That Rings Another Bell

My previous posting gave rise to a query about the origin of the phrase ‘That rings a bell’, and after extensive international research I can now reveal the fascinating answer.

In days of old

Days of old

Days of old

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

there was a royal banquet at one of the private residences of Queen Victoria

One of the private residences of Queen Victoria (many of which have since been turned into pubs)

One of the private residences of Queen Victoria (many of which have since been turned into pubs)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

when her prime minister of the day Benjamin Disraeli

Prime minister of the day Benjamin Disraeli

Prime minister of the day Benjamin Disraeli

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

began to choke on a polo mint. Her majesty immediately leapt from her chair and began to apply the Heimlich Manoeuvre on Mr Disraeli. At the third attempt, the polo mint emerged from Mr Disraeli’s mouth with great velocity and hit the bell used to summon the next course – causing dessert to be served before the main course was even half finished – upon which Her Majesty was heard to observe “Bloody hell!”, which over the years of course became corrupted as “That rings a bell!”

In her left hand her majesty holds the bell, which was saved for posterity. In her right she has the actual polo mint, which is now on display at the Tower of London.

In her left hand her majesty holds the bell, which was saved for posterity. In her right she has the actual polo mint, which is now on display at the Tower of London.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The incident itself was captured on film and can be seen on YouTube.

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About ramblesofawriter

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2 Responses to That Rings Another Bell

  1. chloefb says:

    I sometimes feel as if you might not take the requests of your loyal fans seriously…

  2. It almost sounds as though you are casting doubt on the authenticity of this story, madam. Any more of that and you’ll be hearing from my legal team.

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