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Half-truths and whole-truths

Why do they always make witnesses in court swear to tell “the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth”?

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Will the President be on the money on citizen’s concerns?

Money: it would drive you mad if you let it. Can’t live without it, can’t live er um, well actually most of us figure we could live quite nicely thank you with it. Last weekend, Edwina Currie was on Stephen Nolan’s BBC Radio Five Live show expressing her serious, serious doubt that anyone in Britain had so little money, they went hungry.

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How a life lesson finally got through

I’m a slow learner – always have been. Things have to happen to me before I can grasp a concept, you must hit me over the head with an example before the message gets through. So, in the words of Max Bygraves, let me tell you a little story.

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Ireland’s very own version of the seven dwarves

The Americans do things differently from us. They have pancakes for breakfast, they ask God to bless America when they’re doing something they know they shouldn’t be doing, and they elect their president differently.

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Southern voters ignored dire warnings last time round

I used to interview graduate students who wanted to become teachers. Since there were four applicants for every place on the course, the room tended to have more than its share of tight smiles and leaky armpits. We were looking for several things, principally a personality suited to teaching and recent experience that matched the job.

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Southerners should think onion before voting

When my ex-children want – no, when my ex-children hope – to embarrass me they haul out the photo albums and show our wedding pictures.

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