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⚙️ Table Talk #117: The Wackiest World Championships 🤨


At Wednesday’s Domaine alternatives, are kind of our jam. We’re here for wonky ways of doing things, in every walk of life.

Today’s Table Talk is a tribute to some of the weirdest and most wonderful world championships, on these shores and beyond.

Strap in, quite literally, for a wild ride.

Don’t get us wrong.

When World Cup fever grips the nation and It’s Coming Home ripples down every airwave, it’s hard not to be swept up in the collective merriment and mania bought about by a major championship. 

There’s something pretty wonderful though about the not-so-major championships too. Something so British about how bonkers they sound on paper, yet how seriously they’re taken. Talent has many faces and these alternative championships do beautiful justice to that. 

Read on for a roundup of our favourites.
The Scottish Open Chainsaw Carving Competition:
Photo Credit: Andrew Smith
  1. The Scottish Open Chainsaw Carving CompetitionQuite literally what it says on the tin. A day where arborists become artists and wizardry is performed on wood.

  2. The World Bog Snorkelling Championships: As it sounds, a competition where you snorkel the length of a weedy, Welsh bog, as fast as you can flipper. Fancy dress is mission critical.

  3. The Wok Racing World Championships: Quite possibly our favourite. A race, aboard modified Chinese woks, down Olympic bobsleigh tracks. You couldn’t make it up.

  4. The World Toe Wrestling Championships: Invented by four pals in a pub and still hosted in one too. Competitors take to the toedium, lock toes, then play best of three.

  5. The World Stone Skimming ChampionshipsAn annual competition, hosted on Easdale Island, where competitors vie for the greatest distance skimmed. Age is no barrier with any ‘old tossers’ over 60 being entered into a heat of their own.

 The World Stone Skimming Championships
Photo Credit: Eastdale Island


For those of you whose competitive streak is strictly culinary, there’s always The World Porridge Making Championship to consider. 

An annual fight for the golden spurtle - a spurtle being the traditional wand-like implement used for stirring porridge - but painted gold and popped on a plinth.

We may or may not know this from competing ourselves.

The Infamous Golden Spurtle


Over the last couple of weeks, its felt like the sluice gates have opened and press coverage just keeps flowing.

An absolute highlight though was being listed as the only still wine in last week's Guardian article recommending "Six Great NoLo Drinks and Wines".

A real joy to be showcased alongside so many industry friends and others pushing the envelope in the space.

Until next Wednesday,

Luke x

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