Saturday’s Piece

“If all the earth were paper white

And all the sea were ink

‘Twere not enough for me to write

As my poor heart doth think.”

(John Lyly, 1554 – 1606)

John Lentell

21st March, 1969

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Friday’s Piece

“Women, then, are only children of a larger growth; they have an entertaining tattle, and sometimes wit; but for solid, reasoning good-sense, I never knew in my life one that had it, or who reasoned or acted consequentially for four-and-twenty hours together.”

(From Letters to His Son by Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield, 1694 – 1773)

John Lentell

20th March, 1969

Wednesday’s Piece

In the Report of the Constitutional Commission 1968 appeared the following:

“We therefore recommend that the new constitution should contain a brief, factual preamble and,  by a majority of four to one, that it should include an acknowledgement of the authority and guidance of Almighty God.” (Para 603)

One Commissioner thought that some would regard a reference to God in the Constitution as being out of place.

This is very interesting and it is perhaps astonishing that so little attention was focussed upon the questions arising. I believe in some sort of higher authority but I would not be so bold as to say that Almighty God is an indisputable fact!

John Lentell

18th March, 1969

Tuesday’s Piece

A restaurant owner with plenty of advertising ideas and little money for advertising purchased the largest fish bowl he could find, filled it with water and put it in his window, with a sign reading:

“This bowl is filled with invisible Paraguayan goldfish.”

It required two policemen to keep the pavements in front of the window cleared.

John Lentell

17th March, 1969

Saturday’s Piece

“What we want are the impractical people who are beyond the moment, and think beyond the day. Those who try to lead the people can only do so by following the mob. It is through the voice of one crying in the wilderness that the ways of the gods are prepared.”

(Oscar Wilde, 1854 – 1900)

John Lentell

14th March, 1969

Friday’s Piece

Extract from ‘NEWSFRONT’ – 10th January, 1964:

Q. What would be the main repercussion, apart from belt-tightening, if we declared our independence?

A. I don’t think there will be any belt-tightening, when we are independent – the days of belt-tightening will be over. That’s for sure. As far as the City of London is concerned, it might be a three days wonder. For that reason I think that a Friday afternoon would be a good time. By Monday morning all the excitement (if any) would be over.

John Lentell

13th March, 1969

Wednesday’s Piece

“Your honesty is not to be based on either religion or policy. Both your religion and policy must be based on it. Your honesty must be based, as the sun is, in vacant heaven; poised, as the lights in the firmament, which have rule over the day and over the night.”

(From Time and Tide by Weare and Tyne by John Ruskin, 1819 – 1900)

John Lentell

11th March, 1969

Tuesday’s Piece

“More skilful in self-knowledge, even more pure,

As tempted more; more able to endure,

As more exposed to suffering and distress;

Thence also, more alive to tenderness.”

(From Character of the Happy Warrior by William Wordsworth, 1770 – 1850)

John Lentell

10th March, 1969

Sunday’s Piece

“Thus let your stream o’erflow your springs,

Till eyes and tears be the same things;

And each the other’s difference bears,

These weeping eyes, those seeing tears.”

(From Eyes and Tears by Andrew Marvell, 1621 – 1678)

John Lentell

8th March, 1969

Wednesday’s Piece

What breed of man, at this critical hour, could lead us out of crisis and conflict to harmony and greatness? Unhesitatingly I take as an example Lord (‘Boom’) Trenchard. Born 1873, died 1956 and buried aright in Westminster Abbey.

“A giant among men, physically and morally, a legendary leader, with an uncanny gift for picking men, he was that almost unique combination, the man of vision and the man of decision.”

“A giant in his own right, he kept faith with his high and lonely destiny.”

He has for long been my hero.

John Lentell

4th March, 1969

Tuesday’s Piece

“Be unjust, and you hand to nationalism a creed and a cause worth dying for: be just, and you deprive it of ammunition, and you destroy it. Justice is the foundation upon which the greatness of our nation must be established; for without it, you can satisfy the greed, but you can never win the hearts of men – and the greatness of a nation lies, in the last analysis, in the hearts of its people.”

(From ‘Rhodesia Acuses’ by A.J.A. Peck)

John Lentell

3rd February, 1969

Monday’s Piece

The ‘man in the street’ might be forgiven his complacency. How can he be expected to wake up to the facts of life when the sort of facts upon which he thrives, or otherwise, are not revealed. But that the intelligent ones in higher echelons are taking this constitutional higgledy-piggledy lying down is beyond my comprehension. As Isaiah said – “Shudder, you complacent ones”.

John Lentell

2nd March, 1969