The Great Eccentric Survey

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Eccentric ShopkeeperNot many years ago, one could visit any town in Britain and be guaranteed to spot at least one eccentric, happily going about his or her business. Dress codes varied wildly, from brightly coloured mackintoshes, hats with feathers and wellington boots, to long flowing scarves, top hats and no shoes at all. A multitude of lapel badges and luxuriant facial plumage was more often than not to be observed.

Sadly, sightings of such colourful characters are dwindling. Most British towns contain an endless parade of similarly, tidily dressed people, none of whom feel the urge to make themselves stand out. This could very well be due to the introduction of better medication for the mentally ill; or it could simply be that eccentrics have become a thing of the past.

This year, The Chap aims to conduct Britain’s first ever conclusive survey on our remaining eccentrics. Our aim is to collect photographs from every corner of Great Britain and display them in our eccentric-themed December edition.

So if you see what you think of as an eccentric character, male or female, in your town, please photograph them (asking their permission first, please) and send us the image. We realise that “eccentricity” covers actions and thoughts as well as clothes, so as well as asking their full name, feel free to ask your eccentric briefly to describe themselves. If they turn out to be completely normal, we would still like to see their photograph.

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The Chap was founded in 1999 and is the longest-serving British magazine dedicated to the gentlemanly way of life, with its own quirky, satirical take on a style that has recently entered the mainstream.

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