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17/10/17

Get up on time in the House of Lords

The word "seat" comes from the latin scamnum that meant 'bench, chair or platform'. Not everyone has the privilege of sitting on the padded benches of the House of Lords, but Sir Bernard Montgomery, conqueror of Field Marshal Rommel in El Alamein (1942) deserved his seat.

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One day, occupying his spot on the red bench, he stood up, turned toward a Lord seated to his right, with a serene expression and softly said, 'I apologize for disturbing you, but I am suffering from a coronary thrombosis'. Indeed, the doctors who treated him at the hospital concluded that he had suffered a heart attack and had risen just in time.

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