Monday’s Piece

God created woman. And boredom did indeed cease from that moment – but many other things ceased as well. Woman was God’s second mistake.

(Friedrich Nietzsche, 1844 – 1900)

John Lentell
Rhodesia Herald
12th April, 1971

(Photo of my mother, Sylvia, circa late 1960s)

Sunday’s Piece

My son, these maxims make a rule,
An’ lump them aye thegither;
The Rigid Righteous is a fool,
The Rigid Wise anither.

(Robert Burns, 1759 – 1796)

John Lentell
Rhodesia Herald
11th April, 1971

Saturday’s Piece

I love you,
Not only for what you are,
But for what I am
When I am with you.
I love you
Not only for what
You have made of yourself
But for what you are making of me.
(Roy Croft)

John Lentell
Rhodesia Herald
9th April, 1971

Friday’s Piece

A jest loses its point when he who makes it is the first to laugh.

(Friedrich Schiller, 1759 -1805)

John Lentell
Rhodesia Herald
8th April, 1971


Feedback Piece

When I was a kid I wondered how many people might actually read my father’s Pieces of the Day buried in the classifieds Personal column of the Rhodesia Herald newspaper.

For 9 years or so he diligently researched and laboriously typed the pieces on his trusted Facit typewriter before hand delivering them to the Rhodesia Herald office in downtown Salisbury (Harare) for publication a few days later.

Aside from republishing his Pieces here and on other social media, I am also publishing them on biNu, a mobile internet app for emerging markets company I co-founded a few years ago that coincidentally has become quite a hit in Zimbabwe with 400,000 active users and growing.

The Lentell Soup feed on biNu is now getting 60,000 page views (hits) a day and continues to grow, to the point where most likely John is more widely read in Zimbabwe today than he could have imagined 45 years ago.

Here is an awesome biNu wall post and message I received today from biNu user Given Langton in Chitungwiza, just outside of Harare:

“…i know you have had so many posts on your wall but im quite sure non of them meant what mine means. First and foremost I would like to thank you for this awesome network. The main reason why I have write to you his blog is congratulate you on your Lantel blog. I read that blog everyday it will be a lie if I say it doesn’t help me, sometimes I even wonder what kind of a person your father was? these inspirations are old but yet relevent, your father was a hero sir! I am quite sure you would be proud of you too. I can see that you are appreciating his work Zimbabwe does too. i will always read it everyday.”

I know John would have been tickled pink.

Tuesday’s Piece

Hating people is like burning down your own house to get rid of a rat.

(Harry Fosdick, 1878 – 1969)

John Lentell
Rhodesia Herald
5th April, 1971

Saturday’s Piece

Early morning (7 am) telephone conversation about a desk for sale in the Herald smalls:-
SHE – “I bought it from that chap ‘what’s his name?’ who is always writing in the newspapers….”
HE – (as soon as he could get a word in) “this is that chap ‘what’s his name?’ who is always writing in the newspapers speaking.”

John Lentell
Rhodesia Herald
2nd april, 1971

Friday’s Piece

Don’t get discouraged – it’s often the last key in the bunch that opens the lock.

John Lentell
Rhodesia Herald
1st April, 1971

Thursday’s Piece

A cup of sun…
a daisy…
a thimbleful of snow…
a leaf turned red from frost’s first touch…
this much of God I know.

(Joan Walsh Anglund, 1926 – )

John Lentell
Rhodesia Herald
31st March, 1971