Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Your Questions Answered?

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Your Questions Answered?

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WE have a rare treat this week as a descendant of the Royal family has been in touch.

It's not often we can say that. Albert Turnbull, a retired engineer of Whickham, is related to King Alfred and William the Conqueror and has one of the strongest claims on the English throne.

The reader of this column can trace his lineage all the way back to King Cerdic, the first king of Wessex, who invaded Britain in about 500AD.

Impressive indeed.

Albert got in touch this week to help with last week's query from A James who wanted to know why does a ring just slip over the knuckle of your finger and yet can be so difficult to come off?"

Our Royal descendant has the answer.

He writes: "The skin behind the finger knuckle is very loose, to allow the finger to bend.

"When placing a ring on to a finger, it passes over the knuckle first and therefore does not meet with any resistance from the loose skin.

"When trying to remove the ring, the skin is pushed against the knuckle, forming a circumference larger that the ring itself. …

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