My first wife was very funny. I remember someone once asked her how she turned out the way she did, and she said, without missing a beat: “I don’t know if it was nature or nurture or Nietzsche.”
The witty Sunday Times columnist Cosmo Landesman, in his weekly column It’s a date.
Maybe I get a little selfish sometimes
Why shouldn’t I?
I used to say I love you
But would it make a difference this time?
Taken from the song Who am I by English Pop Idol winner Will Young, from his third album Keep On (2005).
As bitter, washed up actor Riggan Thomson in Birdman observes, it seems like every major actor is playing a superhero these days. To coincide with the release of the latest Avengers film, The Avengers: Age of Ulton, here’s the first of three quizzes to see how well you well you know your superheroes. This one is on the loan wolves branch, represented in the 21st century.
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A maze of branches and a distance that doesn’t seem to exist.
Those who have courage to love should have courage to suffer.
Taken from the book The Bertrams (1859) by English writer Anthony Trollope
I am not proud, but I am happy; and happiness blinds, I think, more than pride.
Taken from the classic adventure novel The Count of Monte Cristo (1844) by French author Alexandre Dumas.
I’ve been keen to get my friend Neel involved in my Foreign Favourites film series, ever since he set up his Dohabitation blog. Like the guy himself, the blog is funny entertaining and very colourful, and tells of his adventures since moving to Doha. Definitely worth heading over. Without any further ado, here are his thoughts on disturbing thriller Battle Royale.
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But something good tonight will make me forget about you for now
Forty-eight thousand seats bleats and roars for my memories of you
Taken from the song Something Good by alternative English band Alt-J. The track was from the album An Awesome Wave (2012), which won the British Barclaycard Mercury Prize and Album of the Year at the Ivor Novello Awards.
Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.
One of the great Roman emperors, Marcus Aurelius (121 – 180 AD) was also a wise and stoic philosopher. His legacy has continued throughout the many centuries since ehis death.