Thursday’s Piece

“One of Queen Victoria’s grandsons wrote asking her for money. She replied – not enclosing any money but warning against the consequences of forming extravagant habits in early youth. Whereupon he replied ‘Dearest Grandma – I received your letter and hope you do not think that I was disappointed because you could not send me the money. It was very kind of you to give me the good advice, and I sold your letter for forty pounds, ten shillings.'”

(Reminiscences by Sir Henry Luey)

John Lentell

14th July, 1970


Tuesday’s Piece

“All the following advice presupposes that whoever faces catastrophe takes a deep breath and makes up his mind to have a really determined go to beat the odds at all costs.”

(Forward to The Book of Survival by Anthony Greenbank, pub 1968)

John Lentell

12th July, 1970

Monday’s Piece

“Of all the institutions in our inordinately complacent society, none is so addicted as the press to self-righteousness, self-satisfaction and self-congratulation.”

(A.H. Raskin, 1934-1977)

John Lentell

11th July, 1970

ah raskin

Sunday’s Piece

“Dear Mr. Lentell,

You do write the most stupid rubbish that we have ever read. All this ‘unRhodesian’ which you keep writing about, what is so special about Rhodesia?



(Part of an anonymous letter)

John Lentell

10th July, 1970

Friday’s Piece

“Dear Mr. Lentell,

Having heard people discussing your ‘pieces’ in the paper, I find they are all wondering what the motive is behind your putting them in. Is it to convey truth? Is it to amuse, or is it to satisfy your ego and to let you feel that 50,000 readers, or more, of the Herald, are not reading the ‘piece’, but looking at the name of John Lentell?

To prove the point is not the latter, I challenge you to put in the ‘pieces’ without your name below them.

Yours sincerely,


(Anonymous letter – 15th Oct, 1968)

John Lentell

8th July, 1970

Thursday’s Piece

“The more men talked about nationality, language and sacred rights, the less did they value those things. They should beware, lest with all that empty claptrap they forgot the things that did matter.”

(General Smuts, 1870 – 1950)

John Lentell

7th July, 1970

general smuts

Wednesday’s Piece

When columnist Merryle Stanley Rukeyser got up to speak at a luncheon of the Pittsburg Advertising Club, he asked the president, “How long shall I speak?”

The president told him cheerfully, “Take as long as you like – we all leave at 1:30”.

John Lentell

6th July, 1970

Tuesday’s Piece

“Youth is not a time of life – it is a state of mind. You are as young as faith, as old as your doubt; as young as self confidence, as old as your fear; as young as your hope, as old as your despair.”

(Samuel Ullman,1840 – 1924)

John Lentell

5th July, 1970

samuel ullman

Monday’s Piece

“….our greatest hope is that you will produce many young Rhodesians, born and bred here, because they will be our greatest asset.” (Prime Minister – Rhodesia Herald 2/7/20)

“The 10 African Chiefs in Senate, some of whom are in their early prime and the rest probably still willing and able, between them have 101 children – at the moment. By the end of their first term of office there could be an additional 50, or 150….” (Letter to Rhodesia Herald 2/7/70)

John Lentell

4th July, 1970

Saturday’s Piece

Paul Kruger, President of the Transvaal, once decided a dispute between two brothers about an inheritance of land in South Africa thus: ‘Let one brother divide the land, and the other have first choice.'”

(From a book by Sarah Gertrude Millin)

John Lentell

2nd July, 1970



Friday’s Piece

“I believe in legal protest within the Constitutional limits of free speech, including peaceful assembly and the right of petition. But I do not believe that demonstrations, lawful or unlawful, merit my approval or even my silence where the purpose is fundamentally unsound.”

(U.S. Vice-President Spiro T. Agnew, 1918 – 1996)

John Lentell

1st July, 1970


Thursday’s Piece

“…..the transformation of party politics into party machines is one way of imposing on the electors a form of totalitarianism, a very mild form of totalitarianism no doubt, but still a menace to the political health of the country.”

(Compton Mackenzie, 1883 – 1972)

John lentell

30th June, 1970


Back after a break

I’ve had a big distracting work year growing and raising funding for our mobile start-up biNu. We’re now all set for an even bigger year ahead and it’s time to re-start Lentell Soup’s daily pieces….hope you enjoy.