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How to laugh and learn at the same time.

If you feel the need to remind yourself of something on one of these lists, print it out - laminate it - put it on your bedroom / bathroom / office wall as a reminder every single day of how to - or how not to - behave - as we all make mistakes - we are all ' works in progress' - and we are ALL assholes sometimes and often a sinner and sometimes even a saint.

We are human. What matters - is what you choose to be in any one moment and what and how we see ourselves compared to how others see us. You may see yourself as a saint while others - an absolute asshole.

John: Thanks for another superb newsletter ( (30/06/24 ) and I really do look forward to a good read every Sunday morning, although it sometimes lasts me the whole week. It is so good to see there are a few on the gay scene who are not centred around sex all the time but life, death and the universe and subjects to educate, enlighten and amuse. Well done to you John and keep it up, greatly appreciated.

James B.

John: Your political piece the other week with a list of what should be on any political agenda - BRILLIANT. I actually cheered when I read it. Malcolm.


Bill Gates was invited by a high school to give a lecture. He arrived by helicopter, took the paper from the pocket where he had written eleven items. He read everything in less than 5 minutes, was applauded for more than 10 minutes non-stop, thanked him and left in his helicopter. What was written is very interesting, read:

1. Life isn't easy — get used to it.

2. The world is not concerned about your self-esteem. The world expects you to do something useful for it BEFORE you feel good about yourself.

A former cleaning lady becomes a chef and fulfils her dream of having her own organic restaurant

True story: A simple (but powerful) gesture of kindness from a CEO

3. You will not earn $20,000 a month once you leave school. You won't be vice president of a company with a car and phone available until you've managed to buy your own car and phone.

4. If you find your teacher rude, wait until you have a boss. He will not feel sorry for you.

5. Selling old newspapers or working while on vacation is not beneath your social standing. Your grandparents have a different word for it: they call it opportunity.

6. If you fail, it's not your parents' fault. So do not whine about your mistakes, learn from them.

7. Before you were born, your parents weren't as critical as they are now. They only got that way from paying your bills, washing your clothes and hearing you say they're "ridiculous." So before saving the planet for the next generation wanting to fix the mistakes of your parent's generation, try cleaning your own room.

8. Your school may have blurred the distinction between winners and losers, but life isn't like that. In some schools, you don't repeat more than a year and you have as many chances as you need to get it right. This looks like absolutely NOTHING in real life. If you step on the ball, you're fired… STREET!!! Do it right the first time!

9. Life is not divided into semesters. You won't always have summers off, and it's unlikely that other employees will help you with your tasks at the end of each term.

10. Television is NOT real life. In real life, people have to leave the bar or the club and go to work.

11. Be nice to the CDFs (those students that others think are assholes). There is a high probability that you will work FOR one of them.”

Know these and know peace. I come in PEACE.


If King Charles III and Prince William die before Prince George turns 18 and Prince Harry becomes regent, will that effectively make Princess Meghan the Queen? Will Kate Middleton and Camilla Parker-Bowles have to bow down to her?

Assuming that both Charles and William die before George turns 18, and for some ungodly reason they make Harry the Regent, that would not make Meghan the Queen. Meghan would still be nothing more than Princess Henry, Duchess of Sussex.

As others have pointed out, Prince & Princess Henry resigned as working royals and live in California. Both of these reasons would make it virtually impossible for him to become Regent. I would have a better chance of winning every lottery around the world over the next 5 years than Harry becoming Regent.

Anne would most likely be Regent as long as she remained in good health during this scenario of yours.

If Anne died or was in bad health, then Edward would be Regent.



A young couple, just married, were in their honeymoon suite on their wedding night. As they were undressing for bed, the husband — who was a big burly man — tossed his trousers to his bride and said, “Here, put these on.”

She put them on and the waist was twice the size of her body. “I can’t wear your trousers,” she said.

“That’s right, said the husband, “and don’t you ever forget it. I’m the man who wears the pants in this family.”

With that, she flipped him her panties and said, “Try these on.”

He tried them on and found he could only get them on as far as his kneecaps. “Hell,” he said. "I can’t get into your panties!”

She replied, “That’s right, and that’s the way it’s going to stay until your attitude changes.”--


An elderly man in a bar had a couple of beers, and the bartender told him he owed 4 dollars.

“But I paid, don’t you remember?” said the customer.

“Okay,” said the bartender.

“If you say you paid, you did."

The elderly man then went outside and told a friend that the bartender couldn’t keep track of his customers’ bills.

The second man then rushed in and ordered a beer.

When it came time to pay he pulled the same stunt.

The barkeep replied, “If you say you paid, I’ll take your word for it.”

Soon the customer went into the street, saw an old friend, and told him how to get free drinks.

The elderly man hurried into the bar and began to drink high balls when, suddenly, the bartender leaned over and said,

“You know, a funny thing happened in here tonight. Two men were drinking beer, neither paid and both claimed that they did. The next guy who tries that is going to get punched right in the nose.”

“Don’t bother me with your troubles,” the final patron responded.

“Just give me my change and I’ll be on my way.”


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