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theguardian - 23 days ago

Festival of fibs: Workington Man is crowned world s biggest liar

Phillip Gate, a data engineer (or so he says), takes trophy in contest from which politicians are barredIn a week when Conservatives set up a Labour manifesto website and the US president was alleged to have pushed a false theory that Ukraine meddled in the 2016 election, there has been strong competition for the most shameless porkie told in public life. But it was in Santon Bridge, western Cumbria, where the officially designated world’s biggest liar was crowned this week.Each November the best dissemblers on the planet gather in the isolated hamlet to tell the most elaborate fibs. The contest is open to all but Westminster MPs, who are deemed to be “professionals” in an amateur arena. (Lawyers used to be banned but are no longer on the proscribed list.) The wheeze has its roots in the 19th century, when a shepherd-turned-publican called Will Ritson became known for serving up a yarn with every pint at his pub in the nearby Wasdale valley. Continue reading...

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