Old John's 

Xmas Almanac

No 6 ~ 1995

Still yet one more Cornucopia of 

Aphorisms, Axioms, Saws, Maxims,

Proverbs, Quotations & Adages

for the

Busy OSRAM Manager



Vorsprung trotz Technik


Has anybody seen my passport?

and some weeks later.........

Has anybody seen my car?

NDS, (and what next?)

Maths is not an opinion it's a science



I suspect that, taking all things into account, perhaps one or maybe two of us, might just, have gone ever so slightly over the top

name witheld to protect the guilty

ISD wish you and your staff

a Happy Christmas and a

Peaceful and Successful New Year


MW: "......and there are flames coming from the back of Prost's car as he enters the swimming pool" 

JH: "Well that should put them out then"

Murray Walker and James Hunt at Monaco

I don't make mistakes

LWP, a little surprisingly  

We've done it with our blood & flesh


I think somebody should have voted for me

a budding OSRAM starlet


Whether you think you can or you can't you are probably right


A girlfriend is like a leg - if you only have one you keep falling over




I've always looked on men like batteries. When they run down you just get another!

Flora Crew in Indian Ink by Tom Stoppard



What I hear I forget

What I see I remember

What I do I understand


Only the paranoid survive

Andrew Grove, CEO Intel








How can I get my hands on that Porsche?

How does that bonus scheme work?

Where are the R/3 benefits?

Why are there so many women around?

Why is my PC so unstable?

Why can't we get DuluxEL?

What do all those people in OSRAM House do?

Why can't we assume beer has vitamins?

Who fell over before both skis were on?

How come Marion's german is so good?

What is our sales strategy again?

When will SNI do something right?

When is the period-end this month?

How can I get to Barbados?

Who was the last one to leave the party?

Why does Steve keep calling them light bulbs?

How come the car policy has been stable for a few weeks?

When will he recognise my true contribution?

What is a succession plan?

Who'd have thought David a natural drag queen?

Who was Aldo Busch anyway - an Italian Prime Minister?

What time does the pub open?

Please send the correct question, which may or may not be listed, to the Editor for a special prize donated by Marketing. Correct answer next year.