They that have power to hurt, and will do none,
That do not do the thing they most do show,
Who, moving others, are themselves as stone,
Unmoved, cold, and to temptation slow;
They rightly do inherit heaven's graces,
And husband nature's riches from expense;
They are the lords and owners of their faces,
Others, but stewards of their excellence.
The summer's flower is to the summer sweet,
Though to itself, it only live and die,
But if that flower with base infection meet,
The basest weed outbraves his dignity:
For sweetest things turn sourest by their deeds;
Lilies that fester, smell far worse than weeds.



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The Rooms
Room 101

Invented by George Orwell in his masterpiece '1984'; Room 101 originally contained the thing that we most fear. Having been re-invented by the BBC, it can now also be the place to which we metaphorically banish those things we hate. Here are the 5 things I would banish, what would you?

Spiders: Scuttling servants of Satan. To anyone who says they're necessary, I say 'get a gecko': Same job, less legs.
Animal Thieves: Anyone who believes a living creature is a commodity that can be stolen and traded is beneath contempt.
Maliciousness: Bambi's mother had the right idea, if you can't think of anything nice to say, don't say anything.
The Beatles: Or rather what they represent: the decline of a society of responsibility into the cult of the teenager and with it the loss of decorum, education, kindness and safety. But more importantly ballroom dancing and flirting ;)

Room Fluffy

The antithesis of Room 101 and invented by Stephen Fry on the BBC Television programme 'Room 101' as an antidote to the negativity of the traditional Room 101. This is where all things of loveliness are placed for eternity.

Cats: The sound of purring is one of the most mesmerizing sounds in existance.
TV: One of the greatest inventions. TV is an art form and an educational tool that deserves a lot more credit than it currently receives. Power to the couch potato!

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