Wacky Nation (Paperback)

50 Unbelievable Days Out at Britain's Craziest Contests

James Bamber

Sally Raynes

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James Bamber and Sally Raynes provide an indispensable guide to the UK’s most absurd, bizarre and even foolhardy – but curiously British – ‘sports’ imaginable.From Cheshire’s World Worm-Charming Championships to the cricket match played on a sand bank in the Solent every year, there’s a rarely-spoken-of British tradition of holding very strange contests and weird world championships in which getting muddy, sick and a little upset are not mere side effects but positively celebrated. Welcome to the wacky nation…James and Sally present 50 of the oddest contests you’d never imagined existed. With a strong practical, get-involved-if-you-dare streak, “Wacky Nation” charts these unusual days out, with ratings for Spectator Fun, Pain Factor, Training Required, Chance of Becoming World Champion and more. There are tips on winning or simply remaining unscathed, based on the intrepid authors’ own experiences, alongside numerous absurdly comic anecdotes.Keen to chase a Double Gloucester down a hill? Desperate to learn the fine arts of skiting and gurning? Harbour a strong desire to hold the World Nettle-Eating title? Wacky Nation is here to help.A sports-book-gone-wrong fortified with a strong dose of Monty Phython, “Wacky Nation” is both the potential start of some oddly British family fun and a sneak armchair look into the twisted world of bizarre British life.

James Bamber and Sally Raynes are the creators of www.wackynation.com. Between them, they hold the World Russian Egg Roulette title, won silver in 2006’s World Snail Racing Championships and, in the same year, Sally claimed second place for World Stinging-Nettle Eating (women’s event), having devoured 30 feet of nettles. Shin-kicking is not their forte, having come last in this competition, and James was disqualified in stone-skimming.

‘This book is testament to the fact that eccentricity is alive and well across the country. This is a very silly, completely bonkers but surprisingly engaging book that could guide you to some extremely unusual events across the country. ‘Sunday Telegraph
‘This is a very silly, completely bonkers but surprisingly engaging book that could guide you to some extremely unusual events across the country. ‘Clover Stroud, Sunday Telegraph
‘It’s quirky, funny and, well, just plain mad’Morning Star
‘An original, very amusing and often fascinating read – get involved if you dare.’Student Direct

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ISBN: 9781848310223

Price: 12.99 GBP 26.00 CAD 39.95 AUD 49.99 NZD 20.95 USD 12.99 GBP

Pages: 400

Publication date: 02/10/2008

Category: Lifestyle & Travel

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