Category Archives: quips

Alfred Hitchcock phones Georges Simenon*

John Lanchester’s observation about Simenon’s amazing work rate reminds me of Deirdre Bair’s story of Hitchcock telephoning Simenon at his home in Switzerland, only to be told by his secretary that the writer couldn’t be disturbed because he had just … Continue reading

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The perils of old age

“It’s been so long since I’ve had sex, I’ve forgotten who ties up whom.” A Joan Rivers quip

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Rugged Individualism

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A Chinese jobs creation programme

In a story beloved by economists it’s said that Milton Friedman* was once visiting China when he was shocked to see that, instead of modern tractors and earth movers, thousands of workers were toiling away building a canal with shovels. … Continue reading

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It’s hard work loving a lawyer

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A lottery winner is interviewed

Interviewer: Do you think that winning the lottery has changed you? Lottery winner: I don’t know. Tell you what I’ll ask my butler. Interviewer: How long has he worked for you? Lottery winner: A week. Based on an Adam Kay … Continue reading

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George Burns* on know-it-all people

“Too bad that all the people who know how to run the country are busy driving taxicabs and cutting hair.” A long forgotten American comedian

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Quirky facts

1) The cruise liner, QE2, moves only 6 inches for each gallon of diesel it burns. 2) A million seconds is less than two weeks, but a billion seconds is 31 years. 3) If the population of China walked past … Continue reading

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A quip from ‘Friends’

Chandler Muriel Bing: I’m not so good with advice… Can I interest you in a sarcastic comment? Chris

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