Quotes Of The week
Sunday 17 January 1999
Ex-president of South African F W de Klerk on Nelson Mandela
I end up, as so often when I have tried to get it right, feeling I've slightly made a fool of myself.
Alan Bennett on refusing an honorary degree from Oxford University on the grounds of its association with Rupert Murdoch
I find people are so conscious of not talking directly to my chest that they can be too nervous even to look at my boobs.
Broadcaster and former model Melinda Messenger
The only animals we are in harmony with are the ones we failed to knock on the head.
Researcher Colin Tudge on Stone Age man's murderous behaviour
Even those of us who fear that our prayers are not always answered have little doubt that providence will not allow the whole Royal Family to be massacred simultaneously.
Labour peer Lord Hattersley
I only saw Harold Wilson really squiffy on one or two occasions, roughly as often as I saw George Brown completely sober. To compare Wilson's drinking to Brown's is to liken a dripping tap to Niagara Falls.
Joe Haines, Harold Wilson's press secretary at 10 Downing Street
I am fed up with these women wanting me for my mind when they should be wanting me for my body.
Author Will Self
Mr Clinton does not have the strength of character to be a war criminal.
Former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger
I love Scotland. It's a loony sort of place.
Screaming Lord Sutch, on Monster Raving Loony Party plans to contest seats for the Scottish Parliament
God is not to be imagined as an old man with a flaring white beard.
The Pope, on 'patriarchal' images of God
I find this concentration on language totally bizarre.
Former ambassador Sir David Gore-Booth, who was criticised for making reference to 'company wives'
St Tony, Angel of Islington.
William Hague's nickname for the PM after the latter's visit to St Thomas' Hospital
Life & Style blogs
Who is Teresa Fidalgo? Debunking the fake ghost story that's got Instagram spooked
Regin: Newly uncovered malicious software snooping since 2008 'was developed by a nation state'
Henri de Toulouse Lautrec: Google celebrates 150th anniversary of French artist with Doodle
Tinder dating app being used more and more by middle-aged mums and dads
'Normal Barbie': Lammily, the 'realistic' doll with stretch marks, acne, and grass stains on her legs
Rochester by-election: Ukip gains second MP as Tory defector Mark Reckless holds seat
'Beast of Bolsover' Dennis Skinner takes Ukip MP Mark Reckless to task moments after he is sworn in
Rochester by-election: Labour MP Emily Thornberry resigns after posting white van and England flags tweet
France 'blocks' Russian sailors from boarding a warship
Rochester aftermath: Sacking of Emily Thornberry will make work of Labour MPs '10 times harder'
Revealed: How the world gets rich – from privatising British public services
- 1 Universities aren't working us hard enough, say undergraduates
- 2 Lego letter from the 1970s still offers a powerful message to parents 40 years later
- 3 To help fuel their propaganda machine against the poor, our government has now decided to redefine the word 'welfare'
- 4 Woman opens professional cuddling shop – gets 10,000 customers in first week
- 5 Grayson Perry: London needs affordable housing because 'rich people don't create culture'
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