Now rub furiously…
Now this was inspired.
Holding a talk entitled Spit and Polish by Lucy Lethbridge in the hallowed chapel of Exeter College - probably one of the most beautiful and jaw-dropping in Oxford.
Certainly this was one destination that is as polished and glistening as Walt Disney could have dreamt up.
So much so in fact, I gave my shoes a little buff-up before settling down for the talk.
Ms Lethbridge went back to the 19th-century British home when it required an army of servants to keep it clean and tidy (obviously, a big house and not an ordinary two up, two down terrace).
She explained that while the way we keep our homes looking good may have changed, there’s still much to be gained by going back to the old techniques and skills, such as how to get rid of water marks or heat rings on polished wood and how vinegar could save your life (invaluable…).
With a bit of social history thrown in as well - as if to ensure the audience got its money’s worth - it was a cracking way to start Friday at the festival.
Off-beat, funny and astonishingly, very, very practical (check my cutlery afterwards if proof is needed)
WHAT A WAY TO GO! - MARCH 25 - 3.19pm
LIKE A WARMING BRANDY ON A COLD NIGHT - MARCH 24 - 4.38pm
GOD THEY WERE SMART - MARCH 24 - 4.08pm
PAINFULLY JOYFUL - MARCH 24 - 11.23am
THE OLDER WOMAN’S BIBLE - MARCH 24 - 9.09am
A GUILTY PLEASURE - MARCH 23 - 3.29pm
DEPRESSING? NOT A BIT OF IT! - MARCH 22 - 5.39pm