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WORDS TO THE WISE: Quotes from our September 25 edition

PUBLISHED: 12:46 25 September 2008 | UPDATED: 15:26 07 September 2010

I thought, well, I m not having [a coat of arms] anyway, but if I did, it would be a bottle of Scotch, a laptop, a pile of fags and an overflowing ashtray. I don t think the heraldic whatevers would accept that! Dame Ann Leslie, whose memoir Killing My Ow

I thought, well, I'm not having [a coat of arms] anyway, but if I did, it would be a bottle of Scotch, a laptop, a pile of fags and an overflowing ashtray. I don't think the heraldic whatevers would accept that!

Dame Ann Leslie, whose memoir Killing My Own Snakes is published today.

Of course I want to see value for money but I feel that the people of this country and the athletes awarded their medals will feel somehow debased if the host nation can't even make the medals to represent what the whole games are about.

London Assembly member Brian Coleman tries in vain to get a promise from Mayor Boris Johnson that the 2012 medals will be Made in Britain.

I did see a cleaner pick it up... I hope she read it and didn't just throw it in lost property.

Civil servant Andy Allcorn, who - following a new trend - deliberately left a copy of Nick Hornby's novel How To Be Good, in Alexandra Palace station waiting room for someone else to enjoy free.

Tea, coffee, lager, toast, potatoes and chocolate are all off the agenda from now on, to be replaced by the mouth-watering prospect of fennel, radishes, broccoli and asparagus.

Ham&High reporter Tan Parsons finds his new diet, aimed at getting him fit for the Great Highgate Fun Run, will also cost him the price of a vegetarian cookbook.

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