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RIP Alan Whicker

#1 by Sheldonboy , Fri Jul 12, 2013 1:05 pm

Just heard the News of the Death of Alan Whicker
Love him or not he brought us the world and its characters for years. RIP Alan


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RE: Alan Whicker

#2 by phil ( deleted ) , Fri Jul 12, 2013 8:52 pm

Yes Sad news again I always liked him even from the start on the Tonight news programme with Cliff Michelmore, Whilst on the subject everybody knows that an Alan Whicker was a "nicker" a pound in cockney rhyming slang but where did nicker come from?


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RE: Alan Whicker

#3 by Voltman , Sun Jul 14, 2013 10:14 am

I thought it was from when a pound was a solid silver coin. People used to cut a tiny nick in the coin before parting with it and this way they could save up a small quantity of silver.


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RE: Alan Whicker

#4 by phil ( deleted ) , Sun Jul 14, 2013 10:52 am

I haven't a clue myself and I have never heard a reasonable explanation, Volty yours sounds reasonable and I understand that the clipping of silver coins was commonplace when the silver content was quite high and this is why we had milled edges on them in later years. Though I'm not sure there ever was a silver pound coin.


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RE: Alan Whicker

#5 by tca , Wed Jul 17, 2013 11:32 am

morning all. well my cousin will be devastated she was his director on whickers world before she moved to Hollywood, it was a very entertain programme as I remember


 
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