THE WOMEN’S GROUP LEARN LOTS OF AMAZING AND YET SILLY FACTS.
On Wednesday 3rd January Stuart Watkinson came to entertain the group once again but this time with a difference. In his usual inimitable and humorous way he gave an illustrated presentation of strange facts from around the world that were unbelievably true.
We heard about seemingly unnecessary surveys costing thousands of pounds including one which was to determine the name of the university in Bradford. The results were as follows:
3rd place Bradford University
2nd place The University of Bradford
1st place University of Bradford
This reminded me of a saying of the late great Sir Terry Wogan “Is it me?”
Stuart showed us photographs of incomprehensible vehicle accidents and also photographs taken just at the right, or in some cases the wrong moment.
He had also amassed an amazing collection of directional signs, many of which were ambiguous or even threatening, such as warning signs saying that trespassers would be shot!
We were also shown several local signs with spelling mistakes as well as a local pub advertising Sunday lunches (only served on Sundays)!
To me one of the most amusing facts from the evening was about an EU directive which decided to make clear the difference between a turnip and a swede (why you may ask)? The EU said that they are different, however if a swede is contained within a Cornish pasty then it is perfectly okay to brand it as a turnip. “In all other cases turnips are turnips and swedes are swedes.”!
This was a lighthearted and enjoyable evening that was enjoyed by all and we are grateful to Stuart for entertaining us once more.
The meeting next month is on Wednesday 7th February at 7pm in the Parish Room when the Leader Brothers will be bringing along their magic box of artefacts. All ladies are welcome to join us.