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WORDS TO THE WISE: quotes from our July 10 edition

PUBLISHED: 11:38 10 July 2008 | UPDATED: 15:12 07 September 2010

I was sitting there and then all of a sudden I heard a bang and a football landed in the middle of the table. It knocked me backwards. The sugar pot smashed and there was glass everywhere. It was a shock. Shirley Phillips confirms that dining al fresco at

I was sitting there and then all of a sudden I heard a bang and a football landed in the middle of the table. It knocked me backwards. The sugar pot smashed and there was glass everywhere. It was a shock.

Shirley Phillips confirms that dining al fresco at the Swiss Cottage Community Centre cafe has become decidedly perilous because footballers on the nearby five-a-side football pitch can't shoot straight.

I photographed Lee 'Scratch' Perry in 2003. He turned up for a rare visit and I went to shake his hand. He said, 'I don't shake hands' and grinned and said, 'I touch elbows'.

Photographer Ron Vester, well known to Ham&High readers for his photographs of wildlife on Hampstead Heath, has put together a fascinating exhibition of pictures he took of reggae music greats at the famous Studio One in Jamaica.

The greatest Hatebusters in history from an earthly perspective are Confucius, Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Mother Teresa, Nelson Mandela (pictured) and John Lennon.

Anyone who disagrees with the list can argue with Nic Careem, the social campaigner who is trying to form a worldwide campaign group against irrational hatred.

I start on Bastille Day. I'll be storming the walls of reluctance to accept the impact of climate change and its importance to the world.

Former Islington MP Lord Chris Smith is set to become the Al Gore of British politics by taking on the role of Environment Agency chairman .

Four streetwise lads wandered over thinking it was something to do with football. But they stayed to the end, and as they left said: 'Where can we go and see this sort of thing?' That's what happens.

Moya Maxwell explains the thinking behind staging screenings of Royal Opera House events in public places like Trafalgar Square.

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