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YES PRIME MINISTER - JUNE 08, 2003

 

I am not much of a reader. In fact, I don't read at all. The only books I have read in the last five years are, Yes Minister and Yes Prime Minister. I remember having watched episodes of YM on Doordarshan a long long time ago. I couldn't possibly have appreciated all those laughs back then. I managed to rent all the episodes of Yes Prime Minister over the last week and watched them all. They are as good as the book. A must watch! Here's an excerpt.

 

Jim Hacker: "Tell me, General, where is the Hot Line?"
General Howard: "Which one?"
Jim Hacker: "The one to Russia."
Bernard Woolley: "The Red Hot Line, Sir."
General Howard: "That's in Downing Street."
Jim Hacker: "So in an emergency, I can get straight through to the Soviet President?"
General Howard: "Theoretically, yes."
Jim Hacker: "Theoretically?"
General Howard: "That's what we tell journalists. In fact, we did once get through to the Kremlin, but only to a switchboard operator."
Jim Hacker: "Couldn't the operator put you through?"
General Howard: "We never found out. He didn't seem to speak much English."

 

Get the audio here. Here's another.

 

Sir Humphrey: "Taxation isn't about what you need."
Jim Hacker: "Oh, what is it about?"
Sir Humphrey: "Prime Minister, the Treasury doesn't work out what they need to spend and then think how to raise the money."
Jim Hacker: "What does it do?"
Sir Humphrey: "They pitch for as much as they think they can get away with and then think what to spend it on."

 

Get the audio here.

 

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Clicked this picture earlier last week in one of the tunnels, in the Eggleston Hall on campus.

 

 

 

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