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There was a sad moment recently in England. A man named Nick Flynn tripped on his shoelace in Cambridge's Fitzwilliam Museum, smashing three very valuable vases in the process.


This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon.

This week the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, England told Nick Flynn not to come their museum anymore, at least for a while. Mr. Flynn has been identified as the man who tripped, a couple of weeks ago, whilst walking down the staircase at the museum, and knocked over three 300-year-old Chinese vases, valued at about $175,000. I snagged my shoelace, Mr. Flynn told the BBC. Missed a step and crash, bang, wallop, there were a million pieces of high quality ceramics lying around underneath me.

Mr. Flynn calls the accident regrettable, but wonders why such valuable vases were displayed on an open windowsill? I thought they might take better care of them, he said.

Mr. Flynn use to visit the Fitzwilliam frequently. During this time that he's banned from their corridors, he might want to know that London's British Museum also has an outstanding collection of Chinese vases, conveniently located on the ground floor.

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