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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 & 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


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


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 & 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 a

f*cking accident either'.

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