So, as 2007 sputters its way to the finishing line, here are some of my favourite quotes from the past twelve months.
I'm a fairly wide guy... I tend to spread my legs when I lower my pants so they won't slide.
Senator Larry Craig
Welcome to Scotland
The exciting new slogan greeting visitors to Scottish airports, created at a cost of £125,000.
In Iran, we don't have homosexuals, like in your country.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, at Columbia University.
I want to be like Gandhi and Martin Luther King and John Lennon – but I want to stay alive.
I've had worse press than a pedophile or a murderer and I've done nothing but charity for the last 20 years.
Heather Mills, Paul McCartney's former wife, attacks the news media.
The planet is in distress and all of the attention is on Paris Hilton. We have to ask ourselves what is going on here?
Why don't you just shut up ?
— King Juan Carlos of Spain, to Hugo Chávez after the Venezuelan President called former Spanish Prime Minister José María Aznar a fascist.
I gave her my all-American smile, where I show wall-to-wall teeth and said, pathetically: 'Hope you like your trip to America'. I was quickly moved on like some old wilted tuna on the conveyer belt at Yo! Suchi.
Ruby Wax on her meeting with Britain's Queen Elizabeth.
This is Glasgow, we'll just set about you.
Airport worker John Smeaton, with a message for terrorists threatening Scotland.
Muslims know that if they attack a woman they will burn in hell.
Some people sing opera, Luciana Pavarotti was an opera.
Bono on death of the Italian tenor.
It wasn't a fortune. It cost me the price of one-and-a-half Hermes handbags.
Anne Robinson on her cosmetic surgery.
Today, society does not talk about hell. It's as if it did not exist, but it does.
Pope Benedict XVI
Less Dressy? What do you think this is?
Queen Elizabeth II after photographer Annie Leibovitz suggested she remove crown for photo shoot.
The guilt that we feel will never leave us.
When I'm looking for something I've dropped on the carpet, I have a bit of a problem.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel saying energy-saving light bulbs are not bright enough.
I used to act dumb. That act is no longer cute.
This House has noted the Prime Minister's remarkable transformation from Stalin to Mr Bean in the past few weeks.
Liberal Democrat stand-in leader, Vince Cable, turns the knife in Gordon Brown’s wounds.
Have you got anywhere with McDonald's? Have you tried getting it banned, that's the key. Prince Charles suggests cure for obesity on visit to United Arab Emirates.
We don't airbrush to that extent.
Hugh Hefner scuppers Kelly Osbourne's chances after she admits in an interview that she would like to be a nude Playboy pin-up.