“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)
14th July, 1970
Golfer (to members ahead): “Pardon me, but would you mind if I played through? I’ve just heard that my wife has been taken seriously ill.”
13th July, 1970
“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)
12th July, 1970
“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)
11th July, 1970
“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)
10th July, 1970
“As the birth of living creatures are at first ill-shapen, so are all innovations, which are the births of time.”
(Sir Francis Bacon 1561 – 1626)
9th July, 1970
“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.
(Anonymous letter – 15th Oct, 1968)
8th July, 1970