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.


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