Laughing at our masters

I cannot think why, but politicians take themselves very seriously indeed. I thought I might see what the Oxford Dictionary of Humorous Quotations (obtained at Austin’s excellent bookstore which every thinking citizen should visit at least once a week) has to say about them. Here are some of my findings:

­­● Attlee is said to have remarked that Herbert Morrison

was his own worst enemy:

Not while I’m alive he ain’t.                         –                           Ernest Bevin 1881-195

­­● Question: What are the desirable qualifications for

any young man who wishes to become a politician?

Mr Churchill: It is the ability to foretell what is going

to happen tomorrow, next week, next month,

and next year. And to have the ability afterwards to

explain why it didn’t happen.            –                 Winston Churchill 1874-1965….


More for all and all for more

The global poverty rate has been cut in half in about the last 20 years, so why not try our best to eliminate poverty in the next 20?

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A life-long love of poetry

I love poetry. It is the quiet passion of my life. When I was a child my mother read me old nursery rhymes at bedtime and they had the lilt of poetry in them which stayed with me forever.

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Golden orchids

The golden shower orchids in my wife’s garden are particularly lovely just now.

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More than once I have quoted what the great historian Edward Gibbon wrote in his Decline And Fall of the Roman Empire: history, he wrote, is “little more than the register of the crimes, follies and misfortunes of mankind.” The latest crimes are as bad as ever.

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The grit that makes the pearl

I am currently sorting old files and papers with a view to bringing some semblance of order into my chaotic personal archive and to preserve what may deserve preserving.

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