Wednesday, 10 June 2009


Someone sent me this and with everything that's going on in our Government at the moment I thought you might like it.

Gordon Brown was visiting a primary school. In one class they were in the middle of a discussion related to words and their meanings. The teacher asked Mr. Brown if he would like to lead the discussion on the word 'tragedy'.So the illustrious leader asked the class for an example of a tragedy.

A little boy stood up and offered: 'If my best friend, who lives on a farm, is playing in the field and a tractor runs over him and kills him, that would be a tragedy'.    No, said Gordon - that would be an accident'.

A little girl raised her hand: 'If a school bus carrying fifty children drove over a cliff, killing everyone inside, that would be a tragedy'.‘I'm afraid not,’ explained Gordon, ‘that's what we would call great loss’.

The room went silent. No other children volunteered. Gordon searched the room. 'Isn't there someone here who can give me an example of a tragedy?'.Finally, at the back of the room, little Johnny raised his hand. In a quiet voice he said 'If a plane carrying you and Mr. Darling was struck by a 'friendly fire' missile and blown to smithereens, that would be a tragedy'.

'Fantastic!' exclaimed Gordon. 'That's right. And can you tell me why that would be tragedy?'.

'Well,' says little Johnny 'it has to be a tragedy, because it certainly wouldn't be a great loss and it probably wouldn't be an accident either'.


Anonymous said...

Oh little Johnny...he never quits LOL. Love it :)

Flowerpot said...

brilliant - that lad will go far!!

Susan at Stony River said...

Wonderful! We need more laughs instead of all this political news. Bravo Johnny!

Nessa said...

That Johnny is always so wise and funny.

Deb said...

Thanks for making me smile ~ again!

nitebyrd said...

If I replace your politicians with a couple of US ones, I can appreciate the hilarity of this "tragedy!" ROTFL

Mike Golch said...

Great posting.

Mama Zen said...

Little Johnny is a clever one!

Daryl said...

Oh another I have heard but still laugh over ... your delivery is flawless! ;=D

Real Live Lesbian said...

Gotta love Johnny!

Smalltown RN said...

OH that is just wonderful.....I like that story....thanks for the chuckle

Ron said...

You always share the GREATEST stuff!!

Bravo Johnny!

Thanks, Akelamalu!


CG said...

Very clever!!

aims said...

Very cute....that Johnny!

Kay said...


Thank you, you just made my day!

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

oh that's a good one!

smiles, bee

Cloudia said...

Goddess, I needed a laugh. thanks & Aloha dear

Dr.John said...

Another joke that I can and will tell. Thank you.

Spiky Zora Jones said...

You ever notice that the smart and cool kids sat at the back of the class? hehehe

I like Johnny.

A Lady's Life said...

lol and I was thinking it was serious until little Johnny's name came up lol

Akelamalu said...

Johnny's always got a quip Thom

He'll probably become a politician Flowerpot LOL

Laughs are preferable to most of the news these days Susan!

Johnny is the class clown Nessa :)

I'm happy to have made you smile Deb x

Yep it will fit all politicians Nitebyrd ;)

Thanks Mike

He's definitely bright Mama Zen :)

Glad it still made you laugh Daryl :)

We all love Johnny RLL :)

You're welcome RN x

I try Ron m'darlin' x

Cheers CG

Ah yes, cute little Johnny Aims :)

I'm so pleased to have made your day Kay :)

Glad you liked it Bee x

If you're laughing, then so am I Cloudia xx

Yes, pass it on Dr. John, the more people laughing the better. :)

Yes they did Spiky!

I hope you weren't disappointed Lady's Life :)

tony said...

Out Of The Mouths Of Babes!:)

Maggie May said...


Anonymous said...

heehee...this was hilarious! Whatcha been doing, A?

cheshire wife said...

Little Johnny has a vivid imagination and should go far.

San said...


This Guy said...

HAhaha thats too funny! Good ol' little Johnny!

Akelamalu said...

Indeed Tony LOL

Glad you liked it Maggie :)

I'm happy you enjoyed it Hope :)

Oh Johnny definitely has a great imagination Cheshire Wife ;)

I thought so too San x

Yeah good old Johnny This Guy :)

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