Helen (heleninwales) wrote,

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Blurring the lines between fiction and reality

G and I have a rather black sense of humour at times. We also have a running joke in our house that certain parts of the world are more dangerous than others due to police series being set there.

Watch out if you visit Oxford. Don't become one of the numerous victims of the many murders that take place there, as can be seen if you watch either the original "Morse" or the sequel "Lewis". Take care in Glasgow that the "Taggart" team don't get called in to investigate your untimely demise. You think Sweden is safe? Most of it is, but steer clear of the charming looking Ystad or you will end up as a corpse in the woods and Wallander will have to spend many hours morosely staring out to sea as he mulls over the details of your death.

But there is one place that, if you ever worked out the statistics, must be the most dangerous place on the planet, the murder capital of the world, and that's the idyllic, chocolate box Cotswold area of Midsomer. The villages are tiny and the population is sparse, but number of people who are murdered there is huge. The place is a real death trap.

So who in their right mind would fly a hot air balloon in Midsomer air space?

The crash is like something straight out of Midsomer Murders and I keep expecting the next bulletin to announce that sabotage is suspected and that Inspector Barnaby is on the case. The most convincing part was that little detail about the wreckage being strewn across the bowling green.

The bowling green!

That mixture of the tragic and the twee is the hallmark of the series.

It really does feel as though there has been a rift in the veil that separates fiction from reality.
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