Episode 14 Antiques Road Trip


Episode 14

On the fourth day of their road trip Anita Manning and Philip Serrell head for the bright lights of Blackpool and can't resist a visit to the Pleasure Beach.


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It's the nation's favourite antiques experts with £200 each,

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a classic car, and a goal - to scour Britain for antiques.

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That hurts.

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Have I got it the right way up?

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The aim - to make the biggest profit at auction, but it's no mean feat.

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There'll be worthy winners and valiant losers.

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I look like the Mad Hatter.

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Will it be the high road to glory or the slow road to disaster?

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I'm only in this programme to be Anita Manning's chauffeur.

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This is the Antiques Road Trip, yeah!

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This week we're in a super Sunbeam Alpine, 1965 vintage,

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with Anita Manning and Philip Serrell.

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-You ever trod in a cowpat?

-Oh, no, no, no.

-"Oh, no, no, no."

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Together they've beaten a path across the back roads of the north,

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sometimes quite literally.

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Where does a road like this go to? Is this typical of your countryside?

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Where I come from, this is the M25.

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Philip, just go easy.

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You might turn a corner and bump into a sheep.

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-I've never bumped into a sheep, it will be absolutely fine.

-Oh, no.

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THEY SCREAM

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Auctioneer Phil from Worcester finds strange beauty in the bizarre.

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That is daft, isn't it? Proper daft, that is.

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While Anita from Glasgow, also an auctioneer,

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shows worrying signs of sharing his fascination.

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Could it be a moment of madness?

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Anita started with £200 and has £395.10 to spend today.

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Lift it up, darling!

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Philip also began with £200

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and has a narrow lead with £439.36 at his disposal.

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-I need to be on my mettle now.

-I'm snapping at your heels, darling.

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This fees a bit like a romantic assignation.

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Get out the car, quick sharp.

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Look at that, that's a fantastic view, isn't it?

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Where are we, Philip?

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I suppose Lake District, Yorkshire Dales, Cumbrian Fells.

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See that glowering bit up there, I think that's Scotland-wards.

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This week's Road Trip starts out at Ford in Northumberland

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and ventures into Scotland before wending its way southwards once more

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and concluding at Harrogate in Yorkshire.

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Leg four starts out in Cumbria, at Kirkby Lonsdale,

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and makes for an auction by the sea near Blackpool at Cleveleys.

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The writer and critic John Ruskin described this view of the River Lune

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as one of the loveliest in England

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and the rest of Kirkby Lonsdale isn't too shabby either.

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Kirkby can boast of a Devil's Bridge and a Salt Pie Lane as well.

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Those contained mutton apparently.

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This is so exciting! I love it, I love it.

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This is my first shop. I wonder what treasures await me.

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I hope there's nothing too good.

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This shop sells country furniture, traditional antiques

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and some especially fine glass.

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The star piece is actually this particular one,

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which dates from 1725.

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Can I see that?

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Oh, yeah, its beautiful. That's wonderful.

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Leonard is justifiably proud of his glass

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but that's well out of Anita's range.

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This particular one will take you back £895.

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Oh, dear. I thought so.

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I'm sure you can stretch to that!

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Not in the Antiques Road Trip.

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Well, we're over halfway through the trip now, Anita. It has been known.

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But while Anita keeps searching, what's become of Philip?

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He's making his way south from Kirkby

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around the edge of the Yorkshire Dales to Ingleton.

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That's one of Yorkshire's famous Three Peaks.

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It's called Ingleborough

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and tends to dominate the skyline round here,

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a bit like Philip's been dominating the leaderboard this week.

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But with Anita now snapping at his heels, the pressure is most certainly on.

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-Hello. How are you?

-Fine, thank you.

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This is all your stock...?

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-No, there's 25 different dealers in here.

-25!

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-Blimey! Which is yours?

-I can't tell you that.

-You can!

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I don't want to influence you.

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Don't worry, Gaynor.

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The only thing likely to influence our Philip is the price

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and this looks like the sort of place where he'll find

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something to his unique taste.

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-This is a fantastic suitcase, isn't it?

-It's gorgeous.

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-That will be over 50 quid?

-Quite a bit over 50 quid, yes.

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-It's about 500.

-That is over 50 quid, isn't it?

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I reckon that'd fit in the back of that little sports car you just rolled up in.

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Those two could be worth watching.

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What about Anita back in Kirkby Lonsdale. Getting any warmer?

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-It's a great fun piece, probably from the '40s, '50s?

-'50s.

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It's an electric fire, am I right?

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Yes, but because you can get your hand in there,

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nowadays you've got to say it's a work of art.

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The other things that tickled my fancy

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is little Lady and the Tramp here.

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These are little Wade Whimsies and I remember as a wee girl,

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having a wee collection of Wade Whimsies.

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Whimsies were sold as pocket-money toys

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and even given away free with teabags or in Christmas crackers.

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During the '60s,

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the Wade Company cannily got into making Disney characters.

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They're highly collectible today but rarely fetch a lot of money.

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Ticket price, £35.

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What sort of price could I be getting these for?

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For the two, I'd do them for 25.

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If I was putting them into auction,

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my estimate would be in the region of £15 for the two.

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Could you bring it down to near enough the 15 on it?

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I'd split the difference, they'd have to be 20.

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Oh, it's so tempting, Leonard. It's so tempting.

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-These little creatures are smiling at me.

-They're fabulous.

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Could you split it again and come to 18? Could you do 18 on it?

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19 - and that is the bottom line.

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Ah well, I think they're getting there at last. What about Phil and Gaynor?

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It's got a bit of damage on the front.

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There's a bit of damage on the front. There's a chunk missing.

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-Turn it around the other way, you'll never see it.

-Yeah.

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I think it is a log box, don't you?

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-Expensive. £16?!

-That's a bargain!

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-16...

-Don't you think?

-No, I don't! Good Lord.

-Come on.

-Put that by.

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-Are those an optician's board?

-Yes, it is.

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-How much is it?

-It's £8.50.

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Oh, I'm not having that! Let's have a look at it, mate.

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-That's a bargain.

-Is that right?

-I reckon.

-Is that what you say to all the boys?

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Hold on, let's just see if it works.

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W, that's all I can see there!

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£8.50 is clearly far too much money. But we might be able to have a bit of a chat about that in a bit.

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Now, what about those two pups?

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This is an advertising thing for Black & White Scotch whiskey.

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It's lovely. You've got the two little terriers here.

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Anita's always banging on at me that I love my dogs. So that's quite a bit of fun.

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Those terriers were first dreamt up by the whiskey's creator,

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James Buchanan, during the 1890s.

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However, the original brand name was the House of Commons.

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They repro these.

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And this to me does look like it's in - if you look there.

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In fact, I'd have a pound that this might be a repro.

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-Is that a new one or an old one?

-I was told it was an old one.

-OK.

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-Who's your dealer?

-I'll phone him up. Colin.

-Colin.

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-You have a word with Colin.

-Yeah.

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Would you believe it? Both experts are now haggling over the price of dog figurines?

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I still like these Wee Whimsies. I still like them!

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And I think, would you do them for 18? Would you do them for 18?

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-I'll do them for 18.

-Oh, you're a darling! You're a darling.

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Because you'll have a bit of fun with Philip. Lady and the Tramp!

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I know! Right, that's absolutely fabulous.

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At last we have a deal. And that canny Anita got them round to her way of thinking in the end.

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I think the time has come when you and I need to have a very serious talk.

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-OK. Let's do it.

-Look, I'm going to an auction room. Cleveley, they're at.

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You're going to sell this at auction in Cleveleys?

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-I wouldn't.

-Really?

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It's not a risk that I would take.

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So, that's a no on the log box.

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Look at that. We've got black and white and black and white!

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-That's meant to be.

-That is what you call a sales pitch!

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So, what we have got here is an eye testing kit that's got no age to it,

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and we've a whiskey advertising sign, we're not sure how old it is.

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What would you do the two for, please?

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-Well, when we spoke to Colin the dealer...

-I can see I'm going to need to pull up a chair here.

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-He wanted 25 for this.

-I know exactly what he wanted.

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-So I would say to you...

-Go on, this is going to be good, isn't it?

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-30 for the two.

-I was thinking of 20 the two.

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He'll never do that. It's possible...

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-What?

-That I could let you have the two for 25.

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Go on then, you're a star. Thank you ever so much. There you are.

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For those of you at home struggling with your eyesight,

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here's a quick afternoon test.

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Well I'm not sure the auction house is going to be blinded by the quality of the haul so far.

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But, er, hang on, things might be looking up.

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I'm just leaving the shop and it always happens, you see something else that you like.

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We have got three Famille Rose late 19th-century plates.

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Oriental stuff is coming back. These aren't rare.

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These were made for the export market.

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I've always liked them. The colours are beautiful.

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Look at these lovely greens and pinks.

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So really, in itself, it's a little work of art.

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£25 is the ticket price, but what can Leonard do?

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It's sort of 1880s. It's just lovely with the bird and things.

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I mean, that could be 18.

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-Could you do that for 15?

-Yeah, I'll take 15 for that.

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OK, that's another deal. Wonderful! Wonderful!

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So, Anita has got those doggies out of the window for £18 and the plate for £15.

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Well, thankfully, we seem to be getting somewhere.

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Now, Phil is supposed to be picking up Anita. But hold on, something's come up.

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Have you got anything I could buy off you?

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No little knick-knacks in your van? Nothing? OK, thanks, matey.

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Appleby Horse Fair is close by. That's a big lure for travellers.

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Typical Phil to spot the chance of a deal.

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-So this is a Peterborough whip?

-Yeah.

-What's a Peterborough whip?

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-It's a driving whip.

-But it's got no...

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-Lash.

-Is this just for trapping him?

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-To drive him on, yeah.

-So you sit here and just give him a gentle tap?

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We sit on these things there.

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Sit on there, you put one foot there, one foot there, look.

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Oh hold on, here we go, this is going to go horribly wrong, this is.

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-So I sit on there like that?

-Just tap the horse.

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-One foot there, one foot there, that's why you have a short whip.

-You just tap him?

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-You just him on, yeah.

-And how much would one of these be?

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It's an old one, that one.

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It could be owt from £20 to £100 in a sale.

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He said that without even smiling or flinching!

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-What else have you got.

-What else have we got?

-Collar.

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Collar, let's have a look at the collar.

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Now...

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-Do you use that?

-That's what you put on him to pull his bow tops with.

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We'll do you the whip and the collar for 30 quid. That's fairer.

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-OK. Can I have a picture thrown in?

-Are you chucking a picture in, Danny?

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-Chuck a picture in, not a problem.

-OK, done deal. Thanks, chaps. Let me shake you by the hand.

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-I really enjoyed that.

-No problems, thank you very much.

-Thanks a lot.

-Thank you, Sam.

-All right.

-Now.

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Have I got to ride anything before I get out of here?

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Oh, dear!

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Time for Anita and Phil to head west from Kirby Lonsdale to Carnforth.

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Recognise it? It's the railway town where they filmed much of Brief Encounter.

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Sadly, though, the place where our romantic couple must part.

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There's your shop there. I'll drop you off here, in Oxford Street.

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That's fantastic. And I'll see you in Regent Street later on!

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Now, sweet sorrow or sweet bargains for Philip?

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I favour the latter.

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-Hi, I'm Philip. How are you?

-Fine, thank you very much.

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Good to see you. This is a proper shop, isn't it?

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It certainly is. Proper full, too.

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Michael's not one for the hard sell though.

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-You have got some brilliant things.

-It's bric-a-brac, Phillip.

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-I'm terrified of breaking something.

-Don't worry about it. It's one less thing to worry about.

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Keeps them keen, I suppose.

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Ah, now this is where he keeps the stuff he is really proud of.

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I've got a hankering for a painting.

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Well, you've come to the right place here, I would say.

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I'd like to spend somewhere between £50 and £80 on a painting.

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-I like that.

-Owen Bowen.

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Quite a late one, not a good one.

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-It's not a good one?

-No.

-So much would that be?

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That one would be 120.

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What does he turn up on Art Price at, do you know?

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Thousands. You surely know Owen Bowen?

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Owen Bowen was born in Leeds in 1873 and is best known

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for his impressionistic landscapes of Yorkshire.

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They can fetch decent prices, too.

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His early things are sort of £5,000-£10,000.

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Is there any way you can give me that for a hundred quid?

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-You can't?

-Sorry.

-No, I understand that.

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-Look at that little card up there.

-A nice little picture. Very nice.

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It comes free with any Owen Bowen. It's by Donald Woods.

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OK, I'll have those two.

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-Now I will have this, cos I like it.

-OK.

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-So if I buy the two off you for £120.

-Yeah.

-10, 12.

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-Thank you very much indeed.

-Thank you very much indeed.

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While Philip's been acquiring a view of Yorkshire,

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Anita's motored to the heart of Red Rose country

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where they used to have wars about such things in the 15th century.

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Driving south from Carnforth to Lancaster.

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This historic county town of Lancashire

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is infamous as the site of the Pendle witch trials in 1612.

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The huge numbers who received the death sentence,

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earning Lancaster the dubious nickname of the hanging town.

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But hey, that was 400 years ago, chaps!

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This has once belonged to one, Thomas Covell,

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the Justice of the Peace during those trials.

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And it's reckoned to be the oldest in Lancaster.

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-Hi.

-Hello, I'm Anita.

-I'm Anthea. Welcome to the Judges Lodges Museum.

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I'm really looking forward to this.

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Later on, the old hall became lodgings for visiting judges

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and nowadays it's a museum housing fine Lancashire Gilles furniture.

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But Anita's here to visit the house's other great collection,

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the Museum of Childhood.

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Anthea, I've never seen such a big collection of dolls.

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Where have they all come from?

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The majority of the dolls we have came from a collection built up by a man called Barry Elder.

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Elder was a doll repair man, or surgeon, who began his collection in London during the '50s

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and later moved to Lancashire.

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When I was a wee girl in Glasgow,

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I remember my doll having to go to the dolls' hospital to have its arm fixed.

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I think there were two or three dolls' hospitals in the city at that time.

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Only a fraction of the collection's 2,500 dolls are on display here,

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some dating from the 1700s.

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Many of them once crowded into Barry's home

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and this painting shows his family, with some of his many dolls.

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Actually you can't tell the difference

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-between the real people and the dolls.

-You can't.

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I wonder if Barry could tell the difference between them?

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I think he wanted people to walk in and feel that the dolls

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could come to life at any minute.

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That's a scary thought. That is a scary thought.

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Well sometimes dolls are a bit scary.

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Isn't that him out of the Omen?

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Are you scared of them?

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I do walk quickly through while I'm locking up the building.

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-I try to keep the lights on if we're here late.

-Do you?

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-And you don't glance...

-No, I don't look back.

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You better be careful how you describe your visit to Philip, Anita.

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Whatever you do, because he might have problems sleeping.

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Night, night.

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Next morning, our two glimpse the downside of open top travel.

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This car's soaking, did you leave that hood down?

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No, but I'm all right.

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-Ah, no!

-My side's fine, now.

-No!

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-You should have made sure that the hood was all right, Philip.

-It's going to be one of those days.

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Yesterday, Anita plumped for a pair of Whimsies

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and a Canton Famille plate.

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Spending just £33 and leaving £362.10 for today.

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These little creatures are smiling at me.

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While Phil spent £175 on paintings, horse tackle, figurines

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and an eye chart, leaving him with £264.36 in his back pocket.

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Speaking of which...

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My behind is soaking wet. It's not very pleasant.

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I think it's coming from without and not within.

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ANITA LAUGHS

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They are heading for an auction in Cleveleys, but today's shopping

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starts on the outskirts of Lancaster.

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-Phil, what about that, is that not your type of thing?

-That's a lot of old bull that, isn't it?

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Look at the size of this place, over 40,000 square feet

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and at least 80 dealers all presided over by a father and son.

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Just where do you start?

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The scale of the shop is just astonishing. It huge.

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Sometimes it's more difficult when you've got more stuff.

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I don't know what to buy.

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Phil, though, seems to have hit the ground running

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with something quite familiar.

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This is a Canton vase, Chinese.

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It's made around about 1880, 1890 and it's made for our market.

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It originally would have been one of a pair. This is a nice vase.

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It's just a pity it's got a chip there and it's a very recent chip, I would think.

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-Alan, how are you?

-I'm all right, Phil.

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-Have you seen that dink just there?

-I hadn't, to tell you the truth.

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Pity that, isn't it?

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-Because that's only just coming very recently.

-Really?

-Yeah.

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They're a nice piece, nice decorating piece.

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-They add colour to a house, don't they?

-You've got £90 on it.

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Yeah, it could be better than that,

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especially when you've shown that there is a slight flaw in it.

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How about on that one, 60?

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Can I get it under the £50 mark, can we do that?

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You're pushing me on that, Phil. Can we not call it 50?

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-OK, I'll have that off you for £50.

-OK.

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I think you're being fair with me.

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-20...

-Would you like it wrapped, Phil?

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Gift wrapped? No, no.

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Ah, this is what we like to see, the methodical approach.

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There is a game of Glidoball

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and I don't really know what Glidoball is

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but it looks interesting and I quite like that.

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It's an old football rattle.

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Let me see that.

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Steady on, I can see why those fell out of fashion.

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I don't know this game but...

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what we've got is hooks...

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I think Glidoball may have been a doomed attempt to supplant croquet from the '20s.

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-You have to get the balls onto this circular thing here.

-That's right.

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-Ten shillings. Do you think I'd get it for 50p?

-Probably not, no.

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Cheeky, Anita! the actual price is £45.50.

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I wondered what sort of price I could get that for?

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Yeah, I'm sure I could speak to him and see what the best price is.

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-Ask him if you'll take 20 quid for it.

-Right, OK.

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Yeah, but in a place of this size, that could take some time.

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Oh, he's gone to see his dad.

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She saw the ten shillings and wanted to buy it at that.

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If she has a ten shilling note, she can have it, honour.

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If she has one, if not she'd have to pay £30.

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How are we doing, Jimmy?

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-OK, they're hard work, some of these dealers.

-Are they hard work?

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They are. I've spoken to him and he said that his best would be £30.

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Now, if that's not good enough,

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then I'm willing to get my hand smacked for another five.

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-25 would be the best.

-Smack your hand there. It's a deal. Thank you so much.

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Bravo! Or whatever they say in Glidoball language.

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Now, she's grabbed Alan about something else.

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I rather like this chair.

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-I'm not surprised, it's come out of Scotland.

-Has it, really??

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-This is our only Scottish dealer, this one.

-Isn't that interesting?

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I like this one, it does have an Arts & Crafts, Art Nouveau look about it.

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-It has been reupholstered.

-Definitely.

-And it's not...

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I think it was done by an electrician.

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I like the fact that it's an elbow chair.

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-I think that gives it an extra dimension?

-I think it's nice.

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-You like it?

-Mm, I do.

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Priced up at 35 which is not dear. I know that's not dear.

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I would like to be buying it somewhere in the region,

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below about 20.

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-I think you're asking a lot there. I think, 25, we could do.

-25.

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And I think even at 25 there's profit in it.

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Is it possible to go to 20 on it? At 20 I could make a little on it.

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-Go on, we'll do that.

-Oh, you're a darling, thank you so much.

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With Anita sitting pretty, where's Phil got to?

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-Have you got any spectacles?

-Jimmy, have we got some old...?

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You mean, you don't know! every cabinet that's here.

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-We've only 500,000 items.

-I know, I know.

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-Are there any in that one?

-I bought an eyesight chart

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and it'd be quite fun to put some spectacles with it.

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Point me in the right direction.

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-We going to have a look.

-Right.

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Do you know which direction were heading into?

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This is like looking for a pair of spectacles in an antique warehouse.

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It is, yeah.

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# I can see for miles and miles

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# I can see for miles and miles... #

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Are these me, Alan?

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These are the old Eric Morecambe ones, aren't they?

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What about the John Lennon look?

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What's that's snooker player, Dennis Taylor?

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I'm not really sure they're me, actually.

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-Right, I'm going to have a look around, Alan. You keep on the case.

-Yeah.

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The search goes on.

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I think Phil craves something a little more sophisticated.

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Pince-nez.

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How does that look?

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Now, those are very much more you, sir.

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How much are they?

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They are all of £10 on the ticket, including the case.

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What's the best you can do those for?

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Well, if you're not going to haggle with me, I'll do them at five.

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-No, I'm going to have those off you.

-Are you?

-Yeah.

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-There you are.

-Right.

-That's very kind.

-There you go.

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-And a bit of change would be lovely.

-And a bit of change as well. You're a hard man.

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Thanks very much indeed.

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So a fiver for the specs and £50 for the Canton vase.

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With more items bagged, it's time to hit the road again.

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And, motor South from Lancaster to Lytham St Anne's,

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where it's damp.

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I spy with my little eye, something beginning with R.

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Anita?

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That does not begin with R.

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This is Lytham, where they like a round of golf.

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Also notable because the great Les Dawson once lived around here.

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There you are, all the best.

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Oh, thank you very much. I think the weather is brightening up a wee bit.

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Hopefully we might have a donkey ride.

0:24:510:24:53

PHIL LAUGHS

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-Hello. Hi, I'm Anita.

-Hi, Anita.

-Lovely to see you.

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John's shop has quite a few quality antiques

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but I think Anita has her eye on something of more recent vintage.

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It's a good 20th century design.

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I like the fact that it's quite useful.

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I would use it as a bedside cabinet.

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1960s, 1970s.

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I don't know the designer, I think the dealer might know.

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I'll be interesting to know. I do like that.

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It's called a Boby trolley.

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What kind of trolley?

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Actually, I think it might be a Componibili storage unit

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designed by Anna Ferrieri in 1969.

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You just don't know the market in the same room that you're going to.

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I would've said it's probably more of a city thing.

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Very nice, but a bit of a risk.

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Something more classical for Cleveleys perhaps?

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It's a little pepperette and you'd use it for powder

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after you had written a letter with your fountain pen, or whatever.

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You would have powder in that so that it would absorb the ink.

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It is hallmarked silver.

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Made in Birmingham.

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Probably in the late 19th century.

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But it's not just as crisp as I would like to have it.

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The ticket price is £80, though.

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Should that be taken with a pinch of salt(?)

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What's the best on that?

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I could do 40 on that.

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Mm, half price then.

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Could you take another tenner off of that?

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There's a little profit in that for me and I think there'd be quite a decent one for you.

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35...

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-I'm going for the silver.

-A quality piece.

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Thank you very much. That's sweet.

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It wee and charming.

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A bit like me...sometimes.

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£35, not to be sneezed at.

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Now Phil, as we know, loves a bit of glitz and glamour.

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Which explains why he's sun beamed up from Lytham to Blackpool.

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This town's been one of Britain's greatest resorts

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since the railways first arrived in the mid-19th century

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but what really put Blackpool on the map was power, electrical power.

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In 1879, they became the first municipality to install

0:27:150:27:20

electric street lighting.

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Ah, that's better!

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And, a short while after, came the famous Illuminations.

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Blackpool hasn't really switched off since.

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2012 is a celebration of 100 years

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and Philip's come to the HQ to meet the man in charge.

0:27:350:27:38

-Hi, Phil.

-Hello, Richard, good to see you.

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Do you know, I can remember coming to Blackpool.

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I must have been about eight or nine.

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I'm sure it was a Walt Disney,

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either Snow White or Cinderella I saw.

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We've done both.

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This year's display will be over six miles long

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and use over a million lamps.

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This one is an old tableau that we're doing up.

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In the style of those American houses, it will sing a song.

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This one does Thriller, Ghost In My House,

0:28:050:28:08

Monster Mash and plays it through speakers.

0:28:080:28:11

Basically all the windows dance and sing.

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It will also cost around 2.1 million compared

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to just £5,000 for the visit of Princess Louise in 1912.

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When the Royal visit was, was it in summer, winter, autumn, spring?

0:28:240:28:27

-It was actually in May.

-May.

0:28:270:28:29

-Basically it was so successful we did it again later in the year.

-Really?

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Then realised what a fantastic thing, it extends the season.

0:28:330:28:36

Now that was a light bulb moment, one that's earned Blackpool

0:28:380:28:41

a fortune and funded a succession of evermore ambitious displays.

0:28:410:28:47

This one, look at that. It's basically a theatrical theme.

0:28:470:28:51

-That's 70-odd years old?

-Yeah.

-That's incredible.

0:28:510:28:57

Which is the golden years of Blackpool?

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-For me, some of these on the wall are some of the best ones.

-Really?

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Late 1960s, into the early '70s,

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it was a time when there was a lot of resources put towards the Illuminations.

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There's an example of one here, the dancing years.

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This is a close-up of it.

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I mean the actual painting of it is beautiful.

0:29:180:29:21

We found the designer, a gentleman called Emilios Hatjoullis

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and he painted all of these.

0:29:240:29:26

We reunited him with them, recently and he came in this room

0:29:260:29:30

and it was quite emotional for him because he'd not seen these things.

0:29:300:29:33

So well-known are the Illuminations that even the identity

0:29:330:29:36

of the celebrity who switches the lights on

0:29:360:29:39

has become a barometer of our cultural history.

0:29:390:29:42

-Red Rum switched the lights on.

-Clever horse, he was.

0:29:420:29:47

-Very good, very well-behaved as well.

-Absolutely.

-Canon and Ball.

0:29:470:29:52

I remember them.

0:29:520:29:53

What else is Blackpool noted for?

0:29:530:29:55

The Pleasure Beach, of course!

0:29:550:29:57

It's been a bit of a rollercoaster since 1896.

0:29:570:30:01

Can I have a balloon?

0:30:040:30:05

Don't be so silly. This way.

0:30:050:30:07

Watch it!

0:30:070:30:09

I'm catching you up, Phil!

0:30:090:30:10

You'll never catch me!

0:30:100:30:11

They're not going on one of those, are they? Surely not.

0:30:130:30:17

Brace yourself!

0:30:170:30:18

Hold my hand, hold my hand, hold my hand!

0:30:180:30:21

Oh, Phil, I've just remembered I don't like heights. Agh!

0:30:210:30:25

# Rollercoaster of love

0:30:250:30:28

# Rollercoaster. #

0:30:280:30:30

That's the quietest she's been ever!

0:30:320:30:35

Can we go again?

0:30:350:30:37

Sorry, Phil. It's time to see what you've both bought.

0:30:370:30:41

Philip! This is where I want to be. It's wonderful!

0:30:420:30:47

Good evening, ladies and gentlemen! Welcome to the Tower Circus!

0:30:470:30:53

Start here first. You've got an art nouveau chair.

0:30:550:30:58

Art nouveau chair.

0:30:580:31:00

-Very Glasgow style.

-Yeah.

0:31:000:31:02

-And how much was that?

-20 quid.

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-For nothing.

-That's all right, isn't it.

0:31:040:31:07

Have I done good?

0:31:070:31:08

You've done a proper job there, proper job.

0:31:080:31:10

What's that called? Glidoball?

0:31:100:31:13

I've never seen one before. Probably from the 1940s.

0:31:130:31:16

So do these things just slide up and down?

0:31:160:31:20

They glide, and you try to drop them into these supports here.

0:31:200:31:25

-Is it all there?

-It's all there.

0:31:250:31:27

Original string and all.

0:31:270:31:29

Original string and all.

0:31:290:31:31

So, are we ignoring the Whimsies?

0:31:310:31:33

I reckon that's Scamp anyway.

0:31:330:31:36

-I like that. Canton plate.

-Yep.

0:31:360:31:38

Canton. Late 19th century.

0:31:380:31:41

How much was that?

0:31:410:31:42

15 quid.

0:31:420:31:43

-That's cheap. That is cheap.

-I know.

0:31:430:31:45

I was attracted to this lovely, lovely wee pepperette,

0:31:450:31:51

and I love that wee turned handle.

0:31:510:31:54

How much was it?

0:31:540:31:55

35.

0:31:550:31:56

You can melt that for probably 40 quid, couldn't you.

0:31:560:31:59

Really?

0:31:590:32:00

-Show me yours.

-Are you ready for this?

0:32:000:32:03

I had a really good time actually.

0:32:030:32:05

Is this when you ran away with the travelling folk?

0:32:050:32:08

You ran away with the circus and I ran away with the travellers!

0:32:080:32:11

We're a wild pair, Phil!

0:32:110:32:13

These guys here were coming back from Appleby,

0:32:130:32:16

and just the loveliest family, and I bought this off them.

0:32:160:32:20

That's great. That would suit you, Phil.

0:32:200:32:22

Actually I might have to need it.

0:32:220:32:24

As long as you don't tell me this suits you... Mrs Whiplash.

0:32:240:32:28

And I gave them 30 quid for the lot.

0:32:280:32:30

I think that must be worth 30 quid itself, don't you?

0:32:300:32:33

-I haven't got a clue.

-Don't know?

0:32:330:32:35

And then these.

0:32:350:32:37

Two Scotties, yeah!

0:32:370:32:38

1950s advertising. 20 quid.

0:32:380:32:42

That's all right, that's all right.

0:32:420:32:45

-This...

-Yeah. A bigger version of mine.

0:32:450:32:48

A bigger version. That was £50.

0:32:480:32:50

That's good. That's a big one.

0:32:500:32:52

I thought that was cheap.

0:32:520:32:53

Those were a tenner.

0:32:530:32:56

No comment on those.

0:32:560:32:58

This, I'm really moithered about this.

0:32:580:33:02

This is Owen Bowen, who's a Staithes School artist.

0:33:020:33:04

I bought it for £120, and the guy gave me that as well,

0:33:040:33:07

and I just think it's a really lovely painting.

0:33:070:33:11

It's wonderful. It's a glowering sky, isn't it?

0:33:110:33:14

I'm hoping it's going to make 200 to 300. That would be lovely.

0:33:140:33:20

It could quite well do that.

0:33:200:33:22

I think she likes it.

0:33:220:33:24

Are you ready?

0:33:240:33:27

Watch it, pal! Watch it!

0:33:270:33:30

Off you go. Off you go.

0:33:300:33:32

But what do they really think?

0:33:320:33:34

If they give her things away, she can only lose £113 or whatever it is

0:33:340:33:40

whereas I spent double that, I piled my money in to that Chinese vase

0:33:400:33:45

and those paintings, and how will they do?

0:33:450:33:47

It's in the lap of the Gods.

0:33:470:33:49

I really, really love that picture!

0:33:490:33:51

I would've paid double that amount!

0:33:510:33:54

I think he's going to do well on that.

0:33:540:33:55

After starting out in Kirkby Lonsdale, this part of our trip

0:33:550:34:00

will conclude at an auction just outside Blackpool, in Cleveleys.

0:34:000:34:05

# Da-da-da-da...#

0:34:050:34:06

# To be beside the seaside

0:34:060:34:09

# Beside the seaside Beside the sea! #

0:34:090:34:12

You're looking a wee bit anxious there.

0:34:120:34:15

"Wee bit" undersells it a bit.

0:34:150:34:17

Come on, we'll have a good time.

0:34:170:34:21

This is Smythes. It can be a bit of a squeeze.

0:34:210:34:25

While the seasiders take a close look at the lots,

0:34:250:34:28

let's hear what auctioneer Patrick Smythe thinks of what

0:34:280:34:32

Phil and Anita have bought.

0:34:320:34:33

I think the collar may present a bit of a challenge.

0:34:330:34:38

But having said that, it's got the bonus of Philip Serrell's

0:34:380:34:42

photo on it, so that might create a bit of excitement.

0:34:420:34:45

The painting is the interesting one.

0:34:450:34:47

Owen Bowen is a known Yorkshire artist. It should do all right.

0:34:470:34:51

Anita began with £395.10,

0:34:510:34:55

and she's spent just £113 on five auction lots.

0:34:550:35:00

-Do you think you'd get it for 50p?

-Probably not.

0:35:000:35:02

Philip started out with £439.36,

0:35:020:35:07

and he's splashed £230, also on five lots.

0:35:070:35:12

Are these me, Alan?

0:35:120:35:15

Let's get ready to auction.

0:35:150:35:17

-The tension's unbearable.

-I know.

0:35:170:35:19

First up, Phil's gamble.

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The Yorkshire landscape and the little picture that sealed the deal.

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-This is yours!

-Is it?

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What can I say to start it? Not worth 100?

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£50 for it? £50 bid.

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Five. At 55 bid. 60 can I say?.

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At £60 bid. 70 can I make it?

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70. 80. £80 bid.

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Now make it 90. 90.

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Are you all done at 90, for the last time at 90? All done at 90.

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That painting's worth more than it's just been sold for

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but at the end of the day...

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I'm going to cry!

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An even bigger loss after commission but it could've been much worse.

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My stuff coming up next,

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and I might be laughing on the other side of my face now!

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Cry "profit"! And let loose the dogs of Whimsy!

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Can I hear £20? Not worth £20?

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Well, I've ten bid.

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I've ten bid. At 12? 12.

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14. At 14 bid. At 14.

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For the last time at 14.

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That's on commission at 14.

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I think you've done very, very well.

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I think I've got away with that.

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Anita's not started any better, despite that appealing look.

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The porter's got your eye-testing chart.

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It must be next. It must be next.

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Well-spotted. 20/20, I'd say.

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There you are. Your own eye-testing kit.

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What can I say for that? Can I say ten?

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Five? At five pounds?

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I think I'm heading for a full house of losses here.

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Six pounds. At six pounds.

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We're climbing. We're climbing.

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All done? Sure?

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You lucky man.

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I hope they're not having fun at my expense here.

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It looks like no-one could see its worth, Phil.

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I'm beginning to wish I'd bought a Goblin teasmade or, you know...

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A strimmer?

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Yeah.

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Now this is quality. Apart from the chip, that is.

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Can I say £100 for it? Well, give me a bid for it? Can I have 30?

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40. At 40? 50? 60?

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70? 80?

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At £80? It's still cheap. 90. £90 bid.

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At 90. Another bidder. 100.

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There you are, darling.

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115. 120. 125.

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130.

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135.

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140.

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145. 150.

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155. 160.

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165. You're out?

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-At 165 then, only bid. All done?

-Could've swum the Channel with it.

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I'm really happy with that.

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You're up, Philip. You haven't made any losses now. That's excellent.

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That sort of makes up for the paintings.

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Actually it's a bit of a result to have sold that

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-in the middle of the Hoovers and the vacuums!

-Well done, Philip!

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Now, Cleveleys does like Canton,

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and Anita bought it cheap. Fingers crossed.

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May I say £50 to start it?

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Not worth 50? 40.

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I've 40 on the book. At 40. 42.

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44. 46.

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48. At 48 bid.

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50.

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Are we all done at £50? For the last time at 50?

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Yes!

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That's a real good profit, that is.

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If only they had bought more Canton.

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-Maybe we're getting into the swing of it, Philip.

-Do you think so?

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Anita's chair, questionable reupholstering, but nice and dry.

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50 for it? Not worth 50?

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Well I've £20 bid for it.

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May I say 22? 22 bid.

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At 22 bid. 24 bid. At 24.

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26 can I say? At 24, it is then. Have you all done at 24 now?

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All done.

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That's made a pound.

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Or has it not lost a pound?

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Anything that doesn't lose today is a little triumph.

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You haven't got your mother bidding, have you? Are you sure?

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Phil's wee doggies, definitely '50s they now think.

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Quite unusual item, a collector's item. What can I say for it?

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Well I've ten bid. Ten. Ten.

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Can I hear 14? 16. £16 bid here.

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At £18 only bid. £20 can I make it?

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All done at 18. All finished?

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-18, could've been worse.

-Yeah.

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You know, I think they look a bit disappointed.

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Him too. Related?

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Now, will Anita's silver pep things up?

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Can I have 20 bid? At 20. Thank you, madam.

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22 bid. 24. 26.

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28. 30.

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32.

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-32 at the back.

-I think you've had a result with that.

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34. It's a cheap lot is this.

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34. For the last time at 34.

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-I think you had a result there, madam.

-I think so as well.

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That is a blow, but then it's not Canton.

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The lady on my left keeps laughing. I don't know what's the matter.

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-She's enjoying herself.

-Is she?

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OK, sports time. Anyone for Glidoball?

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Quite an unusual lot, that, so what can I say to start?

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It is original, it's in its original box, a high-tech game in its time.

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Can I say 30 for it?

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-Somebody's gone to a lot of trouble buying this.

-Yes!

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I've £10 bid. £10 bid.

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Now, can I hear £12 for it?

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12? Thank you, sir.

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14. 16. 18.

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20.

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22. At 22. We've got two gentleman in the audience here.

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At 22. Will I hear 24 anyway? The highlight of the sale, this.

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-Well done, sir. 26.

-(Yes!)

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Prayers have been answered. 26.

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28.

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30? Go on!

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30. At 30 it is.

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For the last time at 30. All done.

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Yes!

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Jolly good. You've made Anita's day.

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-Lord help us. Honestly.

-Yes!

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If only the game itself was that much fun.

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I'm all that excited, I've made about two quid.

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Phil's last attempt to woo Cleveleys.

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The photo of Philip Serrell will swing this one.

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I don't think so!

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He's a pin-up!

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What can I say for the lot? £30?

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Not worth 30. £20?

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Can't go much less than that.

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-Oh, you can, trust me.

-The photo alone's worth that!

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Well, it's a start. £10, the only bid. At £10, only bid.

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12. 14.

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16. 18. 20.

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22. 24. 26.

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28. 30.

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30 it is. Once in a lifetime chance, this.

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32. 34.

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36. 38. 40.

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42. 44. 46.

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At 46, only bid.

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I think it's your handsome face.

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Last time at 46? All done?

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So that means I've made a profit today, does it?

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I think so, Philip.

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Yes, and the leaderboard remains unchanged

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on a lean day by the seaside.

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Anita began with £395.10, and after auction costs, she made £11.64,

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giving her £406.74 to spend tomorrow.

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Philip started out with £439.36 and after auction costs,

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he picked up £36.50, so now he has £475.86 to spend tomorrow.

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Numbers have confused me today but I think I've gone a bit further ahead.

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I think you have but don't worry, the party isn't over yet,

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we've still got one more leg to go.

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Ha ha!

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Forward, Macduff!

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Next time on the Antiques Road Trip there's a car failure.

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I need a mechanic.

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Expert failure.

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I haven't got a clue what that is.

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And severe failure of esprit de corps.

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-Stop moaning.

-Shut up!

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