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Far from Dull: And Other Places Paperback – 7 Oct 2004
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Barmy Britain! Your guide to the country's daftest place names. -- Daily Mail
Dominic Greyer has a fine eye for the absurd. -- The Times
What would you call a book of 140 beautiful photos of Britain's oddest place names?See all Product description
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Bedlam, Crackpot, Mavis Grind, Fryup, Retire, Twatt, Ginge, Bleary, Nobottle, Inner Hope, Discoed, Chipshop, The Wart....they all actually exist & there's a map inside to prove it!
The author also gives a brief résumé of how he came to make the journey during which he took the photographs.
Inevitably there are omissions but all in all it's an excellent find - just the thing to occupy those long-staying guests for a few moments when they're getting in the way! Sit them down with a cup of coffee or a glass of wine and, as long as they have a sense of humour, they should be thoroughly happy. It also makes a perfect present for someone who has everything. I've just bought one for an 84-year-old who loves photography and says there's nothing he needs. It would make a good Christmas stocking filler too.
One thing to note is that this book is landscape roughly A5 and so may be a bit awkward to fit on a bookshelf - not that that should make any difference!
Either that or it will simply confirm what you expected; that the Little Britains and Royston Vaseys of comedy lore are simply reflections of a land where places called Ogle, Twatt and Keith actually exist.
But this isn't just a novelty catalogue of amusing place names. Dom Greyer has photographed each place name beautifully in sumptuous black and white film, bringing out the strange individuality of place afforded by these surreal signs in the landscape.
Many of the prints are cleverly paired, so that certain signs echo or collude with each other, so that Laid rests furtively next to Moans.
There's also a guide to the etymology of the place names, and a UK map showing you where each bizarrely-monikered hamlet, village and town is located, so you can plot a perverse pilgrimage of your own.
Far from Dull is an ideal book to read, browse or muse over, and has provided this reader with many double-taking miles of entertainment, from Brawl to Ventongimps.
Buy one for yourself. And while you're at it, buy another for a friend - they'll love you for it.
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