It isn’t uncommon to find the traffic being held up by 54 German pensioners crossing the road at the same time; the entrance to the Cathedral being blocked by 54 Italian teenagers going in at the same time; or Molly Malone’s (oh yes) bursting at the seams while 54 Brits try and buy a beer at the same time.
It is for this reason that each party’s tour guide is faced with an almighty problem: how to keep their group together. The usual trick is to hold something aloft. Common favourites are a brolly, European flag or (my favourite) a brolly with the European flag on it.
More unusual solutions include – a large freshly cut rose; getting everyone in the party to wear yellow baseball caps; or simply speaking Japanese perpetually and volubly (this works particularly well for the Japanese coach parties).
I’m entertaining the idea of marching through the city holding aloft a European brolly, wearing a yellow baseball cap and yelling “Sashimi sushi”.