A look back at the Dull Men's Club's Delightfully Dull, Brilliantly Boring Evening in Preston.
A year ago yesterday I was a speaker at the Dull Men's Club's 'Delightfully Dull, Brilliantly Boring Evening' at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) in Preston.
|Talking (minigolf) balls|
Where has the last year gone*.
|Showing off my Putter to the audience|
The keynote speaker at the event was Dr Sandi Mann, aka ‘Dr Boredom’, author of The Science of Boredom: The Upside of Downtime, who spoke to the attendees about the benefits of boredom and her research on the Thirty Habits of Boring People.
The Dull Men's Club is where dull men — and women who appreciate dull men — share experiences of enjoying everyday, mundane things, far from glitz and glam — "Celebrating the Ordinary".
Some highlights of my presentation covered my travels on the Crazy World of Minigolf Tour and how I, along with Emily, had - up to that point - visited 815 miniature golf courses since 2006.
|The desk space in the lecture theatre was a lovely shade of grey|
Some of the intricacies of the sport were also discussed, with the show & tell element on minigolf balls being a particular highlight.
Later that evening I visited the 816th course on the Crazy World of Minigolf Tour when I swung by the indoor Crazy Golf course at Level Preston. We've now visited 887 courses.
|One of the holes at Trailer Trash Jim's indoor Crazy Golf course at Level Preston|
Following the event we've since met up with fellow dull man and writer Elliot Windmill who profiled us on his excellent website.
|Playing Crazy Golf with Elliot at Manor Park in Glossop|
One of the other guests we met at the event was Martin, head of the Telegraph Pole Appreciation Society. Interestingly (for some) Telegraph Pole Appreciation Day and Miniature Golf Day both fall on the 21st September each year. Martin also wrote a nice blog post following the event.
|A telegraph pole I spotted on our visit to the Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway heritage steam railway in the Lake District last year|
What a wonderfully dull world we inhabit.
Related blog posts:
- A Delightfully Dull, Brilliantly Boring Evening in Preston
- Meeting the Dull Men of Great Britain – The Crazy Golfers
- Crazy World of Minigolf Tour
- Dull Men's Club
- Dull Men's Club
- Sandi Mann's website
* I would have put an exclamation mark at the end of that sentence, but they are frowned upon by the Dull Men's Club.