A Lot of Bastards
‘Bastard’ is a perfectly respectable word. As a term of abuse, it was gloriously misinterpreed when General Templer berated a battalion of mutinous Chinese troops during the Malayan Emergency thus:
Templer: “You’re a lot of bastards.”
Interpreter: “His excellency informs you that he knows none of your mothers and fathers were married when you were born.”
Templer: “Now tell them that I can be an even bigger bastard.”
Interpreter: “He does, however, admit that his own mother and father were not married also.”
John Bromley-Davenport, Cheshire, in The Daily Telegraph
June 23 is International Widows Day. This day is not just an occasion to remember but an opportunity to act and eliminate violence and discrimination against widows and their families.
We must ensure that widows of all ages and their children are treated as full and equal citizens, with equal opportunities for employment, education and participation in the economy. We can
no longer afford to turn a blind eye to the plight of widows.
Raj Loomba, in The Guardian
Face of Government
At 50, everyone has the face he or she deserves. At 50, you get the government you deserve, too.
Dean John Mitchner, in Intelligent Life