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When INSULTS had CLASS!

These glorious insults are from an era before the English language became boiled down to 4-letter words.

A member of Parliament to Disraeli: "Sir, you will either die on the gallows or of some unspeakable disease."
"That depends, Sir," said Disraeli, "whether I embrace your policies or your mistress."

"He had delusions of adequacy." - Walter Kerr

"He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire." - Winston Churchill

I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure." Clarence Darrow.

"He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the dictionary." -William Faulkner (about Ernest Hemingway).

"Thank you for sending me a copy of your book; I'll waste no time reading it." -Moses Hadas.

"I didn't attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it." - Mark Twain.

"He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends.." - Oscar Wilde.

"I am enclosing two tickets to the first night of my new play; bring a friend, if you have one." - George Bernard Shaw to Winston Churchill.
"Cannot possibly attend first night, will attend second ... if there is one." - Winston Churchill, in response.

"I feel so miserable without you; it's almost like having you here."
-Stephen Bishop.

"He is a self-made man and worships his creator." - John Bright.

"I've just learned about his illness. Let's hope it's nothing trivial."
-Irvin S. Cobb.

"He is not only dull himself; he is the cause of dullness in others."
-Samuel Johnson.

"He is simply a shiver looking for a spine to run up." - Paul Keating.

"In order to avoid being called a flirt, she always yielded easily." - Charles, Count Talleyrand.

"He loves nature in spite of what it did to him." - Forrest Tucker.

"Why do you sit there looking like an envelope without any address on it?" - Mark Twain.

"His mother should have thrown him away and kept the stork.." - Mae West.

"Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go." - Oscar Wilde.

"He uses statistics as a drunken man uses lamp-posts... for support rather than illumination." - Andrew Lang (1844-1912).

"He has Van Gogh's ear for music." - Billy Wilder.

"I've had a perfectly wonderful evening. But this wasn't it." - Groucho

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When INSULTS had CLASS!

These glorious insults are from an era before the English language became boiled down to 4-letter words.

A member of Parliament to Disraeli: "Sir, you will either die on the gallows or of some unspeakable disease."
"That depends, Sir," said Disraeli, "whether I embrace your policies or your mistress."

"He had delusions of adequacy." - Walter Kerr

"He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire." - Winston Churchill

I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure." Clarence Darrow.

"He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the dictionary." -William Faulkner (about Ernest Hemingway).

"Thank you for sending me a copy of your book; I'll waste no time reading it." -Moses Hadas.

"I didn't attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it." - Mark Twain.

"He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends.." - Oscar Wilde.

"I am enclosing two tickets to the first night of my new play; bring a friend, if you have one." - George Bernard Shaw to Winston Churchill.
"Cannot possibly attend first night, will attend second ... if there is one." - Winston Churchill, in response.

"I feel so miserable without you; it's almost like having you here."
-Stephen Bishop.

"He is a self-made man and worships his creator." - John Bright.

"I've just learned about his illness. Let's hope it's nothing trivial."
-Irvin S. Cobb.

"He is not only dull himself; he is the cause of dullness in others."
-Samuel Johnson.

"He is simply a shiver looking for a spine to run up." - Paul Keating.

"In order to avoid being called a flirt, she always yielded easily." - Charles, Count Talleyrand.

"He loves nature in spite of what it did to him." - Forrest Tucker.

"Why do you sit there looking like an envelope without any address on it?" - Mark Twain.

"His mother should have thrown him away and kept the stork.." - Mae West.

"Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go." - Oscar Wilde.

"He uses statistics as a drunken man uses lamp-posts... for support rather than illumination." - Andrew Lang (1844-1912).

"He has Van Gogh's ear for music." - Billy Wilder.

"I've had a perfectly wonderful evening. But this wasn't it." - Groucho

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VILLA MICHAELA 
Nestling in 50 acres of olive groves, pine clad hills  and gardens Villa Michaela is a Magnificent 18th century villa in the Lucca foothill village of Vorno with 12 large double bedrooms for rent for two nights or longer. Children  are welcome. There are wonderful views and a 12 metre pool with separate children’s pool, outside dining area, tennis court, central heating, air conditioning, cable TV, and an American pool table.
 The house is luxuriously furnished in the style of an English country house. All bathrooms have showers and the main bedroom, Dante, has a double jacuzzi bath with spectacular views of the sunsets over Vorno church. 
The main dining room of  VILLA MICHAELA with its impressive frescoes and chandeliers seats 36 to 80 and is perfect for birthdays, anniversaries, wedding parties , family re – unions , film shoots and product launches.
Vorno is a celebrated village and has the unique distinction of being the home of the inventors of the internal combustion engine , Matteucci and Barsanti. Every few years this is celebrated in Vorno with an exhibition of the prototype and original photographs and documentation of their design – last time this took place in the chapel at Villa Michaela !
The village is also well known for its beautiful clear spring water and its summer climate with a lovely evening breeze which floats down from Monte Pisano and Monte Zano. For non drivers there is a regular bus service from the village square to the centre of Lucca and Lucca station ( 5 km ) from where you can get anywhere on the efficient and cheap Italian rail system .
 There is a charming village grocery shop , family run trattoria and bar all in the same ownership just 5 minutes walk from the villa as well as an excellent butcher for all those barbecues.
The trattoria ‘Il Bimbotto ‘ is open every evening and has wonderful pizzas, beef steak Fiorentina and other famous Tuscan dishes. The bar hosts wild karaoke evenings in the summer season.
There are many events which take place all through the year in Lucca which was voted by Forbes magazine as the second most agreeable and desirable place in the world to live and visit.!!!. 
The most famous of these is the July music festival which is outside in Piazza Napoleone in the middle of the city and every year in July has many legendary performers such as Elton John , Joan Baez, Lionel Richie , Paul Simon ,Leonard Cohen, Jamiroquai and next summer , 2013 , the one and only Mark Knopfler, previously of Dire Straits.
For antique lovers there is the diverse and picturesque antique market spilling over in every little square and alleyway in the city centre which takes place every third weekend throughout the year and for music and opera lovers there is a concert every day of they year in a deconsecrated church in Lucca, (San Giovanni )  of the music of Lucca’s most famous son , Giacomo Puccini.
In August there is the full scale Puccini opera festival at Torre del Lago , and of course in February there is the world famous Viareggio carnival – both 25 minutes drive from Villa Michaela.
Of course cycling the 3 km mediaeval wals of Lucca is an experience never to be forgotten – whether on a summers day with the sunlight dappling through the plane trees or in the autumn with the burnt gold and orange hues of the changing of the season. For the more adventurous cyclist there are wonderful 25 kilometre rides along the River Serchio where you can also do white water rafting .
 
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CHRISTIE’S OFFERS RARE PICASSO GOLD PLATTER AT AUCTION IN JUNE
LAUNCH OF ANNUAL PICASSO CERAMICS SALE FOLLOWS SUCCESS OF MADOURA COLLECTION
ESTIMATES START AT JUST £100
South Kensington, London - Christie’s will launch a new annual sale of Picasso Ceramics, with the inaugural auction taking place on 18 June 2013, during Impressionist & Modern Art week in London. The first annual sale follows the success of the Madoura Collection of Picasso Ceramics in 2012, which was 100 per cent sold and realised over £8 million. This June sale will present 172 works including a selection of unique pieces and some of the artist’s most beautiful works in editions, representing a particular moment in Picasso’s oeuvre. With estimates ranging from £100 to £150,000 the sale provides an exceptional opportunity for new collectors as well as seasoned buyers to acquire sought-after pieces by the greatest artist of the 20th century. The full-sale exhibition will be in South Kensington, London from 14 to17 June.
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Robbery at Chateau d’Yquem

The alarm system sounded, but by the time the police arrived, the thieves had gone, and 380 half bottles of the 2010 vintage (worth around €330 per bottle, or €125,400) had been taken.
The police in the local town of Langon are investigating the theft, a spokesperson confirmed to Decanter.com.
Chateau d’Yquem also confirmed the theft.
Yquem has made no 2012 vintage of its wine, and held back its 2011 from en primeur until putting in on the market earlier this year, being sold for the first time at a Paris auction in February.
The winning bidder of the first lot received a lunch at the chateau along with the wine.

Read more at http://www.decanter.com/news/wine-news/583982/thieves-snatch-380-bottles-in-break-in-at-chateau-d-yquem?goback=.gde_119444_member_248916889#cd0h1C2HC4hwOkmx.99
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