The Dull Men’s Club, which has included women since 2017, has more than 50,000 members, who are passionate about everyday mundane things, which others think are dull.
A TELEGRAPH POLE enthusiast, WET FLOOR sign fan and a WASHING MACHINE collector are among the “boring” men and women who appear in this year’s Dull Men’s Club calendar. A man who collects security envelopes, the owner of a classical gas museum and a man who spends up to 10 hours a day completing jigsaw puzzles have also made it into the world’s top dozen dull people. Leland Carlson, assistant vice-president of the Club, has published the calendar to celebrate the quirky passions of its members in Britain and America.
This stunning collection of photos which provide a heart-warming and inspirational insight into ARMY life have all been selected as winners in an annual competition run by ABF The Soldiers’ Charity.
The theme of this year’s contest was “What does the British Army mean to you?” and the pictures have been taken by both professional photographers and the general public. They have been selected from a record number of more than 280 entries and show both the professional and human side to the army men and women, with images ranging from Remembrance Day parades to explosions on the battlefields and cadets in training.
Ely Cathedral’s girl choristers sang on the roof of magnificent Ely Cathedral as they prepare for a busy Christmas despite the coronavirus pandemic.
The girls, aged 10 to 16, climbed to the top of the Norman cathedral to rehearse for the festive season. Stunning aerial photos show them performing high up on the roof of the Gothic cathedral in the heart of the Cambridgeshire Fens. Ely’s girl choristers were founded in September 2006 – more than 1000 YEARS after the boy choristers.
A three-year-old disabled girl told she may never walk has become the YOUNGEST person ever to receive a Points of Light award from the Prime Minister after raising £20,000 for the NHS by completing a rainbow mission.
Pretty Daisy Briggs, who has spina bifida, hydrocephalus, hip dysplasia and talipes, has been called “an inspiration” by Prime Minister Boris Johnson after walking 25 metres a day with her frame for 64 days during lockdown. The little girl was inspired by Colonel Tom Moore to undertake her own challenge in support of the NHS, which has saved her life on multiple occasions.
An 11-YEAR-OLD schoolboy spends hours producing stunningly detailed cityscapes from MEMORY.
Talented artist Alex Baker creates intricate pictures of towns and cities, which are perfectly in perspective. Alex, who is autistic, has been drawing since he was just two years old and his photographic memory means he can replicate places after visiting them or seeing them in books only once.
No one knows who The Hat is, but there is speculation it could be Sheeran, who has posted pictures on social media of similar murals, which he has painted during his break from touring.
There are rumours ED SHEERAN could be the new mystery “Banksy” artist who has been leaving his paintings at locations in East Suffolk asking for them to be auctioned for charities. The mysterious artist, known as “The Hat” has donated two of his Jackson Pollok-inspired paintings to a charity shop in Framlingham, where the pop star frequently makes donations.
The UK’s first electric forecourt has opened – with the ability to charge cars in just 20 minutes.
The site in Braintree, Essex, is the first of around 100 electric forecourts to be built around the country over the next five years as part of a £1 billion programme. It was due to open in November but was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic and the second national lockdown.
Cambridge University’s world-famous King’s College choir has sung together for the first time since lockdown in March.
The choristers were seen parading into King’s College Chapel in Cambridge as they returned for the start of the university term. The boys looked pleased to be back singing together for the first time in six months after they were fitted for their new cassocks in the Antechapel.
Photos have emerged of The Crown star Emma Corrin in one of her first acting roles as a student at Cambridge University.
The 24-year-old, who plays Princess Diana in season four of the popular Netflix drama, is seen on stage as she took part in a student production four years ago. Emma, who studied Education, English and Drama at St John’s College, starred as Kate Doogan in Brian Friel’s humorous play, Philadelphia, Here I Come!
Aerial pictures show Britain’s new “mega prison” has the X-Factor with buildings in the shape of CROSSES – and no BARS on the windows.
The huge jail in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, which has just had its topping out ceremony, will hold 1,680 inmates, making it England’s biggest prison. Some inmates at the new-style £253 million super prison will have unobstructed views from their cells over the beautiful River Nene and a fishing lake.
A paramedic has spent more than 40 YEARS photographing the changing face of the NHS - and published his pictures in a new book.
Amateur photographer Chris Porsz, 67, spent many of his day’s off over the last four decades accompanying colleagues to capture the patient’s journey from the 999 call to the hospital. He has taken hundreds of pictures of doctors, nurses, patients and wards at three hospitals in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire and now produced a book, Just Be Kind, with part proceeds going to Breast Cancer Research.
Work is continuing on the Prime Minister’s plane which has had a giant UNION JACK painted on its tail fin as part of a £900,000 paint job.
The once grey aircraft was spotted through the hangar doors in Cambridge, where it is being given a makeover with a massive red, white and blue flag painted on its rear. The RAF Airbus Voyager has been undergoing a revamp at Marshall Aerospace and as the hanger door was opened today, the new-look plane could be seen.
Furious residents claim their Christmas decorations have been BALLSED UP after a neighbouring council gifted them a shocking second-hand £40,000 silver spruce – which no one else wants.
Peterborough City Council in Cambridgeshire paid thousands for the 10-metre-tall tree, which is made up of a pile of silver balls, five years ago. But it proved hugely unpopular, with residents likening it to a stack of Ferrero Roche, a “Heston Blumenthal-inspired croquembouche” and “bubble-wrap.”
The GRANDSON of vicious swan Mr Asbo has been up to his old tricks attacking visitors to Cambridge – but this time he has come ASHORE as the river is empty due to lockdown.
The feathered fiend, who is now a fully-fledged swan, was nicknamed Asbaby as a youngster when he pecked petrified punters on the famous Backs. But during lockdown punts and boats have been stored away and there is no one on the river, so now the savage swan has taken to chasing people on the towpath instead.
TV hunk Tom Brittney looked as though he was playing the lead role in hit musical Grease as he was seen repairing a Jaguar wearing a tight white vest and Levi jeans.
The 29-year-old seemed to have taken inspiration from John Travolta’s character, Danny Zuko, as he was spotted covered in grease under the bonnet of the white car. The actor, who was reprising his role as the vicar, Reverend Will Davenport in ITV’s crime drama, Grantchester, showed that he was also a dab hand as a mechanic as he got to work on the vintage vehicle.
Actor David Jason was seen watching the Royal Air Force Battle of Britain Memorial Flight practise their display for the new season as they gained their Public Display Approval.
The Only Fools and Horses star seemed to be enjoying the display by the iconic planes at RAF Coningsby base in Lincolnshire and was later spotted meeting the crew of the Lancaster. The 80-year-old started his career as a mechanic and is a qualified helicopter pilot.
Furious villagers on the Cambridgeshire and Norfolk border have been told they must pay at least £780 a year to continue using an historic iron bridge – or face a 10 MILE detour.
Residents in the small community of Brandon Bank and Little Ouse were stunned to receive a letter telling them they must now pay a significant toll to cross the bridge – which has been free to use for more than 70 YEARS. The charges have been imposed by the South Yorkshire Pensions Authority, which owns the bridge - which was built in the 1950s - as part of the 13,000-acre Waldersey estate.
UK new car registrations rose for the first time this year, by 11.3 per cent in July, according to figures published today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).
Some 174,887 cars were registered in July 2020 as dealerships across the UK opened for their first full month of trading since February. This represents a significant improvement on the same month last year, when declining business and consumer confidence undermined the market.
Cambridge University students were seen returning to colleges - seven months after they closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Students wore masks as they loaded trolleys with their bags and possessions and moved back into university accommodation. The prestigious university has introduced a staggered start to the Autumn term and put a set of strict rules in place for its safe reopening programme.
A teenager has become the first model with Down’s syndrome to pose for Gucci Beauty - with her pictures appearing in Vogue Italia.
Ellie Goldstein has also become one of the brand’s most popular posts on their Instagram page, with almost 800,000 likes. The 18-year-old modelled Gucci Mascara L’Obscur for the campaign, with her photo receiving hundreds of positive comments on Instagram.