Wednesday’s Piece

There are eight million antique dealers in this naked city. This is (has been?) one of them!

John Lentell

10th February, 1970

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Tuesday’s Piece

“…..the prime minister, like the cabinet, is constantly having things done to him – by America, Russia, the TUC, the Opposition, and even his own colleagues, which spoil any pattern he may be devising, and provide further muddle.”

(Anthony Sampson, 1926 – 2004)

John Lentell

9th February, 1970

Monday’s Piece

“There are still many things I cannot understand and many things that frighten me. And I know that I still have a very long way to go. I have had experiences that make me doubt, and even tempt me to cynicism so that I attempt, for days altogether, to leave God out of my life. How bleak and dreary, how lonely and miserable they are!”

(From The Christian Agnostic by Leslie Weatherhead, 1893 – 1976)

John Lentell

8th February, 1970

Sunday’s Piece

“The sense of original sin would show….not that man was fallen from a high estate, but that he was rising in moral culture with more rapidity than the nature of his race could follow.”

(Sir Francis Galton, 1822 – 1911)

John Lentell

7th February, 1970

Saturday’s Piece

“….human love is a holy thing, the holiest in our experience…..love, created by time and experience….invincible against the disillusionments of the years. I had always found it difficult to understand the readiness with which some middle-aged couples divorced each other, and thereby cast away the accumulated treasures of their past.”

(From ‘Testament of Experience’ by Vera Brittain, 1893 – 1970)

John Lentell

6th February, 1970

Friday’s Piece

“Every acre……of the globe, demands thought before its biological and visual relations are altered.”

(Fraser Darling,

“Many ecologists are certain that without this loving guardianship we shall ravage our planet and crash down into a new Dark Age.”

(Gerald Leach, Science Correspondent, The Observer)

John Lentell

5th February, 1970

Saturday’s Piece

“Compassion is not the same thing as pity; pity is of a lower order, too likely to regard its object as weak and inferior. Compassion is never patronizing or condescending; rather it implies an outgoing of sympathy that shares another’s burden by hoisting it on to our own shoulders, and halves another’s pains by taking it into our own hearts.”

(Bruce Barton, 1886 – 1967)

John Lentell

29th January, 1970

Friday’s Piece

“I believe, Sir, that you desire to look at these apartments. They are very charming apartments, Sir. They command an uninterrupted view of – of over the way, and they are within one minute’s walk of – of the corner of the street.”

(Dick Swiveller in The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens, 1812 – 1870)

John Lentell

28th January, 1970

Sunday’s Piece

“‘I didn’t like the look of you sitting there in that big chair talking so damn smugly and cynically!’ She said. ‘You looked disgusting! You looked like just the kind of guy you always used to hate. The guy with all the answers. The guy who has no respect for himself or anyone else.'”

(From The Man in the Grey Flannel Suit by Sloan Wilson, 1920 – 2003)

John Lentell

21st January, 1970

Friday’s Piece

“….one view of the role of the ‘Establishment’….is that it creates a closed, self-contained circle which favours hereditary amateurs against self-made professionals, produces ‘old-boy’ agreements between banks and businesses, and acts as a drag on ambition and dynamic.”

(From Anatomy of Britain by Anthony Sampson, 1926 – 2004)

John Lentell

19th January, 1970