Tuesday 12 November 2019

Quotes of the week

Lastminute.com co-founder Martha Lane Fox criticised the lack of women in the tech industry
Lastminute.com co-founder Martha Lane Fox criticised the lack of women in the tech industry
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

"All that's happened is that one bunch of very rich white men have transferred their money to another bunch of very rich white men and they are in a very small, concentrated area of the world in Silicon Valley. I still find really baffling the absence of women from the teams that are making the internet and the venture capital community. I genuinely thought the internet would be an empowering tool for women." - Martha Lane Fox, co-founder of Lastminute.com.

"I see a lot of women in business who try to be like a man and become aggressive, and I don't think that is good for women and women aren't suited for that. I think there are some jobs that women can't do as well as men."

- Annabel Karmel, head of a global baby food maker.

"Why wouldn't he (play against Germany)? He didn't have the baby, did he? Unless he's breast feeding, he should be fine."

- Roy Keane, Ireland assistant manager, on Robbie Keane.

"If I wanted expertise on the family, I honestly cannot say that the first thing that would come into my mind would be to call together 300 celibate males who, as far as we know, have never raised a child... Catholic teaching tells us that homosexuality is 'intrinsically disordered' and that homosexual acts are evil… but I would say that it is my church's teaching on homosexuality that is intrinsically disordered, a teaching that leads to homophobia."

- Mary McAleese, former President.

"I begin every lecture by showing a picture of the Mall in Ramelton and then a picture of cows on the Mall, my father's cows, and students always ask about it. Of course it has absolutely nothing to do with the lecture, but I like to tell people where I'm from because it is such a part of me."

- Donegal-born Professor William C Campbell, Drew University, New Jersey, USA, who has won the Nobel Prize.

"Apart from being nervous and playing in front of a panel, they are playing in front of millions of people. It is bad for their egos if they don't make it. I am amazed more people don't commit suicide."

- Ronnie Wood, musician, on The X Factor.

"She doesn't look like she did. She's lost her spark."

- Tom Jones (75) on his wife, Linda (75).

"I would've loved to have lived in the 1920s or 1930s or the 18th century because I love how women looked then. Today I think women are under pressure to look like they haven't bothered, which isn't my style."

- Joan Collins, actress.

"I'd rather break this glass and slash my wrists (than make another James Bond movie). We're done. All I want to do is move on. It would only be for the money."

- Daniel Craig, actor.

"If you're Irish you don't like expressing views in England. Ryanair are not that shy and retiring. So we intend to be very active in the referendum. I think it's absolutely vital, not just for the continuation of Ireland's economic success, but for the continuation of the UK recovery and the UK economic success that the UK stays a member of the European Union."

- Michael O'Leary, Ryanair boss.

"You should not be judgemental about food. I've never been a food snob. I'm never going to be part of anyone's brigade, but if there is good food to be had, I'm all for it."

- Nigella Lawson, chef.

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