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    - And what does Her Majesty make of that placement?
    - [...] ever been to my downstairs loo.
    (BBC Radio 4; Desert Island Discs with Kirsty Young; Margaret Rhodes, former MI6 secretary & cousin to the Queen, picks her Desert Island Discs)

    Would you be so kind to tell me what is being said during [...]?

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    Default Re: ever been to my downstairs (audio)

    * Not a teacher

    I didn't understand that part, but I googled the text and I found the answer:

    She’s never been to my downstairs loo.
    Queen’s cousin tells of monarch’s 'sacrifice' for royal duty - Telegraph
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    Quote Originally Posted by suprunp View Post
    Downstairs.mp3

    - And what does Her Majesty make of that placement?
    - [...] ever been to my downstairs loo.
    (BBC Radio 4; Desert Island Discs with Kirsty Young; Margaret Rhodes, former MI6 secretary & cousin to the Queen, picks her Desert Island Discs)

    Would you be so kind to tell me what is being said during [...]?

    Thanks.
    It's very unclear but I think she says "I don't think she's ever been to my downstairs loo".

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    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    It's very unclear but I think she says "I don't think she's ever been to my downstairs loo".
    Me too.

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    Me three. But it's really unclear. I wonder whether there's something wrong with the recording; I heard that programme live, and don't remember finding that extract as indecipherable as the MP3 was.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    Me three.

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    What is this? Is it meant funnily to mean me too?

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    Quote Originally Posted by david11 View Post
    What is this? Is it meant funnily to mean me too?
    Yes, it's a joke.

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    I've been trying again (many times!). There's little doubt about "I,,, ever been to my downstairs loo.' As we said, it could be '... don't think she's ...', but it doesn't sound to me like three syllables - more like two. The /d/ is right, at the beginning of the verb. Maybe 'I doubt she's ever been....' But I'm not convinced. As I said, it sounds to me like a corrupted recording.

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    Afterthough: I've just been analyzing it a bit more minutely with some audio software, and there's a click after 'I don't'. So either the MP3 is damaged or the BBC's editor made a mistake. If I remember, I'll listen to the scheduled repeat tomorrow to check which,,,

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    Last edited by BobK; 07-Jun-2012 at 13:58. Reason: typo

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    Afterthough : I've just been analyzing it a bit more minutely with some audio software, and there's a click after 'I don't'. So either the MP3 is damaged or the BBC's editor made a mistake. If I remember, I'll listen to the scheduled repeat tomorrow to check which,,,

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    BobK, After 'what' though? After a though-nut? Mine with chocolate on top, then, please !

    Greetings,

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