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.
- 2 Man who held up 'hire me' sign at Waterloo station returns a year later with 'I'm hiring' sign
Rowan Atkinson to sell £10 million McLaren 'supercar' he crashed into a tree and a lamppost
UK weather: Snow to fall in the coming week with sub-zero temperatures to last until early February
Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
Warriors in ancient Iraq suffered Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder more than 3,000 years ago, say researchers
US blames Russia after rocket attacks in Ukraine kill at least 30
Nigel Farage: NHS might have to be replaced by private health insurance
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
French court convicts three over homophobic tweets, in case hailed as a 'significant victory' by LGBT rights campaigners
British Muslim school children suffering a backlash of abuse following Paris attacks
George Galloway condemns 'racist, Islamophobic, hypocritical rag' Charlie Hebdo at freedom of speech rally
Islamic history is full of free thinkers - but recent attempts to suppress critical thought are verging on the absurd
£6240 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Apprentices are required to join a privat...
£40000 per annum: Sauce Recruitment: This is an exciting opportunity for a HR...
£35000 - £40000 per annum: Ashdown Group: A well-established organisation oper...
£25000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Our Client has been the leader ...