Toilet is stolen from Churchill's birthplace


Blackleaf
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Blenheim Palace's security measures "need to be challenged" after an 18-carat gold toilet was stolen from the stately home, its chief executive said.

Dominic Hare said a gang "mounted a very fast smash-and-grab raid" at the Oxfordshire palace early on Saturday.

The artwork - which Mr Hare said was worth $5m to $6m - has not been found.

Gold toilet theft: Blenheim Palace security 'needs challenging'


BBC News
15 September 2019


The 18-carat golden toilet was previously displayed at the Guggenheim Museum in New York


Blenheim Palace's security measures "need to be challenged" after an 18-carat gold toilet was stolen from the stately home, its chief executive said.

Dominic Hare said a gang "mounted a very fast smash-and-grab raid" at the Oxfordshire palace early on Saturday.

The artwork - which Mr Hare said was worth $5m to $6m - has not been found.

Last month Edward Spencer-Churchill - half-brother of the current Duke of Marlborough - said the toilet would not "be the easiest thing to nick".

A 66-year-old man was arrested on Saturday in connection with the theft, Thames Valley Police said.

He remains in police custody in the West Mercia area.

The fully-working toilet - entitled America - went on show at the 18th Century palace on Thursday as part of an exhibition by Italian conceptual artist Maurizio Cattelan.

Visitors had been invited to book three-minute slots to use the throne for its intended purpose.

Image copyright John Lawrence Image caption Blenheim Palace has now reopened to the public after being shut on Saturday The burglary caused "significant damage and flooding" because the toilet was plumbed into the building, police said.

Mr Hare told BBC 5 live it was the "first theft of this type in living memory" from the stately home - the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill - adding it had "a sophisticated security system".

"But what has happened has happened," he said.

"So clearly we need to challenge ourselves on that."

'American dream'

Blenheim Palace, a World Heritage Site, was shut on Saturday after the burglary but reopened on Sunday.

Mr Hare said the artwork - famously offered to US President Donald Trump in 2017 - was a "comment on the American dream".

"[It's] the idea of something that's incredibly precious and elite being made accessible, potentially to everybody, as we all need to go when we need to go," he said.

"And it's ironic really that two days after this was made accessible, it was snatched away."

Mr Hare said it was "not out of the question [the toilet] would be melted down" by the thieves.

Police said thieves used at least two vehicles in the raid and urged anyone with information to contact them.

Det Insp Jess Milne said: "We are following a number of lines of inquiry and there will continue to be a police presence in and around the area of Blenheim Palace while our investigations continue.

"We are making every effort to locate the offenders and the toilet that was stolen."

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-englan...shire-49706425
 
taxslave
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Oh shit.
 
AnnaEmber
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Oh, it's just art. not Churchie's real crapper (but why would anyone want that anyways?).
It's melted down by now.
 
MHz
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At what point does 'feed the poor' enter you version of reality. That the normal method of creating radicals, 'See what you little fukkers will never enjoy?'
 
DaSleeper
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Whatcha talkin' aboot FOOL!
 
Curious Cdn
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Somebody has a Royal Flush!
 
Blackleaf
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Quote: Originally Posted by AnnaEmber View Post

Oh, it's just art. not Churchie's real crapper (but why would anyone want that anyways?).
It's melted down by now.

If you want to see the real toilet Churchill used visit the Churchill War Rooms - the Cabinet War Rooms during WWII - a museum on King Charles Street in the London Borough of the City of Westminster.
 
Curious Cdn
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Quote: Originally Posted by Blackleaf View Post

If you want to see the real toilet Churchill used visit the Churchill War Rooms - the Cabinet War Rooms during WWII - a museum on King Charles Street in the London Borough of the City of Westminster.

Great. London burns while Winston sits on his gold plated Crapper puffing on a Coroney-Coroney.
 
Cliffy
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Blackleaf
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Quote: Originally Posted by Curious Cdn View Post

Great. London burns while Winston sits on his gold plated Crapper puffing on a Coroney-Coroney.

What did you want him to do? Not have a shit or a piss until the war's end?
 
Curious Cdn
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Quote: Originally Posted by Blackleaf View Post

What did you want him to do? Not have a shit or a piss until the war's end?

He used to lie in the tub for days with bottle of brandy, puffing away on his stogies during the Blitz.

I wonder if that's what he did during Gallipoli when he was First Lord of the Admiralty?
 
Blackleaf
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Quote: Originally Posted by Curious Cdn View Post

He used to lie in the tub for days with bottle of brandy, puffing away on his stogies during the Blitz.

So what?
 
Curious Cdn
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Quote: Originally Posted by Blackleaf View Post

So what?

He as wise enough to not interfere in the RAFs tactical planning, anyway.
 
Blackleaf
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Quote: Originally Posted by Curious Cdn View Post

He as wise enough to not interfere in the RAFs tactical planning, anyway.

That's where the Bosch got it wrong: they let the useless Hitler dictate military tactics.
 
Curious Cdn
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Quote: Originally Posted by Blackleaf View Post

That's where the Bosch got it wrong: they let the useless Hitler dictate military tactics.

The RAF got it right. Don't listen to the old blustering fat guy who's sitting there drunk in his bath tub.
 
Blackleaf
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Quote: Originally Posted by Curious Cdn View Post

drunk in his bath tub

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=4pQcn2L65J0
 
darkbeaver
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Churchill was addicted to shjt. One of the worst murdering psychopaths of the last century, may he burn in hell forever.
 
Blackleaf
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Quote: Originally Posted by darkbeaver View Post

Churchill was addicted to shjt. One of the worst murdering psychopaths of the last century, may he burn in hell forever.

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