Monday’s Piece

“We know, and may guess something more, of why this marvellously gifted (Athenian) race declined. Social morality grew exceedingly lax, marriage became unfashionable and was avoided; many of the more ambitious and accomplished women were avowed courtesans, and consequently infertile….”

(From Hereditary Genius published in 1869 by by Sir Francis Galton, 1822 – 1911)

John Lentell

31st December, 1969

Wednesday’s Piece

“Nothing has raised more questioning among my critics than these words – noble, the grand style.

……I think it will be found that the grand style arises in poetry, when a noble nature, poetically gifted, treats with simplicity or with severity a serious subject.”

(Matthew Arnold, 1822 – 1888)

John Lentell

25th December, 1969

Monday’s Piece

“The average standard of the Lowland Scotch and the English north-country man is decidedly a fraction of a grade superior to that of the ordinary English, because the number of the former who attain to eminence is far greater than the proportionate number of their race would have led us to expect.”

(From Hereditary Genius published in 1869 by by Sir Francis Galton, 1822 – 1911)

John Lentell

23rd December, 1969

Wednesday’s Piece

“Today’s consumer is better educated than his forbears and thus less willing to accept the exaggerated salesmanship, misleading advertising, shoddy goods and even bits of deceit that buyers once considered natural hazards of commerce.”

(TIME magazine, 12/12/69)

John Lentell

17th December, 1969