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Surprise number two was when he gave me a tutorial on shepherd's crooks.
Cast like a gnarled shepherd's crook in the Ionian, the disfigurement caused by mass tourism is all too evident on some parts of its 135-mile coastline.
Only a parkie's whistle, a shepherd's crook or megaphone from a boating pond would get us off.
Before he leaves Mrs Rowlands will hand over a shepherd's crook inscribed with William's name and that of the farmhouse he has been renting on Anglesey.
BRITISH Wool Marketing Board (BWMB) stalwart Stephen Ballinger was presented with a retirement gift of a shepherd's crook at this year's Great Yorkshire Show for 50 years' service.
First sign of a wobble and out comes the big shepherd's crook.
No searching round the house on the morning of the concert searching for the shepherd's crook that I last used to get a dead spider out from under the fridge and no having to make a crown with tin foil and cotton wool.
But, as Cliff's inexorable medley of greatest hits wore on and no Lord Alan Sugar appeared from the wings to yank him off stage with a giant shepherd's crook, I realised that this was actually happening - although it seemed to be making time slow down to a molasses-like crawl.
An angel, a king's crown, a star, the manger, a shepherd's crook.
AN Army chaplain who went to war armed with nothing but his shepherd's crook has been awarded a top military honour.