Saturday, April 11, 2015

A not so posh watch

I once had a Cartier watch but it annoyed me as the word Cartier did not sit quite straight on the watch face. Still, it was an attractive and accurate timepiece, and I did buy it from a reputable market stall in Bangkok.

On a tv show there was just a brilliant surprise of a watch worth far more than the owner thought because it was an unconfirmed Cartier. I wonder what happened to my Cartier watch. I should have kept it. I still have my genuine Boy London watch from the 90s.

The show I saw featuring the watch of course was Antiques Roadshow, a BBC production. Antiques Roadshow has had various presenters over the years and has grown from a somewhat stultifying show to a quite well produced, slick and entertaining show.

The show once visited Australia and as I recall, made an episode in our regional city of Ballarat. Our friend the Brighton Antique Dealer attended.

I remember Michael Aspel from tv for years ago and he presented the show for quite a few years. Ho hum, boring. What Antiques Roadshow has going for it now is an absolutely terrific presenter, Fiona Bruce. She walks the line between being quite glam, and warm and personable, with a delicious accent. At the age of 51, she is just lovely.



29 comments:

  1. Andrew, she looks fantastic at 51.

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    1. Indeed she does, Gosia.

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  2. She is terrific. Did you know that she is a newsreader on our main BBC evening news? That's her main job.

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    1. Craig, I knew she was a newsreader. I didn't know she still was. She must be very energetic too.

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  3. Love Fiona Bruce. She is also terrific on the 'Fake or Fortune' series.

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    1. Ad Rad, I think I may have seen that show, but I don't remember her in it.

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    2. My two favourite shows on tv - Antique Road Show and Fake or Fortune!

      When the Roadshow spent a few days in Melbourne, I took my treasures to the Exhibition Building but it was mid winter and there was NO heating. 4 hours freezing my bum off and then 7 minutes with the expert.

      I did not see myself on tv, when it went to air, but I saw my beloved a number of times.

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    3. Hels, what a shame you were edited out. I take it there were no surprises for you from the expert?

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    4. Andrew

      not "edited out" exactly. There were c2438524880284023423 people waiting in queues and only 20 of the presentations got to air. I had silver art objects which interest no-one but me. My husband was in the painting queue with 17th century Dutch works, and they interest everyone.

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  4. Thanks Andrew, you've given me today's posting for my blog.

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    1. Victor, that happens rather a lot to me, getting ideas for posts from other people. In fact your post might have indirectly inspired a post about farnarkling.

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    2. 'Farnarkling'? Good grief.

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    3. Victor, I'm sure with your interest in sport, you would be very familiar with the game.

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    1. Strayer, I expect she has no vices, gets lots of exercise and is personally very boring, and of course she could afford a nip and tuck if necessary. Am I jealous? Of course.

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  6. I'm far too much of a peasant to indulge in much poshery, and the crooked Cartier would have driven me bonkers. Miss Fiona, on the other hand, is looking scrumptious at 51! I'm sure a bit of poshery would be right up her alley!

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    1. Jac, I remember it now. It had a red face with black. I gave it to a friend who wanted the the colours to match an outfit. Fiona probably is quite posh, but some people wear it easily.

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  7. She is a delight. We do watch roadshow and are always fascinated at the clothes the 'experts' wear as well as the incredible items (and stories) that are featured.

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    1. EC, it is almost worth watching just to see everyone's clothes and style, or the lack of.

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  8. I've had Antique Roadshow on a few times, not necessarily to watch it, but having the TV on the right channel for what comes next. Mostly I'm busy doing something else but have occasionally looked up to see something perfectly ordinary getting priced at a rather large amount, then wishing I hadn't disposed of things that were my mother's. C'est La Vie and Que Sera I suppose.

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    1. River, yes we all have those regrets. Mother has more than anyone.

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  9. I do like that programme but don't always get to watch it.
    Not wearing a watch of late, find it a nuisance, use the phone for time :)

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    1. I rarely see it either WA. I am usually at work when it is on. I haven't worn a watch for years now. I am skin allergic to cheap metal and no-one will be buy me expensive metal.

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    2. Even expensive metals are often plated over a nickel base and the nickel is probably what you are allergic to, as is my younger daughter. Once the plating wears off, an expensive watch would have the same effect as a cheap one.

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    3. So River, for my birthday, you need to buy me expensive jewellery, not cheap nickel.

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  10. I do like the show.
    I had no idea she was 51 she wears it well.
    Merle............

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    1. Merle, I hope we do as well when we get to that age.

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  11. I had a hand me down Rolex in the 1980s and it didn't keep time. I pawned it. $200...

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    1. Susie, I hope you spent the money well, like on cheap booze.

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