Friday’s Piece

“The first panacea for a mismanaged nation is inflation of the currency; the second is war. Both bring a temporary prosperity; both bring a permanent ruin. But both are the refuge of political and economic opportunists.”

(Ernest Hemingway, 1899 – 1961)

John Lentell
25 September 1971

(Photo: choice of teas at WorkInProgress, Woodstock Exchange, Cape Town. Reflecting on the chequered history of the past 49 years since this piece was published by my father in the Rhodesia Herald newspaper in 1971..)

Thursday’s Piece

“Life is mostly froth and bubble,
Two things stand like stone,
Kindness in another’s trouble,
Courage in your own.”

(Adam Gordon, 1833 – 1870, was an Australian poet, jockey, police officer and politician. A statue to his memory stands near parliament house, Melbourne.)

John Lentell
24 September 1971

Wednesday’s Piece

“Auntie, did you feel no pain
Falling from that apple-tree?
Would you do it, please, again?
Cuz my friend here didn’t see.”

(From ‘Ruthless Rhymes for Heartless Homes‘ by Harry Graham, 1874 – 1936)

John Lentell
22 September 1971

(Photo: my father used to type all these “piece for the day” entries using a typewriter on printed forms for “smalls” listings provided by the Rhodesia Herald / Sunday Mail newspapers, then hand deliver them to the newspaper office in “town”.  Occasionally he would a note like this one using another form, for the newspaper office’s attention!)

Tuesday’s Piece

“Since ’tis Nature’s law to change,
Constancy alone is strange.”

(John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester, 1647 – 1680… became as well known for his rakish lifestyle as his poetry, although the two were often interlinked. He died as a result of venereal disease at the age of 33.)

John Lentell
23 September 1971

(Photo: with nature, Cape Point, 2016)

Sunday’s Piece

“No man worth having is true to his wife, or can be true to his wife, or ever was, or ever will be so.”

From the Relapse, or, Virtue in Danger, a Restoration comedy from 1696 written by John Vanbrugh

John Lentell
20 September 1971

(Photo: with Harry Lentell, Wellington, NZ, 2017)


Saturday’s Piece

“The want of a thing is perplexing enough, but the possession of it is intolerable.”

(Sir John Vanbrugh, English architect, dramatist and herald, perhaps best known as the designer of Blenheim Palace and Castle Howard, 1664- 1726)

John Lentell
19 September 1971

Friday’s Piece

“Ex Africa semper aliquid novi.”

There is always something new from Africa

(Roman author, naturalist and natural philosopher Pliny the Elder, A.D 23 – 79)

John Lentell
18 September 1971

(Photo – with JP and Melissa, Joburg, January 2020)

Wednesday’s Piece

“I don’t set up to be no judge of right and wrong in men,
I’ve lost the trail sometimes myself an’ may get lost again,
An’ when I see a chap who looks as though he’s gone astray,
I want to shove my hand in his an’ help him find the way.”

(J.A. Foley)

John Lentell
16 September, 1971

(Photo – Ivan Lentell)


Tuesday’s Piece

“Item, I give my wife my second best bed, with the furniture.”

(From Shakespeare’s Last Will and Testament signed on 25 March 1616)

John Lentell
15 September 1971

(Photo: with Magaya Kahondo, Harare, July 2018 – photo credit Ivan Lentell)

Monday’s Piece

“If you want to win her hand,
Let the maiden understand,
That she’s not the only pebble on the beach.”

(From the song ‘You’re not the only Pebble on the Beach’ composed by Harry Braisted, 1896)

John Lentell
14 September 1971

(Photo: off to work, Cape Town, January 2020)

Sunday’s Piece

“The greater the power, the more dangerous the abuse.”

(Edmund Burke, 1729 – 1797)

John Lentell
13 September 1971

(Photo: the biNu team who helped with biNu’s “The app install challenge in Africa” research project in Philippi and Gugulethu townships in Cape Town, 2018 – see

Saturday’s Piece

“John Wesley’s conversation is good, but he is never at leisure. He is always obliged to go at a certain hour. This is very disagreeable to a man who loves to fold his legs and have out his talk, as I do.”

(Samuel Johnson, 1709 – 1784)

John Lentell
12 September 1971

(Photo: with Martin Chalk, Eataly, New York, 2015)


Tuesday’s Piece

Why so pale and wan, fond lover?
Prithee, why so pale?
Will, when looking well can’t move her,
Looking ill prevail?
Prithee why so pale?

(Sir John Suckling, poet, 1609 – 1641)

John Lentell
7 September 1971

(Photo: Philadelphia, Western Cape, Jan 2020)

Monday’s Piece

“The whole difference between construction and creation is exactly this: that a thing constructed can only be loved after it is constructed; but a thing created is loved before it exists.”

(G.K. Chesterton, 1874 – 1936)

John Lentell
6 September, 1971

(Photo: Highnos’s daughters, Harare, July 2018. Photo credit – Ivan Lentell)


Sunday’s Piece

“Life ain’t all beer and skittles, and more’s the pity; but what’s the odds, so long as you’re happy?”

(George Du Maurier, 1834 – 1896)

John Lentell
5 September 1971

(Photo: wonderful visit with Magaya Kahondo, his son Highnos and family – Harare, July 2018)