Hometown: Les Arses

Yup, they’ve done it again: readers participation @ BBC in combination with the (in)famous British Humour.

Your unusual town names
The towns Dull in Perthshire, UK and Boring in Oregon, US recently paired up in a drive to improve tourism. In response the BBC-Magazine asked people for their pictures and recollections of unusually named towns. Here is a selection
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Les Arses in Switzerland (C) – BBC

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WANT: Victorian vampire-slaying kit up for auction in Yorkshire

The 19th Century box contains a crucifix, pistol, wooden stakes and mallet, as well as glass bottles containing holy water, holy earth and garlic paste.The box was left to a Yorkshire woman in her uncle’s will.Oonagh Drage of Tennants Auctioneers in Leyburn, North Yorkshire, said she had not seen anything like it before.Ms Drage said the kit was probably made in the late 1800s and was possibly inspired by the popularity of Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel Dracula.”It’s probably a novelty thing. It’s playing to people’s superstitions.”



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Travel with BBC & Lonely Planet

Lonely Planet has been my favorite travel guide for the last 17 years or so: I’ve used their guides for my (real & imaginary) trips through Scotland, Ireland, Canada, New York, India, Hong Kong & Macau and Japan. Those trips I haven’t realised yet, are still high on my to-do-list.. I’m sure I’ll get those done too.
Last week I discovered that BBC-Travel has recently published quite a few up-to-date articles on Japan. Most are about the city I love most of all places on earth (as far as I know it): Kyoto.
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