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It's like trying to dismantle a mountain with a five-gallon bucket - Frank Keating, governor of Oklahoma, where more than 100 tonnes of debris have been removed by hand from the bomb-disaster building.

Insecurity at work is now epidemic. Too many people feel that each pay cheque might be their last - Harriet Harman, shadow employment secretary.

I would like to challenge Mike Tyson - that is how I feel - Nelson Mandela, president of South Africa, 76, commenting on his health.

Larry was a bottom-pincher. He came from a generation of gentlemen who did pinch bottoms. It wouldn't do now - Joan Plowright, Sir Laurence Olivier's widow.

There is one very big difference [between the two major parties] - I lead my party, you follow yours - Tony Blair, Labour leader, in Commons exchanges with the Prime Minister.

I'll give you a real difference. We have been leading in Europe. You will follow in Europe on every issue - John Major to Tony Blair.

It's made an old lady very happy - Frances Line, controller of Radio 2, after it was named station of the year.

I think this is probably a very fair deal all round - Winston Churchill, Tory MP, on the use of £12.5m of National Lottery cash to buy his grandfather's papers.

If I can help save the sovereignty of Britain, I shall go from this earthly mission to meet my Maker singing the Hallelujah Chorus - Lord Tonypandy, former Commons Speaker.