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Antiques Roadshow guest left open-mouthed in shock at value of her Shakespeare book

The best moments in Antiques Roadshow are when a member of the public brings in their treasured item to be valued and happily discovers it is worth much more than they expected.That was the case on the US version of the popular antiques series recently as a Nashville fan was very pleasantly surprised by the value of her copy of William Shakespeare’s sonnets.The woman had inherited the book from her father and was expecting a valuation of around $300 to $400. However, expert Martin Gammon surprised her by revealing that the book, which was a rare edition, was actually worth somewhere in the region of $5,000 to $6,000.The book was an 1899 Roycroft Press edition and Martin explained that it was one of only 12 printed on vellum, a paper made of cow or pig skin, which was why it was so rare.The owner explained that the book had survived the Great Depression, when her grandfather, who had been a rare book dealer, was forced to sell most of his collection, with The Sonnets of Shakespeare one of the few he kept safe.
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s popularity depends on these two things as A-list support is slim: expert
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s popularity may seem to be at an all-time low in the UK at the moment — but according to a prominent royal commentator, the pair have a shot in repairing their image.The Duke and Duchess of Sussex sensationally turned their back on the royal family soon after quitting royal life in 2020.Since then, they’ve only returned to Harry’s home turf a couple of times.But according to royal expert and commentator Richard Fitzwilliams, the duo have a good chance in boosting their popularity if they do two things in particular.“Much depends on Meghan’s cookery program for Netflix and how well, American Riviera Orchard, her lifestyle brand, actually does,” Fitzwilliams told The Mirror of the “Suits” alum’s new business ventures.“Meanwhile, it seems most unlikely that more awards will come Harry’s way anytime soon.”Fitzwilliams added that the pair’s A-list roster of friends “who openly support them” could play a key part in fixing their public image.Still, some of the couple’s famous pals may do more harm than good in upping their popularity.“Nacho Figueras is a friend of Harry’s, and will appear in Harry’s series on polo for Netflix,” the royal expert said.
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‘The Simpsons’ episode removed from schedule following Trump assassination attempt
The Simpsons has been removed from Channel 4’s schedule following a shooting at a Donald Trump rally over the weekend.The former US President was hit on the ear and rushed off stage during a rally on Saturday (July 13) in Pennsylvania after a gunman opened fire, with the gunman – identified by the FBI as Thomas Matthew Crooks – and an audience member killed.The following day (July 14), Channel 4 was scheduled to show The Simpsons episode ‘Lisa The Iconoclast’ as part of a run-through of season seven, though this was later replaced by season 30’s ‘Baby You Can’t Drive’.Some fans online speculated that this change was linked to the Trump news, with the pulled episode containing a similar scene in which Lisa stands on stage while a law enforcement officer aims a rifle at her from a nearby rooftop.Wondered at first why Channel 4 just pulled the scheduled broadcast of 'Lisa The Iconoclast', but I think I get pic.twitter.com/vMjvTawacn— RopesToInfinity (@RopesToInfinity) July 14, 2024“Wondered at first why Channel 4 just pulled the scheduled broadcast of ‘Lisa The Iconoclast’, but I think I get,” one fan wrote on X (formerly Twitter).The episode itself follows Lisa as she discovers that Springfield founder Jebediah Springfield was actually a murderous pirate who tried to kill US President George Washington.Another fan speculated: “Just to add to this that Jebediah Springfield trying to kill George Washington is also a major plot point in the episode, so it might have been pulled because of that without anyone remembering this specific sniper scene.”Just to add to this that Jebediah Springfield trying to kill George Washington is also a major plot point in the episode, so it might have been pulled because of that without anyone
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