Old John's 

Xmas Almanac

No 3 ~ 1992

Yet another Cornucopia of 

Aphorisms, Axioms, Saws, Maxims,

Proverbs, Quotations & Adages

for the

Busy OSRAM Manager



I am a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.

Stephen Leacock

Computers are useless. They can only give you answers.

Pablo Picasso

No man is an Island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the Continent, a part of the main...

John Donne

I am a people person.


Mistrust a subordinate who never finds fault with his superior.

John Churton Collins



The difference between a successful career and a mediocre one sometimes consists of leaving four or five things a day unsaid.


A game of rounders may be seen as a paradigm of life; the best almost always win.


Lest too light winning, make the prize light.

William Shakespeare, The Tempest

Virtual Reality is the future because the real world is stupid.

Prof Marian Minsky (MIT)

The Alfa Romeo 164 is a thinking man's BMW.

BBC 'Top Gear'

He had never met a real Managing Director before.

A Mills (on several occasions)

Whatever vocation one pursues, here is unquestionable art in excellence.


To be a German means to carry on a matter for its own sake.

Richard Wagner

ISD wish you and your staff

a Happy Christmas and a

Peaceful and Successful New Year



And was Jerusalem builded here Among those dark satanic mills?

William Blake


Man is loving, grows a belly and then dies.

Ruby Wax









'1992 was another difficult year for ISD'

This action photograph clearly shows the effects on the management and also previews further, soon to be announced changes in OUK's company car policy



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