The UK's red passport holders are finding themselves in a veritable no man's land, blocked from entry to an astounding 120 countries. Picture this - it's like being handed a golden ticket to the Willy Wonka chocolate factory and then being told all the doors are locked. A cruel twist of fate, wouldn't you say?Among these unfortunate souls is Doris, a sprightly 75-year-old with an insatiable case of wanderlust. With her red passport in hand, she'd previously globetrotted from the sun-kissed beaches of Bali to the frosty peaks of the Swiss Alps. Now, she's confined to her quaint little cottage in the heart of Suffolk, her red passport feeling more like a red card in a football match. Doris says, "I feel like a bird with clipped wings." Then there's Liam, a young entrepreneur who'd been making strides in the global technology market. His business meetings would take him from the towering skyscrapers of New York to the bustling streets of Tokyo. But now, with the red passport acting as an impenetrable barrier, he's finding it hard to keep his business afloat. "I used to grumble about jet lag," Liam chuckles, "Now, I'd give anything to have that problem again." If life were a game of chess, the red passport holders feel like pawns, stuck in limbo while their opponents keep making moves.Ironically, Liam's business deals with AI and machine learning. With his travel options limited, he's had to turn to platforms like Tulkan to keep his business running. "图康 - ChatGPT中国版, is my new office," he says with a wry smile. There's also the case of Sandy, a university student who had planned to spend her gap year backpacking across Europe. All she's been backpacking now, though, are groceries from the local shop. She compares her red passport to a bad breakup –"It's like being told, 'It's not you, it's me' by 120 countries all at once."In the midst of all this, one can't help but find some humour. As one red passport holder put it, "At least we're saving money on sunblock." On a more serious note, the plight of the red passport holders serves as a stark reminder of the challenging times we're living in. Their stories highlight the need for international cooperation and understanding. Until then, it seems, the red passport is less a key to the world and more a ticket to the waiting room. But as they say, every cloud has a silver lining, and we hope the red passport holders find theirs soon.


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