30 April 2007
27 April 2007
The debate was free of personal abuse and Mr [Joe] Biden got the laugh of the night. He was called on to respond to an accusation that he was too verbose and asked whether he could provide an assurance to voters he "would have the discipline you would need on the world stage".
"Yes," Mr Biden said, refusing to utter another word.
- Guardian, 27 April 2007
26 April 2007
24 April 2007
23 April 2007
'The bearded man was now eating some sort of fish with sauce on it. And Berry, watching him intently, became gripped with a suspicion that grew stronger with each moment. That beard, he could swear, was a false one. It was so evidently hampering its proprietor. He was pushing bits of fish through it in the cautious manner of an explorer blazing a trail through a strong forest. In short, instead of being a man afflicted by nature with a beard, and as such more to be pitied than censured, he was a deliberate putter-on of beards, a self-bearder, a fellow who, for who knew what dark purposes, carried his own private jungle around with him, so that any moment he could dive into it and defy pursuit. It was childish to suppose that such a man could be up to any good'
- PG Wodehouse, 'Big Money', 1931
18 April 2007
17 April 2007
'There was another big docudrama last week, Murder in the Outback (Sunday, ITV1), about the murder of Peter Falconio and the tribulations of his travelling companion, Joanne Lees. This episodic whodunnit courtroom drama had only one tiny fault - we all knew how it was going to end. It's really difficult to maintain the suspense when they send the jury out and do that nail-biting, pacing and muttering stuff when it was all over the papers four years ago. Did they think we'd all get artistic amnesia? As far as I could tell, the whole point of the programme was to show us Australians being very stupid indeed. What confirms that they are probably all two dingoes short of a creche is that they co-produced this drama about how stupid they are. The whole thing could have been made by the New Zealand tourist board'
- A A Gill TV review, Sunday Times, 15 April 2007
13 April 2007
11 April 2007
- Source: NZ Police press release, 10 April 2007
10 April 2007
Passenger, Paul Brennan, 19, who catches the 331 to work, said: "I first noticed the cat a few weeks ago. At first I thought it had been accompanied by its owner but after the first stop it became quite clear he was on his own. "He sat at the front of the bus, waited patiently for the next stop and then got off. It was was quite strange at first but now it just seems normal. I suppose he is the perfect passenger really - he sits quietly, minds his own business and then gets off."
04 April 2007
Lady Astor to Churchill: "If you were my husband, I'd put arsenic in your coffee."
Churchill: "Madam, if I were your husband, I'd drink it!"
But she also had the better of Churchill on one occasion:
Lady Astor was giving a costume ball and Winston Churchill asked her what disguise she would recommend for him. She replied, 'Why don't you come sober, Mr Prime Minister?
- Source: Nancy Astor, Viscountess Astor, Wikipedia
03 April 2007
"I was only outside in the hallway anyway, making a few calls and arranging witnesses. He would have had to come past me."
If the gentleman in question is found guilty of the crime with which he is accused, here's hoping his cellmates don't hear how he missed a golden opportunity to head for the hills. Or perhaps Southland chaps accused of murder are by nature a particularly law-abiding bunch.
- Southland Times, 4 April 2007
02 April 2007
'As for the three-day event, England and Scotland reached the last eight, Wales won the second tier plate final and Samoa took the title'