This half-drunken interior monologue neatly and sparely dispatches the self-serving lie of American political innocence and its many "piddling
derelictions." It also, far from incidentally, points toward the sort of redemption that characters like Fenstemaker can achieve even after tasting the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge and setting up shop as harvesters and fermenters of that fruit.
Not since Montezuma and the Aztecs went into the tank against Cortez and his piddling
retinue of sassy conquistadors had a seemingly impregnable empire fallen so far so fast.
"The concept that a piddling
little seamount, 3 to 4 km high, is going to crack a plate that is 100 km thick really strains my credulity."
But when you're the "leading expert on gassing and gas-chamber technology," heroically fighting the International Zionist Conspiracy, these piddling
technical details aren't of much concern.
The PS4.50-a-day "discount" pass for families no doubt led to piddling
in the sea and a new use for rock pools.
If not for being a multi-million-aire giving low-paid staff a hard time over such a piddling
sum, then for saying before the general election he couldn't vote Labour because its leader was a communist, how he's chuffed to be sending his kids to public school, and for jumping on to a yacht in St Tropez with Bono when he eventually unpacked his precious designer luggage.
As poor Stephen explained to MPs this week, his piddling
pounds 7.7million pay packet has made him a figure of pity among his banking chums.
With this power in the pipeline, so to speak, why on earth are developers continuing to insist on the installation of piddling
little land based turbines which add virtually nothing to our renewables capacity, but detract massively from the beauty of our countryside?
Perhaps I'm turning into a woman" Actor Dustin Hoffman, below "What a piddling
, piffling pack of political pygmies the Tories are" Labour MP Paul Flynn on the decision to close the M4 bus lane and the ban on taxpayer-funded Christmas trees for Downing Street "I'm a happy hermit now" Singer Robbie Williams, who does his socialising at home "If you can't critique art then what can you do?" Evening Standard art critic Brian Sewell after photographers boycotted the Turner Prize exhibition at Tate Britain when organisers demanded only good publicity "Southend is a place where people get drunk, throw up, have a fight and a one-night stand" Actress Dame Helen Mirren, above, on the town where she was brought up
He started us off with textile expressions with keeping the band in the nick and lots of readers responded with more, such as being on tenterhooks, fair to middling, run of the mill, laikin o' weft, fettling and all piddling
in the same pot.
In Tuesday's debate Ms Burnham said: "Why not invest in the Maglev train that the Japs use to whiz through the countryside at 320mph rather than piddling
around at 60mph as we do."
Clearly, if it hadn't been for wind, Liverpool would have won ten European Cups rather than a piddling
It held my attention for no more than half a minute as, in all truth, it amounts to no more than a few piddling
little streams set in what appears to be a kid's paddling pool.
The government could expand the broadcast spectrum (by, say, allowing new FM stations to transmit over unused UHF frequencies); it could reduce the costly regulatory requirements faced by start-up stations; it could legalize low-power broadcasting on more than a piddling
"As for the ground, we have also had some good fortune, because we have to avoid the extremes of boiling hot and piddling