The Quotes of the Week VI

Sunday 6th

“Despite some delays we are fully back on track and very excited to get started.”

Director Peter Jackson announces the date filming will begin in New Zealand for new project The Hobbit – 21st March – after being released from hospital on Thursday

Monday 7th

“Love is like alcoholism, gambling or any other addiction. Some people think they’ll win the next race, or pick the winning Lottery ticket. Others don’t want to believe that someone paying them attention may not be genuine. Some people are so desperate to be loved that they will do almost anything. They get sucked in, and they can’t turn back. They are not prepared to admit that they have fallen for a fantasy. They feel embarrassed and ashamed, they don’t want friends or family to know.

Some lose their dignity along with their life savings, their homes and even their sense of self. For some, being conned out of everything you ever worked for is too much to take. I know of two suicides which occurred as a direct result of romance scamming. One was a woman, the other a man. Taking their own lives must have seemed easier than owning up to having got it so wrong.”

Colin Woodcock, a senior investigator at SOCA, the Serious Organised Crime Agency, speaks about a recent trend in which African scammers use dating sites to prey on vulnerable victims to the tune of £80 million a year

Tuesday 8th

“This woman was quite a way down the road and suddenly she came running down in some rash instinct and started hitting these guys with her bag. One of the robbers raised his sledgehammer to hit her back, but he faltered on seeing her face.”

Freelance cameraman Ben Jacobson, who filmed 75 year old Mrs. Ann Timson becoming an unlikely hero after chasing off a gang of criminals away from a jewellery shop robbery in Northampton yesterday morning

Wednesday 9th

“If a patient wants an urgent appointment, receptionists often know them well enough to understand that they are serious and don’t come in every other week. Elderly people and those with long-term conditions will be particularly unhappy. They need to feel they are speaking to someone who knows and understands them, not some anonymous call centre worker.”

Joyce Robins, co-director of Patient Concern, speaking about government plans to introduce a single NHS number for medical advice, prescriptions, appointments and even to decide whether a patient needs to speak to their own doctor

Thursday 10th

“We are both graduates, we have been living in Denmark for eight years, working and paying our taxes, with no debts to the public system. Despite this, she would get no points. I’m speechless, it’s so unjust.”

Thomas Miller, a Danish man and his Mexican wife Carolina who went to lobby MPs in parliament, fearing they would be forced to leave Denmark under the new immigration rules

Friday 11th

“This is the greatest day in the history of Egypt, that will not be repeated. This nation has been born again. These people have been born again, and this is a new Egypt. We look forward to the transition period which is a period that will take us to a civilian state that will meet our legitimate demands of having a civilian, free country.”

Ayman Nour, leader of the Ghad Party and former presidential candidate, reacting to the news that Hosni Mubarak, Egypt’s totalitarian ruler of 30 years, has finally stepped down

Saturday 12th

“The Tory-led government may have boasted before Christmas that Britain was recovering and out of the danger zone, but their decisions have meant the economy has now stalled and both unemployment and inflation are rising. And this is before the full impact of the VAT hike and deep spending cuts have been felt.

Ken Clarke should come clean that his government made a political choice to reduce the deficit in this way. No other major economy is cutting this far and this fast.”

Shadow Treasury Chief Secretary Angela Eagle, speaking about the coming impact to the middle classes in terms of economic difficulty

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