Paul Rabbitts    

Park Manager, Parks Historian, Author & Public Speaker


Being Dull.....

Posted on 28 October, 2015 at 9:25

The definition of being dull - "uninteresting, boring, tedious, tiresome, wearisome, flat and bland" - to name but a few. Apparently I am one of Great Britain's Dullest Men, according to a new book out of the very same name. To tell the story, a took a call from a very interesting American fella called Leland Carlson who a couple of years back did a calendar on Britain's Dullest Men and it sold so well, he decided on a book and felt I should be in it because of the bandstand fetish. Hilariously I agreed after chatting to him and actually getting where he was coming from. Its all about celebrating the ordinary - querky eccentricities indeed as not all of us guys want to climb mountains, bedeck ourselves in garish lycra and ride £2,000+ bikes every weekend or run marathons every weekend (with Xmas off). Nope, not for me as I am far more interested in what many people class as dull. I am in great company - hoover collectors, traffic cone man, grass cutting diary man, follies man, WW1 tank man - great company. Are we all dull? nope, just a tad odd but its what makes us all so British and thats whats so important. Being dull did get me in a few odd places when the book was launched:-


  • Middle page of The Sun
  • Daily Mail
  • Daily Telegraph
  • Daily Mirror
  • Chris Evans BBC Radio 2 name checked
  • A live interview with Jeremy Vine on BBC Radio 2
  • A live interview on BBC 3 Counties Radio - twice
  • Feature in the Leighton Buzzard Observer
  • Featured on Have I got News for You with my picture popping up
  • Various websites too numerous to mention
It was all so much fun and the book itself is just so funny. So am I dull? probably but I really don't care. A few links below!!


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