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Americans have manners, which is a process of inclusion. The English have etiquette, which is a process of exclusion: if you don't know how to eat an artichoke, you're obviously not one of us - Quentin Crisp

Both Jesus and God are very important in my life, but I don't like the Christianity that links the two - Jim Davidson, entertainer

Reforming Britain's constitution without mentioning the monarchy is like discussing Coronation Street without mentioning Vera Duckworth - Tony Wright, Labour MP

Grammar is seen as conflicting with the ideology of child-centred education that self-expression should be unfettered by rules. Now the first generation to be unlettered and un-grammared is passing its ignorance on to a second generation, and children are being disinherited from a mastery of their own language - Katie Ivens, of the Campaign for Real Education

It would be foolish to politicise this (beef) crisis. You cannot play games with people's health - Jacques Santer, EU president

To walk virtually is better than not to walk at all - Sir Jocelyn Stevens, English Heritage chief, on the Internet's virtual reality tour of Stonehenge