Friday’s Piece

“Look to the left and look to the right

And you’ll never, never get run over.”

(Part of a song we used to sing in the Shirley Temple Club on Saturday morning at the Odeon Cinema in Taunton, Somerset – circa 1935!)

John Lentell

2nd October, 1969

Sunday’s Piece

“A famous philanthropist was once asked: ‘How are you able to give so much, and still have so much?’

‘Well,’ replied the generous man, ‘as I shovel out, He shovels in and the Lord has a bigger shovel than I have.'”

(Christian Science Monitor)

John Lentell

27th September, 1969

Saturday’s Piece

Into young minds we must instill

Good things and those of worth

That they may build as is the will

Of He that made this earth.

John Lentell (part of some verse written with a comrade in an army billet in 1945)

26th September, 1969

Tuesday’s Piece

“A grey-haired old woman was waiting for a bus. She was very large and crippled with rheumatism. Her arms were loaded with packages. As the bus stopped, a man waiting behind offered a helping hand. The old woman smiled and shook her head. ‘I’d best manage alone,’ she said. ‘If I get help today – I’ll want it tomorrow.'”

John Lentell

22nd Spetember, 1969

Monday’s Piece

“Actual evidence I have none,

But my aunt’s charwoman’s sister’s son

Heard a policeman on his beat

Say to a housemaid in Downing Street

That he had a brother, who had a friend,

Who knew when the war was going to end.”

(Reginald Arkell, 1882 – 1959)

John Lentell

21st Spetember, 1969

Sunday’s Piece

“‘The world,’ Dwight Morrow once wrote to his son, ‘is divided into people who do things and people who get the credit. Try, if you can, to belong to the first class. There’s far less competition.'”

(From “Dwight Morrow” by Harold Nicholson)

John Lentell

20th September, 1969

Saturday’s Piece

“I do not choose to be a common man. It is my right to be uncommon – if I can. I seek opportunity – not security. I do not wish to be a kept citizen, humbled and dulled by having the state look after me. I want to take the calculated risk; to dream and to build, to fail and to succeed. I will never cower before any master, nor bend to any threat. It is my heritage to stand erect, proud and unafraid; to think and act for myself….”

(Dean Alfange, 1897 – 1989)

John Lentell

19th September, 1969

Friday’s Piece

“May I ask you the secret of success?” an ambitious young man said to a great merchant.

“There is no easy secret,” replied the merchant. “You must jump at your opportunity.”

“But how can I tell when my opportunity comes?”

“You can’t,” snapped the merchant. “You have to keep jumping.”

John Lentell

18th September, 1969

Thursday’s Piece

“One of Ripley’s famous cartoons pictured a plain bar of iron worth $5. This same bar of iron when made into horseshoes would be worth $10.50. If made into needles it would be worth $3,285, and if turned into balance springs for watches, its worth becomes $250,000. The same is true of another kind of material – you. Believe it or not!”.

John Lentell

17th September, 1969

Wednesday’s Piece

“Special attention given to educational and emotional difficulties.

Full time psychologist. Registered nurses. Pool. Fireproof building.

Paul L. White, M.D., F.A.P.A., Medical Dir.

Bert V. Brown, Dir.”

(From an Advertisement for an American School)

John Lentell

16th September, 1969

Tuesday’s Piece

“Groucho Marx recently, I’m told, resigned from the Friar’s Club with the simply chilly explanation: ‘I don’t want to belong to any club that would accept me as one it’s members.'”

(John Crosby in New York Herald Tribune)

John Lentell

15th September, 1969