*** "If VAJPAYEE PLAYS his role in the
resolution of Kashmir issue through peaceful means, I will support
awarding Nishan-e-Pakistan to him."
(President Pervez Musharraf promising awarding top
civilian award to Indian Prime Minister Atal Vajpayee if he helps
resolve the Kashmir dispute)
*** "THIS IS MADNESS. There is enough oil here
for every Iraqi to have his own tap."
(An angry Iraqi taxi driver talking about serious
petrol crisis in his oil-rich country resulting in long queues costing
motorists hours in precious time and rationing limitation of 30 litres a
*** "NAPOLEON WAS a criminal. History books
present him as a saviour of the Italian people. He wasn't. He raped,
sacked and pillaged. The Republic of Venice had no need of him. We want
a ferocious condemnation."
(Charges made against the former Emperor of France
Napoleon Bonaparte by the prosecution at Venetian court 200 years after
*** "HE THINKS AMERICAN policy on the Middle
East is complete madness and he used to express that quite loudly to a
lot of people, including ministers and various ambassadors ... He
doesn't much like American culture."
(Unnamed British foreign office official revealing
that Prince Charles openly supports the Palestinian cause and not
interested in a US trip which he had not visited for six years)
*** "IF YOU LOOK at the crop which has recently
come up in Afghanistan, and with refined heroin laboratories being
maintained inside Afghanistan and other areas bordering Afghanistan, we
are looking at a market value, a street value, of close to $10
(Interior Minister Faisal Saleh Hayat expressing
concerns about the bumper poppy crop in Afghanistan and the warlords and
drug barons sitting on heroin worth $ 10 billion)
*** "Pound Sterling 28,000"
(Price fetched by a dinner menu from the ill-fated
ocean liner Titanic at an auction in London)
*** "DID I EXPECT George Bush to ... it up as
badly as he did? I don't think anybody did."
(A foul remark made by Democratic Party presidential
hopeful John Kerry prompting the White House to seek an apology from him
for the use of the expletive. Kerry voted for a resolution authorising
President Bush to use force in Iraq)
*** "WE FOUND that Pound Sterling 5 trillion was
the current market value of the United Kingdom, including the value of
(Statistician of British Office for National
Statistics Ian Hill putting the price tag for the UK — comprising
England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland — in a year-end tally of
the nation's capital assets)
*** "I DON'T THINK this incident will change our
relations with the US. What is the point of negotiations if there is no
trust that will enable us to reach a common position."
(Iranian President Mohammed Khatami saying the US
humanitarian assistance in the devastating earthquake won't alter ties
between the two countries)
*** "CITRUS FRUITS ... protect the body through
their antioxidant properties and by strengthening the immune system,
inhabiting tumour growth and normalizing tumour cells."
(Findings of a new study conducted by the Australian
government's key research group Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial
Research Organisation, that show that eating an orange, or any other
citrus fruit, a day can keep certain cancers away. The study says that
extra serving of fruit and vegetable reduces chances of heart stroke by
19 per cent)
*** "THE BRUSSELS EXECUTIVE is like a caricature
of a deaf and blind bureaucracy."
(Italian European Affairs Minister Rocco
Buttiglione's salvo against the EU Commission. The outburst came early
last month amidst straining relations between Rome and Brussels-based
Commission caused by the rivalry between Italain Prime Minister Silvio
Berlusconi and Commission President Romano Prodi)
*** "OF COURSE no human eye will read your
letter. I destroy all paper records."
(Excerpt from a letter written by war-time British
Prime Minister Winston Churchill to Pamela Plowden. This and 36 other
letters written to Plowden fetched Pound Sterling 291,000 at Christie's
auction house in London)