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Qing Vases

A few weeks ago, a regular visitor to the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge tripped on his shoelace and fell down a staircase, breaking three priceless Qing Dynasty vases in the process. Dating from the 17th or 18th Century, the 1948 donations to the museum were among its most well known artifacts. The museum’s assistant director, Margaret Greeves, said, “They are in very, very small pieces, but we are determined to put them back together.”

It turns out that the visitor was Nick Flynn and was luckily unharmed in the accident. Glad Flynn was uninjured and knowing he could never pay for the vases, the museum has asked that he not “visit the museum again in the near future.”

Listen to your mother. Always tie your shoelaces.


    • Detroit
    • Posted February 9, 2006 at 12:00 pm
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    Ummmm… who is Nick Flynn?

    • J-Love
    • Posted February 9, 2006 at 2:58 pm
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    Someone whose 15 minutes came and went under embarrassing circumstances. That, and he’s probably THE persona non grata at any museum in Europe.

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