NOW THERE WILL BE NO RAIN, FOR EACH WILL BE SHELTER TO THE OTHER..

Today I was working a crossword puzzle from The Guardian. I’m not a particular lover of crosswords, especially of those which are usually published in tabloids and are done by people in the metro. The “across” and “down” questions of the type: “A piece of furniture on four legs with a slab on top; may be used for eating at or writing on” can hardly be encouraging. Crosswords from The Guardian are different. They exploit immediate situations that are well-known to native speakers and challenging to foreigners.

The first question of crossword 25674 ran as follows: Eg Dull and Boring tunes oddly enthrall women in drag (9 letters).The wording seemed kind of strange. The number of the letters wasn’t of much help either. Viewing the puzzle as a material for cross-cultural studies, I peeped into the answers (crossword # 25675). The word sought for was “twintowns.” After googling the three words “Dull”, “Boring” and “twintowns” I came to know an interesting story.

A lady from a village of Dull in Scotland was on a bicycle tour in Oregon, U.S.A., where she bumped into a town named Boring. On her initiative the village council of Dull addressed the administrative ruling body in Boring about establishing a kind of partnership. However, there was a setback: Boring was a town with a population of about 10,000 people, while Dull had only 80 inhabitants. After a two-month red-taping (the period might have been qualified as a “drag” in the crossword I was doing) the council in Boring took a unanimous positive decision about the partnership. The voting was decided not in the form of a traditional show of hands but through the archaic affirmative “aye” shouted in chorus. A special declaration was issued to the effect:

“Be it known throughout the world that Boring, Oregon, U.S.A. and Dull, Scotland, UK are hereby recognized as sister communities. With this declaration the following is stated: sincere wishes for continued freedom, safety and prosperity for each community and its residents.”

At the moment the village of Dull is working on hats and T-shirts to promote the association. The road sign “Dull” will be accompanied with the words “a sister community of Boring”, which is supposed to boost tourism in the area: after seeing the sign drivers may do a double-take, and they will probably want to stop-over at the village hotel. Someone may choose differently, but I would stop.

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3 Responses to “NOW THERE WILL BE NO RAIN, FOR EACH WILL BE SHELTER TO THE OTHER..”

  1. Olia Says:

    Thanks for a “dull” and “boring” story and the cute observations of the previous entry:)

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