“…and I was licking the baby’s face.”

Earlier this year, legendary actor Brian Blessed withdrew from the Guildford Shakespeare Company’s production of King Lear due to complications with an existing heart condition. And so to see his name trending on Twitter this morning was a cause of some alarm to his fans – until it was revealed that not only was he not dead, he was on BBC Radio 4 talking about a 1963 incident in which he helped a woman deliver her baby in a public park. [Warning: some birth details]

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