Month: March 2011

Churchill on the Middle East

Churchill on the Middle East

Churchill By Him­self, p. 437: “The Mid­dle East is one of the hard­est-heart­ed areas in the world. It has always been fought over, and peace has only reigned when a major pow­er has estab­lished firm influ­ence and shown that it would main­tain its will. Your friends must be sup­ported with every vigour and if nec­es­sary they must be avenged. Force, or per­haps force and bribery, are the only things that will be respect­ed. It is very sad, but we had all bet­ter recog­nise it. At present our friend­ship is not val­ued, and our enmi­ty is not feared.”
(Lon­don, 1958.…

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Bahamas Fishing Haul, Spanish Wells

Bahamas Fishing Haul, Spanish Wells

At least three were 18-pounders.

My friend Bruno Under­wood called March 18th to ask if we were up to fish—his only oppor­tu­ni­ty to take us out since he’s work­ing round the clock. We have been enjoy­ing fish­ing char­ters with Bruno for five years. On March 19th he and his dad, Baron, met us at Gene’s Bay, north Eleuthera, at 9 and off we went to their favorite spots, plot­ted by GPS. We were in from 12 to 25 feet with 25 lb.-test spin­ning tack­le and cut bait (gog­gle-eyes) For the first half hour, only nib­bles; Baron said these were yel­low­tail steal­ing our bait, but ”they’ll soon be full and will move on for the big boys.” Sure enough; around 9:45, Emi­ly hooked a huge mut­ton snap­per, and from there they came at us hot and heavy, 14 by the time we quit at 2pm, the biggest haul we have ever seen, most of them over 10 lbs.…

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“Success”: What Churchill REALLY Said

“Success”: What Churchill REALLY Said

Churchill said much about suc­cess in life and pol­i­tics, but is fre­quent­ly mis­quot­ed. His gen­uine quo­ta­tions on the sub­ject are less often seen. Here are some of the things that he actu­al­ly said, con­firmed in Churchill By Him­self –in chrono­log­i­cal order, with cita­tions:

“You must put your head into the lion’s mouth if the per­for­mance is to be a suc­cess.” –19 Feb­ru­ary 1900, South Africa, Lon­don to Lady­smith via Pre­to­ria, 1900.

“…do not be car­ried away by suc­cess into demand­ing more than is right or pru­dent.” —House of Com­mons, 3 March 1919

”Do not be fobbed off with mere per­son­al suc­cess or accep­tance.…

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