I increased up in Small Heath, Birmingham, known to most as the territory of the Peaky Blinders. I was interested in football as well as history at school and studied art as well as design at Aston University. Birmingham has 35 miles of channels that intrigued me because my dad was born on canal boat.
My claim to boring fame has come in 2018 when they named me Anorak of Year from Dull Men’s Club. it international team of people – welcome everyone, just men – who find joy in mundane. Our motto is: “Celebrate the ordinary.” Other members include a drain watcher and a guy. who collected 20,000 milk bottles. After that, the newspapers began to call me “the most boring man in Britain.”
I have other brushes with in media before that too. I run a small print shop in Redditch and in 2003 I wanted create calendar for our clients. There were three prisons in Redditch, no. cinema but plentiful carousels and so, for laughter, my staff and I decided on Carousels of Redditch.
I was in the pub one Friday night when a friend called to say what it was on The Graham Norton Show. Graham leafed through the calendar of magnificent Greek islands with his guest and brought carousels of Redditch out like a comparison. I liked it very much.
it changed my life. Demand soared for calendar. First we printed 100 copies – soon we were selling people around world. In 2004, a publisher approached me and wrote Carousels. of Great Britain, which sold 20,000 copies on this is first run then roundabouts from the air ish in 2005, so called because I took in photos from bridges and peaks of trees. AA asked me to do the same for car parks – set out another book, Parking Crazy: Parking Lots from Heaven (or Hell), and calendar, car parks of Britannia.
Redditch calendar spawned series of Best of British carousels. i traveled the country with my camera, on a tip from enthusiasts. I took a picture of the Kent roundabout with duck pond and yorkshire one with working windmill. I made calendars of benches, bus routes, telephone booths and other seemingly uninteresting features of British life. I made calendars of prisons and old orphanages. I love spooky stories in history although I also thinking of does one on recycling centers.
TV people came from China and the USA. I was on daytime television, including on Sharon Osbourne show. i drank the bottle of wine in green room before my arrival to calm my nerves. However, everything went smoothly.
I also established himself as president of British Roundabout Appreciation Society (my informal name is Lord of Rings) and founder – and sole member – of Parking Appreciation Society. People say I’m obsessed, but that’s humiliating. I prefer “passionate”.
Four of my sons are pretty embarrassed by this, and all three of my ex-wives found I’m bored; No in bedroom, but in any other part of in house. But I think women like stupid men; when their husbands say they are going to the barn to make matches model of Winchester Cathedral, they don’t have to wonder if they really up to something else.
AT truthI don’t think I’m boring. These are my boring hobbies. I actually full of surprises: i’m a fan of trance music and went clubbing last weekend. I turned 70 in February. in Malaga with two buddies.
I try to make 10 calendars per year. I draw inspiration from everyday life. Martin Parr, the famous British photographer, sent me a message saying he admires my work. This was spectacular.
My benches of Redditch calendar is mine second biggest seller last year, edition 2000 copies. The most popular calendar year it was a wonderful world of Jack Grealish Caviar 2022. As an Aston Villa fan, I made it’s like an act of revenge when he was sold to Manchester City, but a lot of people bought it for their girlfriends.
I semi- retired, and these hobbies saved my life. I consider myself a writer writing a novel about Brummie abducted by aliens – and I enjoy knowing that my photograph on walls throughout Britain and beyond.
I meet up with club of boring men once in a year; this is amazing how we are charismatic when we are all together. And I carry the title of the most boring person in Britain as a badge. of honour.