Opinion: They said it

'We want to get to the point where GuideStar is a verb - you know, "I GuideStarred it and found your address and I'd like to make a donation"'- Robert Ottenhoff, president and chief executive, GuideStar (US).

'Public money and public land are being used to subsidise the acquisition of personal wealth through home ownership' - Adam Sampson, Shelter director, on the Government's plans to release 800 public sites for the building of affordable homes.

'Liberalisation - the current favourite of rich countries - should not be forced on developing countries as a condition of aid' - Andrew Pendleton, senior trade policy officer at Christian Aid.

'Borders and flower beds in our finest parks and gardens could be grassed over unless we encourage the next generation of gardeners and managers' - Andrew Colquhoun, director-general of the Royal Horticultural Society, laments the dearth of people entering the horticulture industry

'I have no intention of ever working with the girls again' - Melanie Chisholm, aka Sporty Spice, speaking some time before recent reports suggested the Spice Girls are planning to reunite for Live 8.

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