Bbc Quotes

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Steven Moffat
“You should always waste time when you don't have any. Time is not the boss of you. Rule 408.”
Steven Moffat

Steven Moffat
“Rule 1: The Doctor lies.”
Steven Moffat

Steven Moffat
“Never knowingly be serious. Rule 27.”
Steven Moffat

Steven Moffat
“Never run when you're scared. Rule 7.”
Steven Moffat

“When you're a kid, they tell you it's all... grow up. Get a job. Get married. Get a house. Have a kid, and that's it. But the truth is, the world is so much stranger than that. It's so much darker. And so much madder. And so much better.”
Elton Pope

“Seriousness is no more a guarantee of truth, insight, authenticity or probity, than humour is a guarantee of superficiality and stupidity.”
Stephen Fry

George Monbiot
“We are often told we are materialistic. It seems to me, we are not materialistic enough. We have a disrespect for materials. We use it quickly and carelessly.

If were genuinely materialistic people, we would understand where materials come from and where they go to.

But, at the moment, the entire global economy seems to be built on the model of digging things up from one hole in the ground on one side of the earth, transporting them around the world, using them for a few days, and sticking them in a hole in the ground on the other side of the world.”
George Monbiot

Iain M. Banks
“I just took [my cancer diagnosis] as bad luck, basically. It did strike me almost immediately, my atheist sort of thing kicked in and I thought "ha, if I was a God-botherer, I'd be thinking, why me God? What have I done to deserve this?" and I thought at least I'm free of that, at least I can simply treat it as bad luck and get on with it.”
Iain M. Banks

Andy Warhol
“Edward Smith: What do you think is the characteristic of a really nice person? Some people you obviously do like more than others.
Andy Warhol: Ummm, well, if they talk a lot.
ES: What, and don't make you talk?
AW: Yeah, yes, that's a really nice person.”
Andy Warhol

“I thought I was getting away from politics for a while. But I now realise that the vuvuzela is to these World Cup blogs what Julius Malema is to my politics columns: a noisy, but sadly unavoidable irritant. With both Malema and the vuvuzela, their importance is far overstated. Malema: South Africa's Robert Mugabe? I think not. The vuvuzela: an archetypal symbol of 'African culture?' For African civilisation's sake, I seriously hope not.

Both are getting far too much airtime than they deserve. Both have thrust themselves on to the world stage through a combination of hot air and raucous bluster. Both amuse and enervate in roughly equal measure. And both are equally harmless in and of themselves — though in Malema's case, it is the political tendency that he represents, and the right-wing interests that lie behind his diatribes that is dangerous. With the vuvu I doubt if there are such nefarious interests behind the scenes; it may upset the delicate ears of the middle classes, both here and at the BBC, but I suspect that South Africa's democracy will not be imperilled by a mass-produced plastic horn.”
Richard Calland

Daphne du Maurier
“We're safe enough now,' he thought, 'we're snug and tight, like an air-raid shelter. We can hold out. It's just the food that worries me. Food and coal for the fire. We've enough for two or three days, not more. By that time...'

No use thinking ahead as far as that. And they'd be giving directions on the wireless. People would be told what to do. And now, in the midst of many problems, he realised that it was dance music only coming over the air. Not Children's Hour, as it should have been. He glanced at the dial. Yes, they were on the Home Service all right. Dance records. He switched to the Light programme. He knew the reason. The usual programmes had been abandoned. This only happened at exceptional times. Elections, and such. He tried to remember if it had happened in the war... ("The Birds")”
Daphne du Maurier, Echoes from the Macabre: Selected Stories

Cavan Scott
“For some people, small, beautiful events are what life is all about.”
Cavan Scott, Doctor Who: Who-ology

Christopher Hitchens
“Rolf Ekeus came round to my apartment one day and showed me the name of the Iraqi diplomat who had visited the little West African country of Niger: a statelet famous only for its production of yellowcake uranium. The name was Wissam Zahawi. He was the brother of my louche gay part-Kurdish friend, the by-now late Mazen. He was also, or had been at the time of his trip to Niger, Saddam Hussein's ambassador to the Vatican. I expressed incomprehension. What was an envoy to the Holy See doing in Niger? Obviously he was not taking a vacation. Rolf then explained two things to me. The first was that Wissam Zahawi had, when Rolf was at the United Nations, been one of Saddam Hussein's chief envoys for discussions on nuclear matters (this at a time when the Iraqis had functioning reactors). The second was that, during the period of sanctions that followed the Kuwait war, no Western European country had full diplomatic relations with Baghdad. TheVatican was the sole exception, so it was sent a very senior Iraqi envoy to act as a listening post. And this man, a specialist in nuclear matters, had made a discreet side trip to Niger. This was to suggest exactly what most right-thinking people were convinced was not the case: namely that British intelligence was on to something when it said that Saddam had not ceased seeking nuclear materials in Africa.

I published a few columns on this, drawing at one point an angry email from Ambassador Zahawi that very satisfyingly blustered and bluffed on what he'd really been up to. I also received—this is what sometimes makes journalism worthwhile—a letter from a BBC correspondent named Gordon Correa who had been writing a book about A.Q. Khan. This was the Pakistani proprietor of the nuclear black market that had supplied fissile material to Libya, North Korea, very probably to Syria, and was open for business with any member of the 'rogue states' club. (Saddam's people, we already knew for sure, had been meeting North Korean missile salesmen in Damascus until just before the invasion, when Kim Jong Il's mercenary bargainers took fright and went home.) It turned out, said the highly interested Mr. Correa, that his man Khan had also been in Niger, and at about the same time that Zahawi had. The likelihood of the senior Iraqi diplomat in Europe and the senior Pakistani nuclear black-marketeer both choosing an off-season holiday in chic little uranium-rich Niger… well, you have to admit that it makes an affecting picture. But you must be ready to credit something as ridiculous as that if your touching belief is that Saddam Hussein was already 'contained,' and that Mr. Bush and Mr. Blair were acting on panic reports, fabricated in turn by self-interested provocateurs.”
Christopher Hitchens, Hitch 22: A Memoir

Mark Gatiss
“A better time. A simpler time,' said the Doctor. 'That's what we all yearn for. The pain of wanting to belong somewhere. To go home.”
Mark Gatiss, Doctor Who: Nightshade

Justin Richards
“Magic is just a term people use for things they’re too primitive to understand properly.”
Justin Richards, Doctor Who: Silhouette

Mark Gatiss
“You know, the Elizabethans thought nostalgia was a diagnosable disease. Perhaps they were right.”
Mark Gatiss, Doctor Who: Nightshade

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
“She will listen to BBC radio and hear the accounts of the deaths and the riots - "religious with undertones of ethnic tension" the voice will say. And she will fling the radio to the wall and a fierce red rage will run through her at how it has all been packaged and sanitized and made to fit into so few words, all those bodies.”
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, The Thing Around Your Neck

Mark Gatiss
“I've told you, I don't know!' bellowed the Doctor, angrily. 'I can't have an answer for everything.'
Oh, that's a good one, thought Ace.”
Mark Gatiss, Doctor Who: Nightshade

Mark Gatiss
“I know that what's done … is done. No sense living in the past. The only way for me is forward. Always forward.”
Mark Gatiss, Doctor Who: Nightshade

“Taking your own life. Interesting expression. Taking it from who? Once it's over, it's not you who'll miss it. Your own death is something that happens to everybody else. Your life is not your own. Keep your hands off it.”

Mark Gatiss
“Any time, any place, any where. He's not called Doctor Martini, is he?”
Mark Gatiss, Doctor Who: Nightshade

“A judicial system is corrupt if truth is denied the right to be a witness.”
Suzy Kassem

Neil Gaiman
“The padlock wants to be open. All you have to do is let it do what it wants.”
Neil Gaiman, Neverwhere

“Oh yes, it's definitely been jumped on, that egg.”
Tony McCabe
tags: 1974, bbc, egg, eggs

“The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world that he doesn't exist."

Satan is the world’s master in the power of speech. He uses America media to keep Americans at each other throats. The American Media simply confirms that the greatest sin the devil perpetuated on mankind was convincing the world that he doesn't exist."

While the American media leverage Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat to create anger and hostility…we can sneak through the back door.

~Genesis Supreme Commander”
James Morris Robinson, Accelerant: Continental Drift

“If you're looking to find a career that makes a difference - and work you really love - this book will show you how.”
Paul Allen, The Ethical Careers Guide: How to find the work you love

“As we are advocating for the freedom of the press all over the world, we should also ensure that the press men and women are not corrupt people in journalism. If not, the purpose of the press freedom is already defeated.”
Bamigboye Olurotimi

“Rights can be considered wrongs depending on who is judging.”
Suzy Kassem

John Grierson
“You know the programme which takes the sunlight out of the morning, the chlorophyll from the earth's green finger-tips and sweet song from the bellies of birds, regularly at 12.10 hours of the Sabbath day? They are yattering away about the Arts - and I was saying to myself: the more I hear of some folk the more deeply fascinated I am by hedging and ditching.”
John Grierson, John Grierson's Scotland
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Rose Macaulay
“Reporters for the B.B.C. have such an extraordinary effect on the people they meet - wherever they go the natives sing. It seems so strange, they never do it when I am travelling, The B.B.C. oughtn't to let them, it spoils the programme. Just when you are hoping for a description of some nice place, everybody suddenly bursts out singing. Even Displaced Persons do it. And singing sounds much the same everywhere, so I switch it off.”
Rose Macaulay, The Towers of Trebizond

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