Quotes of the day

"Best played late at night on the 25th when you have had a lot to drink. Someone goes out of the room. Everyone else waits for a minute and tries to remember who it was" - Writer Sebastian Faulks on his favourite Christmas game.

"People confuse me with Ruby Wax every day. I think it is because we are both funny, and red-haired and opinionated. I don't like to disappoint people so I end up signing her name. I have got quite good at it" - Writer Kathy Lette.

"A bit of peace and quiet would be quite a nice thing" - Prime Minister David Cameron on what he would like for Christmas.

"Despicable human scum" - The official description of Jang Song Thaek, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's uncle, who has been executed for treason.

"Chancellor George Osborne is the first Tory minister I have seen with a flash of Margaret Thatcher's steel. He is not yet the finished article but he has about him an admirable constancy of purpose that is now paying dividends" - Sir Bernard Ingham, who was Lady Thatcher's press secretary.

"You really have no knowledge of economics, so stick to being a bigot with a woodworking O-level" - Former Bank of England adviser David Blanchflower attacks Tory MP Ben Gummer, who challenged Mr Blanchflower's economic predictions.

"Hideous, just hideous" - Labour MP Tom Harris's description of the Christmas decorations in his home city of Glasgow.

"When you are the most successful person in your family, in your neighbourhood and in your town, everybody thinks you are the First Natioinal Bank" - American TV chat show queen Oprah Winfrey.

"I like to feel tethered to the planet" - Actress Julia Roberts, who often takes off her shoes at parties.

"World Cup in Rio? The England squad will be back before the postcards" - Jimmy Pierce, of Ponteland, Northumberland, in a letter to the Daily Mail.

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