Peter Ustinov: Tanks

"In January 1942, I received my call-up papers," Peter Ustinov once recalled. "At my selection board interview, I was asked if I had any preferences as to the arm I wished to serve in. I told the officer I was interested in tanks. His eyes blazed with enthusiasm. 'Why tanks?' he asked keenly. I replied that I preferred to go into battle sitting down. His sparkle faded abruptly and I soon thereafter received a letter ordering me to report to an infantry regiment."

[In 2004, a Jobcentre stopped an English businesswoman from advertising for "warehouse packers who must be hard-working and reliable" because it discriminated against lazy people. "I couldn't believe my ears," she said. "Has our world gone mad?"]

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