"Poets don't build swimming pools. I'm going to spend it on the electricity bill and food." - Don Paterson, on winning the pounds 5,000 T S Eliot prize
"I am a well-known elitist. I don't even own a pair of trainers. If I did, I am sure they would be very fragrant." - Lord Gowrie
"The best way to build a stone wall is at dusk and when you are slightly drunk. It really flows." - Giles Downes, the Queen's architect.
"Aromatherapy is like going into the countryside and smelling flowers. It should be available in Parliament. They already have it in some mental hospitals." - Simon Hughes, Liberal Democrat MP