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This clip is part of an episode for my show Eternity that was taped on location at our farm to accomodate the four-legged adorable ones. Happy watching.
'66 Austin Mini. Credit: CarGurus.
Same model & colour, but without
"Just Married" signs and streamers
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“The fountains of her great deep were opened up, and she rained the nine parts of speech, forty days and forty nights, metaphorically speaking, and buried us under a desolating deluge of trivial gossip.” (Roughing It)
Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress; but I repeat myself.For some writers the dictionary didn't provide enough insulting words. They invented their very own.
Algernon Swinburne’s description of Ralph Waldo Emerson: A gap-toothed and hoary-headed ape . . . who now in his dotage spits and chatters from a dirtier perch of his own finding and fouling: coryphaeus or choragus of his Bulgarian tribe of autocoprophagous baboons.
Henry Arthur Jones on Bernard Shaw: A freakish homunculus germinated outside lawful procreation.
Oscar Wilde: The English country-gentleman galloping after a fox – the unspeakable in full pursuit of the uneatable.
Alfred, Lord Tennyson on critic Churton Collins: A louse in the locks of literature.
Would anyone write this in a note thanking a hostess for dinner?
Edmond de Goncourt: “A very tasty dinner . . . including some grouse whose scented flesh Daudet compared to an old courtesan’s flesh marinated in a bidet.”
Of an enemy John Sparrow wrote: “If only he’d wash his neck I’d wring it.”
Robert Louis Stevenson: “Poor Matt (Matthew Arnold). He’s gone to heaven, no doubt – but he won’t like God.”
William Faulkner: Henry James was one of the nicest old ladies I ever met.
Samuel Johnson: Your manuscript is both good and original; but the part that is good is not original and the parts that are original are not good.
Oliver Wendell Holmes: You may have genius. The contrary is, of course, probable.
An Irish curse: May the curse of Mary Malone and her nine blind illegitimate children chase you so far over the hills of damnation that the Lord himself can’t find you with a telescope.
An Arab curse: May your left ear wither and fall into your right pocket.
Lady Astor (English MP): Winston, if you were my husband I should flavour your coffee with poison.
Winston Churchill: Madam, if I were your husband, I should drink it.
Winston Churchill on Neville Chamberlain: He looked at foreign affairs through the wrong end of a municipal drainpipe.
General George McClellan on Lincoln: The President is nothing more than a well-meaning baboon . . . I went to the White House directly after tea where I found “the original Gorilla” about as intelligent as ever. What a specimen to be at the head of our affairs now!
Abraham Lincoln to General McClellan: If you don’t want to use the army I should like to borrow it for a while.
John Langton on William Lyon Mackenzie: He is a little red-haired man about five feet nothing and extremely like a baboon.
William Lyon Mackenzie on Sir Peregrine Maitland: He is one of the lilies of the field; he toils not, neither does he spin.
Sir John A. MacDonald in an election speech: I know enough to know that you would rather have John A. drunk than George Brown sober.
Sir John A. on Donald Smith: I could lick that man Smith quicker than hell could fizzle a feather.
John Diefenbaker on Jean Lesage: He is the only person I know who can strut sitting down.
Pierre Trudeau: The honourable member disagrees. I can hear him shaking his head.
Agnes McPhail was asked by a man, “Don’t you wish you were a man?” to which she replied, “Yes. Don’t you?”
Stephen Harper: People stop me on the street all the time and ask me, "What’s the secret of your charisma?" Well, the secret is to surround yourself with people who have even less … why do you think I was so anxious to make a deal with Joe Clark?
Stephen Harper: I’m sure the NHL lockout is on a lot of your minds … but if bored Canadians want to watch pampered millionaires who only work in 45 second shifts they can sneak into the Senate.
John Crosbie, Lieutenant-Governor, Nfld-Labrador 2011: This fellow said, ‘I was so depressed last night thinking about the economy, wars, jobs, my savings, social security, retirement funds, etc., I called a suicide hotline and got a call centre in Pakistan. When I told them I was suicidal, they got all excited and asked if I could drive a truck,’”
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