Quotes of the day - 23 October 2008
Thursday 23 October 2008
"He has taken up more positions on immigration than someone in training with the Kama Sutra" - Liberal Democratic home affairs spokesman Chris Huhne on Phil Woolas who, he said, had made a "cack-handed" start as Immigration Minister.
"That kind of celebrity programme, whether it be people dancing, people singing or people I don't know having each other's husbands and wives, it doesn't interest me" - Sir Michael Parkinson.
"The big rock obsession - mine's bigger than yours - is like a schoolyard competition" - Top jeweller Theo Fennell, whose clients include Victoria Beckham and Elizabeth Hurley, on the preference for large diamonds rather than "real beauty and craftsmanship".
"Let's be honest: passion in a relationship only lasts about 18 months, and that's when boredom can set in" - TV star Sharon Maughan.
"His tastes are quite Ivan the Terrible" - Nicky Haslam, who masterminded the redecoration of the Moscow flat of Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, the man at the centre of the George Osborne affair.
"Craftsmanship is the way forward. It's perfect for the credit crunch. Things like knitting and so on are very important and very English. It's definitely a good time to start making your own things" - Henry Conway, fashionista son of troubled Tory MP Derek Conway.
"The No Smoking loos at the National Gallery are without doubt the warmest in London, a fact well-known among members of the tramping fraternity who are expert at taking as long as one hour to complete their toilet" - Extract from The Good Loo Guide by Jonathan Routh.
"You could reverse my age and make it 28. When the young fellows are exhausted at six o'clock, this old turtle is going on" - Dr Ian Paisley, 82, who claims to have "marvellous health".
"They're very nice boys, very down to earth and sweet, but there's nothing romantic going on at all. They just came up and said hello. There's no texting going on" - Socialite Paris Hilton, denying that she had been flirting with Princes William and Harry, whom she met at a London hotel.
"Without wanting to sound too cold-blooded about it, these drivers are paid millions to take a few risks and the consequence of Formula One becoming too tame is that the fans will get turned off. This sport should be the nearest modern equivalent to an old Roman chariot race, full of edge and visceral excitement" - Former Tory Cabinet minister David Mellor.
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- 2 What happens to your body when you give up sugar?
- 3 Drugs Live cannabis trial: Hash is less harmful than any other drug, expert claims
- 4 Turkish Airlines flight TK 726 crash-lands on Nepal runway amid dense fog
- 5 Apple and Google users being spied on for a decade because of 'Freak' security flaw
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Turkish Airlines flight TK 726 crash-lands on Nepal runway amid dense fog
Japanese island overrun with cats after population explodes
London property boom built on dirty money
Becky Watts: Stepbrother and his girlfriend named locally as two arrested on suspicion of murder
Durham Free School: 'Creationism taught at' free school facing closure
Nearly 100,000 of Britain's poorest children go hungry after parents' benefits are cut
Ukip would cut billions from Scottish budget to fund English tax cuts
End of the licence fee: BBC to back radical overhaul of how it is funded
Ukraine crisis: Top Chinese diplomat backs Putin and says West should 'abandon zero-sum mentality'
Boris Nemtsov shot dead: Outspoken Putin critic who had expressed fears for his life is killed near the Kremlin
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