A train station spotter and a vacuum cleaner collector meet some of the dullest men in Britain
A train station spotter and a vacuum cleaner collector meet some of the dullest men in Britain
A train station spotter and a vacuum cleaner collector meet some of the dullest men in Britain
A train station spotter and a vacuum cleaner collector meet some of the dullest men in Britain
A new assemblage of the dullest of dull men in Britain has been brought calm in a new book. Last year Leland Carlson thought he had found the dullest men in the UK but now he has found even more. The 40 mundane men include a train station spotter , vacuum cleaner representative, handsaw addict, bluff assessor and a plaque photographer. From amass toy commando and vacuum cleanser to calling arbor and capture follies, the 40 “boring” Brits are all ardent about things, which others think are dull. Now their foible are being acclaimed in the Dull Men of Great Britain book, which hits the shelves this week. Callum Moffat / Daily Document Lawn: David Grisenthwaite keeps a diary of every time he cuts his grass Leland said: “I thought it would be a bit of fun. The British are well known for being bizarre and this book is a anniversary of that.” The book add arbor enslaving Paul Rabbitts, from Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, who has visited a curious 300 arbor across the UK and kept accurate records. Callum Moffat / Daily Document action: David Grisenthwaite moving his lawn before he makes his diary entry Paul, 49, a accomplished mural artist, first became absorbed in arbor in 2011 when he was helping to restore one in a park and now spends his excursion touring bandstands. He has written two books on the subject and has just got a tattoo of a Walter Macfarlane arbor model 279 spandrel on his arm to honor his fiftieth birthday. Callum Moffat / Daily Document memoirs: David’s account of his lawn cutting experience Paul added: “My wife thinks my compulsion is an illness. I love the detail in many of the arbor and I’d build one in my back garden if there was room.” Another “boring” Brit is beneficiary Jeremy Burton, who lives near Windsor in East Berkshire, and who has spent the last 50 years calculate the huge number of community he has visited. Leland Carlson / Geoff Robinson

Hobby force: David Morgan, 72, has the world’s largest traffic cone assemblage The 73-year-old, who used to work in IT, keeps accurate notes of all his travels and has now visited 117 community, five acreage, 239 airfield and gone on 1313, flights. He has lost his luggage 30 times over the last five decades, which is about once every 17 trips or 120000, miles. “Now I do my best to make sure I have enough spare clothes in my hand luggage if I’m due a lost luggage trip”, said Jeremy. Leland Carlson / Geoff Robinson

What’s that: John Richards, from Boston, Lincs, who founded the Detour Conservation Society to combat the across the board erroneous use of the detour “My flight miles add up to 98 trips around the world, so I plan to stop when I reach 100, Madagscar and Zanzibar are on my list next.” David Grisenthwaite, from Kirkcaldy in Scotland, got in the book for keeping a diary of each time he has mown the lawn since 1984. His notes show the average amount of time spent mowing the lawn has expanded by one-and-a-half months over the last 31 years. Leland Carlson / Geoff Robinson

Round the bend: Kevin Beresford, from Redditch in Worcestershire, who is CEO of the UK Circular Acknowledgment Society “When we moved I re-laid the lawn and started keeping a mowing record”, said the 87-year-old. “I always start in March and finish in October each year and it takes around an hour each time. “I’ve got a bog-standard grass lawn, but keeping records is object I enjoy. My wife treats it with mild amusement.” Actor Tim Barker, who lives in Silloth, Cumbria, has been amass toy commando for 50 years and he now has more than 12000., Leland Carlson / Geoff Robinson

Post master: Peter Willis, 67, from Worcester, whose mission is to image as many of Britain’s post boxes as achievable His compulsion began when his father gave him Little Wars by HG Wells, a book of rules for playing with toy commando and he has now set up a museum, Commando in Silloth, which houses half his collection. “I like mini and the fact you can use them to create a world of your own. All the designs are contrasting and many are also of actual interest”, said Tim, 68, who even played the aspect “The Dull Man” in the 2003 film Agenda Girls. Gwyn Headley, from North London, has been dubbed another dull man, after calling more than 2500, follies in the UK. Leland Carlson / Geoff Robinson

Romance is dead: Ken McCoy, 73, from Leeds in Yorkshire, who has sent the same lover to his wife Valerie for the last 35 years He has also written five books and 40 e-books about follies and founded the Folly Acquaintance 25 years ago. He said: “I love finding new follies, they all differ so badly and I like the romance of the ruins.” Rail agenda connoisseur John Potter, 60, from Oundle, Northamptonshire, also appearance in the book as he spends his time amass the European Rail Timetable. Leland Carlson / Geoff Robinson

Bricking it: Archie Workman, from Cumbria, amass bricks John, who loves numbers, had been part of the agenda article team since 1998 and when Thomas Cook stopped composition it two years ago he bought the rights to the timetable. “I’ve had a rail agenda book in my bath for years and I often get calls from men in their 80s, who are recliner caravan and use the book to dream up their own rail journeys”, he said. Other dull men in the book include Martyn Vallance, from Bude in Cornwall, who has cool more than 70000, golf balls and Andrew Dowd, who has visited all 2548, railway depot in England, Scotland and Wales. Leland Carlson / Geoff Robinson

Hedge fund: Hugh Barker, from London, who has carry Britain capture hedges It took maths teacher Andrew, from Manchester, four years to entire his task, driving around 36000, miles to image all the station signs. Rob Woodall, from Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, earned a place in the book after enhancing the world’s leading trig bagger. His aim is to visit all 6100, trig pillars in Britain and has just 20 more to go. Whilst retired doctor Simon Barley, from the Lake Commune, has an unusual handsaw hobby and is now one of the world’s A-1 force on the subject. He has cool around 1500, handsaws and concluded a PhD and written a book on the subject. Leland Carlson / Geoff Robinson

Lawn rider: Lawnmower representative Stan Hardwick, from Filey in Yorkshire Another entry in the book is Mick Chester, from East Cowes on the Isle of Wight, who spends his spare time capture plaques and founded The Plaque Acknowledgment Society. Whilst beer can “bore” Nick West, 56, from Clevedon in Somerset, has spent 40 years amass more than 7500, British beer cans. Until three months ago he advertised them in his large Conservative five-bedroom house in a clear-cut order, by brewery , brand and date of release, but he has just curtail and the cans are now in boxes. He said: “The cans are packed in 150 boxes and had to have their own removal van. When I retire we plan to move to a equity with an annexe so the cans can be advertised again.” James Brown, from Heanor in Derbyshire, is another representative, with more than 300 vacuum cleaners. Leland Carlson / Geoff Robinson

Milk magic: Steve Wheeler, 66, from Malvern in Worcestershire, who has spent 30 years amass more than 20000, milk bottles He spends his time selling new vacuums, as well as adjustment broken ones and amass them. When he visited America a few years ago he didn’t go to any of the usual tourist harbor, instead he opted for Cleveland, where his favourite vacuum, The Kirby, is made. Dr Mark Coulson, a clinician from Middlesex Academy, who has written the preamble to the book, said: “You can look at object that appears to be dull, but there is a beauty and history in the most mundane objects. “These people have a passion or abiding activity which is noted because it’s unusual. The last 40 years has taught us that people derive bliss from lots of contrasting things. Leland Carlson / Geoff Robinson

Rock star: Michael Kennedy, 73, from Hunstanton in Norfolk, who spends two hours every day, except Day off, moving rocks to build a seawall about finding what works for you and I think these men have found that.” The Dull Men’s Club was basically started in New York in the 1980s and later spread to the UK and abroad in the world. Its main focal point directly is its website where members advertise, in a subdued, downplay way, their quiet exploits. Dull Men of Great Britain: Honor the Everyday by Leland Carlson is advertised by Ebury Press and will be accessible to buy from Thursday for