It’s Friday, which means it’s time for the Friday Fact. Pray silence while I get out the Bumper Mammoth Boy’s Book of Necromancy and Fascinating Facts (or whatever I translated the title as,
Before he gained fame as a pogo-ist, a Carry On actor, a leader of young boys in the art of ferret-tickling in castley fields and collector of ornate brass bedsteads, Charles Hawtrey (a known associate of the cast of Carry On Abroad) was a privateer/ pirate in the era of Queen Elizabeth I and was responsible for singeing the beard of the king of Spain on a number of occasions. Unfortunately Hawtrey had to give up this job as few people in the 20th century were able to understand how this was even possible as he was born in 1914.
And here is the news:
It was just tottering along, apparently.