On the train this evening, this is what I read on the Evening Standard:
Thursday 3 May 2012: British holiday makers have been warned there is no salmon fishing in Yemen, after a surge in interest following the release o Ewan McGregor’s latest film.
The Yemen Tourism Promotion Board said it had been inundated with requests thanks to Salmon Fishing in The Yemen, in which McGregor’s character is asked by a Yemeni sheikh to introduce salmon so that he can fish for them.
However, not only is the fishing non-existent, but the Foreign and Commonwealth Office recently issued a red warning over Yemen, telling visitors to “avoid all travel to the whole country”.
But Benjamin Carey, Yemen tourism UK spokeman, said: “Salmon fishing isn’t actually that popular in Yemen, but there are excellent sea fishing opportunities.”
I read Salmon fishing in the Yemen in 2009. My opening sentence was:
Salmon need cool, well-oxygenated water. The temperature ideally should not exceed 18 degree Celsius. If it is too hot, the oxygen will leave the water and the fish will die. The best conditions are rivers fed by snow melt or springs.
I could tell that the book was a satire. Would these people actually believes there is salmon fishing in Yemen??!!! It’s a desert, a dry land. Are people so deluded to believe what they read in the books and watch in the movies are actually REAL?
It makes me shudder to think there are some of us who internalise everything we consume from the media. Are you one of them?