There maybe a border control or customs officer reading this blog, who knows. I have to ask, why are UK borders and customs officers always so bloody miserable?
I went to France last weekend - FRANCE reputed to be the rudest country in Europe by some - and yet the customs officer bade my family and I a happy "bon jour" and cheerfully wished us a pleasant stay in his country. I've been to France a few times and mostly they are always reasonably cheerful.
I was in Germany a year or so back and despite my stupidly buying a novel to take with a big swastika on the cover the border man was pleasant, albeit a little surprised.
I've visited Slovenia, Austria, Slovakia, Latvia, Estonia, Spain and Poland where everybody we met was pleasant.
In the USA even the stern border control officer managed a smile when he realised I wasn't a terrorist merely English.
Yet no matter how many times I go away I always have to come back and every time I do I'm met with a difficult unpleasant and occasionally rude customs officer. On one occasion while travelling with friends I met the rudest official I've ever come across. He actually shouted threats at my friend as my friend walked away and offered to fight him after work!! My friend is the least offensive man you could ever meet - and at the time was a senior executive at the airport!
Honestly, the most pleasant experience I've ever had at passport control in the UK was at Heathrow when I found a machine that could check my passport for me. No messing about demanding I remove my passport from its wallet (I only ever have the front cover slipped into the wallet so it can be read by the machine and every country I've ever been to manages to read it without a surly demand that the passport be removed from the wallet). The machine didn't ask any stupid questions about where I'd been, what I'd been doing, who I was travelling with, etc. It just checked my passport, had a look at me and showed me a little green light to tell me to carry on.
When a machine is the most friendly border control officer in the UK something is clearly wrong.