sexyblokeinlincs 54M
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1/30/2006 12:39 pm

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LONDON (Reuters) - It was every museum-goer's nightmare -- a stumble, a crash and thousands of pounds worth of historic fragments lying on the floor.

The incident happened last week at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, which for decades has displayed a group of Qing dynasty Chinese vases on a window sill.

A hapless visitor tripped on his shoelace, tumbled down a flight of stairs and crashed into the vases, smashing them into smithereens.

The man, who has not been named,

left the museum shaken but undamaged -- in sharp contrast to the vases.

"It was a most unfortunate and regrettable accident but we are glad that the visitor involved was able to leave the museum unharmed," museum director Duncan Robinson said on Monday.

"Whilst the method of displaying objects is always under review, it is important not to over-react and make the Museum's collections less accessible to the visiting public," he added in a statement.

The priceless vases, dating from the late 17th or early 18th century, were donated to the museum in 1948 and have become one of its most recognisable exhibits.

papyrina 51F
21133 posts
1/30/2006 1:27 pm

opps sillyto have it on a staircase

I'm a

i'm here to stay

oldman1776 78M
3164 posts
1/30/2006 3:21 pm

Funny but not a safe place for 17th century vases

rm_PurryKitty2 48M/50F
9753 posts
1/30/2006 4:36 pm

OMG! Eeeekkkks

Purry {=}


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