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  • You could do worse than seek advice from a barber, when set adrift in a strange town and not long from losing yourself. He can show you the lay of the land and where those idiosyncratic locals are massed at points ahead. At least, that's what I thought, when stopping in Letchworth Garden City.

    As it happened, I didn't have far to go, because my coiffeur turned out to be that idiosyncratic local. The man waltzed to his own tune, while offering haircuts for the nominal fee of £2 each.

    He bemoaned, Letchworth has nothing for sightseers and the Letchworthian should take Royston as an example to be imitated. The hairdresser praised the neighbouring town's cave; a subterranean oddity that people can enter. The grotto has long been a popular sightseeing attraction, drawing many visitors and tourists into Royston. It's a 14th Century manmade cavern in the shape of a beehive.

    He then proceeded to say, most seriously I might add, that Letchworth council should dig a deep hole and build a car park around it. The council would then charge visitors to go down the hole. Is that not astoundingly stupid, or is my barber an entrepreneurial genius?
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