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The question Travel and TV

Norfolk County Councillors are in a rage over the BBC's king of cringe, Alan Partridge. They fear the negative image of the county generated by the fictional Radio Norfolk DJ will deter businesses and tourists. Where has TV deterred you from visiting?

A topical question for us, having just had the 'Wild West' series which portrayed Cornwall as a place where vandalism - and swinging - is rife. But what else is there to do on a wet Wednesday in February? The local media tried to stir up a frenzy and urged us to complain to the BBC, but sense prevailed and people saw the series for what it was - a clever bit of humour, whose coastal backdrop will help portray the beauty of the Cornish landscape.

So come on Norfolk, put your toys back in your pram and worry about real issues. As for the question, no TV programme has ever deterred me from visiting anywhere - any programme will put a view across, and I feel the only way to find out is to visit the place for yourself.

Rob Andrew, 37, policy development manager, Cornwall Casualty - or Holby General - has most definitely put me off visiting Bristol. Anyone going there appears to have a very high probability of being involved in a particularly hideous accident. I feel the entire district should be subject to investigation by the HSE.

Andria Hubbard, project engineer, Exeter The United States. It is full of strange fanatical fundamentalists insisting on the right to control the world and all its resources. The inhabitants carry guns and appear to shoot each other at will, and are intent on doing this in any country which does not bow down to the power of its leader, Shrub (George Bush junior).

Dan Hooper, 40, senior engineer, Taunton TV news frequently puts me off visiting places - Israel, Iraq, Palestine, Afghanistan, Bolton. . .

Jeni Nelson, 21, graduate engineer, Manchester Pretty much everywhere. I am too nervous to venture out to buy comfortable shoes or practical transport, in case Jeremy Clarkson exposes my choice as uncool. I will not sneak into Marks & Spencer to find a nice pullover, lest my attempt is being videoed for humiliation by Trinny & Susannah. And I dare not leave the house for a day lest the lawn is decked over by Alan Titchmarsh. It is no wonder lottery sales have slumped.

Jon Balley, 52, water engineer, Bucks A trip to Russia was cancelled due to TV coverage of a nuclear plant disaster. So we visited the stand-by destination - Romania. Buy your lucky white heather!

Robin Thomson, structural engineer, Livingston I used to enjoy the United States and its people. But because of many TV programmes displaying the country's lack of leadership in world events and the US itself, I doubt if I will ever visit again.

Geoff Home, 52, designer, North Yorkshire Personally, I find TV news to be quite sobering. I must concede that after recent coverage Iraq is no longer top of my list of hot holiday destinations - at least not in the 'hot' desirable sense.

Simon Lawrence, 29, civil engineer, Cardiff Nothing has put me off, but plenty of programmes have inspired me to visit places.

Charis Fowler, 30, senior engineer, Midlands

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