Proud Dads

1Four friends, who hadn’t seen each other in 30 years, reunited at a party.

After several drinks, one of the men had to use the rest room. Those who remained talked about their kids.

The first guy said, “My son is my pride and joy. He started working at a successful company at the bottom of the barrel. He studied Economics and  Business Administration and soon began to climb the corporate ladder and now he’s the president of the company. He became so rich that he gave his best  friend a top of the line Mercedes for his birthday.”   

The second guy said, “Darn, that’s terrific! My son is also my pride and joy. He started working for a  big airline, and then went to flight school to  become a pilot. Eventually he became a partner in the company, where he owns the majority of its  assets. He’s so rich that he gave his best friend a  brand new jet for his birthday.”

The third man said: “Well, that’s terrific! My son  studied in the best universities and became an engineer. Then he started his own construction company and is now a multimillionaire. He also gave away something very nice and expensive to his best friend for his birthday: A 30,000 square foot mansion.”

The three friends congratulated each other just as the fourth returned from the restroom and asked: “What are all the congratulations for?”

One of the three said: “We were talking about the pride we feel for the successes of our sons. …What about your son?”

The fourth man replied: “My son is gay and makes a living dancing as a stripper at a nightclub.”

The three friends said: “What a shame…what a disappointment.”

The fourth man replied: “No, I’m not ashamed. He’s my son and I love him. And he hasn’t done too bad either. His birthday was two weeks ago, and he received a beautiful 30,000 square foot mansion, a  brand new jet and a top of the line Mercedes from  his three boyfriends.

At the End of the Day

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In these dark times, we older people gain enormous self-respect by the 3000% rise in the last two years of people around the world who write to say “I have a project for you”. Why only this week I have received 27 such compliments, all of which I had to decline due to subsequent engagements. I cannot bear to mark any of them as spam for two reasons: first of all, they have taken so much trouble to write to me – in some cases, over 40 times; and secondly, when I spam them out it makes no f**king difference.

But I remain what I have been for some time: a wild and out-there-madder-than-crazy sort of bloke who really just doesn’t care any more. I’m up for anything: parking on double yellow lines, asking after the weather in Bombay every time my phone rings, trying to sell garden sheds to…

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Stories Under the Pyramids: Lives Threatened by Egypt’s Revolution

Egyptian Streets

By Mohamed Khairat, founder,

Once one of the world’s most visited tourist attractions, Egypt’s Pyramids have been void of tourists since the 2011 revolution. For thousands of Egyptians whose incomes rely on tourism at the Pyramids, the lack of tourism has hit hard.

Near the Pyramids, once vibrant shopping streets now feel cold: tour operators have shut down, souvenir shops are soulless, and cafes once popular with tourists are empty.

At the Giza Necropolis – housing the Great Pyramids of Giza – hundreds of vendors and horse and camel operators are desperately searching for hope that tourists would return. In 2010, 14 million tourists from across the globe visited Egypt. Today, that number has declined by more than 50 percent – with the majority of tourists visiting locales along Egypt’s Red Sea.

Nevertheless, local Egyptians working in the tourism industry at the Pyramids remain hopeful that tourism – their…

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BBC’s Knell amplifies UNRWA’s political campaigning on R4’s ‘The World Tonight’

BBC Watch

The BBC Radio 4 programme ‘The World Tonight’ claims that:

“When it comes to daily news, The World Tonight takes international events seriously and covers them in depth. Using the BBC’s international network of correspondents we report on what is going on, put it in context and provide a forum for debate on the big issues facing us all.”

The December 20th edition of that programme included a report from the Gaza Strip by the BBC Jerusalem Bureau’s Yolande Knell – available for listening here from about 39:38. 

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Presenter David Eades introduces the segment: 

“This week a powerful winter storm has swept across the eastern Med. In the Gaza Strip it’s inflicted further hardship on people already enduring power cuts for much of the day because of fuel shortages. Aid agencies are warning of a deteriorating humanitarian situation as Israel and Egypt impose tight border restrictions and divisions…

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MEDIA MANIPULATION: The Telegraph provides a classic case history

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Every Monday, the Barclay Brothers owned Daily Telegraph gives over a column entirely devoted to how wonderful Boris Johnson is, written by Boris Johnson. When the London Mayor says or does anything, the Telegraph can be relied upon to big up the ‘story’. When Johnson is caught out in some way, the Telegraph rarely if ever prints the story – and certainly never leads with it. There is an obvious but as yet ill-defined link between the B’s and Bojo.

The Barclay Brothers pay no British tax, and do not have a vote on British affairs. What the Barclays have is an influential newspaper and tons of munneeee. Although I routinely refer to them as the Sarkists, in fact five years ago this week the Sark electorate told the Brothers to stick their £5m per annum investment on Sark, and the twins promptly closed down their…

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