Saturday’s Piece

This is just one man’s effort; one man’s ego.

It seems to be worthwhile.

John Lentell

16th December 1968

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Thursday’s Piece

Barnstaple (Barum), North Devon, England. My place of birth. Population in 1953 – 14,693. Early closing Wednesday. Market days Tuesday and Thursday. Lovely memories. Now zoned to be a satellite city with a population of 100,000!

Oh! My God! What is happening to poor old England?

John Lentell

December 14th, 1963

Wednesday’s Piece

“I sit on a man’s back choking him and making him carry me, and yet assure myself and others that I am very sorry for him and wish to ease his lot by all possible means – except for getting off his back.”

(From What Then Must We Do by Leo Tolstoy, 1828 – 1910)

John Lentell

December 13th, 1968

Monday’s Piece

Unusual to walk in to your bank and find a piano and two barrels of refrigerated draught beer! “Christmas party tonight” says the girl – with an appropriate smile. “I hope the Manager is going says poor, uninvited me. “The bigger his draught, the bigger my overdraft!”.

John Lentell

December 11th, 1968

Sunday’s Piece

‘BASIC ENGLISH’

If “gh” stands for “p” as in” hiccough”, “ough” for “o” and in “dough”, “phth” for “t” as in “phthisis”, “eigh” for “a” as in “neighbour”, “tte” for “t” as in “gazette”, “eau” for “o” as in “beau”, the right way to spell “potato” must be: “ghoughphtheightteeau”.

John Lentell

December 10th, 1968

Saturday’s Piece

PSALM TO POLITICIANS

“Again a flood of hackneyed words

Comes pouring from the noisy throats

Of many office-seeking birds

Who promise, in exchange for votes,

To dedicate their massive brains

(And strictly gratis, udnerstand!)

To ridding us of social pains

And making this the Promised Land!”

(From Bulldogs and Morning Glories by John Edward Allen, 1945)

John Lentell

December 9th, 1968

Friday’s Piece

Joe and Bert, returning from a reunion dinner, climbed on a bus and offered their fares to a fellow passenger.

“I’m not the conductor” came the reply. “I’m a naval officer.”

“Lumme,” said Bert, “we’re on a boat.”

John Lentell

December 8th, 1968

Lumme:

An interjection, being a contraction of ‘(Lord) love me’. Used to express surprise or dismay in circumstances where ‘bloody hell’ or ‘holy fuck’ might not be appropriate.

Thursday’s Piece

“Eccentricity has always abounded when and where the strength of character has abounded; and the amount of eccentricity in a society is proportional to the amount of genius, mental vigour and moral courage it contained. That so few now dare to be eccentric, marks the chief danger of our times.”

(John Stuart Mill, 1806 – 1873)

John Lentell

December 7th, 1968

Tuesday’s Piece

“YOUNG HEART”

Nobody understands

Nobody understands

What goes on inside me

I don’t understand

What goes on inside me.

.

I think a lot

I feel a lot

But I can’t explain

What goes on inside me.

.

Sometimes my heart aches

My eyes get damp

And I just seem to have in

Me all the problems

And all the answers.

.

I have not been very far

I have not done very much

I do not know many people

And nobody really knows me.

.

I want to know

And I want to tell

What goes on inside me.

.

John Lentell

December 5th, 1968

Sunday’s Piece

Among us we have men who love Rhodesia and who, in this time of crisis and conflict, commit to her all they possess, but as common-sense or conscience dictates (and free entirely from questionable allegiance) dare to criticise the Government of the day.

We also have among us men who assert a love for their country who say they support the government (and never criticise it) but possess substantial external assets. Tangible evidence of their good faith!

I know which irritates me the most!

John Lentell

December 3rd, 1968

Saturday’s Piece

“Bid me discourse, I will enchant thine ear,

Or like a fairy trip upon the green,

Or, like a nymph, with long dishevell’d hair,

Dance on the sands, and yet no footing seen:

Love is a spirit all compact of fire,

Not gross to sink, but light, and will aspire.”

(William Shakespeare, 1564 – 1616)

John Lentell

December 2nd, 1968

Friday’s Piece

All evidence points clearly to the fact that we are not by present means coming to grips with Rhodesia’s root problems. This can be contradicted ’til those responsible are blue (or purple?) in the face and I will not believe them. And, lest I be misunderstood, I do not know of a group of men with a proposition sufficiently noble or practical in concept. Rhodesia is at root both a noble and a practical concept and I, for one, owe most of what I am and have to her.

John Lentell

December 1st, 1968