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This page provides a snapshot of Lyn Paul's career focusing on 1977. To find out what else was happening in 1977 select any of the following options:

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Lyn Paul, 1977.

Lyn Paul
A Song For Europe
1977


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If Everybody Loved The Same As You (single cover).

Lyn Paul
If Everybody Loved
The Same As You

(single cover).


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Rock Bottom (single cover).

Lynsey de Paul
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Rock Bottom
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Song For Europe

Following the panto season Lyn Paul returns to cabaret, performing in Blackpool, Birkenhead and Wakefield.

On 9th March Lyn takes part in the Song For Europe contest at the New London Theatre. Her song, a ballad entitled If Everybody Loved The Same As You (Pye7N 45678), loses out to Rock Bottom by Lynsey de Paul and Mike Moran, who go on to represent the UK in the 1977 Eurovision Song Contest. A national strike by BBC cameramen prevents the Song For Europe from being shown on television but the contest goes ahead and is broadcast by the BBC on Radio 2.

The prospect of further industrial action by outside broadcast cameramen threatens the Eurovision Song Contest itself and leads the BBC to abandon its plans to stage it at Wembley on 2nd April. Once the dispute is resolved, the Contest is rescheduled for 7th May. Marie Myriam wins for France with L'Oiseau et L'Enfant. The UK entry comes second, as so many of its best entries had before.

1977 includes a string of TV and radio appearances for Lyn Paul, including Pete Murray's Open House (BBC Radio 2, Easter Monday), Pebble Mill At One (BBC 1, 18th April), The Little and Large Tellyshow (Thames Television, 2nd May) and A Show Of My Own with Dave Evans (Yorkshire Television, Monday, 11th July, 8.00pm).

Between 17th June - 17th September Lyn appears in a second Summer Season with Freddie Starr, this time at the Winter Gardens, Margate. Rehearsals begin on 13th June. The shows are a lot of fun, with Lyn and Freddie playing practical jokes on one another. "Lyn started it," Freddie later told the press, "One day, we were just talking, and for no reason at all, she suddenly giggled, and threw a glass of wine at me." From that moment on, it was war: "When Lyn was singing I went on stage with a fire extinguisher and squirted it all over her. I drenched her ... but like a real trouper she went on singing. She was terrific." Lyn gets her own back: "A few nights later she walked out when I was on stage and threw a bucket of water all over me."

In the Autumn Lyn returns to the cabaret circuit. She also joins Freddie Starr again for a series of shows at the London Palladium.

  • 26th September, Fiesta Club, Sheffield.
  • 2nd October, Westfield Country Club, near Hull.
  • 17th - 29th October, London Palladium.
  • 30th October, Poco a Poco, Stockport.
  • 20th November, Kings, Birmingham.


London Palladium.

London Palladium

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Pye Records release a follow up to Lyn's Song For Europe single, I Don't Believe You Ever Loved Me (Pye7N 46026).

On 23rd November Lyn makes another TV appearance on Wednesday at Eight (Thames Television, Series 2, Episode 1). Hosted by Tom O'Connor, the show also features appearances by comedian Jim Davidson and ventriloquist Roger De Courcey and Nookie Bear. Top the bill is Frankie Vaughan.

Lyn opts out of panto to spend a Christmas at home with her family. Just before Christmas, she flies north for a booking in the Shetland Islands and finds herself sharing a plane with Lena Zavaroni, who is also going home for Christmas.


Incidentally...

Randy Newman's 1977 album Little Criminals includes Newman's version of I'll Be Home, a song he had originally recorded with Harry Nillson on the 1970 album Nillson Sings Newman. Lyn Paul sang the lead vocal on the New Seekers' version of this song - first issued as a studio recording on the 1971 album Beautiful People and later as a concert recording on the album Live at the Royal Albert Hall.

In the USA the Doobie Brothers have a minor hit with Echoes Of Love, a track from their album Livin' On The Fault Line. Lyn Paul records the song and releases it as a single in the UK in 1983.


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In the News - 1977
   
 Jan

On 1st January a new 200-mile fishing zone comes into effect around the UK.

On 3rd January the International Monetary Fund (IMF) approves a loan to the UK of £2,300 million.

Roy Jenkins takes office as President of the European Commission on 6th January.

EMI sack the Sex Pistols on the same day after members of the group swear at staff at Heathrow airport. The band and their manager, Malcolm McLaren, get £40,000 in compensation.

Anthony Eden, 1st Earl of Avon, who was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1955 to 1957, dies on 14th January, aged 79.

Peter Finch, acclaimed for his role as Howard Beale in the 1976 film Network, dies on the same day, aged 60.

A convicted murderer, Gary Gilmore, is executed by firing squad on Monday, 17th January in the Utah State Prison, Salt Lake City. He is the first person to be executed in the USA for nearly ten years.

On 20th January Jimmy Carter is inaugurated as the 39th President of the USA. The next day he grants a pardon to all those who had evaded conscription during the Vietnam War.

On 29th January seven IRA bombs explode in and around Oxford Street in the West End of London.

 Feb

The Pompidou Centre opens in Paris on 2nd February.

An IRA "bomb factory" is discovered in Liverpool on 4th February. On 9th February the Provisional IRA gunmen involved in the Balcombe Street siege are given life sentences for murder, with a recommendataion that they serve a minimum of 30 years.

President Carter declares the northern part of New York State around the city of Buffalo a major disaster area on 5th February, following a deadly blizzard that first hit the area on 28th January.

Tony Crosland, the UK Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, dies on 19th February, aged 58, after being in a coma for six days, Dr. David Owen is appointed as his successor on 21st February.

Keith Richards is arrested in Toronto on 27th February for possession of heroin and cocaine.

 Mar Romania is hit by a huge earthquake on 4th March.

On 11th March the film director Roman Polanski is charged with raping a 13-year-old girl at the home of Hollywood actor Jack Nicholson.

Indira Gandhi resigns as Prime Minister of India on 22nd March following the defeat of the ruling Congress party in the general election. Morarji Desai is sworn in as the new Prime Minister on 24th March.

On 23rd March the UK government survives a vote of "no confidence" in the House of Commons by 322 votes to 298.

583 people are killed on Sunday, 27th March when two jumbo jets collide in thick fog on the runway at Los Rodeos airport in Tenerife.

 Apr

The Prime Minister of Israel, Yitzhak Rabin, resigns as Leader of the Labour party on 8th April after it becomes known that he and his wife Leah Rabin had two illegal US bank accounts. He takes a vacation from his duties as Prime Minister, resignation from a caretaker government being illegal under Israeli law. Defense Minister Shimon Peres is elected to succeed him and takes over as the unofficial acting Prime Minister.

The musical Annie opens on Broadway at the Alvin Theatre on 21st April.

Oil from the Ekofisk Bravo drilling platform escapes into the North Sea on 22nd April when an incorrectly fitted safety valve fails. A team of experts flown in from Texas stops the flood of oil at their fifth attempt.

Studio 54, New York's famed disco, opens on 26th April.

On 27th April maintenance engineers at Heathrow airport return to work after a 24 day unofficial strike. The strike had forced British Airways to cancel domestic and European flights and cost the company an estimated £15 million.

Pope Paul VI and the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Donald Coggan, meet at The Vatican. A Common Declaration is issued on 29th April.

 May A RAF Canberra aircraft of No. 39 Squadron crashes into a housing estate in Hartford, north-east of Huntingdon on 3rd May, killing three young children and the crew of two. Five people are injured.

On 4th May, following criticism from the Price Commission, the Post Office decides to give its customers a £7 rebate.

Joan Crawford dies in New York City on 10th May, aged 69.

Peter Jay, the son-in-law of the British Prime Minister James Callaghan, is appointed as the UK's ambassador to the USA on 11th May.

John Poulsen is released from Lincoln Prison on 13th May, having served 3 years and 3 months of his seven-year sentence.

Five people die on 15th May when a helicopter collides with a Tiger Moth at the Biggin Hill Air Show.

The Likud party led by Menachem Begin wins the Israeli general elections on 17th May.

The Orient-Express arrives in Istanbul for the last time on 22nd May.

On 23rd May South Moluccan terrorists take passengers hostage aboard a Dutch train and seize 6 teachers and 105 pupils at a school in northern Holland.

On 26th May US toy designer George Willig climbs the south tower of the World Trade Center in New York City. He is fined $1.10 - one cent for each of the building's 110 stories.

 Jun

The Italian film director Roberto Rosselini dies on 3rd June, aged 71.

Five British plane-spotters, who had been arrested in Greece in March and given 10-month prison sentences for spying, are released on 4th June after 10 weeks in jail. They are allowed to exchange the balance of their jail terms for fines.

God Save The Queen by the Sex Pistols enters the UK singles chart on 4th June, just in time for the celebrations to mark Queen Elizabeth II's Silver Jubilee.

On 6th June Queen Elizabeth II lights a bonfire at Windsor Great Park, the first in a chain of 100 bonfires across the UK. On 7th June she attends a Jubilee Day ceremony at St. Paul's Cathedral. More than a million people line the streets of London to watch the Royal procession pass by.

The musical Pippin closes on Broadway on 12th June after 1,944 performances.

On Wednesday, 15th June democratic elections are held in Spain for the first time in 41 years. The Unión de Centro Democrático (UCD) led by Prime Minister Adolfo Suárez wins 165 of the 350 seats in the Congress of Deputies.

Fianna Fáil, led by Jack Lynch, wins the Irish general election held on 16th June.

Djibouti (formerly the French Territory of the Afars and the Issas) becomes an independent nation on 27th June.

Elton John becomes the Chairman of Watford Football Club on 28th June.

 Jul

In Pakistan President Zalfikar Ali Bhutto is deposed in a military coup on 5th July.

On 11th July, following the publication of a contentious poem about Christ, Gay News and its editor Denis Lemon are found guilty of blasphemous libel.

On the same day thousands of miners and other trade unionists join the picket lines outside the Grunwick Film Processing Laboratories in Willesden, north London.

New York is blacked out on 13th July when lightning hits a power transformer. There is widespread looting and vandalism.

With wages and inflation still rising, the UK government abandons its 'social contract' with the TUC. On 15th July the Chancellor of the Exchequer Denis Healey announces a phased return to free collective bargaining.

 Aug

The President of Cyprus, Archbishop Makarios, dies on 3rd August, aged 63.

On 10th and 11th August Queen Elizabeth II makes her first official visit to Northern Ireland since 1966.

More than 200 protesters are arrested in south-east London on Saturday, 13th August after demonstrations against a National Front march through Lewisham.

On Tuesday, 16th August Elvis Presley is found unconscious on the bathroom floor of his Graceland home. He is rushed to hospital but is pronounced dead on arrival. His last words, as reported by his girlfriend Ginger Alden, were: "I'm going to the can, Ginger." On 18th August an estimated 100,000 fans line the streets of Memphis to watch his funeral cortège pass by.

Groucho Marx dies on 19th August, aged 86.

Lord Scarman's Court of Inquiry Report into the Grunwick dispute is published on 25th August. It recommends the reinstatement of the strikers.

On 29th August the Notting Hill Carnival is marred by muggings, looting and violence.

The ruling Rhodesian Front led by Ian Smith wins the general election held Rhodesia on 31st August.

 Sep

The President of the West German Employers' Federation, Dr. Hanns-Martin Schleyer, is kidnapped on 5th September by terrorists demanding the release of 11 Baader-Meinhof prisoners. Dr. Schleyer's body is found in the boot of a car six weeks later.

In France the guillotine is used to carry out a death sentence for the last time when Hamida Djandoubi, a Tunisian immigrant convicted of murder, is executed on Saturday, 10th September

In South Africa, on 12th September, the anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko dies while in police custody.

On Friday, 16th September Marc Bolan is killed in a car crash in Barnes, south west London, aged 29. Maria Callas dies of a heart attack at her home in Paris on the same day, aged 53.

On Tuesday, 20th September Vietnam is admitted as the 149th member of the United Nations.

Victor, a 15-year-old giraffe at Marwell Zoo in Hampshire, who did the splits while mating and then couldn't get up again, dies on 20th September during an attempt to winch him back to his feet.

Film director Roman Polanski is given a three-month jail sentence for having sex with a 13-year-old girl.

Freddie Laker's Skytrain flies from London Gatwick to New York for the first time on 26th September, offering cut-price "no frills" flights across the Atlantic for just £59.

 Oct

Labour MP Reg Prentice defects to the Conservatives on 8th October.

On 10th October the 1976 Nobel Peace Prize is awarded to the founders of the Northern Ireland Peace Movement, Mairead Corrigan and Betty Williams. Amnesty International is awarded the 1977 Nobel Peace Prize.

Bing Crosby (in his own words: "an average guy who could carry a tune") dies in Spain on 14th October. He had recorded his last TV appearance the month before, performing Little Drummer Boy with David Bowie. By a macabre coincidence Bowie had also duetted with Marc Bolan the week before Bolan's death.

Film producer Sir Michael Balcon, whose films included The 39 Steps (1935), Passport To Pimlico (1949) and The Ladykillers (1953), dies on 17th October, aged 81.

Hijackers demanding the release of Baader-Meinhof prisoners take over a Lufthansa flight from Majorca to Frankfurt. Following the murder of the pilot, West German commandos storm the plane in Mogadishu, killing three of the four hijackers. On the same day (18th October) three Baader-Meinhof terrorists commit suicide in Stammheim prison, Stuttgart.

On 19th October the South African Justice Minister James Kruger announces a ban on 18 anti-apartheid organisations and the closure of the daily newspaper The World and its associated Weekend World. On the same day the editor of the Daily Dispatch, Donald Woods, is served with a five-year banning order under the Internal Security Act just as he is about to board a plane for the United States.

 Nov

A section of the West End Pier in Morecambe is destroyed by severe gales on 11th November.

Women in Edinburgh hold the first 'Reclaim the Night' march in the UK on 12th November to demand justice for rape survivors, following similar marches in Belgium and Italy the year before.

UK firefighters begin their first-ever national strike on 14th November.

A TAP Boeing 727 (Flight 425 from Brussels to Madeira) crashes as it lands in Funchal on 19th November, killing 131 of the 164 people on board.

President Anwar Sadat of Egypt visits Israel and on 20th November becomes the first Arab leader to address the Knesset.

Concordes operated by British Airways and Air France begin scheduled services from London and Paris to New York's John F. Kennedy Airport on 22nd November.

On 25th November, at the end of a High Court hearing lasting 31 days, Justice Sir Christopher Slade rules that the cricketers who had signed up for Kerry Packer's so-called "cricket circus" can not be banned from international cricket.

Dramatist Terence Rattigan, best known for plays such The Winslow Boy (1946), The Browning Version (1948), The Deep Blue Sea (1952) and Separate Tables (1954), dies on 30th November, aged 66.

 Dec

On 2nd December, at the end of a three-week inquest into the death in custody of Steve Biko, Pretoria's chief magistrate rules that the police were not to blame for his "extensive brain injuries".

Following the execution of two convicted murderers in Bermuda on 2nd December, British troops are sent to the island to help maintain order.

Bophuthatswana, one of ten black 'homelands' created in apartheid South Africa, is granted independence on Tuesday, 6th December.

The coalitiion government of the Liberal Party, led by Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser, and the National Country Party, led by Doug Anthony, is re-elected to a second term in the federal electiions held in Australia on 10th December.

Lady Spencer-Churchill, the widow of Sir Winston Churchill, dies on 12th December, aged 92.

On Friday, 16th December, Queen Elizabeth II opens the £71million extension of the Piccadilly Line tube from Hatton Cross to Heathrow - the world's first underground rail service to link a capital city to a major airport.

Thousands of "boat people" flee from the Communist take-over in South Vietnam.

On 23rd December Cat Stevens formally changes his name to Yusuf Islam.

Charlie Chaplin dies at his home in Switzerland on Christmas Day, aged 88.


Autograph.


In the Charts
 
UK Chart débuts
 
  • Elkie Brooks
  • Chic
  • Elvis Costello
  • Dooleys
  • Earth Wind and Fire
  • Peter Gabriel
  • Jam
  • Ramones
  • Tom Robinson
  • Stranglers
  • Village People

UK Best-selling Singles
 
  • ABBA
    Knowing Me Knowing You

  • ABBA
    The Name Of The Game

  • Adverts
    Gary Gilmore's Eyes

  • Baccara
    Yes Sir I Can Boogie

  • Brotherhood of Man
    Angelo

  • Julie Covington
    Don't Cry For Me Argentina

  • Eddie and the Hotrods
    Do Anything You Wanna Do

  • Berni Flint
    I Don't Want To Put A Hold On You

  • Steve Gibbons Band
    Tulane

  • Hot Chocolate
    So You Win Again

  • Jacksons
    Show You The Way To Go

  • Manhattan Transfer
    Chanson d'Amour

  • Bob Marley and the Wailers
    Jamming

  • Muppets
    Halfway Down The Stairs

  • Muppets
    The Muppet Show Music Hall EP

  • John Otway and Wild Willy Barrett
    Really Free

  • Elvis Presley
    Way Down

  • Queen
    We Are The Champions

  • Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers
    Egyptian Reggae

  • Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers
    Roadrunner

  • Kenny Rogers
    Lucille

  • Leo Sayer
    When I Need You

  • Sex Pistols
    God Save The Queen

  • Sex Pistols
    Pretty Vacant

  • Showaddy waddy
    When

  • Smokie
    Living Next Door To Alice

  • David Soul
    Don't Give Up On Us

  • David Soul
    Silver Lady

  • Status Quo
    Rockin' All Over The World

  • Rod Stewart
    I Don't Want To Talk About It / First Cut Is The Deepest

  • Barbra Streisand
    Love Theme from A Star Is Born (Evergreen)

  • Donna Summer
    I Feel Love

  • Donna Summer
    Love's Unkind

  • Deniece Williams
    Free

  • Wings
    Mull Of Kintyre


Muppet Music Hall EP (single cover).

One Hit Wonders
 
  • Alessi
    Oh Lori

  • La Belle Epoque
    Black Is Black

  • Debby Boone
    You Light Up My Life

  • Brendon
    Gimme Some

  • Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band
    Floral Dance

  • Dead End Kids
    Have I The Right

  • Floaters
    Float On

  • Patsy Gallant
    From New York To L.A.

  • Dan Hill
    Sometimes When We Touch

  • Mink DeVille
    Spanish Stroll

  • Danny Mirror
    I Remember Elvis Presley (The King Is Dead)

  • David Parton
    Isn't She Lovely

  • Racing Cars
    They Shoot Horses Don't They

  • Space
    Magic Fly

  • Joe Tex
    Ain't Gonna Bump No More (With No Big Fat Woman)

  • Piero Umiliani
    Mah Na Mah Na

  • Meri Wilson
    Telephone Man


Hit Albums

Randy Newman, Little Criminals (album cover).

  • Darts
    Darts

  • Doobie Brothers
    Livin' On The Fault Line

  • Ian Dury and the Blockheads
    New Boots and Panties!!

  • ELO
    Out Of The Blue

  • Fleetwood Mac
    Rumours

  • Jean-Michel Jarre
    Oxygene

  • Bob Marley and the Wailers
    Exodus

  • Randy Newman
    Little Criminals

  • Cliff Richard
    Every Face Tells A Story

  • Cliff Richard
    40 Golden Greats

  • Sex Pistols
    Never Mind The Bollocks

  • Cat Stevens
    Izitso

  • Al Stewart
    Year Of The Cat

  • Rod Stewart
    Foot Loose and Fancy Free

  • Donna Summer
    I Remember Yesterday


Izitso (album cover).

At the Movies
 
 
  • Airport '77
  • Annie Hall
    (Woody Allen)

  • A Bridge Too Far
  • The Deep
  • The Eagle Has Landed
  • Exorcist II: The Heretic
  • Network
  • New York, New York
  • Rocky
  • Saturday Night Fever [USA]
  • The Spy Who Loved Me
  • A Star Is Born

On Television
 
 
  • Abigail's Party
    (Play for Today)

  • Are You Being Served?
    (Series 5)

  • Cheggers Plays Pip
  • Citizen Smith
    (Series 1)

  • Dad's Army
    (Series 9)

  • Dave Allen and Friends
  • Dawson and Friends
  • The Fall And Rise Of Reginald Perrin
    (Series 2)

  • George and Mildred
    (Series 2)

  • The Good Life
    (Series 4)

  • It Ain't Half Hot Mum
    (Series 5)

  • It'll Be Alright On The Night
  • Jesus of Nazareth
  • The Krypton Factor
  • Last Of The Summer Wine
    (Series 4)

  • The Little and Large Tellyshow
  • The Liver Birds
    (Series 8)

  • The Man From Atlantis
  • Marc
  • Mind Your Language
  • The Muppet Show
    (Series 2)

  • Porridge
    (Series 3)

  • The Professionals
  • The Rag Trade
    (Series 1)

  • Rising Damp
    (Series 3)

  • Roots
  • Soap
    (USA)

  • Take Hart
  • The Two Ronnies
    (Series 6)


Sporting Heroes
 

BBC Sport

BBC
Sports Personality
of the Year:
Virginia Wade


Boxing: John Conteh retains his position as World Light-heavyweight Boxing Champion when he defeats Len Hutchins in the third round of their title fight in Liverpool.

Cricket: on 17th March Australia beat England in the Centenary Test match in Melbourne.
Tony Greig is dismissed as the England captain on 13th May after recruiting players for Kerry Packer's "cricket circus".
On 11th August Geoff Boycott scores his 100th century whilst playing for England in the fourth Test against Australia at Headingley. He is the 18th cricketer to achieve this but the first to do so in a Test match. England win the match to regain the Ashes.

Rowing: Oxford win the Boat Race by seven lengths.

Football: Bobby Moore retires.
Don Revie resigns as England Manager.
Liverpool lose 2-1 to Manchester United in the FA Cup final but win the European Cup for the first time, beating Borussia Monchengladbach 3-1 in the final. Liverpool also end the season as Champions of the Football League First Division.

Snooker: John Spencer beats Cliff Thorburn in the final of the World Snooker Championship (25-21). It is Thorburn's first Final and Spencer's third title.

Horse Racing: Red Rum, ridden by Tommy Stack, beats Churchtown Boy to win the Grand National for a record third time.
Jockey Lester Piggott, riding The Minstrel, wins the Derby for the eighth time. Piggott also wins the Gold Cup at Ascot, riding Sagaro, for the third year in a row.
Willie Carson wins the St. Leger riding Dunfermline.

Tennis: Virginia Wade wins the women's singles title at Wimbledon. She beats Betty Stove in the final in three sets (4-6, 6-3, 6-1).
Björn Borg beats Jimmy Connors in five sets (3-6, 6-2, 6-1, 5-7, 6-4) to take the men's singles title for the second year in a row.

Golf: Tom Watson wins the Open Championship at Turnberry. Jack Nicklaus is runner-up for the second year in a row.

Motor Racing: Barry Sheene retains his World 500cc motor cycle title.
Tom Pryce is killed in the South African Grand Prix.
Niki Lauda wins the Formula 1 World Drivers' Championship for the second time.

Gymnastics: Olga Korbut retires, aged 22.

Page-turners
 

Man Booker Prize

Winner:
Paul Scott
Staying On


On the shortlist:

Paul Bailey
Peter Smart's Confessions

Caroline Blackwood
Great Granny Webster

Jennifer Johnston
Shadows On Our Skin

Penelope Lively
The Road To Lichfield

Barbara Pym
Quartet In Autumn



Postcard from 1977.

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Who said that?

Birmingham

They came from Birmingham, which is not a place to promise much ... One has not great hopes from Birmingham. I always say there is something direful in the sound.
Jane Austen, 'Emma'

Of course, magic can happen anywhere, even Birmingham...
Joyce Grenfell, 'My Kind Of Magic'

Birmingham is a fine city with a fascinating history ... one-time Mayor Neville Chamberlain did so much to help ensure the future restructuring of the city centre when he failed to prevent World War Two.
Humphrey Lyttelton, 'I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue'

Contests

Ade's Law: Anyone can win unless there happens to be a second entry.
George Ade, 'Forty Modern Fables'

Every time you win, you're reborn; when you lose you die a little.
George Allen

The only competition worthy of a wise man is with himself.
George Washington Allston

The important thing in life is not the victory but the contest; the essential thing is not to have won but to have fought well.
Baron Pierre de Coubertin

The moment of victory is much too short to live for that and nothing else.
Martina Navratilova


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