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WORDS TO THE WISE: Quotes from our July 31 edition

PUBLISHED: 19:50 29 July 2008 | UPDATED: 15:15 07 September 2010

Benjamin Bowers asked for his barmitzvah gift money to be donated to charities

Benjamin Bowers asked for his barmitzvah gift money to be donated to charities

She would charge sixpence for an autograph, and give the money to the RSPCA and Barnardo s. She was also an inventor - she invented an early form of air conditioning. She would blow air from an electric fan over iced water in her dressing room. She would

She would charge sixpence for an autograph, and give the money to the RSPCA and Barnardo's. She was also an inventor - she invented an early form of air conditioning. She would blow air from an electric fan over iced water in her dressing room. She would take jujitsu lessons and played football - she was just an amazing person.

Theatre historian Robert Waters is campaigning for a Blue Plaque at the former home of Gaiety Theatre performer Marie Studholme, the original 'spice girl' and unsung inventor of air conditioning.

The Master [of Hampstead Workhouse] also reports that a lady had taken ten of the children to the Zoological Gardens. Chairman: Did she bring them all back? The master: Yes, sir.

In today's politically correct society, it is perhaps fortunate that these comments are from this week's archives section, having originally appeared in the Ham&High 100 years ago.

I thought if I got presents for my barmitzvah I'd be spoilt for choice so I asked for money to be donated instead. I chose the two charities because they are both good causes and need a lot of help.

Golders Green schoolboy Benjamin Bowers (pictured left) has set a commendable example by asking friends and relations to donate his barmitzvah gift money to two deserving causes.

I thought if I got presents for my barmitzvah I'd be spoilt for choice so I asked for money to be donated instead. The charities are both good causes and need help.

You can always rely on Kwame Kwei-Armah to get his point across. His play, Let There Be Love, is back for a second run at Kilburn's Tricycle Theatre.

He told me he feels too old to still be manning the stoves.

Food critic Victoria Prever was surprised to find chef Simon Bradley, of Bradleys Restaurant, at front-of-house.

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