• Short Summary

    ACCORDING TO THE FRENCH AMBASSADOR TO THE COURT OF QUEEN ELIZABETH THE FIRST, THE GOOD QUEEN TOOK A BATH TWICE A YEAR, WHETHER SHE NEEDED IT OR NOT.

  • Description

    ACCORDING TO THE FRENCH AMBASSADOR TO THE COURT OF QUEEN ELIZABETH THE FIRST, THE GOOD QUEEN TOOK A BATH TWICE A YEAR, WHETHER SHE NEEDED IT OR NOT. BUT ONE NOTABLE LONDON FIGURE HAS AN EVEN FINER RECORD FOR AVOIDING THE BATH-TUB--LORD ADMIRAL NELSON. WHO FOR 124 YEARS HAS PERCHED ATOP A COLUMN IN TRAFALGAR SQUARE AND TURNED A BLIND EYE TO SOAP AND WATER. TODAY (20 FEBRUARY) HOWEVER, THIS MAN OF THE SEAS IS ON THE POINT OF YIELDING TO THE SOAPY WAVES.

    THE STATUE, IN CRAIGLEITH STONE, IS TO BE CLEANED AS PART OF A PROGRAMME OF WORK WHICH WILL INCLUDE THE BRONZE LIONS AND BRONZE RELIEFS ROUND THE BASE OF THE MEMORIAL. IT WILL TAKE TEN WEEKS AND ABOUT GBP3,000 POUNDS TO COMPLETE THE JOB.

    AT PRESENT THE PROJECT HAS GOT NO FURTHER THAN BUILDING A SCAFFOLDING AROUND THE 170 FOOT (52 METRES) COLUMN TO ALLOW THE ATTENDANT WORKMEN TO COME FACE TO FACE WITH ADMIRAL. HE STANDS THERE TO COMMEMORATE HIS VICTORY IN 1805 OVER NAPOLEON'S FLEETS AT THE BATTLE OF TRAFALGAR.

    IF HE HAS ANY OBJECTIONS TO HIS ABLUTORY TREATMENT, THE ADMIRAL SHOULD BEAR IN MIND HIS FATE IS RATHER LESS SEVERE THAN THAT OF HIS TWIN IN DUBLIN -- THE IRISH NELSON WAS BLOWN UP IN 1966.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA7RVFHJCUBCH3QVET8PHUSIIOF
    Media URN:
    VLVA7RVFHJCUBCH3QVET8PHUSIIOF
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/02/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:02:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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