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'gracile' arms

Posted Feb 07 2013 11:42am
wooden battens will hold plaster board
The body of King Richard III, the last Plantagenet king has been found thirty miles away, buried beneath what has become a car park in Leicester . He died 500 years ago at the battle of Bosworth.

What caught my ears, in what was an amazing story, was a comment by the osteologist. In describing his skeleton, I (for the first time in my life) had some fellow feeling for a royal. It's not that I have spinal problem, before you jump to predictable conclusions. Richard was depicted by Shakespeare as a hunchback with a withered arm. The osteologist described Richard as having 'gracile arms'. That is, the arms of a woman.

A shaft of light when I suddenly I realised that's what I've got!! Not for me, beefy man arms like those adorning my son, adorned with tattos. As I struggle to drive hundreds of screws into wall and ceiling battens, my little, white string arms hurt! Now I know why!!!
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