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The Ronseal Chap

When I was little, there was an advertisement on the TV for a Ronseal product. As the gentleman explained what the product was for, he concluded with his, now famous, punchline: ‘Ronseal; It does exactly what it says on the tin’.

As a child, while I was impressed by his punchy delivery and cavalier attitude to varnishing his fence, I also thought the ad was pointless. You see, in my little, naive head, everything did exactly what it said on its proverbial tin, I mean, why else would it actually say it on the tin? As a child we assume everything we hear is the truth. We also assume, courtesy of many a TV courtroom drama, that its the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. How wrong was I…

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