Measuring hills and collecting bricks: Five of the dullest men in Britain

From Leland Carlson's book, Dull Men of Great Britain. Picture: Ebury Press
From Leland Carlson's book, Dull Men of Great Britain. Picture: Ebury Press
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They wear their quirkiness with pride and now they are being celebrated in a new book about the dullest men in Britain.

Here are some of the people featured in Leland Carlson’s new book, Dull Men of Great Britain.

Main feature: Are they the dullest men in Britain, or just quirky eccentrics?

• John Barnard and Myrddyn Phillips, from Wales, and Graham Jackson, from Chester, measure hills to see if they are really mountains in their spare time. To be classified as a mountain a hill needs to be 2,000 ft or more above sea level. If they think a change can be made they contact Ordnance Survey.

• Dr Simon Barley, who lives in the Lake District, has an unusual handsaw hobby and is now one of the world’s most respected experts on the subject.

• Beer can “bore” Nick West, from Somerset, first started collecting beer cans when he was 16 - he now has more than 7,500 in his collection.

• Neil Brittlebank, from East Ardsley, in Leeds, is a former miner. He became interested in collecting bricks following the closure of Lofthouse Colliery in 1984 - after seeing large piles of bricks on the site, he decided to salvage some of them. He now has a collection of around 300, some of which form a path in his back garden.

• Peter Willis, from Worcester, has made it his mission to try and photograph as many British post boxes as he can.

Dean Johnstone, chief executive of Minds Ahead and joint leader of the centre of excellence in Leeds.

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