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World Pooh Sticks Championships

Tony_M 13 342 England
24 Mar 2006 8:05AM
The 23rd World Pooh Sticks Championships are being held this weekend (Mother's Day, Sunday March 26th) at Little Wittenham, south of Oxford.

Not sure if there will be much to photograph, but I'm planning to go along for a laugh Smile

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CathyT 11 7.3k 18 United Kingdom
24 Mar 2006 8:19AM
My now 19year old son once played pooh sticks with his friend.
I think they were about 11.
They went down to the river.
It was real poo.
And they then shot at it with a pelet gun.
Now thats how you really play pooh sticks.
MattB 12 251
24 Mar 2006 8:26AM
Wonderful anecdote Cath! I do believe that would spice up the World Champs!

Aren't we great at these sort of things. I mean light heartedly taking something devilishly seriously like Pooh Sticks, or tiddly winks, or conkers.

So terriblly British. Bloody Marvelous!
CathyT 11 7.3k 18 United Kingdom
24 Mar 2006 8:37AM
I wouldn't say it was a photo opportunity!!
UserRemoved 13 6.2k 1
24 Mar 2006 9:04AM
Now do I go to the World Pooh Sticks Championship or Australia? Hmmmm! Tricky one, that! LOL!
CathyT 11 7.3k 18 United Kingdom
24 Mar 2006 9:32AM
You could enter yourself.
Tooth 12 5.8k 227 Ireland
24 Mar 2006 5:10PM
just barging in here, but I remember in my youth a sitcom with Derek Nimmo as a young vicar/whatever, and his catchphrase was his hilarious profanity which was..

"oh, pooh.."
SuziBlue 15 16.2k 10 Scotland
24 Mar 2006 8:23PM
LOL Matt!
Quote:So terriblly British. Bloody Marvelous!

Aren't we, though. I loved 'Notes from a Small Island' by Bill Bryson - he brought out our eccentricities and Britishisms so well and so affectionately. ;-]
stevie Plus
13 1.2k 2 United Kingdom
24 Mar 2006 9:00PM
Suzi - absolutely agree - I discovered Bryson only relatively recently but I also enjoyed 'Notes from a Small Island' immensely. It suddenly dawned on me exactly what the Italian half of my family had been talking about for the past forty years!

Tooth - I think you refer to 'Oh Brother' circa 1968.

UserRemoved 13 6.2k 1
24 Mar 2006 10:30PM
Been reading Bryson's 'Down Under'. First time I've read any of his stuff but heard it on R4 where the condensing of his wit works much better. Find his written work rather too plodding - sufficiently boring that I haven't finished!
User_Removed 13 3.3k Russian Federation
25 Mar 2006 4:34AM
I still think that Neither Here nor There, the first Bryson book that I read, was by far the funniest...
SuziBlue 15 16.2k 10 Scotland
25 Mar 2006 5:54AM
The first one I ever read was 'A Walk in the Woods' and I couldn't stop crying with laughter at so much of it. I just find him so dry

Remember where he's getting sick of the wiss wiss wiss of his waterproof clothing and wants to shoot it ...
jeanie Plus
13 6.0k 6 United Kingdom
25 Mar 2006 6:36AM
I still play poo sticks whenever I can - and why not? Its great fun with my god-daughters and enhances a day out in the Lake District when we get the chance to go for a walk.....
(and if I dont have god daughters with me - well, umm.... I still play - you are never too old!)


(hmm maybe I should try reading some Bill Bryson stuff - got the books in the house, just never got round to reading them after Trev finished with them...)
27 Mar 2006 11:19AM
I honestly can't believe i missed this!!!!!! Sad

LW is just down the road from me and i even used to work on the nature reserve! I even put this in my diary as it was amusing and i STILL missed it! argh!

And for those who thought i was over excited about the pooh sticks... Wink the area around little wittenham is very beautiful too! especially as a mile or so down the road is a lovely river walk in Dorchester Wink

Though pooh sticks is a family tradition here too.

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