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Bigger, richer, 'better'

"Stripped of the kitschy Greek-mythology trappings and long-lost amateur ethos, the Olympic Games amount to a forum for the biggest and richest nations to beat the pants off their smaller, poorer cousins -- which they do with monotonous regularity. It's not a particularly appealing sight. You know that spoilt rich kid in the movies who gets daddy to buy him the trophy? Frankly, he looks a whole lot like us."

-- Columnist Andrew Coyne

 

Bad news for Chef Boyardee

"The only businesses still doing well are the gas stations because Italians love to drive and mobile phone companies because Italians love to talk."

-- Italian restaurateur Federico Giovanelli concurs with the latest doom and gloom report on the eurozone from the IMF.

 

A moral message

"It wasn't about how to be a manager or how or to run a company. It was about how to conduct yourself."

-- Adrian Zackheim, president and publisher of Portfolio, a business imprint at Penguin Group (USA), recalls the highly popular message of Stephen R. Covey, who wrote the multimillion bestseller The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. Covey died this week at 79.

 

And we're better looking, too

"On July 1, Canada Day, Canadians awoke to a startling, if pleasant, piece of news: For the first time in recent history, the average Canadian is richer than the average American."

-- Stephen Marche, a Canadian writer and columnist for Esquire magazine.

 

Greek oldsters-only club

"But there's one big drawback to my booking Hellenic Home. I am not Greek. I love Greek food, admire Greek culture and could learn the language and the dance. I'd never be bored. But there it stands: I am not Greek."

-- Heather Mallick, Canadian columnist, worries ethnic nursing homes create segregation, the way gated communities do.

 

'Peace and closure'

"It's like he went with Mother Nature. That's how I find peace and closure and acceptance. He wanted to be in the wilderness and he was with the people he loved the most."

-- Karen Jenkins, whose uncle, Valentine Webber, and his daughters Diana and Rachel, were killed in a B.C. landslide.

 

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Fitting tribute

"The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing. -- Stephen Covey"

-- Oprah tweeted her favourite Stephen Covey quote after hearing the author had died.

 

Look on the bright side

"Happily, there is a silver lining amid this blue-and-gold mess: The disaster on the field this season may be distracting many fans from the disaster in the offices of the Winnipeg Football Club, which appears to be offering public relations students an object lesson in what not to do."

-- Bartley Kives, Winnipeg Free Press columnist

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 21, 2012 J2

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