Who Thinks Like This? Item #1

Nic sent this email to Giovanna: My name is NL. Mark taught me to write copy when I joined Agora back in 1993. He was also my mentor for the next 10 years.   Nine years ago, he bought my wife, Héloïse, and me dinner in London.   As I’m attending this year’s AWAI Bootcamp, I thought it was about time I returned the favour. Katie told me that Mark was not available 18-19 Oct.  Appreciate he must have a very busy diary. But is there any way you could squeeze in a business/pleasure breakfast, lunch, or dinner sometime that week? Many thanks in advance.  Somehow Nic’s email was attached to an email I sent Alec. And Alec, my friend of 50+ years (who unfortunately …

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Prepare to Be Insulted!

You’re at a small party and someone – someone you barely know – makes a snarky comment about you that elicits laughter from everyone else. You’re embarrassed. Then enraged. But you can think of no quick and clever reply to put him in his place. Later, of course, you think of half a dozen zingers. It happens to all of us. And that is why it is worth taking an occasional dip into the bracing waters of invective. Not only to remind ourselves of some of the great insults of the past, but perhaps to memorize them for future use. Following is a brief selection of some of my favorites (real and apocryphal)… Category #1: The witty comeback George Bernard …

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A Visual History

Market Street, San Francisco after the earthquake, 1906. Filming the MGM Logo Nightwitches – Female Russian bombers who bombed Germany during WW2. They had old, noisy planes & the engines used to conk out halfway through their missions, so they had to climb out on the wings mid-flight to restart the props. To stop Germans from hearing them & starting up the anti aircraft guns, theyd climb to a certain height, coast down to German positions, drop their bombs, restart their engines in midair & get the hell out of dodge. Their leader flew 200+ missions & was never captured. In 1911, Bobby Leach survived a plunge over Niagara Falls in a steel barrel. Fourteen years later, in New Zealand …

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Seniors Medicine Cabinet

An old friend of mine recently retired. Finding himself with extra time on his hands he took on the project of renovating his home. Owing to his advancing years, he decided it would be best if he spared no expense when it came to his new medicine cabinet. I think the results came out fantastic. He also developed a foolproof chart, in conjunction with his nutrionist, Dr. Bacchus, for the treating of common senior maladies. Disease Wine Daily dose Allergies Chardonay de Paeuf 1 glass Anemia Graves 4 glass Bronchitis Bourgogne or Bordeaux> ( + sugar and cinnamon ) 3 cups Constipation Anjou blanc electricity . Vouvray 4 glass Coronary arteries Dry Champagne 4 glass Diarrhea Beaujolais Nouveau 4 glass Fever …

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Love Conquers

Graves of a Catholic woman and her Protestant husband, who were not allowed to be buried together.  The Protestant Colonel of Cavalry, JWC of Gorkum married the Catholic damsel JCPH of Aefferden. This “mixed” marriage, at that time (the 19th century), would have given them trouble. The wife wanted to be buried next to her husband, but the difference in their denomination would not allow that. So the Colonel was buried in the Protestant part, against the separation wall and his wife was buried on the Catholic side.