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[00:00:05] Hello hello hello, and welcome to English Learning for Curious Minds by Leonardo English, the show where you can listen to fascinating stories, and learn weird and wonderful things about the world at the same time as improving your English.
[00:00:21] I’m Alastair Budge and today we are going to be talking about Madame Tussauds.
[00:00:28] Now, this was a request from one of our members, a lovely lady called Isabel, and I had to confess that when she asked me to make this, I wasn’t sure that there was all that much to say.
[00:00:43] But it turns out that Madame Tussauds has a fascinating back story, that takes us to the French Revolution, to the guillotine, before arriving in London.
[00:00:54] It is quite a ride, so I hope you enjoy this episode.
[00:01:01] Before we get right into it though, I just wanted to remind those of you listening to this episode on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, iVoox, or whatever podcast app you might be listening to it on, that you can get all of the bonus episodes, subtitles, transcripts, and key vocabulary, over on the website, which is leonardoenglish.com.
[00:01:24] If you are looking for a more interesting way to improve your English, then I’d definitely recommend checking that out – you can also find out how to become a member of Leonardo English, which means you don’t only get access to all the bonus materials, but it also means you can do stuff like request episodes.
[00:01:45] And as this one shows, we do actually make them.
[00:01:50] Ok then, let’s get started.
[00:01:53] Madame Tussauds, in case you have never heard of it, is a famous waxworks museum – a museum with sculptures of famous people.
[00:02:04] It is now a global brand with museums across Europe, North America, Asia, and Australia.
[00:02:13] And the story of how it started is pretty interesting.
[00:02:19] I should add that the story of the Madame Tussaud, the woman behind the museum is only really known through her own memoirs, her own accounts. A lot of it can’t really be verified elsewhere.
[00:02:35] And some of it is a little far fetched, a little bit difficult to believe
[00:02:42] Just in case you don’t know what I mean by waxworking, it is the process of creating a sculpture, which is then coated, covered, in wax and painted.
[00:02:56] The final result, if you are trying to reproduce someone’s features and you are a good artist, is that you have a sculpture that looks exactly like, or at least it should look exactly like, its subject – the same height, same hairstyle, the same everything.