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Title: The island lure
Other Titles: Editorial : the island lure
Authors: Baldacchino, Godfrey
Keywords: Islands
Island people
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business
Citation: Godfrey, B. (2010). The island lure [Editorial]. International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business, 9(4), 373-377.
Abstract: There is something rather strange going about islands. A widely distributed, recent full-page advert lists ‘Visit an Uninhabited Island’ as one of 21 “[T]hings to do while you’re alive”. Why should this be so? And why, for that matter, should one visit inhabited islands? The stoic answer, and reminiscent of mountain climbers, would be ‘because they are there’. Indeed, there are many islophiles (island lovers) out there; but there are also confirmed islomanes: those who are addicted to islands with an incorrigible enthusiasm. The ‘islomane’ is a term coined by British novelist Durrell (1953). It speaks to a yearning for an island and island life that is part myth, part marketing hype, part reality ... and all continental or mainland driven. This yearning seems to be gathering momentum of late: with millions of tourists visiting islands every year; with waves of urban refugees escaping the rigour and stress of city life; and with few but more exclusive investors buying up island lots and even whole islands as private properties. With the escalating price of oil and gas, and so of transportation generally, islands have become even more elusive of late.
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