Sunday’s Piece


Like all Man’s pleasures, when they first begin,

Tea was a mischief, and almost a sin.

Doctors, and clergy, turned their noses up –

‘A filthy custom’ was the Pekoe cup.


(From ‘Twinings – Two Hundred and Fifty Years of Tea and Coffee’ by A.P. Herbert)

John Lentell

7th January, 1970

Saturday’s Piece

“Only an insane type of mind can erect the state into a god and make of it a fetish to swallow up the individual’s right of thinking, feeling and the pursuit of happiness.”

(From The Importance of Living by Lin Yutang, 1895 – 1976)

John Lentell

6th January 1970

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

Friday’s Piece

“In things that are tender and unpleasing, it is good to break the ice, by some whose words are of less weight, and to reserve the more weighty voice to come in as by chance…”

(Sir Francis Bacon 1561 – 1626)

John Lentell

28th December, 1969

Thursday’s Piece

“I loved thee once, I’ll love no more,

Thine be the grief, as is the blame,

Thou art not what thou wast before,

What reason I should be the same?”

(‘To An Inconstant Mistress‘ by Sir Robert Aytoun, 1570 – 1638)

John Lentell

27th 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