Monday’s Piece

“It is a practical law in life that when one door closes to us another opens. The trouble is that we often look often look with so much regret and longing upon the closed door that we do not notice the one which has opened.”

John Lentell
16 November 1971

 

Sunday’s Piece

A foreign secretary was once asked by a young inquirer whether he found it difficult – as Foreign Secretary – to reconcile his private morality with his public function. “Well, you see,” he said, after a long pause, “I have discovered that to do the right thing is generally the right thing to do.”

John Lentell
15 November 1971

(Photo: Highnos and his father Magaya Kahondo – Harare July 2018)

Saturday’s Piece

“When you see an old man amiable, mild, equable, content and good-humoured, be sure that in his youth he has been just generous and forbearing. In his end he does not lament the past, nor dread the future he is like the evening of a fine day.”

(Arabic proverb)

John Lentell
14 November 1971

(Photo: my father 3rd from the left during his military service in Palestine ~1948)

 

Monday’s Piece

“….after scanning the front page, some readers turn straight to the highlight of their day – Cabbages.”

(Reference to the Cabbages and Kings column in the Rhodesia Herald newspaper)

John Lentell
10 November 1971

(Photo: my saving grace purchase just before the commencement of corona lockdown)

Sunday’s Piece

“If by the people you understand the multitude, the hoi polloi, ’tis no matter what they think; they are sometimes in the right, sometimes in the wrong; their judgement is a mere lottery.”

(John Dryden, 1631 – 1700)

John Lentell
9 November, 1971

(Photo: magazines are not an essential service during lockdown in South Africa)