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Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Well, I never! Things you can learn from Daytime TV

A woman on a day-time TV antiques show, picking up a metal ring with regularly spaced peaks, says:

“This reminds me of King Alfred’s crown”. (Alfred the Great was king of Wessex from 871-899)

In an aside to the professional dealer who accompanies each team, she says, very audibly, making sure the TV audience doesn’t miss it: “I am descended from Royalty, you know.”

“Really,” says the antiques dealer, “go on then, give.”

“Well,” says the woman, “King Henry VIII (King of England 1509-1547) was my great-grandmother’s brother .” She is deadly serious about her statement and nods earnestly.

The antiques dealer doesn’t bat an eyelid and, as smooth as oil, purrs “You’ve worn well, then.”

King Alfred’s crown turns out to be a kitchen appliance for hanging things on.

9 comments:

  1. So King Alfred was crowned with a kitchen appliance on his head? Maybe I read this wrong. Ha! Happy Thanksgiving.

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    1. Perhaps his wife ‘crowned’ him with a kitchen appliance?

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  2. Yes, and my grand-uncle was Ethelred the Unready - I get all my proclivity for procrastination from him.

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  3. From what I've read, half of Britain could claim to have Harry in their lineage somewhere. But yes, a tad further back than one "great".

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  4. Ah, bless. This kind of stuff is what makes good telly!

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  5. For once, I'm proud of French television ; although ...

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