28 April 2012

The axis of ennui

Dull and Boring are separated by an ocean but this will not stop an apparent attempt to forge a partnership of tedium, according to the Telegraph.  The partnership came about after a Scottish cyclist, who knew of Dull, in Perthshire, cycled through Boring in Oregon.

News was relayed back to villagers in Dull - who immediately made contact with their US counterparts in an effort to set up 'Dull and Boring'.
Tourism agency
The idea to 'twin' Dull, in Perthshire, and Boring, in the US state of Oregon, came about after Dull resident Elizabeth Leighton pedalled through Boring during a holiday.  On her return  to Scotland Elizabeth told her friend Emma Burtles, 43, who made contact across the pond with Steve Bates, chairman of the Boring Community Planning Organisation.

With Steve working up plans for a "sister community", Dull community councillor Marjorie Keddie then received a 'declaration of sistership' from Boring planning chiefs in the US town - named after an early resident, William H Boring.

Cllr Keddie said: "This could have real benefits. Everyone has been smiling at the prospect of the eye-catching road sign this will require."

Yesterday, Dull resident Peter Campbell, who runs Dull Farm, said: "All the more people to come to Dull, the better.We have two chalets up here that we let out to tourists, so we'd welcome any visitors that might come to see a sign linking the two places."

Dull community council chairman Tommy Pringles added: "It's bad enough when people stop dead to photograph the signpost for Dull. Imagine how many would do a double-take if it said, 'Welcome to Dull, a sister community of Boring?'"

Despite residents' attempts to have Boring recognised as a village in 2005, the US town - with a population around 12,000 - is too big to be officially twinned with tiny Dull, near Aberfeldy.

But I a sure that this will not prevent a new Axis of ennui forming that will sweep all before them with somnolence, Mwuahahahahah


Liz Hinds said...

Yawn! Too Dull and Boring!
Where do you find these things, jams?

jams o donnell said...

Just by scanning the papers Liz!

Stan said...

This is brilliant! Thanks for the Sunday morning giggle, Jams.

SnoopyTheGoon said...

I would like to spend a few years (well, let's start with a few months) in a place that is totally dull and boring.

Calling a travel agent.

jams o donnell said...

You're welcome Stan!

Me too Snoopy!