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Islanddawn
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PostSubject: The Weird and Wonderful   Mon 04 Mar 2013, 16:38

In the 1940s England gave birth to the British Snail Watching Society. affraid

The British Snail-Watching Society is an organization dedicated to the theory that
man, harassed by the mounting tempo of modern life, has something to learn from contemplating the snail.

The society’s whimsical propaganda has fascinated England and even resulted in editorials in the [London]
Times.

A recent meeting of the society, at which the pictures on these pages were taken, featured a snail race which, to snail lovers, is the
equivalent of the Kentucky Derby.


Read more: http://life.time.com/curiosities/life-visits-an-english-snail-watching-society/#ixzz2MaaHb61L

What other weird but wonderful associations, societies or groups from the past can you find that have kept us amused and entertained in the ever increasing amount of leisure time afforded to us since industrialisation began.
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PostSubject: Re: The Weird and Wonderful   Tue 05 Mar 2013, 13:19

How about the Cloud Appreciation Society?

http://cloudappreciationsociety.org/
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PostSubject: Re: The Weird and Wonderful   Tue 05 Mar 2013, 13:44

Many ladies joined the Women's League of Health and Beauty. Here they all are at Wembley in 1939, led by the redoubtable Lady Prunella Douglas-Hamilton.

http://www.britishpathe.com/video/health-and-beauty-display-at-Wembley

Love the weird and wonderful big knickers. Bet Lady Prunella and her gals put the fear of God into Hitler.

But seriously the League was enormously popular - in fact I think it's still going.
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PostSubject: Re: The Weird and Wonderful   Thu 07 Mar 2013, 15:10

Again, probably not the sort of thing you are after, ID, but one day I'll get round to joining this very English club. I very much want to go to the big meeting at Fortnum and Mason at the end of this month.

http://www.puddingclub.com/

It's been going for years, but the organisation has kept up-to-date; it now offers a Wikipudia (recipes) and regular Pudcasts.

Lord Randall's Pudding is something I've never had. It's like jam steamed pudding, but with marmalade. I wonder who Lord Randall was, and whether he was famous for anything else besides his pudding. He's not the ballad bloke, is he?
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PostSubject: Re: The Weird and Wonderful   Thu 07 Mar 2013, 15:42



A portion of Lord Randall's Pudding, with lashings of custard.
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PostSubject: Re: The Weird and Wonderful   Fri 08 Mar 2013, 06:05

Looks like a nice pudding Temp, but that is not the "Pudding club" I have heard of!! which is to be avoided if at all possible.
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