Country and Western Singing

The singing of sad songs has been associated with Morecambe in Lancashire for hundreds of years. These dirges were usually sung when someone had been drowned in the dangerous waters of Morecambe Bay. These songs were sung so frequently that a competition was organized to see who could sing the saddest song of all. This contest reached its zenithContinue reading “Country and Western Singing”

The Hairy Legs Contest – British Traditions

Excerpt from a book of British Traditions When people were painting the town red in Melton in the 15th Century some of the locals started to compare various parts of their bodies with those of other people. Eventually, the comparisons turned to the hairiness of the legs and it was noticed that a man calledContinue reading “The Hairy Legs Contest – British Traditions”

Animal Gambling – British Tradition

Excerpt from a book of British Traditions Another contest was ‘Attract the mouse,” which was played in the house of Martha Grable. She had a large mousehole in her skirting board. Gamblers placed their pieces of cheese around the hole and then crouched down behind the sofa to wait. The judge ensured that each pieceContinue reading “Animal Gambling – British Tradition”

Littondale Wall Building – British Tradition

Excerpt from a book of British Traditions In 1842, Jeremiah Spalding built the longest wall in the history of the competition. It stretched 167 yards up the hill and was in a perfectly straight line. However, this wall didn’t win as it was just two feet high and one foot wide – the judges didn’tContinue reading “Littondale Wall Building – British Tradition”

Turtle Rinsing in London – British Traditions

Excerpt from a book of British Traditions Once the turtle is observed by The Royal Turtle Deputy-Surveyor using a spyglass, the Royal Net Bearer apprehends the creature in a special Turtle net that’s over two hundred years old. Once clear of the water, the turtle in the net is raised to shoulder height. Using aContinue reading “Turtle Rinsing in London – British Traditions”

Dancing around the Windmill – British Tradition

Excerpt from a book of British Traditions Starting at 8 o’clock in the morning the contestants are presented to the watching crowds in their fool’s costumes. Each contestant is given a gallon vat of apple cider, which they must drink by nine o’clock or be disqualified from the dance. They are not allowed to eatContinue reading “Dancing around the Windmill – British Tradition”

Hippos, custard and tapas: the 10 funniest jokes of the Edinburgh fringe

The comedy channel Dave asked the public to vote on the best gags to emerge from this year’s fringe festival, and here are the results

Laughing in Montreal: top 5 things to do in Canada’s comedy capital

Montreal’s Just for Laughs comedy festival – running to 28 July – brings the chuckles but, as comedian Kelly MacLean explains, the city scene itself is ‘just’ as capable of raising a smile (or an eyebrow)