Hav­ing a laugh

The Wharf - - Voices -

Dig­i­tal min­is­ter Matt Han­cock knows how to warm a room, doesn’t he? In his speech to the Broad­band World Fo­rum at the Ex­cel he had this one ready to go:

“Re­minds me of the story of an Amer­i­can sci­en­tist, a French sci­en­tist and a Bri­tish sci­en­tist ar­gu­ing over who in­vented mo­bile tech­nol­ogy.

“The Amer­i­can in­sisted on dig­ging for ev­i­dence, and found an an­cient piece of cop­per. ‘There’, he said, ‘this proves we cre­ated a cop­per net­work first’.

“The French sci­en­tist dug and found a piece of glass. ‘Zis proves we in­vented the fi­bre op­tic net­work first’.

“The Bri­tish sci­en­tist dug and found noth­ing. ‘Ev­i­dence’, she ex­claimed, ‘that we in­vented wifi’.”

Queen of the East End Dame Bar­bara Wind­sor had a bit of a gig­gle un­veil­ing this art­work in Lon­don. It’s called When Did You Last See Your Feet and is a trib­ute to the Carry On cast and ref­er­ences the more fa­mous When Did You Last See Your Fa­ther? but we think this has the mak­ings of a clas­sic too.

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