Monday’s Piece

There is a holy mistaken zeal in politics as well as in religion. By persuading others we convince ourselves.


John Lentell
Rhodesia Herald
11th July, 1971


Sunday’s Piece

False – furtive. When shut of the room, you must not peep through the key-hole. Either break down the door, or go away.

(Dag Hammarskjöld, 1905 – 1961)

John Lentell
Rhodesia Herald
10th July, 1971

Thursday’s Piece

A glass of port in his hand and a fat cigar in his mouth, with a huge and bloody red steak which he puts in his mouth in big chunks, and chew and chatters and smokes until the blood trickles down his chin – and to think this monster comes of a good family.

(Goebbels‘ picture of Winston Churchill on the Front Bench of the House of Commons, 1943)

John Lentell
Rhodesia Herald
7th July, 1971


Saturday’s Piece

“Do you know who made you?”
“Nobody as I knows on,” said the child, with a short laugh… “I spect I grow’d. Don’t think nobody never made me.”

(Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe, 1811- 1896)

John Lentell
Rhodesia Herald
3rd July, 1971

Tuesday’s Piece

When in America, Dr. Wu Ting-fang, the grand old man of the Chinese diplomatic service in his day, was questioned sweetly by an American:
“What ‘nese are you – Japanese, Javanese, Chinese?”
Replying that he was Chinese, he asked in turn:
“And what ‘kee are you – monkey, donkey or Yankee?”

John Lentell
Rhodesia Herald
20th June, 1971

Friday’s Piece

Reputation, reputation, reputation! Oh, I have lost my reputation! I have lost the immortal part of myself, and what remains is bestial. My reputation, Iago, my reputation!

(Cassio in Othello, by William Shakespeare, 1564 – 1616)

John Lentell
Rhodesia Herald
16th June, 1971