Quotes of the Week

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"Noel Coward was the Bruce Springsteen, the Bruce Willis of his day."

Joanna Lumley (above)

"It would be dishonest to say I'm beyond ambition, but the fires of ambition are rather tepid these days."

Chris Patten,

ex-Governor of Hong Kong, on his future political plans

"Tony Blair is one of the century's great leaders, and Bald Billy is a prat."

Mick Hucknall,

pop star

"Dead sheep and cows are one thing, but the elephant dung was the final straw."

Ray Hutchins, artist, following his dumping of dung outside the Tate in protest at the Turner Prize award

"No taxation without respiration."

Steve Forbes, Republican presidential hopeful, on his pledge to scrap death duties

"He looked me up and down and said, `I like your big boots'."

Natalie Appleton, singer, on her encounter with

Bill Clinton