The last word; 2003 IN QUOTES.Byline: DAVID EDWARDS David Edwards may refer to one of the following persons.
FROM the US "We got him" declaration after the capture of Saddam to Maxine Carr branding former lover Huntley "that thing", it's been a year of memorable quotes.
Who can forget Nelson Mandela coolly describing Tony Blair as the "foreign minister of the United States."
And Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf may have started out the year as Iraq's information minister but, by the time Baghdad fell, he had been transformed into Comical Ali with his absurd predictions of US defeat.
DAVID EDWARDS and DAMIEN FLETCHER look back on the quotes of the year.
"I LIKE ties but I prefer not to wear one when I'm nervous."
Jamie Oliver, who wore an open-necked shirt to receive his MBE MBE (in Britain) Member of the Order of the British Empire
MBE n abbr (BRIT) (= Member of the Order of the British Empire) → título ceremonial
MBE n abbr (Brit) (= from the Queen, November
"IT'S a great honour for me."
What David Beckham revealed the Queen told HIM as she pinned on his OBE, November
"THEY are planning 'an accident' - brake failure and serious head injury - to make the path clear for Charles to marry."
Princess Diana in a note given to butler Paul Burrell, October
"I'M not going to be blamed for what that thing in the box has done to me and those children."
Maxine Carr on Ian Huntley, December
Everywhere I go people cough at me in the street ..even the 10-year-olds
Major Charles Ingram, convicted of coughing to cheat on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, November
"NO one has the right to kill."
Tony Martin, having served a prison sentence for the manslaughter of teenage burglar Fred Barras, July
"THE greatest threat to life on this planet that we've most probably ever seen."
London mayor Ken Livingstone on George Bush, November
"I HAVE been there watching badgers first thing in the morning. It was very pleasant."
Former MP Ron Davies denying a sex act at a gay cruising spot, March
"THERE is some truth in the media's claim that politicians are lying b*****ds."
Bernard Ingham, Margaret Thatcher's former press secretary, June
"WE are going to win the next election. I am not b********ing."
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Alistair Campbell on BBC BBC
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There are no American infidels in Baghdad. Never
Eccentric Iraqi Information Minister Comical Ali speaks as US tanks occupy Baghdad
Gilligan, from his diaries which were produced during the Hutton Inquiry after Dr David Kelly committed suicide, September
"MANY dark actors playing games. Thanks for your support. I appreciate your friendship."
Weapon expert Dr David David, in the Bible
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IRAQ'S information minister Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf deserves a section to himself for his aburd quotes during the war.
"NO American tank is in Baghdad. Never. Most were forced to retreat and the rest
"MY feelings - as usual - we will slaughter them all."
"GOD will roast their stomachs in hell at the hands of Iraqis."
"THEIR infidels are committing suicide by the hundreds on the gates of Baghdad. Be assured, Baghdad is safe, protected."
On Bush: "The Leader of the international criminal gang of b*****ds."
On US troops: "They are most welcome. We will butcher them."
"I HAVEN'T got big ears. I've got a very small head."
Gary Lineker, January
"SHE shopped 'til he dropped."
Tesco advert on the fact
Do you know who I am? I bloody demand that he's upgraded. Don't you know he's a millionaire?
Liz Hurley throwing a strop to get her lover upgraded on a flight
that Philippa Wilkinson was shopping while her son Jonny was scoring the World Cup winning drop goal, November
"IT was probably the easiest attempt I had all day."
Jonny Wilkinson on his winning field goal, November
"HAVE a laugh for as long as you can and don't get run over. Or stabbed."
Ricky Gervais, star of The Office, December
"I DON'T drink these days. I'm allergic to alcohol and narcotics - I break out in handcuffs."
Actor Robert Downey Junior, January
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I went for the gaffer. I don't know if I've ever lost control like that in my life before
David Beckham after being struck by a boot kicked by Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, February
gent? I'm not a model, I'm a Spice Girl."
Victoria Beckham, after she was asked if she had switched to a modelling career, December
"YOU'RE twisted. You're Norman Bates with a briefcase."
Coronation Street's Gail to her soap husband Richard Hillman Hillman was a famous British automobile marque, manufactured by the Rootes Group. It was based in Ryton-on-Dunsmore, near Coventry, England, from 1907 to 1976. Before 1907 the company had built bicycles. , February
"DO you mind if I take your photograph or will you sue me?"
Fan to Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas, arriving at the Baftas, February
WAR IN IRAQ
"IT'S like Ferraris going up against old Austin Allegros. The buggers don't stand a chance."
Col Sgt Steve Bell on the tank battle near Basra, Iraq, March
"IF you are ferocious in battle, be magnanimous mag·nan·i·mous
1. Courageously noble in mind and heart.
2. Generous in forgiving; eschewing resentment or revenge; unselfish. in victory. We go to liberate, not to conquer."
Lt Col Tim Collins in Kuwait, March
Ladies and gentlemen, we got himPaul Bremer, US administrator in Iraq, announcing Saddam's capture, December
"I DON'T want to go on stage with someone wearing a f***ing coronet coronet (kôr'ənĕt`, kŏr'ə–), head attire of a noble of high rank, worn on state occasions. It is inferior to the crown. British peers wear their coronets at the coronation of their sovereign. and sporting the old ermine ermine, name for a number of northern species of weasel having white coats in winter, and highly prized for their white fur. It most commonly refers to the white phase of Mustela erminea, called short-tailed weasel in North America and stoat in the Old World. ."
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"IF I could tar and feather him and handcuff him to a lamppost in Piccadilly I would do it."
Sharon Osbourne on pop's Mr Nasty, who said that Ozzy's quad bike accident was a stunt, December