After he’d signed up to join the tank regiment, Peter Ustinov was asked why he chosen that one. He replied ‘well, if I must go to war, I’d rather do it sitting down…..’ Wonderful!
‘It takes a wonderful brain and exquisite senses to produce a few stupid ideas.’
George Santayana (1863 – 1952)
‘There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately nobody knows what they are.’
W Somerset Maugham
‘ My ideas usually come, not at my desk writing but, in the midst of living’
Here are a couple of great ‘gaffes’ – that’s posh for idiotic mistakes, I believe– these are often referred to as Colemanballs – a phrase coined by Private Eye magazine – due the frequency which sports commentator David Coleman did this sort of thing!!
e.g. “do my eyes deceive me, or is Senna’s Lotus sounding rough?”,
“with half of the race gone, there is half of the race still to go.”
“That’s the fastest time ever run – but it’s not as fast as the world record.”
“Don’t tell those coming in the final result of that fantastic match, but let’s just have another look at Italy’s winning goal.”
“He is accelerating all the time. The last lap was run in 64 seconds and the one before that in 62.”