DULL OR BORING?
I am a member of the British-based Dull Men's Club (DMC) – which also includes women, and, indeed, claims to have 35,000 + members worldwide. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The DMC's “mission statement” is to 'celebrate the ordinary... the life-changing magic, of simple, everyday, run-of-the-mill things'. (www.dullmensclub.com)
It's current Blogs include:
Telegraph Pole Appreciation Society
Wet Floor Signs
Post WW2 prefab houses
(forthcoming: a blog by yours truly on French shutters)
One of the current Blogs features a British postcard collector who reckons that he has well over a million postcards amassed over 50 years, He admits “..I’m obsessive at times. Last year in Berlin I picked up 114 postcards of the old Berlin Television Tower, the tallest structure in Germany, third tallest in the EU. It was constructed in 1965 by the German Democratic Republic.”
Which makes my, our, and Martin Parr's collection of Boring Postcards look pretty meager
One of the DMC's FAQ's (too many acronyms here!) asks:
“8. Are dull men the same as boring men?
Dear Ms Nikolltsou, Your project for this week is to write a 500-word essay on 'The difference between 'car parks' and 'parking lots', including quotes from Dickens' 'Tale of Two Cities', 'The Iliad' and Shakespeare's 'Coriolanus. You may include no more than 2 photos and one illustration in your essay. The deadline for the submission of this project is 1 October.
Is this like "postman" and "mailman"?
..not like "boot" and "boot"? ..."trunk" and "trunk"?
Dear Ms Nikoltsou,
Please do not use sexist terms like 'postman' and 'mailman'*.
I refer you to the fact that New York legally recognises 31 different 'gender identities', and insist that you be more precise in your usage of such identities.
HERman is, of course sexist/genderist!
As is HerMAN!
Following the NY guidelines, I should now be addressed as as 'VM Person of Transgender Experience'
Thank you and good night
Dear Ms Nikoltsou, Your next project -- due 3 October -- is about the differences between British and American language in the motor trade. Please answer the following questions -- you will need to get at least 7 of them right before you can pass to the next level.
Q1. What, if any, is the difference between a 'car' and an 'automobile'?
Q2. What, if any, is the difference between a 'car park' and a 'parking lot'?
Q3. Can only cars be parked in car parks and can anything (dinosaurs, trains, etc) be parked in parking lots?
Q4. Without making references to elephants, what is the difference between a car's 'boot' and it's trunk'?
Q5. What, if any, is the difference between a car's 'bonnet' and it's 'hood'?
Q6. if an American gangster, wearing a pullover with a sort of head cover, is found shot dead in a car, is this a hooded hood, illed with a hood, and dumped in a hood?
Seems to me that the Dull Men's Club gives certificates only to dull MEN...
as women are never dull :-)
I read the Dull Men Book last night, and 3 +1 things about the Dull Mens' wives struck me:
i) the wives actively support their husbands in their dullness
ii) the wives put up with their husbands' eccentricities
iii) they get divorced.
The +1 is that some of the Dull Men don't have wives or partners which, when you come to think about it, is not all that suprising.
With an A+ !