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 Рphoto credit Angie Ren̩)

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 https://binuinsights.datafree.co/datafree/the-app-install-problem-in-africa-5ba09c724859)

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)

 

Saturday’s Piece

Architecture in general is frozen music.

(Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling, 1775 – 1854)

John Lentell
4 September, 1971

(Photo: my great grandfather John Parker OBE was an architect and the first mayor of greater Cape Town in 1913 – 1915. My grandfather John Kilgour Parker was an architect as were/are my uncles Dickon, Graham and Howard. I have very much enjoyed the music of living in Cape Town for the past two years, for the first time in my life).

Friday’s Piece

“Sometimes my father takes things apart to see why they don’t go.” said the girl to her boy friend.
“So what?” he asked.
“So you’d better go.” she said.

John Lentell
3 September, 1971

(Photo: my progeny and their loved ones – Sydney, Nov 2019)

Thursday’s Piece

Andrew Carnegie when asked which he considered the most important factor in industry: labor, capital or brains, replied, “Which is the most important leg of a three-legged stool?”

John Lentell
2 September 1971

(Photo – Ross, Dickon and I, Wellington NZ, Nov 2019)

Wednesday’s Piece

What is called generosity is generally only the vanity of giving, which we like better than what we give.

(Fran̤ois de La Rochefoucauld, 1613 Р1680)

John Lentell
1 September 1971

(Photo – visiting my mum in Wellington, NZ – Nov 2019)

Saturday’s Piece

The Laws of Manu moral code which governs the lives of 250,000,000 Hindus condones lying only when saving a life and when paying a compliment to a woman.

John Lentell
30 August 1971

(Tamika and Angie on Tamika’s birthday two years ago)

Friday’s Piece

Code for conduct:
Candour – Compassion – Communication.

John Lentell
Rhodesia Herald
29 August 1971

(An abiding memory from my childhood was my father’s life code of the “3 Cs” – candour, compassion and communication)
(Photo: Angie and I)

Thursday’s Piece

A man’s as old as he looks when he needs a shave, a woman is as old as she looks just after washing her face.

John Lentell
Rhodesia Herald
28 August 1971

(Photo: Bruce and I, biNu / Moya office, Cape Town 2019)

Wednesday’s Piece

“Can I live a good life in Salisbury City on $100 a month?” a young man from Enkledoorn asked.

“My boy, was the reply, “that’s all you can do.”

John Lentell
Rhodesia Herald
27 August 1971

(Photo: Dickon, Ross, Matt and Mark in the garden, Harare ~1979)