Quotes of the week

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"People in television are horrible, really awful. Or maybe I met the wrong ones"

John Noakes, former Blue Peter presenter (above)

"The Lords' success is down to years of selective inbreeding."

Kenneth Clarke, ex-Chancellor, on the Lords' victory over the Commons in the annual tug-of-war

"I like people in a very general way."

Sir Anthony Hopkins, actor

"This has never happened to me before"

William Waldegrave, former Tory MP, on being made a life peer

"She's a cracking bird. She looks much better than in her pictures"

Bill Shand Kydd, a step-uncle of Diana Princess of Wales, on Camilla Parker Bowles

"Red wine is especially good in countering radiation effects"

Professor Vassylenko, the Ukrainian ambassador, on the alleged harmful effects of mobile telephones