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
there was a royal banquet at one of the private residences of Queen Victoria
when her 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!”
The incident itself was captured on film and can be seen on YouTube.