- Youngest: Daddy, how many people did Darth Vader kill?
- Parent: Well, he killed lots of people. He murdered all the Jedis.
- Youngest: And how many people did Luke kill?
- Parent: Not very many I think. Mostly monsters and some stormtroopers as far as I remember.
- Eldest: Hang on, didn’t Luke destroy the Death Star?
- Parent: Yes, yes he did.
- Eldest: So he actually killed LOADS of people, lots more than Darth Vader did.
- Parent: You’ve got a point there.
“I never go out to look for a story. I take notes, but never like a reporter. My stories are all based upon things that have come to me in life without my going out to look for them.”
In 1917, Stravinsky met the great artist Pablo Picasso in Italy. While visiting him, Picasso drew a picture of Stravinsky. Igor packed it in his luggage to bring back to Switzerland.
When the customs officer inspected the suitcase, he thought the portrait was a spy plan. Their conversation went like this:
“What is this sketch?”
“My portrait drawn by Picasso.”
“Nonsense. It must be a plan.”
“Yes – the plan of my face.”
“If you can put five fingers through it, it is a gate, if not, a door.”
“I’m not interested in trading card games, and besides you have to have lots of rubber bands.”
“Keepers of private notebooks are a different breed altogether, lonely and resistant rearrangers of things, anxious malcontents, children afflicted apparently at birth with some presentiment of loss.”
- Second Eldest: Who died?
- Eldest: Lot’s of people, by the looks of it.
- 5 year old A: “Daddy, why didn’t people see dinosaurs?”
- Grown-Up: “Well, they died a very long time ago.”
- 5 year old A: “Before people?”
- Grown-Up: “A long time before there were people.”
- 5 year old A: “Oh”
- 5 year old B: “Yes, they died on the cross.”
- Grown-Up: “……..ermm…no, I think that might’ve been Jesus”