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It strikes me that the Irish are quite capable of laughing at themselves but it seems that a certain British telephone company thinks otherwise, having taken action against those thought criminals who passed around an Irish joke. Your views? 

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15 thoughts on “AN IRISH JOKE?

  1. It wasn’t even a particularly funny joke, which makes the suspensions even more ridiculous.
    Reading through the comments section, this one caught me eye
    "Why are Irish jokes so stupid? So BT workers can understand them!"

  2. Yeah, the joke was pretty poor & needlessly long. They took 3 paragraphs to tell the same joke 3 times, and it wasn’t particularly funny the first time. There is no Irish accent to make those ‘puns’ work.

    I imagine BT have an acceptable use policy, and with email forwarding there is always the danger the content of these emails would slip out onto the general web – perhaps modified to make them actually offensive. That said, I would have thought a warning more appropriate – maybe the managed to catch the 30 worst performers (given the quality of the joke, that wouldn’t surprise me) – saves a redundo payout anyhow.

    I notice you distance yourself somewhat with "It strikes me that the Irish are quite capable of laughing at themselves", personally national / political identity aside (I’m pretty sure I know where you stand), most of the tellers of such jokes wouldn’t differentiate between you or me.

    I always thought this was a good one, when delivered well..

    IRISH: Please divert your course 15 degrees to the South to*avoid a collision.

    BRITISH: Recommend you divert your course 15 degrees to the*North to avoid a collision.

    IRISH: Negative. You will have to divert your course 15 degrees*to the*South to avoid a collision.

    BRITISH: This is the Captain of a British Navy Ship. I say*again, divert*YOUR course.

    IRISH: Negative. I say again, you will have to divert YOUR course.

    BRITISH: THIS IS THE AIRCRAFT CARRIER HMS ILLUSTRIOUS! THE SECOND LARGEST*SHIP IN THE BRITISH ATLANTIC FLEET. WE ARE ACCOMPANIED BY THREE DESTROYERS,*A CRUISER AND NUMEROUS SUPPORT VESSELS. DEMAND YOU CHANGE YOUR COURSE*15 DEGREES NORTH. I SAY AGAIN, THAT IS 15 DEGREES NORTH OR COUNTER MEASURES*WILL BE UNDERTAKEN TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF THIS SHIP.

    IRISH: We are a lighthouse…………………Your Call.

  3. Ooops. Missed the start of that joke..

    Retry…

    This is a transcription of an actual radio conversation between*the British and the Irish off the coast of Kerry, Ireland, October*10, 1998.**Radio conversation released by the Chief of Naval Operations:

    10/10/98

    IRISH: Please divert your course 15 degrees to the South to*avoid a collision.

    BRITISH: Recommend you divert your course 15 degrees to the*North to avoid a collision.

    IRISH: Negative. You will have to divert your course 15 degrees*to the*South to avoid a collision.

    BRITISH: This is the Captain of a British Navy Ship. I say*again, divert*YOUR course.

    IRISH: Negative. I say again, you will have to divert YOUR course.

    BRITISH: THIS IS THE AIRCRAFT CARRIER HMS ILLUSTRIOUS! THE SECOND LARGEST*SHIP IN THE BRITISH ATLANTIC FLEET. WE ARE ACCOMPANIED BY THREE DESTROYERS,*A CRUISER AND NUMEROUS SUPPORT VESSELS. DEMAND YOU CHANGE YOUR COURSE*15 DEGREES NORTH. I SAY AGAIN, THAT IS 15 DEGREES NORTH OR COUNTER MEASURES*WILL BE UNDERTAKEN TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF THIS SHIP.

    IRISH: We are a lighthouse…………………Your Call.

  4. Sounds awfully like an excuse for a good culling. Also 30 sounds like an large amount of people to suspend, usually policy is only directed to those who send or forward the email and I find it hard to believe 30 people would be forwarding on such a crap joke, though you never know I suppose (it is a call centre after all). Regardless, people should be conscious that companies are looking for any excuse to get rid of staff and if they can terminate without redundancy all the better. It is also, I have to agree, a particularly crap joke.

  5. Ciaran,

    My wife agrees with you – not a great joke in the first place but a lot of noise about nothing — bit like BT.

  6. This joke is as old as the hills anyway. Heard it years ago and I agree its not that funny, but hardly a sacking offence.

  7. Shouldn’t the UK also be a tag? This story is of interest to your Irish readers, so I appreciate the Ireland tag but it’s also really a UK story.

  8. Mack,

    I allocate about one nanosecond to the tags such are my time limitations so apologies if they are sometimes not accurate!!

    So anyway, an Irishman, an Englishman and a Scotsman go into a Mosque….

  9. I got a giggle, even though I’d heard it before.

    The Ligththouse one is funny too, but I have my doubts as to its autenticity.

  10. Here’s a funny one :

    Three men –
    a Canadian farmer, Osama bin Laden and a

    White Trash
    Biker are all walking together one day.

    They come
    across a lantern and a Genie pops out of it.

    ‘I will
    give each of you
    one wish, which is three wishes in total’,

    Says the
    Genie.

    The
    Canadian says, ‘I am a farmer and my son will also farm. I
    want the land to be forever fertile in Canada

    POOF!
    With the blink of the Genie’s eye, the land in
    Canada was
    forever fertile for farming.

    Osama was
    amazed, so he said, ‘I want a wall around Afghanistan ,
    Palestine ,
    Iraq and
    Iran so that no
    infidels, Americans or Canadians

    Can come
    into our precious land.’

    POOF!
    Again, with the blink of the Genie’s eye, there was a huge wall
    around those countries.

    The Biker says,
    ‘I am very curious.

    Please tell
    me more about this wall.’

    The Genie
    explains, ‘Well, it’s about 5,000 feet high, 5oo feet thick and
    completely surrounds the country. Nothing can get in or
    out;

    it’s
    virtually impenetrable.’

    The Biker
    sits down on his Harley, cracks a beer, lights a
    cigar,

    Smiles and
    says,

    ‘Fill
    it with water!’

  11. Bernard

    It was an e-mail I received. I just copied and pasted the way it came to me.

    Good one but init ?

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