• No one is enthusiastic about Mrs Merkel's pick for the presidency, Christian Wulff, the stolid premier of Lower Saxony.

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  • He let Mr Gates replace the stolid General David McKiernan in Afghanistan with the piratical master of black ops, Stanley McChrystal.

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  • Arty had hoped Jimmy Denton would call, but after his conversation with Meredith, despite his importuning eyes, the stolid black machine remained mute.

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  • The stolid Dallas utility stood by as competitors like Southern Co.

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  • Swanberg makes James merely a man stolid, ambitious, capable, sentimental, and self-absorbed.

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  • Like the stolid bourgeois that the bohemians have always attacked, we are more likely to simply muddle through, trying to make things better where we can.

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  • You have to go back to the 1920s, when stolid Herbert Hoover beat jaunty Al Smith, to find this rule violated--and there have been very few other exceptions.

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  • At the last election, in 1994, they nearly did but the stolid Martti Ahtisaari, the Social Democratic incumbent who is now giving up, squeaked through on the second round.

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  • Until the shuffle, Mr Lang was a self-declared candidate for mayor of Paris in next year's elections, even though the Socialists' favoured candidate was the stolid Bertrand Delanoe.

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  • Phillip Conisbee, Senior Curator at Washington's National Gallery, said Cezanne's early still lifes were stolid and dull until Pisarro taught him to loosen his brushstrokes in the Impressionist style.

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  • As Viktor Navorski, a stolid, jazz-loving bachelor from Eastern Europe, Tom Hanks speaks only a few words of English and walks with his feet turned out in a rapid waddle.

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  • But a stolid exterior doesn't mean she lacks spirit.

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  • Just occasionally, everything clicks: when a stolid, silent old miner strangles the life out of a rich young girl, you feel the rage of a whole society sharpened to a terrible point.

    NEWYORKER: Germinal

  • It is slow and stolid, but perfectly watchable.


  • John Coplans, on the other hand, chose Type 55 film (which yields a black-and-white positive and negative) in the 1980s to record his own stolid nude body in interlocking blocks of hairy flesh, self-portraits that owe something to Henry Moore and Philip Guston.

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  • Reviewer Andy Gill was also positive about the guest appearances of Wyman, who he described as "stolid as ever" on It's Only Rock'n'Roll and Honky Tonk Women, and Taylor, whose "stinging lead lines" on Midnight Rambler combined well with the rest of the band.

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  • The movie also stars a sullen, stolid Leonardo DiCaprio as a young Irish immigrant eager to avenge the death of his father, Cameron Diaz as a prostitute and pickpocket, Liam Neeson as a fallen Irish leader, and Jim Broadbent as the corrupt political boss William Tweed.

    NEWYORKER: Gangs of New York

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