The UK Web Archive collects a wide variety of websites for future researchers. This made us think‚Ä¶
‚Ä¶IF WEBSITES COULD TALK ‚Ä¶
‚Ä¶ it‚Äôs surely possible that they would debate amongst themselves as to which might be regarded as the most fantastic and extraordinary site of all.
‚ÄúI‚Äôd like to stake my claim,‚ÄĚ said the 'British Interplanetary Society'.
‚ÄúAren‚Äôt you just a bit too predictable?‚ÄĚ, said the 'British Banjo, Mandolin & Guitar Federation'. ‚ÄúOuter space and all that. Music can be fantastic, in its way.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúYes indeed,‚ÄĚ said the 'British Association of American Square Dance Clubs'. ‚ÄúMind you, you could make a case for the 'British Fenestration Rating Council'.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúFar too tame,‚ÄĚ said the 'The Junglie Association'. ‚ÄúNo-one has a clue what we‚Äôre about, so the title should surely be ours.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúNot so fast,‚ÄĚ countered the *British Wing Chun Kuen Association*. ‚ÄúYou‚Äôre overlooking us!‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúYou two are both too obscure, which isn‚Äôt the same as extraordinary,‚ÄĚ said the 'Brighton Greyhound Owners Association Trust for Retired Racing Greyhounds'. ‚ÄúDon‚Äôt you agree, 'Scythe Association of Great Britain & Ireland'?‚ÄĚ
They looked more than a little put out at this, but each came round after receiving a friendly hug from the 'Cuddle Fairy'.
‚ÄúOh, that‚Äôll be the 'Society of Sexual Health Advisers',‚ÄĚ said the 'Teapot Trust'. ‚ÄúNo doubt sharing a joke with 'You & Your Hormones'. Where is the 'National Poisons Information Service' when you need it?‚ÄĚ
At this point a site which had hitherto been silent spoke up. ‚ÄúWith the utmost respect, I reckon I am what you are looking for.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúReally?‚ÄĚ chorused the others. ‚ÄúAnd your name is ‚Ä¶ ?‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúThe 'Eccentric Club'.‚ÄĚ
Silence fell. They knew that, for the time being, the title had been won ‚Ä¶
By Hedley Sutton, Asian & African Studies Reference Team Leader, The British Library