog but I am always happy to help out with culinary questions whenever I can and I like this one… should I put vinegar on the chips or not?

I include this one even though I do not find this not such a stupid question.  What you should put on your chips is a matter of personal choice and a subject that I debated quite recently when I considered the origin of frites.


Staying with the food theme I am going to finish this current round up of bizarre search questions with my favourite so far this year:

What was General Franco’s favourite food?

I am sure that this is a question that only his personal chef could realistically be expected to answer with any authority but my suggestions are…

  • Skewered Republicans
  • Roasted Liberals
  • BBQ’d Communists

Some time ago I tried to visit General Franco’s tomb but the Spanish don’t like Franco any more and it was closed at the time on account of the fact that it was being demolished.

When General Franco met Führer Adolf Hitler I can only assume that either they couldn’t agree on the menu or they were both on a diet…

Franco meets Hitler

Thanks for reading and I will do another round up when I have enough material…

… Have you spotted any bizarre search questions bringing unexpected visitors to your blog posts? – Do Tell!

35 responses to “It’s Nice to Feel Useful (10)

  1. Andrew I am saddened by the increased number of ‘unknown search terms’. Far more boring over time I’d say. On the UK theme I get one recurring ‘I just sing London Bridge.’ Well good for you I say. 🙂


  2. This is a very interesting post. And why exactly is Liechtenstein a forgettable place? This happened to us once. We had been to a hill station in South India and all of us felt why did we come here? maybe we had expected too much because others have liked the place :))


  3. Your posts are always amusing, Andrew!


  4. Apparently when Franco met Hitler, in a railway carriage on a bridge over a chasm exactly on the border, they could agree on absolutely nothing and Hitler said that it was like three hours with the dentist. Franco had concentration camps just like the Nazis. Between 25,000-30,000 people were murdered at Alicante.

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  5. Now that’s something I must say I’ve never really paid too much attention to but I will from now on. Very amusing post 🙂


  6. Midwestern Plant Girl

    I haven’t searched thru mine in awhile. They do get pretty funny at times!


  7. Nothing outlandish on my blog or suggesting the writer/inquirer truly needs to go back to primary school but then I just empty spam although at times i skim over finding some true comments… I do have some political twists and insults etc, which I expected from the start so they are moderated or deleted depends on content and where they stand in the commenting policy – yours are very amusing indeed, to say the least :))))))


  8. Brilliant, Andrew. I always love checking out the search questions for my blog. Here’s a few I’ve had this year.

    1. “Blow up dolls for dogs” – Wouldn’t they burst as soon as the dog got its teeth into them?

    2. “erotic story – being touched every time a the train goes into a tunnel” – I’m at a loss on this one. I know I can sometimes post some ‘adult only’ fiction, but I have to ask who would even use a search like that?


  9. Love this blog! And especially that the first country in Europe you visited was Italy. It is a country everyone should see once in their lifetime. So much history and beauty!


  10. I seem to be more muddle-headed than usual. Can’t seem to find my way to the place where I might check out my search questions. I really don’t know what I’m missing? (That can be taken any way you like.) 🙂


  11. Must say I rarely look at search terms, Andrew, but you inspired me to look just now. I found this one: pompeii remains couple kissing. –Curt


  12. Some of those searches are amazing,funny, but sometimes people baffle me 😀


  13. I didn’t know you could do this – must have a look! Fun post.


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