What is it?: Medical? Vanity? Food? Pleasure?

Tue 13th May 2014

On 13 May we enjoyed a most entertaining and illuminating talk when Richard Anderson brought some fascinating objects for us to identify, raising funds for End Polio Now

Richard with one of his mystery objects

After an army career in the Royal Artillery, Richard retired to south Oxfordshire, developed his fascination with antiques of what might be described as of a technical nature, and joined Pangbourne Rotary Club. Here he took advantage of an opportunity to go to India to help fellow Rotarians and health workers with a polio National Immunisation Day (NID). This visit had a profound effect on him and he is now much in demand on the speaker circuit, combining his passion for antiques with his dedication to End Polio Now. He brings with him items from his fascinating and extensive collection of unusual antiques and invites his audience to identify the objects in a light-hearted yet highly educational quiz to raise funds for End Polio Now.

The objects cover a wide range of personal and medical items from over the centuries and are indeed hard to identify. It would spoil the fun for others to name any of the objects, but suffice it to say that we all had a most enjoyable evening and it was most illuminating to discover how our forefathers made the most of fine dining,  'kept their hair on' and other quite astounding facts of life from the past! Winning the box of chocolates and knowing we had all contributed towards ridding the world of this crippling and sometimes fatal disease increased the 'feel good factor'.