“Half memoir, half travel, A Yank Back to England...is an absolutely wonderful book, not only about going home again but also about love and family and tradition and the passage of the years.”
—Michael Dirda, Pulitzer Prize-winning literary critic (Washington
To see the entire quote, click here.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Duck race to the finish

Mike, a Brit expat who spends most of the year in Thailand taking photos and blogging, sent us this charming photo of his hometown of Oxton, Nottinghamshire. If you're wondering what everyone's doing, they're trying to see whose little rubber duckie will make it to the finish line first. Mike says the biannual event has strict rules—no interfering with your duck!—and the course is 800 yards along the village brook, which includes a couple of bridges.
You know we love to say "only in England," but a friend of ours recently entered a duckie in a similar event in... West Virginia.
You can see Mike's great photos of Thailand at his photo blog. And many of you read my life-as-a-Yank interview on one of his other blogs, British Expats Directory.
If you have a great photo of England, send it on (72 dpi please)! If we post it, we'll link back to you.


Mike said...

Hi Denis thanks for including my photograph in your blog and the links.

Keen observers will notice that the first obstacle to overcome is the pipe in the foreground-only the "duck master" can free any plastic ducks caught in this trap!

Daffycat said...

ROFLOL Great photo, Mike!

Amy said...

I just wanted to let you know I received a very exciting surprise in the mail today - A copy of your book! Can't wait to crack it open - as soon as I finish with this comment!