- Bog Snorkelling,
- Bonfire Night,
- Cheese Rolling
- Haxey Hood.
has many strange, yet real, traditions such as
This book describes 40 more made-up traditions in a similar vein.
The question is: are the fictional traditions I created any sillier than the real ones? Is chasing a cheese down a 1 in 4 slope any more ridiculous than Walking a Weasel around a path once a year? Is eating nettles any stranger than carving cheese into shapes? Is snorkelling in a cold Welsh bog any odder than trying to catch an arrow fired high into the air?
In the above questions the real tradition is first and the fictional tradition is second.
I created these fictional traditions so people can see how strange the true traditions of England are and to understand that truth is indeed stranger than fiction?