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Uxbridge Gazette - - Your Say -

OH GREAT. Vladimir Putin and singer Tay­lor Swift are among the most ad­mired peo­ple on the planet ac­cord­ing to a YouGov on­line sur­vey of 37,000 peo­ple in 35 coun­tries.

They came sixth and ninth re­spec­tively.

Hap­pily, the lo­cal re­sults – in the UK – made the Queen the most ad­mired woman and David At­ten­bor­ough the main man.

I missed the pair of them on TV chat­ting in the Buck Pal gar­den but caught up with a snip­pet on Gog­gle­box.

It re­minded me of when Mr F and I re­turned from the Queen’s Gar­den Party this time last year and peo­ple asked us about the grounds. We had to ad­mit we didn’t ex­plore them at all – we just con­cen­trated on the tea and bar­ley wa­ter (no booze on of­fer sadly) and the bands and ice creams and chat­ting to peo­ple in the sun. And, for me, Royal-watch­ing ob­vi­ously.

In­ter­est­ingly the Queen and At­ten­bor­ough are peo­ple who have never pub­licly vent their spleen.

I’m sure they do in pri­vate. But don’t we all? (Mr F is cur­rently shout­ing at some­one on the news).

It would be nice to think that dig­nity and a calm pres­ence is still ad­mired but maybe it was sim­ply that mostly oldies com­pleted the sur­vey and chose peo­ple like them­selves.

I had what Terry Wo­gan used to call ‘a se­nior mo­ment’ the other day when I called Mr F to look at an aban­doned ca­noe or kayak com­plete with pad­dles I had spot­ted from the bed­room win­dow. He wasn’t impressed.

It turned out to be an up­side-down iron­ing board and the pad­dles were the legs point­ing sky­wards.

OK, I should have gone to Spec­savers.

Ac­tu­ally, I have hap­pily used Vi­sion Ex­press in Uxbridge for decades and I wouldn’t change, but Spec­savers do the best ad­verts don’t they?

(By the way I’m not too proud to ac­cept a free pair of glasses Vi­sion Ex­press!).

■ SO pleased to see the Mar­ket House clock op­po­site Uxbridge sta­tion is now telling the right time again. Un­for­tu­nately I now have no ex­cuse for be­ing late for an ap­point­ment.

I over­slept the other day but thank good­ness was wo­ken with a wel­come cup of tea by Mr F, and con­se­quently made my meet­ing on time.

As I was still half asleep I only re­alised what he’d said –‘Here’s your nice cup of novi­chok’ when it was too late to fire back a witty re­tort. Hmm.

That Putin’s got a lot to an­swer for (al­legedly).

IM­AGE: ITN

The Queen and David At­ten­bor­ough pic­tured at the Christ­mas broad­cast in 1990 and last year in the gar­dens of Buck­ing­ham Palace for ITN

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