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How Do You Measure Up To The Dullest Men In Great Britain

THE 12 dullest men in Great Britain are featured in a new calendar.

A drain spotter, traffic cone enthusiast and brick collector are among the "boring" Brits who appear in The Dull Men's Club calendar.

A man who collects milk bottles, the founder of the Apostrophe Protection Society and a retired greenkeeper who loves lawnmowers have also made it into the top dozen dull men.

The Dull Men's Club has more than 5,000 male members, who are passionate about everyday mundane things, which others think are dull.

Leland Carlson, assistant vice-president of the Club, decided to publish the calendar to celebrate the eccen­tri­cities of its dullest members.

"We wanted to have a bit of fun. The British are well known for being eccentric and this calendar is a celebration of that," he said.

The year begins with Kevin Beresford, from Redditch in Worces­ter­shire, who is president of the UK Roundabout Appreciation Society, which he founded 11 years ago.

Kevin, 62, spends his weekends travelling around the country photog­raphing roundabouts and turning his pictures into books and calendars.

February falls flat with Ken McCoy, 73, from Leeds in Yorkshire, who has sent the same Valentine to his wife for the last 35 years.

March's mundane man is drain spotter Archie Workman, from Cumbria, who works as a lengthsman maintaining verges and ditches.

He said: "I find the drain covers so interesting. There's a lot of history behind them. It's interesting to observe the geometry of the drains and how they inter­connect.

Steve Wheeler, 66, from Malvern in Worces­ter­shire, who has spent 30 years collecting more than 20,000 milk bottles features as Mr April.

May is the turn of Michael Kennedy, 73, from Hunstanton in Norfolk, who spends two hours every day, except Saturdays, moving rocks to build a sea wall.

He has shifted more than 200 tons of rocks over the past 14 years to prevent erosion of cliffs lining the coast.

Mr June is Peter Willis, 67, from Worcester, whose mission is to photograph as many of Britain's post boxes as possible and has already snapped more than 2,500.

David Morgan, 72, from the Cotswolds, has the world's largest traffic cone collection and features in July.

Bus enthusiast Roland Stone, 45, from Plymouth has his own double decker and 300 model buses and appears as Mr August.

Neil Brittlebank, 78, from East Ardsley in Yorkshire, who collects bricks, is featured in September.

The retired mine safety worker began his unique collection in 1990 when he heard Lofthouse colliery, where he had worked for three decades, was being demolished and he was given some of the bricks.

Now he has more than 1,000 and constantly hunts for more at demolition sites and in abandoned buildings.

October's design features John Richards, from Boston, Lincs, who founded the Apostrophe Protection Society to combat the widespread incorrect use of the apostrophe.

 Lawnmower collector Stan Hardwick, from Filey in Yorkshire, poses with his collection for November.

Nicknamed The Lawn Ranger, he has enough in his collection to use a different one each day of the year and even keeps his favourites in the lounge.

The year finishes with Hugh Barker, from London, who has travelled Britain photog­raphing hedges.

He has written the book Hedge Britannnia, which includes information about hedge-laying and what hedges say about their owners.


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