The things they say...

“The only signs of real affluence are the two cars (a Mercedes-Benz and a Roll-Royce) and he has them, not for their value as status symbols, but because he believes simply that they are the best cars in the World.”—Barry Norman writing in The Observer Magazine of a visit to the Geneva home of Alistair MacLean, the best-selling novelist reputed to make hardly less than £200,000 a year.

“A long row of Fiats and Volkswagens were lined up outside both houses.”—Jilly Cooper writing in The Sunday Times Magazine of a visit to New York. Wot, no Pintos?