Friday’s Piece

Home is the place where, when you go there,
They have to take you in.

(Robert Frost, 1874 – 1963)

John Lentell
Rhodesia Herald
3rd June, 1971

(My childhood home, Harare)


Wednesday’s Piece

Razors pain you;
Rivers are damp;
Acids stain you;
And drugs cause cramp.
Guns aren’t lawful;
Nooses give;
Gas smells awful;
You might as well live.

(Resumé – Poem by Dorothy Parker, 1893 – 1967)

John Lentell
Rhodesia Herald
2nd June, 1971

Wednesday’s Piece

I’m glad to find you as you are,”, said the old friend. “Your wealth hasn’t changed you.”
“Well,” replied the candid millionaire, “it has changed me in one way. I’m now eccentric where I used to be impolite, and delightfully witty where I used to be rude.”

John Lentell
Rhodesia Herald
24th May, 1971


Sunday’s Piece

A girl being interviewed for a job was asked if she had any particular talents and replied that she had won several prizes in crossword puzzles and slogan contests. “That sounds good”, the manager told her, “but we want somebody who will be smart during office hours.”

“Ah,” she explained brightly, “this was during office hours.”

John Lentell
Rhodesia Herald
22nd May, 1971

Monday’s Piece

Human beings, by and large, are not very inventive and are therefore highly imitative. Their compulsion to imitate is the basis of Fashion and in affluent societies, Fashion becomes almost totally preoccupied with the essentially useless.

(Wolf Mankowitz, 1924 – 1998)

John Lentell
Rhodesia Herald
18th May, 1971