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


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