Victoria Coren Mitchell - Writer, Broadcaster & Poker Player

The Oddest Thing

Monday, 15 December 2008

I think this item, from Richard Kay’s diary in today’s Daily Mail, might be the oddest thing I’ve ever read in a newspaper.

“Prince William will no doubt be enduring some royal ribbing over his newly grown beard. When Prince Philip returned from a six-month world tour aboard the royal yacht Britannia in the Fifties sporting a bushy beard, the Queen greeted him privately wearing an identical set of fake ginger whiskers.”

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David Bodycombe at 1:50 pm on December 15th, 2008

The Queen has a great sense of humour, and I’m sure she’d be twice as popular as she is if she showed it a little more often than she does at present - i.e. once a decade.

Jennie Bond (clang!) told me a great story about when the Queen was in one of the Royal Gardens. A passer-by came up to her and said: “Oh, I hope you don’t mind me saying but, do you know, you look very much like the Queen” to which Brenda replied “How reassuring.”

Rr at 3:27 pm on December 15th, 2008

Oh, Vicky!

I was about to write a little piece about the hidden symbolism of growing a beard (since mine is in full bloom right now), but …… I could not.

I’m still speechless.

This Romeo and Juliet poem is blowing me away.

A captivatingly stunning rhyme of romance, isn’t it? Star-crossed lovers …..! I don’t know. Maybe, I should deny myself more lateral thinking - for the sake of my sanity (and the chastity of your blog).

But hey: Will you join me in quitting smoking?

John at 7:22 pm on December 15th, 2008

There has to be a merkin joke in there somewhere… but I’ll leave that to the experts. Now I wonder if S.Cowell wears one… only a little higher?

David Young at 5:56 pm on December 16th, 2008

So what happened after Harry got snapped wearing Nazi uniform?

Fitch at 1:17 am on December 19th, 2008

Is it me or are we all finding it difficult to find something to write about? I’m so fucking bored I think I’ll kill myself for a laugh, love you all! Bye!!!! Fitch

Fitch at 1:21 am on December 19th, 2008

Thank God!!
For Humphrey Lyttleton
Please read the book.

Dave P at 9:40 am on December 20th, 2008

David Bodycombe’s story reminded me of the famous Sir Thomas Beecham tale. Wandering around Harrods he was approached by a woman who obviously knew him and presumed that he knew her.  One of those uncomfortable conversations ensued, culminating in the following dialogue, after Beecham, in an attempt to work out who she was, had enquired about her family :
“Well, my husband has been rather ill lately.”
“Ah, yes, your husband. I’m sorry to hear that.
And, er, what is your husband doing at the moment?”
“Well… he’s still King”, replied Queen Elizabeth (the present Queen’s mother)

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