Quotes of the Week

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"We are a nation of yobs. Now that we don't have a war, what's wrong with a good punch-up?"

The Dowager Marchioness of Reading

"The World Cup is supposed to be an image of friendship and men are going to be like children and play with their ball. But what happens? They fight. That's an image of how the world is."

Jeanne Moreau, actress

"The hideous apparel favoured by the metropolitan English make the denizens of former East Berlin look chic by comparison." Barry Humphries, entertainer

"Whatever their immediate popularity, the Spice Girls are not as significant as WH Auden"

Sir Peter Hall,

theatre director

"Sex and tennis are two peas in a pod, as inseparable as Torville and Dean."

Buster Mottram,

tennis player

"If you were Frank Sinatra's friend, he was a friend for life. If you were his enemy, you stayed his enemy. Case closed."

Tony Bennett,


"You must not wear condoms. They do not stop disease. Anyone who tells you otherwise is a liar. They are designed to stop us [blacks] from breeding."

Winnie Mandela