Sunday’s Piece

“I hope you are not afraid of microbes’ apologised the paying teller as he cashed the school teacher’s cheque with soiled notes. “Don’t worry,” said the young lady, “a microbe couldn’t live on my salary.”

John Lentell

13th November, 1970

Tuesday’s Piece

“After having received a lesson on government a child wrote the following:

‘An Absolute Monarchy is when He does as He likes;

a Limited Monarchy is when He don’t do as He likes;

a Republic is when He don’t do nothing at all.’ ”

(From the Boy’s Own Paper, 18th April 1903)

John Lentell

11th November, 1970

boys own paper 1945


Monday’s Piece

“Trains that day were running late, but presently one appeared, and Joad opened a door. ‘Sorry Sir,’ shouted a porter, ‘but this train doesn’t stop here.’

‘And I’m not getting in’, riposted the philosopher, closing the door behind him.”

(C.E.M Joad, 1891 – 1953)

John Lentell

10th November, 1970


Wednesday’s Piece

“Yet what does the embarrassment of others matter if a conviction of truth and justice demands the courage of the individual to express his conviction by words of actions?”

(‘On Moral Courage’ – Compton Mackenzie, 1883 – 1972)

John Lentell

3rd September, 1970


Tuesday’s Piece

“An optimist is the fellow who fell out of the 20th story window of a skyscraper and as he passed the fourth floor said ‘so far so good’.”

(Of unknown origin from the 1920s)

John Lentell

2nd September, 1970


Monday’s Piece

“I had never had a piece of toast

Particularly long and wide,

But fell upon the sanded floor,

And always on the buttered side.”

(James Payn, 1830 – 1898)

John Lentell

1st September, 1970


Saturday’s Piece

“Here’s to God’s first thought, Man!

Here’s to God’s second thought, Woman!

Second thought’s are always the best,

So here’s to Woman!”

(A toast for all occasions, to women – unknown origin)

John Lentell

30th August, 1970









(Model with Utopian jewellery by John Lentell