Sunday’s Piece

“Mr. Daniel Bullen of Carbrooke, Norfolk, who was 103 yesterday, still manages his own farm. When he was 100, Mr. Bullen said: ‘It’s work that keeps me alive. It never killed any man.’ Later Mr. Bullen’s family hid his scythe to stop him working.”

(Manchester Guardian)

John Lentell

13th September, 1969

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Saturday’s Piece

“Miss Barrymore was told that the actress had acquired a new husband, and had made a full confession of her past life to him. ‘What honesty! What courage!’ marvelled the critic. ‘What a memory!’ added Miss Barrymore.”

John Lentell

12th September, 1969

Friday’s Piece

“When a married woman calls upon another married woman and finds her out, she leaves three cards – one of her own and two of her husband’s. If the lady of the house is a widow or a spinster she will leave only one card of her husband’s. In no case does a lady leave her card upon a gentleman….”

(From The Book of Etiquette by Lady Troubridge, 1887 – 1963)

John Lentell

11th September, 1969

Monday’s Piece

I have been looking, unsuccessfully, for a quotation to do with – anonymity – smear and rumour. Really an inadequate attempt to cut down to size the twisted minds that make ‘funny’ telephone calls, spread rumour and write offensive letters to which they significantly have not the guts to put their name. I do not receive many of the latter but I do receive enough to warrant mention of the matter. There are reasons to suppose that this sort of thing is sometimes politically motivated. Indeed, it is really a pattern with which in Rhodesia we have become all to familiar and better men than I have been its target.

John Lentell

7th September, 1969

Saturday’s Piece

“Love thyself last: cherish those hearts that hate thee;

Corruption wins not more than hoenesty.

Still in thy right hand carry gentle peace,

To silence envious tongues. Be just, and fear not…..”

(From King Henry VIII by William Shakespeare, 1564 – 1616)

John Lentell

5th September, 1969

Friday’s Piece

“The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them: that’s the essence of inhumanity.”

(From “The Devil’s Disciple” by George Bernard Shaw, 1856 – 1950)

John Lentell

4th September, 1969