40 Humourous British Traditions

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This book describes 40 more made-up traditions in a similar vein.
Book Description

Britain has many well documented, yet strange traditions such as Bog Snorkelling, Bonfire Night, Cheese Rolling and Haxey Hood. This book describes 40 more traditions in a similar vein, all of which are less well known.

Read about Turtle Rinsing in London, Arrow Catching in Staffordshire, and Animal Gambling in the Forest of Dean. Discover where a Duck Quacking contest, a Pipe Cleaner Festival, and a Thimble Throwing competition take place. Marvel at people’s spitting, blowing, and digging exploits.

All the stories are distinct and can be read independently; this is a book for the busy individual who has a spare five or ten minutes to discover the secrets of Biscuit Rolling.
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40 Humorous British Traditions, by author Julian Worker, is an account of fantastic, albeit pseudo traditions, skillfully written into factoids with official sounding dates, names and localities, giving each of the stories an air of credibility and scholastic research. I love it! Julian draws the reader in with Pythonesque persuasion, (a boon if you are a Monty Python fan), and flavors with deadpan delivery such ludicrously hilarious traditions as: Arrow Catching in the Staffordhire, Moorlands, and Matlock Bath Hairy Legs Competition in Melton Mowbray Spoon Balancing from Todmorden Cirencester Duck Quacking Festival Feather Balancing from Rye Those are just 5 of the 40 amusing traditions listed and expounded on in the book. The inclusion of the names of actual towns, boroughs, and villages, quaint and ancient, add an ambience to the vision of participants of such time-worn traditions gallivanting along picturesque stone-cobbled villages while in pursuit of their localities’ respective tradition. Written with just the proper dash of believability, this is a book that will graciously transport the reader back to a simpler time, when the pace of life was slower, and opportunities for such tomfoolery were abundant.

-- Dennis Garcia

I really like this book: it is entertaining and full of humour and curious stories of British tradition. I recommended it if you want to be entertained and learn about some curious traditions at the same time

-- Annarella

About the Author ▸ Julian Worker

I was born in Leicester. I attended school in Yorkshire and University in Liverpool. I have been to 94 countries and territories, most recently to Poland, Moldova, Ukraine, Spain, and Portugal. My sense of humour is distilled from The Goons, Monty Python, Fawlty Towers, and Midsomer Murders. I love being creative in my writing and I love writing about travelling. My next books are a travel book about North-East England and a novel inspired by Brexit.