Quote of the day

Oh, I did have a chuckle at this.

pie-at-nightThe Sun reports on a stunt to “mark the countdown for the World Pie Eating Championships, which are to be held on December 20 at at Harry’s Bar in Wigan town centre”.

The stunt is “a specially-commissioned pie was sent for lift-off from the grounds of the Fifteens at The Fox pub after getting permission from the Civil Aviation Authority. The pie was attached to a high-altitude weather balloon in a bid to reach 100,000 ft.”

Harry’s Bar owner Tony Callaghan said: “Interestingly, NASA didn’t want to know about this, so we got a couple of lads from Sheffield to sort it instead.”

A wonderful quote of Woodrow Wyatt

Yesterday I heard a wonderful story about Woodrow Wyatt, Baron Wyatt of Weeford (4 July 1918 – 7 December 1997) –  a British Labour Party politician, author, journalist, and broadcaster whose opinions significantly changed during the course of his career.

The lovely quote is from when Wyatt arrived at continental hotel, and in confirming his registration he was asked to spell his surname, to which he wonderfully replied.

Wyatt, Waterloo, Ypres, Agincourt, Trafalgar, Trafalgar

Quote of the day: Difficult attribution

Interesting that as respected journalist of the quality of Fraser Nelson failed to check a supposed quote from President Putin. I too fell into the same trap, when the quote appears to be so perfect, it’s hard not to think it’s true – see HERE.

So Fraser’s tweet, and following apology, falls into the category – it’s just the sort of thing you’d expect Vladimir Putin to say. It wasn’t even a Denzel Washington quote, but a similar one said by his character, Creasy, in Man on Fire,

Elderly Man: ‘In the church, they say to forgive’. Creasy: ‘Forgiveness is between them and God. It’s my job to arrange the meeting.’

Fact checking needed

A worthy Shakespeare birthday quotation

Who, if any, can have but one favourite William Shakespeare quotation. Here’s one of mine,

In Hamlet, Polonius offers a few rules of life to his son Laertes, including these wise words,

“Neither a borrower nor a lender be,
For loan oft loses both itself and friend,
And borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry.
This above all: to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.”


Quote of the week: Monica Galetti

Monica Galetti on MasterChef The ProfessionalsMonica Galetti is the senior Sous Chef at Michel Roux’s Le Gavroche restaurant, and the fearsome judge on BBC’s MasterChef: The Professionals TV programme.

In Episode 4 of Series 6 of MasterChef: The Professionals, Michel Roux said to the contestants prior to their preparing dishes for the food critics, “I am happy, don’t know about Monica …….”

To which Monica Galetti replied, addressing the contestants,

“Believe it or not; this is a happy face.”


An excellent Queen’s Christmas Broadcast

This year’s Queen’s Christmas Day Broadcast was one of Her Majesty’s best.

For those of us who have, occasionally, to speak in public, it’s often a struggle to find the words to express what you feel. Especially so, when it’s to thank the work of volunteers. The Queen expressed it perfectly, in a way that I wished I’d been able to do. Here’s the paragraph in which the Queen expresses thanks for the “army of volunteers”.

“We were reminded, too, that the success of these great festivals depended to an enormous degree upon the dedication and effort of an army of volunteers. Those public-spirited people came forward in the great tradition of all those who devote themselves to keeping others safe, supported and comforted.”

It’s the phrase “who devote themselves to keeping others safe, supported and comforted” that I think is spot on.

Quote of the day: on management by Sir Terry Leahy

In my experience management is perpetual vigilance. Sir Terry Leahy, Tesco chief executive, has amplified this while being interviewed in The Daily Telegraph,

“The odd thing about the chief executive’s job is that it is frustrating. It is not a league championship that you can win and then you have won it. It is a never-ending contest.

“You can’t look back and say here are my six league championships. You might be just a week away from a crisis or a problem. It is a rather unsettling feeling actually. It is a long haul,”

Quote of the day: Statistical relevance

Spotted on the Infectious Greed blog. He liked the quote, and so do I.

“Next time someone tells you they don’t believe a small sample poll can possibly tell you anything, just say to them ‘OK, then. Next time you have to have a blood test, why don’t you ask them to take the whole lot?’”

— British opinion pollster Nick Moon, in Significance, March 2010