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RevPhillipJ
1047555.  Mon Jan 13, 2014 12:05 pm Reply with quote

Ladies, Gentlemen and Elves of the QI forums,

You know that Holbein portrait of Jane Seymour (the Queen, not the actress)? The really famous one? of course you do, this one: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/68/Hans_Holbein_d._J._032b.jpg
Why does she have a necklace with the letters VBS? What does it mean?

The only information I can find is that; yes, other people have read it as VBS.

Please help, my sanity depends on it.

Thanks

 
bemahan
1047561.  Mon Jan 13, 2014 12:13 pm Reply with quote

I presume this is a wind-up?

 
RevPhillipJ
1047562.  Mon Jan 13, 2014 12:15 pm Reply with quote

You presume incorrectly. Apologies if this is blindingly obvious.

 
bemahan
1047564.  Mon Jan 13, 2014 12:27 pm Reply with quote

Well, I'll give you the benefit of the doubt as I may well be wrong, but I thought it was the Christian symbol "IHS". I assumed it was a wind up because the Rev of your username suggested a Christian connection. Admittedly it may mean you're some sort of motor enthusiast and Rev is a nickname.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christogram

 
djgordy
1047566.  Mon Jan 13, 2014 12:40 pm Reply with quote

It is indeed IHS. Such pendants were very popular in Tudor times and were worn for protection. There is a similar pendant in the V&A museum which may be seen on their website.

 
tetsabb
1047629.  Mon Jan 13, 2014 7:43 pm Reply with quote

For a moment I read that as 'ibs' and wondered if the poor lass had suffered from Irritable Bowel Syndrome

 
djgordy
1047663.  Tue Jan 14, 2014 3:46 am Reply with quote

At least she didn't suffer from the neck problems that her predecessor had.

 
sally carr
1047707.  Tue Jan 14, 2014 6:32 am Reply with quote

tetsabb wrote:
For a moment I read that as 'ibs' and wondered if the poor lass had suffered from Irritable Bowel Syndrome


Looking at the expression on her face you could be right.

 
RevPhillipJ
1047728.  Tue Jan 14, 2014 7:47 am Reply with quote

I initially read it as PBS, thinking she was an early Sesame Street enthusiast.

Thanks very much for the comprehensive reply, very helpful.

To clarify my username, when I was a younger man I decided to test how easy it was to become ordained via the internet. It's this easy: http://www.spiritualhumanism.org/ and RevPhillipJ has been my username for most things since.

 
bemahan
1047730.  Tue Jan 14, 2014 7:50 am Reply with quote

Ha! Welcome to the forums, Rev. I'm looking forward to reading more posts from you. I think. ;)

 
RevPhillipJ
1047740.  Tue Jan 14, 2014 8:37 am Reply with quote

Glad to be here, thanks for having me!

 
tetsabb
1047854.  Tue Jan 14, 2014 1:53 pm Reply with quote

RevPhillipJ wrote:
Glad to be here, thanks for having me!

Rev, just wait till you have read more of bemahan's posts, and you may come to realise that that was not a wise choice of words.....
:-)

 
'yorz
1047855.  Tue Jan 14, 2014 1:59 pm Reply with quote

tets, you've just spoiled the anticipated fun! Grrrr

 
tetsabb
1047857.  Tue Jan 14, 2014 2:08 pm Reply with quote

Maybe the Rev and bem have already had 'fun'.....

Now, should I go for ordination in his outfit? http://www.spiritualhumanism.org/
'The Reverend tetsabb' has a certain ring to it, I think!

 
sally carr
1047866.  Tue Jan 14, 2014 2:22 pm Reply with quote

I'm thinking about it too...

 

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