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Karl: Liberal Backslider
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The crap attractions do have an advantage for parents though. Before now we've threatened the kids that we'll take them to the Museum of Boring Broken Bits of Old Pots, which title I nicked straight from Viz. Their experience of what does exist is sufficient to make them believe such a place could be real.

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Heavenly Anarchist
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I've been to the dog collar museum [Smile]
I'd love to go to the Colour and Verdant museums as I do textile art, and I'm rather disappointed to have missed the Glove museum. I quite fancy the Bakelite one too, I'm sure my geek of a husband would be amenable to that. He once took the boys to a telephone museum in Milton Keynes and apparently the central Milton Keynes museum has a room full of lawn mowers.
Which reminds me, Bletchley Park, which is not a boring museum IMO, does have a room containing rows of 1980s home computers: zx81s, BBCs, Spectrums...

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Niagara Falls gets my nomination. It's as pointless as the Pencil Museum, and all it does is prove that water flows downhill, a fairly well known fact in scientific circles. It's surrounded by tatty predators that feed on the millions of tourists who are drawn to the place, and is in fact a dump, made worse by the casino. To get there, you either drive for hours on a fast and crowded highway through the most boring part of Canada or plough through downtown Buffalo, neither of which is an aesthetic delight. When we have visitors I always lie about how impossibly far away it is to drive there, but my dear wife withdraws her support in my time of need, and off we go again. I hate the place.

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I have tried to explain my fascination for Grimes Graves but to everyone I have ever taken there it is just a ladder down into a hole in the ground. They just don't get "neolithic" I suppose.
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Karl: Liberal Backslider
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quote:
Originally posted by Bob Two-Owls:
I have tried to explain my fascination for Grimes Graves but to everyone I have ever taken there it is just a ladder down into a hole in the ground. They just don't get "neolithic" I suppose.

I'd be interested. This picture though says a lot about British tourist attractions:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/7/77/Grimes_Graves_Hut.jpg

Yes. Sit in the freezing drizzle with a plastic cup of plastic coffee (only guessing, but, you know...) at a damp picnic table. Don't forget your waterproofs.

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The Pencil Museum is indeed Quite Interesting.

Nobody's mentioned the Christmas fiasco (what was it called, Winter Wonderland or something) that operated in the New Forest a couple of years ago. It was so bad that the owners were taken to court and made to compensate the visitors, IIRC.

Albenga in northern Italy has its own Boring equivalent: an Olive Oil Museum. Which is quite touching in its own way but doesn't justify the couple of euros admission fee.

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Bob Two-Owls
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quote:
Originally posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider:
This picture though says a lot about British tourist attractions:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/7/77/Grimes_Graves_Hut.jpg

Now they have deliberately taken that picture facing away from the really exciting field full of slight depressions in the ground...
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quote:
Originally posted by Bob Two-Owls:
I have tried to explain my fascination for Grimes Graves but to everyone I have ever taken there it is just a ladder down into a hole in the ground. They just don't get "neolithic" I suppose.

That's a pretty cool hole in the ground with a ladder, though, Bob. Even as a flint geek, though, I think the Great Orme Copper Mine out-cools it, and is genuinely fills-me with-awe awesome.

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Near my parents' house (in Northern Ireland) is a group of islands called the Copelands. We'd always thought we must take one of the little boat trips out there, which are marketed in a nearby village. We'd been told that the main island, while small, is very scenic and has great bird life.

Some relatives were visiting from England, and this seemed the perfect opportunity. Us children (my sister and I, and the visitors' kids) were all aged around 10-14, so they figured we could spend a couple of hours seeing the sights and then come back for lunch.

So we booked it, got into the little boat, and were sailed out there and dropped off. This was at about 11am. As he sailed off again, the boatman looked back over his shoulder and said "Have a great day, I'll be back for you at about 4!".

The Copelands are lovely, but with the best will in the world, they do not hold 5 hours of entertainment for anyone, except the most avid birdwatcher. They are very rocky, so we couldn't really run around (and we were really a bit too old for running around to be 5 hours' worth of fun), we had no binoculars for bird-watching, and the island was littered with the carcasses of rabbits who'd died of maximatosis. In terms of food, we had half a packet of Polo mints.

In fairness, this was not so much the fault of the islands, as the adults for failing to ask how long we'd be left there.

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Williton in West Somerset has a Bakelite Museum. I quite often driven past but never felt tempted to visit. After all, if you're in Williton, recently badly flooded, it also has the West Somerset Railway passing through it, which is genuinely worth visiting.

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quote:
Originally posted by Enoch:
Williton in West Somerset has a Bakelite Museum. I quite often driven past but never felt tempted to visit.

I found that reasonably interesting and quite nostalgic.

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I'm rather fond of Bath but have never yet managed to get excited about this. And there is a lot of it. I mean, it's an ancient Roman central heating system that only an archaeologist with a thing about ancient central heating systems could love.

(And anyone posting a link to the National Museum of Radiators will be taken out and shot.)

Btw, to get away from museums and tourist attractions (too interesting), porridge should definitely be mentioned on this thread - the most boring food known.

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Bath is a working class town with a touristy bit in the middle.

The people amble along slowly so it is a nightmare.
Hate it.

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quote:
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porridge should definitely be mentioned on this thread - the most boring food known.

You've never had grits.

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quote:
Originally posted by leo:
Bath is a working class town with a touristy bit in the middle.

The people amble along slowly so it is a nightmare.
Hate it.

I've never equated working class people and ambling.

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quote:
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quote:
Originally posted by Ariel:
porridge should definitely be mentioned on this thread - the most boring food known.

You've never had grits.
Is it anything like cream of wheat? Which I now remember was even duller than porridge.
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I never find porridge boring, especially when served with cream and honey. And I rather like Roman heating systems too, I've spent many an hour 'ambling' around those in Bath and Northumbria.
But I fancy visiting a Bakelite museum, so what do I know [Smile]

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I'm reading Sandi Toksvig's 'Gladys' Reunited' at the moment, and she mentions grits, I'd never heard of them before but they sound awful.
I thought of this thread whilst reading last night as one of Sandi's hobbies is visiting truly awful museums and she recounts some of her visits in the US, such as a trip to a famous writer's house, which turns out not to have been her house at all as it had burned down...twice! And nothing in the current house actually ever belonged to her either.

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If you go to Paul McCartney's childhood home in Liverpool, hardly any of the furnishings belonged to the McCartney family. The resident guide will cheerfully tell you that the kitchen sink came from a house down the road and the living room wallpaper has the wrong pattern. John Lennon's house is much more authentic and therefore more interesting.

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quote:
Originally posted by Ariel:
quote:
Originally posted by balaam:
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Originally posted by Ariel:
porridge should definitely be mentioned on this thread - the most boring food known.

You've never had grits.
Is it anything like cream of wheat? Which I now remember was even duller than porridge.
No. No, no, no! Grits is heavenly! Comfort food to put a smile on a person's face! And if porridge is oatmeal, that's another yummy food!

Y'all must not have had it cooked right. [Biased]

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quote:
Originally posted by balaam:
quote:
Originally posted by Ariel:
porridge should definitely be mentioned on this thread - the most boring food known.

You've never had grits.
No it's got to be plain boiled rice....
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