Words of News
US President George W Bush talking about an incident in which two shoes were thrown at him during a news conference in Iraq.
"The Santa Llúcia Christmas market in Barcelona sells everything you could need for your nativity scene. Little statues of Joseph and Mary? Check. A little baby Jesus? Check. Donkeys, sheep and cows? Check. Defecating world leaders? You what? "
The Telegraph on Caganers: figurines of defecating world leaders in Catalan nativity scenes.
"Let the larder be well stuffed with provisions. Let the cellar be well stored with liquors, and let there be plenty of fuel to make roaring fires - for Christmas is come... there should not only be enough to eat, and enough to drink, but also enough to give away. When the heart rejoices in the hour of conviviality, it should be remembered, that thousands are oppressed with grief."
The Christmas Day editorial in the Daily Universal Register, 1787
"The notion of a walk from Nazareth to Bethlehem is, for me, a romantic one."
BBC correspondent Aleem Maqbool on his retracing of the Christmas journey made by Joseph and Mary in the New Testament.
"Hell is being by yourself for ever. Who's going there? God knows."
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams answering a tricky question at a pub conference in Wales.
"The idea that the author is sternly watching every single reader to make sure that they're reading in the RIGHT WAY belongs to some nightmare of authoritarian mind-control. Reading is a democracy!"
One of the world's best-known children's writers and author of the His Dark Materials trilogy, Philip Pullman responds to a question on the subject of religion in his works.
"The experience of meditation has profound benefits. Children tend to be more relaxed and more lively, more at home with themselves and therefore more receptive. They have an enthusiastic attitude and want to do well."
'Teacher Trailblazer' Cliff Yates on the education of children.
"While kissing is normally very safe, doctors advise people to proceed with caution"
A media warning of the dangers of excessive kissing given by the Chinese media after a woman was left partially deaf following a passionate kiss from her boyfriend.
"Oh for goodness sake... Anyone would think you were dying. You've only got suspected leprosy."
A British nurse's reported reaction to BBC columnist Emma Jane Kirby in an article highlighting the differences between the French and the British over medical treatment.