Friday’s Piece

“A votary of the desk – a notched and cropt scrivener – one that sucks his sustenance, as certain sick people are said to do, through a quill.”

(Charles Lamb, 1775 – 1834)

John Lentell

5th August, 1970



Tuesday’s Piece

“The languid way in which he gives you a handful of numb unresponsive fingers is very significant.”

(Carlyle on Wordsworth)

John Lentell

4th August, 1970 

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Wednesday’s Piece

“Two big factors restrict strikes. One is the unions’ small funds, which amount only to an average week’s wages to each man. The other is public opinion, which looms like a genie: the TUC knows well that strikes by public services, as by the London busmen in 1958, can make the genie scowl.”

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

John Lentell

18th July, 1970