A Road More or Less Travelled...

A New Pointy Stick, more to come...

"Civilisation means a society based upon the opinion of civilians. It means that violence, the rule of warriors and despotic chiefs, the condition of camps and warfare, of riot and tyranny, give place to parliaments where laws are maintained." (Winston Churchill)

A Selection of Pointy Sticks from Sinfield's email signatures. May 2008 - December 2009

"We will probably run out of things to eat, long before we are overcome by rising sea levels" (Alex Rentni)

"The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources." (Albert Einstein)

"If work was a good thing, the rich would have it all and not let you do it." (Elmore Leonard)

"Two buttocks cannot avoid friction." (from Zambia)

"If you put a knife in the cake and it comes out clean why not put all your dirty knives in?" (Max Wall)

"In poetic translation you get the high of finishing something you don't have to start." (Seamus Heaney)

"I am not fond of snare drums and cymbals; military Instruments." (Peter Sinfield)

"It's surely the epitome of pointlessness to gamble within your limits." (Clement Freud)

"The terrorist and the policeman both come from the same basket." (Joseph Conrad)

"The killing of time is the worst of crimes." (Daniel Defoe)

"Happiness makes up in height for what it lacks in length." (Robert Frost)

"When men fight by the light of the moon, the bald ones are sure to be hit." (from Madagascar)

"The night is over before one has finished counting the stars." (from Tanzania)

A Selection of Pointy Sticks from Sinfield's email signatures. May 2003 - May 2007

"Going to war over religion is basically killing each other to see who's got the better imaginary friend." (Richard Jeni)

"We have to say to our climate, are you with us or against us?" (Rory Bremner )

"A lawyer? That's doing homework for a living." (Tom Hanks)

"There's a very low anger that resides in any respectable, intelligent person about how we give power to people who don't deserve it." (Harold Pinter)

"The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist in coming along & trying to put things in it." (Terry Pratchett)

"The life which only exists to be examined is barely manageable; barely, indeed a life." (M. Bywater)

"The key thing is not how many notes you have but what you do with them. (Howard Goodall)

"We all had nothing to lose- and a vision to gain." (Mark Rothko)

"The difference between a book of poems and a novel is around £5000." (Dermot Bolger)

"Reality is just a crutch for people who can't deal with drugs." (Robin Williams, ibid)

"It is the business of poets to be neither here nor there" (Alan Coren)

"You aren't wealthy until you have something that money can't buy" (Garth Brooks)

"I'm old enough to know a red carpet is just a rug." (Al Gore)

"War does not determine who is right- only who is left." (Bertrand Russell)

"Don't play what's there play what's not there." (Miles Davis)

"One person with belief is equal to a force of 99 who have only interests." (J. S. Mill)

"The unexpected is always likely to happen. . ." (John Motson)

"German humour is no laughing matter." (Mark Twain)

"History does not repeat itself, it rhymes." (Mark Twain) ... With crimes! (P. Sinfield)

"For every 10 people in the world there is one gun." (The Indypedia)

"The sort of people who become politicians are the sort of people who used to leave you notes." (Dylan Moran)

"Look after the penetration and the pounds will look after themselves." (P. Sinfield)

"This was a very nice neighbourhood until the monkeys got out of control." (T. McKenna)

"You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you mad as Hell." (Aldous Huxley)

"Age is a very high place to pay for maturity." (Tom Stoppard)

"The British protest movement preferred the more relaxing, 'Tune In, Turn Over & Drop Off'." (Craig Brown)

"Distrust all those in whom the urge to punish is strong." (Goethe, ibid)

"Something unpleasant is coming when men are anxious to tell the truth." (Benjamin Disraeli)

"It is never too late to dig an ice-pick into the rock face of history and hang on..." (Miles Kington)

" We are almost always bored by the very people by whom it is vital not to be bored." (La Rochefoucald)

"If you give a man a fish, also give him a lemon wedge and some basil." (Gary Belkin)

"ROCK STARS... Is there anything they don't know?" (Homer Simpson)

"Wit has truth in it; wise-cracking is simply calisthenics with words." (Dorothy Parker)

"Being a big fish in a small pond is fine; just so long as you have sufficient oxygen." (P. Sinfield)

"It is impossible to enjoy idling thoroughly unless one has plenty of work to do." (Jerome. K. Jerome)

"Believe those who are seeking the truth; doubt those who find it." (Andre Gide)

"Consistency is the hobgoblin of a small mind." (Winston Churchill)

"It's no longer a question of staying healthy, but of finding a sickness you like." (Jackie Mason)

"Why do you have to be a nonconformist like everybody else?" (James Thurber)

"If people are having trouble communicating, the least they could do is shut up about it." (Tom Lehrer)

"U don't wanna be the best of the best. U wanna be the only one who does what you do." (Jerry Garcia)

"Art is making something out of nothing and selling it." (Frank Zappa)

" You have to know how to accept rejection and reject acceptance." (Ray Bradbury)

"The worst time to have a heart attack is during a game of charades." (Demitri)

"America is taller than other nations and therefore sees further." (Madeleine Albright)

"People don't usually like armed missionaries." (Robespierre)

A Selection of Pointy Sticks from Sinfield's email signatures. May 2002- May 2003

"He stretched out his arms to the crystalline, radiant sky. "I know myself, "he cried, "but that is all - " (F. Scott Fitzgerald)

"I am thinking of aurochs and angels, the secret of durable pigments, prophetic sonnets, the refuge or art."  (V. Nabakov)

"We suspect the suffering servant of either masochism or hypocrisy or both, and while we are often wrong, we are not
always wrong." (Michael Walzer)

"To disclose to others the poverty within us is too fearsome a possibility." (Harold Pinter)

"Most liars lie too hard, whereas the truth tends to speak for itself." (Edward Docx)

"If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it." (Elmore Leonard's No.1 Rule.)

'RIOT' - "A popular entertainment given to the military by innocent bystanders." (Ambrose. Bierce)

"We often forgive those who bore us, but we cannot forgive those who find us boring." (La Rochefoucauld)

"A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words". (?)

"Cruel men cry easily in the cinema." (Graham Greene)

"Excess on occasion is exhilarating. It prevents moderation from aquiring the deadening effect of habit."(Somerset Maugham)

"By dint of railing at idiots you run the risk of becoming an idiot yourself." (Gustave Flaubert)

"Buddhism is disconcerting to those who equate faith with belief in certain inspired religious opinions." (Karen Arstrong)

"It is proportion that beautifies everything." (Orlando Gibbons.)

And now, by way of light relief some, er Wibbly-Wobbly Sticks.

"As I always say, a difference of opinion makes horse racing possible." (Carl Palmer)

"All those who believe in psychokinesis, raise my hand."  (Steve Wright)

" 'Cat's eyes' were invented in 1933 by Percy Shaw who in1965 was awarded the OBE.

"Ah, sausage! how fine a thing it is . . ." (Voltaire)

"Satan, oscillate my metallic sonatas!" (A palindrome,though not by W. H Auden (PjS))

"The Croations don't play well without the ball." (Barry Venison* / * =  Soccer Commentator)

"We didn't underestimate them- they were just a lot better than we thought." (Bobby Robson*)

"Bobby Robson must be thinking about throwing on some fresh legs." (Kevin Keegan*)

"Apart from their goals, Norway haven't scored." (Terry Venables*)

"He dribbles a lot and they don't like it: you can see it all over their faces." (Ron Atkinson*)

"Mondays child is fair of face." (Though presumably not if he was playing in the previous football match?)

Some words we've stolen from Norse. "Balderdash, you oaf! I am so angry, If I get an inkling you are flaunting the dregs of your talent, I will cover your vole in glitter.

The patron saint of Taxi Drivers is 'St Fiacre'. (Occasionally drivers rearrange the spelling and add a 'u'.(PjS)

The esperanto for I love You is "Mi amas vin."

The Yiddish for religiously devout is 'Frum'.

If you are ever in a taxi on route to view some PAINTINGS: ("The art of protecting flat surfaces from the
weather and exposing them to critics." (A. Bierce); The use of the two previous phrases is not advised.(PjS)

"The way to really promote tolerance is to make it compulsory." (Jeremy Hardy.)

"Welcome to Israel, once a mecca for tourists... " (BBC Radio4)

"Traditionally the bulk of Australian imports have come from overseas." (The Sydney Herald.)

"I never make predictions and I never will." (Glen Hoddle*)

"Knowledge consists of knowing that a tomato is a fruit, and wisdom consists of not putting it in a fruit salad." (M. Kington)

"Well no Peter, I wouldn't exactly say that YOU are sweet. Erm, Ha! You're more like savory." (I. Wallace)

Some quotations from Sinfield's email signatures'. May 2001- May 2002

"The essence of liberty is not that my interests should be tolerated, but that I should tolerate yours". (Tom Stoppard)

"Stories keep our souls alive." (Philip Norman)

"It's not the voting that's democracy; it's the counting." (Tom Stoppard)

"Its all folk music man, I ain't never heard a horse sing a song." (Louis Armstrong)

"You can't be a real country unless you have a beer and an airline." (Frank Zappa)

"It's never too late to have a happy childhood." (Tom Robbins from Still Life With Woodpecker)

"Being on the tightrope is living; everything else is waiting! " (Karl 'The Great' Wallenda.
The grandfather of Maria; the housekeeper, who once tutted kindly over my mother and her flock.)

"If I had to choose between going to a funeral or going to a wedding, I'd always choose a funeral because there's something so final about a wedding." (Miles Kington)

"Politeness is half good manners and half good lying." (Mary Wilson Little)

"It is happier to be sometimes cheated than not to trust." (Samuel Johnson)

"Everyone loves a 'no'. " (Billy Lawrie - songwriter)

"It is easier to fight for one's principles than to live up to them." (Alfred Adler)

"A cynic is what a idealist calls a realist." (Mike Harris)

"My girlfriend always laughs during sex - no matter what she's reading." (Steve Jobs)

"Friendships begin with liking or gratitude - roots that can be pulled up." (George Elliot)

"There are some gates sex shuts even more firmly than death does." (Jenny Turner)

"Nearly all human life has always taken place far from hot baths." (Simone Weil)

"The price of freedom is eternal vulgarity." (Jeremy O'Grady)

"As for the Islamists, they represent nothing more than a bleak and bloody dead end." (Anatol Lieven)

"I found out he'd been lying. He wasn't a pilot at all, just an unemployed mini-cab driver!" (Woman on TV)

"Don't forget this, its the law of the universe that the strong shall survive and the weak must fall by the way, and I don't give a damn what idealistic plan is cooked up, nothing can change that." (Walt Disney - animator?)

"Palestinian elders on Gaza Reservation win battle to open casinos." (PjS er, circa 2022)

"The destruction of imagination is at the heart of fundamentalism." (Susan Greenberg)

"Whatever you say, say nothing." (Seamus Healey)

"There's no such thing as a great idea. Style and form are what's important." (Nabokov)

"Peter, 2 fingers is exactly the right number for YOU to write your book!" (Perry Press)

"What is your opinion of Western Civilisation? - I think it would be a good idea." (Gandhi)

"The United States, for all its faults, is still the greatest nation in the country." (S. Agnew)

"Man cannot stand a meaningless life." (C. G. Jung)

"People are not very well made." (PjS.)

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