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Alex Jones bewildered by Bob Geldof’s appearance on The One Show: ‘Looking wild’

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Alex Jones, 43, was on hand to host another weekday instalment of The One Show, this week joined by co-star and guest presenter, Angellica Bell, 44. The pair discussed many topical matters, including the latest developments on the coronavirus crisis, as well as offering BBC viewers some light relief from current events. Towards the end of the programme, they were joined by singer-songwriter Sir Bob Geldof, 68, to talk about his new music and how life has been treating him in lockdown. However, he left his interviewers bewildered as he spoke via video from his home.

It seemed Sir Bob was situated in a study at his home and he sat wearing a purple shirt with a rather rugged hairdo.

As hairdressers have been closed during the lockdown, the musician has let his hair grow longer as he is known for sporting long locks.

The guest also had a full beard and moustache to complete the look and his appearance didn’t go unnoticed by Alex and Angellica.

After viewing a segment about wildlife made by Springwatch presenter Chris Packham, 59, the host joked how the singer-songwriter was in tune with the previous part of the show as she voiced her shock at his new look.

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Introducing the guest, Alex said as she was bewildered by his look: “From a man looking at wildlife to a man looking more and more wild, honestly, as lockdown goes on, it’s Sir Bob Geldof.”

Angellica added: “Looking at you, we assume you’re growing your hair, you’re growing your beard, have you done anything different in lockdown, things you wouldn’t normally do?”

Sir Bob joined in with the humorous response to his appearance as he replied: “Well, it was just in preparation for you guys. Another spectacle of nature here. Going wild as you do.

“This is my contribution to the country at a standstill. Since the sorry demise of Kenny Rodgers, I thought I would take up the vacancy.”

I thought my hair was bad!

The One Show viewer

Those watching at home were also shocked by Sir Bob’s new look and took to social media to voice their comments.

One viewer wrote on Twitter: “Thanks Sir Bob for going on #TheOneShow and making us all feel better about our lockdown hair.”

Another added on the micro-blogging site: “Bob Geldof looks like he’s been isolating for 10+ years  #TheOneShow.”

A third remarked: “Gosh, I thought my hair was bad! #theoneshow,” as a fourth shared: “Bob Geldof been in lockdown since 1984 #theoneshow.”

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Arthritis warning – when your joint stiffness could be something serious

Arthritis is a common condition that can affect people of all ages, according to the NHS. One of the most common symptoms of arthritis includes waking up with severe joint stiffness.

Arthritis pain can lead to a number of debilitating symptoms that patients will want to try and avoid.

The condition can make life more difficult when carrying out simply, everyday tasks.

But, just some simple lifestyle changes could go a long way in helping to prevent arthritis symptoms from flaring up.

You could be at risk of the condition if you often wake up in the mornings feeling very stiff.

Stiffness is one of the more common signs of the condition, warned the Arthritis Foundation.

Most people feel stiff after staying in the same position for long periods of time.

But, if your stiffness lasts longer than an hour, it could be a sign that something is serious.

Speak to a doctor if you’re worried that your joints are feeling excessively stiff.

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“How do you know if your joint symptoms mean you have arthritis?” said the charity.

“Only a health care professional can tell you for sure, but certain signs usually point to arthritis.

“Stiffness is a classic arthritis symptom, especially when waking up in the morning or after sitting at a desk or riding in a car for a long time.

“Morning stiffness that lasts longer than an hour is a good reason to suspect arthritis.”

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Meanwhile, other common signs of the condition include joint pain, swelling, and restricted movement.

Your joint pain may come and go, and it may spread to different parts of the body.

You should consider speaking to a doctor if you’ve developed symptoms, and the pain won’t go away, it added.

It’s more likely to be caused by arthritis if the pain isn’t linked to any particular injury.

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If your joints become swollen, you should also see a doctor – especially if you’re also feeling unwell or have a fever.

There are two key types of arthritis in the UK; osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

You could lower your risk of developing arthritis by eating a healthy, balanced diet, and by doing regular exercise.

Everyone should aim to do at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity every week.

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Neighbours spoilers: Beloved family torn apart as character ‘returns’ from the dead

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Shaun Watkins (played by Brad Moller) has been presumed dead since last year on Neighbours when it was revealed he had been caught up in an avalanche whilst abroad. However, in upcoming scenes, just as his scheming mother Claudia (Kate Raison) tries to flee with baby Aster, she will be stunned when Shaun turns up alive and well. 

In October last year, Neighbours fans were left devastated when Shaun was declared dead by officials. 

Shaun had been on a trip to Switzerland when an avalanche hit, leaving Finn Kelly (Rob Mills) and Elly Conway (Jodi Anasta) heartbroken. 

Fans watched as Finn and Elly were told not to give up hope too soon, but when the teacher received a call from officials in Switzerland, they revealed he was dead. 

However, in some very special episodes airing next week, fans will see what really happened on that trip abroad. 

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A lot has happened since Shaun was declared dead, he now has little Aster to return to but Elly is serving prison time for a crime she didn’t commit. 

Finn obviously went on a murderous rampage and after nearly being killed herself, Elly was set up and found guilty. 

When Shaun returns next week he will be able to stop his evil mother Claudia from trying to flee the country with baby Aster. 

Viewers know Claudia has already secured custody of the little one after a drawn-out battle with the Kennedys, but she didn’t exactly go about it in the most moral way. 

After visiting Elly in prison with Aster, the mother will become increasingly suspicious of Claudia and ask Chloe Brennan (April Rose Pengilly) to dig into what’s happening behind the scenes. 

Chloe, Aaron Brennan (Matt Wilson), David Tanaka (Takaya Honda), Susan Kennedy (Jackie Woodburn) and Bea Nilsson (Bonnie Anderson) will team up in a bid to gather as much evidence as possible. 

However, when Claudia gets wind that the Ramsey Street residents are turning on her, she will make plans to take Aster abroad before anything can happen. 

Claudia makes plans to take a private jet, wanting to escape to Switzerland, but she will be horrified when she comes face-to-face with someone she assumed dead. 

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Shaun will reveal how he survived the ordeal that left everyone assuming he was dead. 

Flashbacks will show how Shaun was unable to return to safety afterwards, surrounded by snow and immobilised by an injured ankle, needing to find shelter. 

With nobody to rely on but himself, Shaun will explain how he was forced to live on basic supplies in a mountain hut.

How will everyone react when he returns to Ramsey Street and what does the future hold for baby Aster?

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Toadie Rebecchi (Ryan Maloney) was stunned when Elly was sent down, but in upcoming scenes, the lawyer will spot something that will allow them to attest the sentencing. 

After being released and reuniting with Shaun, Elly will suffer a breakdown after struggling with the change in her environment once again. 

Could Shaun and Elly lose baby Aster for good if they aren’t able to get it together? 

Neighbours airs these scenes on Friday, June 5 at 1.45pm and 5.30pm on Channel 5.

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Britain’s Got Talent star petrified as contestant almost drowns on stage: ‘Hard to watch’

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Britain’s Got Talent host Ant McPartlin, 44, and his co-star Dec Donnelly, 44, always wait in the wings as the contestants try to impress the judging panel. Viewers of the hit ITV programme often get to see how the likes of Simon Cowell, 60, Amanda Holden, 49, Alesha Dixon, 41, and David Walliams, 48, react to the act’s death-defying stunts. However, this weekend’s episode will see Ant and Dec cower away from watching one wannabe champion as they try to break a record set by daredevil magician, Houdini, and risk their own life in the process.

Over the years, dangerous acts have provided some of the most memorable moments on the show and leave viewers on the edge of their seats.

Especially as live shows add extra risk as there is no room for error and the acts always tend to get out of their predicament by the end of their time on stage.

However, Saturday’s episode will see the judges witness one of the most heart-stopping routines they’ve ever seen.

With a record to set and time ticking away, it seems the contestant could very well drown on stage, leaving host Ant absolutely petrified.

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Christian Wedoy will take to the stage in the upcoming episode, hoping to emulate Houdini’s iconic and death defying act.

The escape artist explains to the judges he will be padlocked inside a crate full of water, with the keys to free him in their hands.

Adding further danger to his act, the contestant says: “Houdini’s record was three minutes 30 seconds and at that time, there is a possibility of dying.”

Joined on stage by his assistant, Hans, the daredevil then enters the box and as the time ticks away, Ant watches in despair, wondering if the contestant will drown.

This is danger time

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“If we go over four minutes, we’re in a very bad place,” the escape artist’s assistant tells the audience.

From the wings, Ant tells the camera as he watches the action unfold: “This is danger time now. It’s hard to watch.”

Viewers will have to wait and see whether Christian makes it out of the box of water alive and if he breaks Houdini’s record.

This is the 14th year the Geordie presenter and his co-star have been hosting the talent show and it seems he believes there is still room for more.

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Asked about the future of the broadcaster’s hit reality contest, Dec said: “It could do [20 years].

“I’m A Celebrity is just about to do it, we’ll be 20 this November, which is incredible,” the presenter added.

“So, if I’m A Celebrity can do it, then there’s no reason why Britain’s Got Talent can’t,” he commented, to which Ant responded: “It’s a hell of an achievement!”

For this year’s series, the hosts have also been presenting a spin-off for ITVHub so viewers can see more from the auditions.

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This weekend’s episode will be the seventh audition show of the series, as the live shows are currently postponed due to the coronavirus crisis.

With all the judges and the hosts having pressed chosen their Golden Buzzer acts, viewers will be able to enjoy performances from acts who could risk losing out on a coveted place in finals week.

As more audition shows are set to air for some weeks yet, next week will see a slight change to the ITV schedule.

The programme will start at 7pm instead before Alan Carr’s, 43, new game show debuts.

Britain’s Got Talent continues Saturday at 8pm on ITV.

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Coronavirus symptoms: World Health Organisation to expand signs of the disease – full list

Coronavirus can cause adverse reactions. The disease may lead to mild symptoms, or no symptoms at all, but the WHO is set to expand its list.

On Monday, May 18, the UK chief medical officers updated the key symptoms for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

The NHS had officially expanded its list of symptoms to include “a loss of taste and smell”.

Its original list of symptoms included a new, continuous cough and a fever.

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Now the WHO have said its clinical guidance should be updated by the end of the week.

During the tri-weekly press briefing in Geneva, the WHO’s COVID-19 technical lead Dr Maria Van Kerkhove spoke out about the virus.

She said: “This is still a virus that we’re learning about, and we’re learning every day about this virus.

“We have our clinical network – a global group of medical professionals that are dealing with patients directly [who have] first-hand knowledge of dealing with patients.”

Dr Kerhove explained the clinical network was set-up in early January to keep an eye on what damage the virus can cause.

She added the the clinicians asked each other: “‘What are the patients presenting with? ‘How are they progressing to severe disease or not?'”

“We will have an update to our clinical guidance, which will come out hopefully by Friday of this week, in the coming days,” Dr Kerhove confirmed.

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  • fever
  • dry cough
  • tiredness
  • aches and pains
  • sore throat
  • diarrhoea
  • conjunctivitis
  • headache
  • loss of taste or smell.
  • a rash on skin, or discolouration of fingers or toes
  • difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • chest pain or pressure
  • loss of speech or movement

Right now the WHO states a “fever, dry cough, tiredness” are the most common symptoms of the disease.

The organisation has listed less common symptoms of the disease, such as aches and pain, sore throat and diarrhoea.

Dr Kerhove commented: “Between three to five percent of patients have reported some kind of nausea, vomiting or diarrhoea. So it seems to be rare.”

Its extensive list goes on to detail conjunctivitis, headache, and loss of taste and smell as other clinical symptoms of the disease.

And it doesn’t stop there – a rash on the skin, or discolouration of fingers and toes are also included.

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For those seriously affected by the virus, symptoms such as difficulty breathing or shortness of breath appear.

Moreover, serious cases have had symptoms of chest pain or pressure, and loss of speech to movement.

Guidance currently urges people with serious symptoms to “seek medical attention”.

For those with a mild infection, the WHO suggest to “manage their symptoms at home”.

Right now, data suggests it takes five to six days from infection for symptoms to appear.

These symptoms reflect the real-life cases of people around the world who have been infected with coronavirus and admitted to hospital.

Coronavirus has even been linked to Kawasaki disease in children, so will this be the next confirmed symptom on the list?

There may be one symptom added to the WHO’s clinical guidance, or there may be more.

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Kim Jong-un dead: North Korea fears as Dennis Rodman declares ‘Something is WRONG!’

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Kim Jong-un was feared dead for over two weeks after North Korea’s leader disappeared from the public eye ahead of a major holiday in April. The sudden disappearance of the supreme leader sparked international concerns about a potential successor and instability in the region. North Korea later claimed Kim had returned to work after sharing a series of photographs purportedly showing the leader at the opening of a new fertiliser factory but Dennis Rodman insisted “something is wrong” with Kim.

The basketball star over the years has built a good relationship with Kim Jong-un over the leader’s passion for the sport.

Discussing the rogue leader’s health on Good Morning Britain, Rodman suggested the increased appearance of Kim’s sister, Kim Yo-jong, in a position of leadership could mean Kim is not as well as Pyongyang is trying to claim.

Rodman told GMB: “If you see his sister on tv running the country now you know something is wrong.

“You see his sister running the country, you know something is wrong.”

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Pink Floyd united: Inside surprise reconciliation between David Gilmour and Roger Waters

Pink Floyd formed in London in 1965, and became a huge success story during the Seventies. However, Roger Waters left in 1985 although the rest of the group disbanded in 1995. Music fans were shocked when Waters joined David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Richard Wright on stage for their first performance together in 24 years in 2005 for Live8. The gig was watched by an estimated three billion people worldwide.

Writing in The Guardian back in 2006, Emma Brockes explained how the fallout that saw Waters walk away from the band was briefly forgotten for Live8.

She wrote: “[Gilmour]s] fall-out with Pink Floyd’s bassist, Roger Waters, was a very English affair that involved almost two decades in which the men did not speak to each other after Waters walked out of the band in 1983.”

Waters then claimed that the band had dissolved without him, but it continued to release hit songs.

Recalling her interview with Gilmour, Ms Brockes wrote: “Things came to a head over a row about songwriting credits, but the real cause of the fall-out, says Gilmour, was a straightforward personality clash.”

She continued: “They wound each other up just by being the people they were — Waters’ ‘bossy’ assertiveness versus Gilmour’s resentful unassertiveness, his ‘allowing’ himself to be ‘messed up’.”

As a result, Gilmour rejected Bob Geldof’s suggestion that they reunite to perform for Live8.

He told The Guardian: “Not because I didn’t think it was a very good cause.

“But I just felt it would get along fine without us.”

However, Geldof worked hard to persuade him.

In 2015, drummer Nick Mason told Louder Sound: “[Geldof] was looking for a real novelty act, to re-constitute this particular line-up of this particular band.

“I think it was a great idea.

“He started with David and gradually worked his way round.

“I think he was probably as surprised as we were.”

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Once Gilmour had been talked around, he and Waters met in a London hotel room to try to smooth things over.

Gilmour recalled: “And it…it was pretty weird, obviously, going into that same room.”

He added that it only took two minutes for the dynamic to revert to how it was when they were in the same band.

Gilmour explained that as a result the first meeting was “pretty stilted and cagey”.

They had three days of rehearsals afterwards together, but it was a struggle for the two feuding men to work through their personality clash.

Gilmour explained: “It was a struggle for me sometimes to assert myself, because I’m fairly laid back and reticent.

“And Roger is very assertive and there were times when he wanted something to happen, wanted to make a decision, and it wasn’t the way I wanted it to be; so we got into a few minor arguments.”

However, the gig was a huge success, supposedly because the band realised the gig was significantly more important than their own conflicts.

The two performed together again for charity in 2010 for the Hoping Foundation, but in August 2015, Gilmour explained that the band was well and truly “done” following the death of bandmate Wright.

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Andrew Lloyd Webber: Heartwarming reason composer wanted to cast Cilla Black in musicals

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Andrew Lloyd Webber is widely admired as one of the greatest musical composers of our generation. During his five decades in show business, he has devised 13 theatrical productions and received countless awards. Many of these stage successes are being broadcast for free during the coronavirus lockdown on the YouTube channel ‘The Show Must Go On’. One of his biggest hits is believed to be ‘The Phantom of the Opera’, which remains the US’ longest running show on Broadway. But Lord Webber, a man once described as having ‘the musical Midas touch’, longed to cast Cilla Black in a production and divulged a sweet reason why.

Lord Webber disclosed his thoughts about the Liverpool-born singer during an interview with the BBC in 2006.

He was discussing the success of his production ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ when he mused about Liverpool star Cilla Black. 

The musical told the tale of a disfigured villain who haunted a Parisian opera house and forced producers to put on shows to his precise orders – otherwise he threatened to kill and destroy the venue.

During the tale, The Phantom falls for Christine Daaé, an up-and-coming soprano and tries to seduce her with his powerful voice.

Lord Webber’s adaptation of Gaston Leroux’s 1909 novel, of the same name, was an enormous success and became Broadway’s longest running show.

He told the BBC that he was overwhelmed when it surpassed the record previously held by his other musical ‘Cats’.

Starring his then-wife Sarah Brightman and lead Michael Crawford, audiences were wowed by the performances, theatrical design and pyrotechnics. 

Lord Webber said: “One could sense it from the moment it got in front of an audience in any form that there was something about it that was a bit special.

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“It wasn’t the same as any of the other shows I’ve been involved with, because I’ve never had another show where I’ve had my wife in it.”

By 2011, it was estimated to have been seen 130 million times in 145 cities and 27 countries worldwide.

The legendary composer also disclosed several other stars he had considered for roles including the late Cilla Black – who died from complications related to a stroke in 2015. 

He hoped to cast her in one of his productions and also tried to encourage her to perform at the ‘Cafe Carlyle’ – a prestigious cabaret venue in New York. 

Lord Webber said: “I’m just trying to get her to say yes, I think everybody would absolutely fall in love with her and she’d be the toast of New York instantly.”

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Are ghosts real? Scientists claim to have just discovered the TRUTH

Since the dawn of mankind, people have claimed to have been visited by ghosts, spirits and demons. Coincidentally, the majority of people will say that their paranormal experience had occurred in the dead of night.

But scientists believe they have a more rational explanation for this now, and theorise that paranormal experiences are nothing to do with ghosts, but to do with one’s sleep patterns.

Professor of Psychology at Goldsmiths University, Alice Gregory, believes there are several ways in which sleep disruption can be confused with ghouls.

One of the ways is through sleep paralysis – when you reach the deep sleep state, or REM state, where you become paralysed as to not act out your dreams.

However, around eight percent of people retain some form of consciousness when they are in an REM state so it seems as if their dreams are transferred into real life and it could be misinterpreted as seeing people and things which are not actually there.

Another possible explanation is something called exploding head syndrome where a loud bang is heard while you are drifting off, but there is no explanation for it.

Prof Gregory says in an article for The Conversation: “When we fall asleep, the reticular formation of the brainstem (a part of our brain involved in consciousness) typically starts to inhibit our ability to move, see and hear things.

“When we experience a ‘bang’ in our sleep this might be because of a delay in this process. Instead of the reticular formation shutting down the auditory neurons, they might fire at once.

“Researching my book, I spoke to Mrs Sinclair, who is 70, and lives alone.

“She told me about what she had thought was a ghost living in her house, an imp throttling her during the night and other things that had left her petrified.

“Having scientific explanations provided her with immense comfort and she no longer believes in paranormal explanations for the things that she experienced.

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“Our hope is that scientific explanations of paranormal experiences might help others by lowering anxiety.

“Decreasing anxiety has also been hypothesised as a potential method by which to reduce sleep paralysis.”

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Antiques Roadshow guest refuses to accept staggering valuation of 1924 Olympic medal

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Antiques Roadshow guests flock to various locations across the country to speak with experts about the stories behind their priceless relics. Although many believe their beloved treasures could cost more than they expected, their reactions to the actual values of the pieces provide memorable reactions. There was one proud granddaughter in a recent episode of the hit BBC One programme who refused to accept what she was being told however, when a collection of Olympic medals she had brought along racked up a staggering price.

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The expert on hand for this particular collection was Adam Schoon, who spoke with Julia, the granddaughter of Olympic swimmer, Lucy Morton.

Back in 1924, the latter represented the UK in the Paris Olympics and won several medals, as well as a gold for the breast-stroke 200 metres.

Speaking about her beloved relative, the guest said: “She started swimming when she was about age 10. What happened was her dad said you’re too much of a dunst at school, don’t seem to be doing very well and he decided well, let’s try swimming.

“Everytime I went to go and see her for Afternoon tea she said, ‘Julia, how well are you doing with your swimming?’ and I would go, ‘Not very well.'”

But not even Julia could have expected the valuation the expert was willing to estimate the collection was worth.

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Adam said looking at the collection of medals in front of him and was amazed as he said: “It’s covered in gold medals.

“I notice there are a number of medallions which she would have won for, I presume, county races and national races.”

Analysing the medals a little closer, the expert added: “She’s setting world records. All of these are 15 carat gold.

“But of course, all these smaller medals build up to the [Olympic medal],” he continued as Julia then spoke more about the history of her grandmother’s rise to stardom in 1924.

The guest explained: “In 1923, they became very interested in her and they asked her to start swimming in preparation for the 1924 Paris Olympics.

“She wasn’t expected to win or anything,” she added, as another country was expected to take gold, but Julia continued: “Unfortunately, some of the Americans had got some sort of bug, from what I heard.

“She made the final race in breaststroke 200 metres and everyone was apparently cheering to the end and she had a chaperone and the chaperone said, ‘You’ve won.’

“They pulled her out the pool, put her bathrobe on and she was actually the first female swimmer to win a gold medal in swimming for Great Britain.”

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What? For one medal?

Antiques Roadshow guest

“They had expected the Americans to win, so when the medal ceremony happened, they only managed to find a little flag and then a large American flag for the second place and they didn’t really have a medal ceremony because they also didn’t have the national anthem,” Julia said.

“I’m really proud of her. At that age and at that time, females weren’t doing anything like that,” the proud granddaughter continued.

Adam agreed the guest should feel proud as he branded Olympic swimmer Lucy as an “incredible woman”.

Turning his attention back to the medal collection, the expert explained: “It is gold but it’s made of silver – it’s a silver guild. But it was designed in Paris and it was made at the Paris mint and there were only 304 made.”

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The guest said of Lucy to add a bit more context: “When she stopped swimming from the age of 27, the swimming association asked her to start coaching for the Olympic team and also chaparoing other swimmers across the country. She just loved it, it was her life.”

Thinking more about the valuation, Adam told Julia the gold medal itself was worth £15,000, which she refused to accept.

Startled by the valuation, the guest exclaimed: “What? For one medal?”

“Just for that, yeah and you’ve got all these gold medals and more here – another £15,000,” the expert continued, before concluding: “Altogether, it just adds up to the most extraordinary record for the most incredible woman.”

Antiques Roadshow continues Sunday at 8:15pm on BBC One.

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