Your latest challenge was to imagine William Topaz McGonagall’s poetic response to Magaluf.
McGonagall was much taken with the town of Torquay, and wrote a poem singing its praises. But what would the Tayside Tragedian have made of Shagaluf? He took a dim view of alcohol, if these lines are anything to go by:
Oh, thou demon Drink, thou fell destroyer;
Thou curse of society, and its greatest annoyer.
What hast thou done to society, let me think?
I answer thou hast caused the most of ills, thou
Some of you clearly reckon, though, that beneath the teetotal, god-fearing façade lurked something altogether wilder. Commendations go to Nicholas Hodgson, David Shields and Adrian Fry. The winners, below, pocket £35 each.
Let me invoke my muse to describe and explain
What a wonderful town there exists on an island
Where in general the natives speak Spanish
And visitors can make their troubles vanish,
Thanks to the magnificent Spanish sense of
And famous, hot-blooded Latin vitality.
In beautiful Magaluf the sangria’s strong on brandy
Giving rise to opportunities galore for
For British tourists who are so astonishingly
That extremes of audacious behaviour are
Such as falling over and throwing up in the gutter.
Though ’tis not respectable, my heart is aflutter
To witness scenes that remind me of Auld Dundee
On Burns Night, when the booze and crack
Small wonder that Magaluf’s praises are sung.
Now tell me why depravity should be only for the
Discriminating travellers, get ye to Magaluf, which
is by far superior
To all other holiday destinations in sunny Iberia.
On the well-known Spanish island of Majorca this
beautiful resort is located
And seldom if ever has a town been more
The white sand of its beach and the turquoise
water of its bay
Make it a most attractive spot for visitors to frolic
Among British tourists, one very popular form of
Is swimming to a nearby island famed for its black
This swim of just 400 meters frequently follows a
binge of drunken revelry,
Which, I regret to say, greatly increases the danger
of drowning in the picturesque sea.
Visitors to Magaluf have also gained notoriety
Due to brawling, public nakedness and other
manifestations of insobriety.
Alcoholic beverages are sold there at an
astonishingly low price,
But to partake moderately is my solemn and
For the antics of reeling, roistering holidaymakers
are a great international disgrace,
Detracting from innocent enjoyment of this idyllic
Of sunshine Scotland doth not have enough so
And would prefer for to go to Magaluf and stay
On an island which did form off the Spanish
150 million years ago and was quite insular
Till came the Carthaginian then, in 123 BC, the
Which for building roads was a very good omen.
But tak care afore ye do go for certain seers do
That the future of Magaluf doth not bode well,
They say marauding drunks will despoil the place
Bringing upon the town very dire disgrace
And that one will fall from a high balcony one day
Like those who on that Sabbath of 1879 fell into the
But ye who do fear such a future can relax,
Because of the Balearic Isles’ unpopular tourist tax
There are some who do believe that one day,
We may again choose to holiday in beautiful
I recommend the charming seaside village of
Which is famed for its sports, appealing to those in
the flush of yoof,
And which is the jewel in the navel of Iberia,
For no hedonist has ever found anywhere superior.
The clubs of Magaluf are filled with antics most
And the house music does make the young people’s
After which they paint the town and the beach with
a purgative yellow
With our native fish and chips, and sometimes
Near Magaluf is a Wave House, a most interesting
And an infinity pool that is always a deep shade of
Although sad to say, it is not popular with the local
Who do not understand our enjoyment of chemicals
Hie you there, for Magaluf is full of libations and
Who encourage the stags to engage in most
And where the Carthaginians conquered, led by redoubtable
Tourists will find their skins are very easily tannable.
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