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 Dracula Race in Sighisoara – Sports the Olympics Forgot

Taken from the book – Sports the Olympics Forgot The individual time trial starts outside the modern day café where Vlad was born. The contestant must first run to the Clock Tower and climb the stairs to the top taking care not to hit their head on the low doorways. They must then run aroundContinue reading “The Dracula Race in Sighisoara – Sports the Olympics Forgot”

The “She Loves Me, She Loves Me not” Contest – Exmoor – Part 2

Each contestant must bring a ready supply of dandelions that have their seeds showing. There are many rounds. The Shouting Judge shouts a number between 2 and 12 and then the Blowing Judge bids each contestant step forward in turn. This judge then shouts “dandelion be gone” and the contestant has to blow away allContinue reading “The “She Loves Me, She Loves Me not” Contest – Exmoor – Part 2”

The “She Loves Me, She Loves Me not” Contest – Exmoor – Part 1

Fans of Lorna Doone believe that Exmoor is a romantic place and so many of them come with a dandelion and play the “she loves me, she loves me not” game – men blow the dandelion and say “she loves me” and then blow it again and say “she loves me not.” The blowing continuesContinue reading “The “She Loves Me, She Loves Me not” Contest – Exmoor – Part 1”

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”

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)

The Ludlow Catching Acorns and Conkers Festival – 40 Humourous British Traditions

The biggest scandal, even surpassing the Jackson affair, was the Biggs Jackdaw Scandal of 1891. Thomas Biggs thought that he could win by training his pet jackdaw, Reuben, to jump around in the tree above his head and so either loosen the tree fruit or throw them to Biggs when he was on his ownContinue reading “The Ludlow Catching Acorns and Conkers Festival – 40 Humourous British Traditions”