Quotes of the Week

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"My addictions are always there, waiting for me. They are just doing press-ups outside my door."

Paul Merson, footballer (pictured)

"I will try to be less late for everything."

William Hague

"Rod knows what he likes in a woman. He just likes women, full stop."

Rachel Hunter, Rod Stewart's estranged wife

"I never was the demure woman people imagined. I guess I am petite, but what can I do about that? Go on a rack?"

Helena Bonham Carter, actress

"It must be in the Russian character - to run somebody into the mud, and then laud them after a tragedy strikes."

Vladimir Polyakov, a spokesman for Mikhail Gorbachev, whose wife Raisa died this week