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WORDS TO THE WISE: Quotes from our August 29 edition

PUBLISHED: 11:58 28 August 2008 | UPDATED: 15:21 07 September 2010

I ve grown onions, potatoes, beetroot, beans – all the usual, sensible things. I ve also tried my luck at some strawberries which looked absolutely fantastic but I m doing battle with some local squirrels and unfortunately, they are winning. Highgate s Br

I've grown onions, potatoes, beetroot, beans - all the usual, sensible things. I've also tried my luck at some strawberries which looked absolutely fantastic but I'm doing battle with some local squirrels and unfortunately, they are winning.

Highgate's Brian Green has won a 'most improved allotment' award, despite his battle with the squirrels.

Can it be true that the teams are now shifting their talents to stop ram raids, smash and grab crime and the like? Doubtless they will be protecting the monarch soon. We should be told what to expect next.

Letter writer Peter Cuming is surprised by an apparent change of priorities among Safer Neighbourhood Teams.

I'd turn off every TV in the country so people could become free thinkers for the day. I can't say I'd give people free drugs and drink because I'm too disciplined for that.

Artist Philip Diggle, this week's Who's Who guest, explains what he would do if made mayor for the day.

The positive thing as regards the death penalty is that more and more countries are jettisoning it - about three a year. The problem is that the countries who seem to be really fond of it are big ones, like China, the US and Japan. In Japan they don't even tell people when their execution date is. One day they just come and take them out of the cell.

Hampstead woman Clare Algar, chief executive of legal action charity Reprieve, which is campaigning to end the death penalty worldwide.

When people asked Horowitz why he played octaves so fast or so loud, he said, 'Because I can.' I say the same - it's a perfect answer.

Chinese musician Lang Lang, a pianist with attitude, performs at the BBC Proms this week, fresh from his appearance at the Olympics ceremony.


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