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By ATWadmin On October 30th, 2009

PRINCE EDWARD has upset someone in Australia after suggesting that the death of a boy during a Duke of Edinburgh Award exercise had made the scheme more popular. Rubbish of course, no-one can be upset by his entirely sensible opinion. Boys love risk and a hint of danger, it’s nature’s way.

No, for a real gaffe we must go to the Gaffmeister General himself, Edward’s old man the Duke of Edinburgh.

Informing British students in China that if they stayed there much longer “they’d all be slitty eyed” is a gaffe; asking of a blind woman, “Do you know they have eating dogs for the anorexic now?” is a gaffe; telling the President of Nigeria, clad in traditional robes, “You look like you’re ready for bed” is a gaffe; enquiring of a student who’d been trekking in Papua New Guinea, “You managed not to get eaten, then?” is a gaffe, and asking a Jock driving instructor, “How do you keep the natives off the booze long enough to get them through the test?” is a … erm, fair question really.

Don’t try it Eddie, against your imperious father you’ll only be an amateur.

6 Responses to “CALL THAT A GAFFE?”

  1. I never finished the gold award being told that the group I chose to work with did not meet the requirements of the democratic peoples republic of Manchestergrad, However, in terms of "danger" frankly I think the deceased in the Australian case did not listen to his training. Liing is that most wonderful experience between "life" and "death". As George Mallory said "the greatest danger in life is to not take the adventure". Do we really want a youth too scared to live? to take the risk of life?

  2. Gaffes? – those aren’t gaffes, they are the remarks of someone who has a robust sense of humor…

    Good luck to him, and long may he continue.

  3. The dear old Duke of Ed. We’ll miss him when he’s gone.

  4. These are all genuine things that were written in the Queen Mothers book
    of condolence. Obviously millions signed them, and were free to write
    what they wanted…enjoy !!!!

    "When Diana died I swore I would never smile again, but eventually
    I did. Now the Queen Mum has gone I cannot imagine that I will ever
    smile for the rest of my life, but I will probably break that one

    "She was one of the old school, all the remaining royals are @#%$"
    J.Clement. Grantham.

    "I thought she would never die, she has let us all down very badly"
    > D. Holmes, Somerset.

    "She was a trooper and she never gave up. I remember one time she
    was visiting a school and I asked her if she would like to make
    a visit to the cloakroom before she left. ‘No’ she replied, ‘I
    didn’t give in to the Nazis and I won’t give in to the bladder’.
    That’s how she was, a fighter, who refused to be beaten by
    anything. She pissed herself later though, it was sickening".
    B.Forrester, North Yorkshire.

    "She was a marvelous woman, and a wonderful lover".
    L. J. Worthington, Penrith.

    "I am absolutely devastated, at least we could have got the day
    S.Wilson, Bristol.

    "How refreshing to be able to mourn the death of a member of
    the Royal family without being accused of being homosexual".
    J.Fletcher, High Wycombe.

    "Her death should act as a warning to others who think it is
    cool to experiment with drugs".
    E.Franks, Cheshire.

    "On behalf on all blacks, I send the sincerest condolences".
    T.Watson, Ilford.

    "Perhaps if we automated her old golf buggy it could still
    drive around The Mall on its own and bring pleasure to the
    Y.Howell, Slough.

    "Once again the Queen is not upset enough for my liking, the
    woman should have a bit more compassion, how would she feel if it was her mother?" W.Waugh, Richmond.

    "It is such a loss, God has shat on our heads".
    K. O’Neil, Inverness.

    "I am sure the Queen Mum will not let this setback put an end
    to her public duties".
    N.Wallace, Swansea.

    "I hold Princess Margaret in no small way responsible for this
    terrible event"
    E.Thompson, West Lothian.

    "Bomb Iraq for us Tony, its the only thing that will make us feel better"
    P.McGregor, Southampton.

    "We must do all we can, send blankets, food parcels, jumpers,
    anything to help these brave souls who are queuing up to walk
    past her coffin".
    R.Thompson, Bath.

    "Good God, who is next, Geri Halliwell?".
    R. Combes,Romford.

    "Whichever way you look at it, it just is not as exciting as
    G. Williams, West Midlands.

    "She was one of us, and by that I don’t mean she perpetrated
    insurance fraud or lied about expense claims. She was like
    us in a good way.
    God bless you ma’am".
    L. Weller, Harlow.

    "She had such a difficult life, always battling against
    adversity and misfortune. Let us hope that if there is a
    next time round she is given a life of privilege and comfort"
    T.D.Wainwright, Hastings.

  5. Call that a gaffe?

    Yesterday, almost exactly 70 years after a German battleship fired on Gdynia and thus started World War II, a US battleship fires on the same Polish town!

  6. Noel,

    Wrong again! – a US battleship never fired on Gdynia, yesteday, or any other time. It was a sailor firing a pistol from onboard, not quite the same as you were insinuating, You are one nasty little stirrer aren’t you?