The UK Web Archive collects a wide variety of websites for future researchers. This made us thinkâ€¦
â€¦IF WEBSITES COULD TALK â€¦
â€¦ itâ€™s surely possible that they would debate amongst themselves as to which might be regarded as the most fantastic and extraordinary site of all.
â€śIâ€™d like to stake my claim,â€ť said the 'British Interplanetary Society'.
â€śArenâ€™t you just a bit too predictable?â€ť, said the 'British Banjo, Mandolin & Guitar Federation'. â€śOuter space and all that. Music can be fantastic, in its way.â€ť
â€śYes indeed,â€ť said the 'British Association of American Square Dance Clubs'. â€śMind you, you could make a case for the 'British Fenestration Rating Council'.â€ť
â€śFar too tame,â€ť said the 'The Junglie Association'. â€śNo-one has a clue what weâ€™re about, so the title should surely be ours.â€ť
â€śNot so fast,â€ť countered the *British Wing Chun Kuen Association*. â€śYouâ€™re overlooking us!â€ť
â€śYou two are both too obscure, which isnâ€™t the same as extraordinary,â€ť said the 'Brighton Greyhound Owners Association Trust for Retired Racing Greyhounds'. â€śDonâ€™t you agree, 'Scythe Association of Great Britain & Ireland'?â€ť
They looked more than a little put out at this, but each came round after receiving a friendly hug from the 'Cuddle Fairy'.
â€śOh, thatâ€™ll be the 'Society of Sexual Health Advisers',â€ť said the 'Teapot Trust'. â€śNo doubt sharing a joke with 'You & Your Hormones'. Where is the 'National Poisons Information Service' when you need it?â€ť
At this point a site which had hitherto been silent spoke up. â€śWith the utmost respect, I reckon I am what you are looking for.â€ť
â€śReally?â€ť chorused the others. â€śAnd your name is â€¦ ?â€ť
â€śThe 'Eccentric Club'.â€ť
Silence fell. They knew that, for the time being, the title had been won â€¦
By Hedley Sutton, Asian & African Studies Reference Team Leader, The British Library