The UK Web Archive collects a wide variety of websites for future researchers. This made us thinkâŠ
âŠIF WEBSITES COULD TALK âŠ
âŠ itâs surely possible that they would debate amongst themselves as to which might be regarded as the most fantastic and extraordinary site of all.
âIâd like to stake my claim,â said the 'British Interplanetary Society'.
âArenât you just a bit too predictable?â, said the 'British Banjo, Mandolin & Guitar Federation'. âOuter space and all that. Music can be fantastic, in its way.â
âYes indeed,â said the 'British Association of American Square Dance Clubs'. âMind you, you could make a case for the 'British Fenestration Rating Council'.â
âFar too tame,â said the 'The Junglie Association'. âNo-one has a clue what weâre about, so the title should surely be ours.â
âNot so fast,â countered the *British Wing Chun Kuen Association*. âYouâre overlooking us!â
âYou two are both too obscure, which isnât the same as extraordinary,â said the 'Brighton Greyhound Owners Association Trust for Retired Racing Greyhounds'. âDonât you agree, 'Scythe Association of Great Britain & Ireland'?â
They looked more than a little put out at this, but each came round after receiving a friendly hug from the 'Cuddle Fairy'.
âOh, thatâll be the 'Society of Sexual Health Advisers',â said the 'Teapot Trust'. âNo doubt sharing a joke with 'You & Your Hormones'. Where is the 'National Poisons Information Service' when you need it?â
At this point a site which had hitherto been silent spoke up. âWith the utmost respect, I reckon I am what you are looking for.â
âReally?â chorused the others. âAnd your name is âŠ ?â
âThe 'Eccentric Club'.â
Silence fell. They knew that, for the time being, the title had been won âŠ
By Hedley Sutton, Asian & African Studies Reference Team Leader, The British Library