Eccentric Britain, 2nd: The Bradt Guide to Britain's Follies and Foibles

Eccentric Britain, 2nd: The Bradt Guide to Britain's Follies and Foibles

by Benedict le Vay
     
 
Derbyshire pub regulars compete at toe-wrestling; a Buckinghamshire mayor is weighed in public and heckled if he has piled on the pounds; a Yorkshireman builds a 30 ft Tin Man to personify the heartlessness of council planners. Join the locals as they sing to apple trees, attend church dressed as clowns, engage in raucous fertility dances, guzzle chilli beer, savor

Overview

Derbyshire pub regulars compete at toe-wrestling; a Buckinghamshire mayor is weighed in public and heckled if he has piled on the pounds; a Yorkshireman builds a 30 ft Tin Man to personify the heartlessness of council planners. Join the locals as they sing to apple trees, attend church dressed as clowns, engage in raucous fertility dances, guzzle chilli beer, savor garlic ice cream or celebrate Left-Handers' Day. Elsewhere these characters would be called crackpots. In Britain, we respect them and call them "eccentrics."
Eccentric Britain celebrates all these, together with the fascinating follies, peculiar pubs, curious ceremonies and mad marquesses that make this country unique. For the visitor wanting to know where to expect the unexpected, or longing to be let in on the local lore, Benedict le Vay's Eccentric Britain is ideal. But it's also an entertaining read in its own right. If you're not shaking your head in wonder, you'll be cracking up laughing.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781841621227
Publisher:
Bradt Publications UK
Publication date:
08/01/2005
Series:
Bradt Travel Guide Series
Edition description:
Second
Pages:
312
Product dimensions:
5.36(w) x 8.56(h) x 0.67(d)

Meet the Author

Benedict le Vay is a sub-editor on the features section of the Daily Mail newspaper in the UK. He is also the author of Bradt's Eccentric London and mini guides Eccentric Edinburgh and Eccentric Oxford.

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