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In lands I never saw -- they say
Immortal Alps look down --
Whose bonnets touch the firmament --
Whose sandals touch the town --

Meek at whose everlasting feet
A myriad daisy play --
Which, Sir, are you and which am I
Upon an August day?

Emily Dickinson
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Lady Godiva

chulcoopchulcoop Posts: 21 ✭✭
Our town, Coventry, England, is famous for the Lady Godiva legend.

Essentially a woman supposedly rode around our city about 1000 years ago on a horse without wearing any clothes to embarrass her husband into reducing taxes for the poor. Some historians now doubt if that did in fact happen.

There is a statue of her in the city centre.

Do a wikipedia search for "Lady Godiva" to find out more.
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  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 26,514 mod
    I wonder if Mrs Cameron could do the same. Do you think anyone would take any notice?
  • chulcoopchulcoop Posts: 21 ✭✭
    Well Mrs Cameron (the PM's wife) instead dressed up in a red wig and looked like a worker in a baker's shop for charity. When she was (and still is) the PM's wife (i.e. while the PM was in power)

    This is a pic of her.

    img.thesun.co.uk/aidemitlum/archive/01685/SNN0619AA---_1685665a.jpg

    She baked the cakes personally, apparently. And then sold them to staff working at 10 Downing Street (the PM's official residence) for "Red Nose Day".

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comic_Relief

    So while Godiva stripped off SamCam (as she is known over here) got dressed up.


    Cliff
  • kindgnicekindgnice LEO Motivator!!! Posts: 7,626 mod
    edited April 2016
    She looks elegant in this photo.

    745px-Lady_Godiva_%28John_Collier%2C_c._1897%29.jpg
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 26,514 mod
    Nudity is the focus of this story too @Kindgnice, but I doubt the emperor looked so elegant with no clothes!

    http://andersen.sdu.dk/vaerk/hersholt/TheEmperorsNewClothes_e.html
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