For a long time it puzzled me how something so expensive, so leading edge, could be so useless, and then it occurred to me that a computer is a stupid machine with the ability to do incredibly smart things, while computer programmers are smart people with the ability to do incredibly stupid things. They are, in short, a perfect match.
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Nothing gives the English more pleasure, in a quiet but determined sort of way, than to do things oddly.
What an odd thing tourism is. You fly off to a strange land, eagerly abandoning all the comforts of home, and then expend vast quantities of time and money in a largely futile attempt to recapture the comforts that you wouldn't have lost if you hadn't left home in the first place.
The whole of the global economy is based on supplying the cravings of two per cent of the world's population.
I like it Australia a lot, I think it's a terrific country they really know how to live. The natural history of the place is endlessly fascinating.
A bank robber in Los Angeles told the clerk not to give him cash, but to deposit the money in his checking account.
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But there's a difference between having artistic interests and being psychotic. That's more than a fine line of differentiation, and I do see that a bit too much.
Make 'em laugh; make 'em cry; make 'em wait.
It seems to me that politicians ought to use the same words as other people.