Tuesday’s Piece

dickon young

Across the fields of yesterday
He sometimes comes to me,
A little lad just back from play –
The lad I used to be.

Thomas S Jones, Jr.

John Lentell (Happy Birthday, Dickon)
Rhodesia Herald
19th May, 1971

(Photo: Dickon Lentell)

Monday’s Piece


Human beings, by and large, are not very inventive and are therefore highly imitative. Their compulsion to imitate is the basis of Fashion and in affluent societies, Fashion becomes almost totally preoccupied with the essentially useless.

(Wolf Mankowitz, 1924 – 1998)

John Lentell
Rhodesia Herald
18th May, 1971

Sunday’s Piece

young man from clyde

There was a young fellow of Clyde
Who went to a funeral and cried;
When they asked who was dead,
He stammered and said,
“I don’t know – I just came for the ride.”

John Lentell
Rhodesia Herald
17th May, 1971

Wednesday’s Piece


Faith is the patient seamstress
who mends our torn belief,
who sews the hem of childhood trust
and clips the thread of grief.

(Joan Walsh Anglund, 1926 – )

John Lentell
Rhodesia Herald
14th May, 1971


Tuesday’s Piece


Following the birth of his third son, Leonard Lyons, columnist mused: “Before I got married I had three theories about bringing up kids. now I have three kids and no theories.”

John Lentell
Rhodesia Herald
12th May, 1971

(Photo: JL’s first three sons)