Quote – Unquote

Newspapers love a good quote; some to justify their position and others just to show how smart the journalist is. So I thought why not; here’s a few from the past couple of weeks that tickled my funny bone.

While our UK TV is blighted by endless hours of tedious golf from St Andrews; The Economist went into the past to find this little gem from American President Woodrow Wilson.

“An ineffectual attempt to put an elusive ball into an obscure hole with implements ill adapted for the purpose”

How right he was how right!

The Daily Telegraph  also looked to the USA for words of wisdom quoting John Updike he of Rabbit Run fame and Pulitzer Prize winner.

“Most of American life is driving somewhere and then driving back wondering why the hell you went”

However in the same paper (different date), Gore Vidal commented on John Updike.

“I can’t stand Updike. Nobody will think to ask because I’m supposedly jealous; but I out-sell him. I’m more popular than he is, and I don’t take him very seriously “

Make up your mind Telegraph!

Another Gore Vidal this time in the Times.

“Commercialism is doing well that which should not be done at all.”

No comment needed.

More Americana – this time in Politico.com

“The most dangerous creation of any society is the man who has nothing to lose. James Baldwin

During an obituary for the late great Omar Sharif on BBC Radio 5 his Grandson quoted Omar as saying.

“Playing bridge is like making love. Either you need a terrific partner or a really good hand.”

Make of that what you will.

Lastly – an attempt at humour from the Financial Times – no really I mean it.

“What do book-keepers use for birth control?

“Their personalities!”

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My work background is in operational meteorology and in my career I have been involved in forecasting for everything from bananas to jumbo jets.I joined the Met Office 1974 as an observer at Glasgow Airport. After training as a forecaster, I worked as an Operational aviation forecaster at various defence sites and airports. In 1982, I moved to Glasgow Weather Centre as a forecaster and STV broadcaster till 1988. He then took up a post as Senior Forecaster London Weather Centre, then Senior Forecaster ITV where I qualified as a trainer in presentation techniques for the ITV Association. After being diagnosed with MS, he moved into management and became Head of London Weather Centre in 1997 followed by a period of front-line management for Southern England and Europe covering London and Cardiff Weather Centres and the Met Offices on defence stations from Akrotiri in Cyprus to St Mawgan in Cornwall. He took up the post of Met Office Chief Advisor for Scotland & Northern Ireland in March 2008 and moved to Edinburgh. I retired in September 2014. My one claim to fame is once performed a comedy sketch on TV with Manuel (Andrew Sachs) from Fawlty Towers in support of Comic Relief.

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