We had a lovely lunch last month, addressed by Tim Cooke with a slide show on the merits and potential pitfalls of micro-finance projects in Kenya and Tanzania. Apparently one essential is a personal Masai warrior armed with bow and poison arrows. Such a bodyguard can be hired for the princely sum of 1 Euro per day!!! And if you want to avoid being mugged, make sure you are accompanied by a woman.

A glass of 1997 Chateau d’Yquem anyone? For 6 Euros?

Last week 14 of us went to Naarden-Vesting to dine at De Samaritaan on Marktstraat. This is the bar which Gary and Ilse Millin have bought. We had an excellent meal, accompanied by super wines – amongst them a 1997 Chateau d’Yquem which Ilse effectively donated to us, charging only 6 Euros for a wine which cost 450 Euros!          A riotous time was had by all, and many thanks to Gary and Isle for organising it! I hope we can repeat the event

in the future…

Professor Heisenberg is out for a drive when he’s stopped by a traffic cop. The cop says “Do you know how fast you were going?” Heisenberg says “No, but I know where I am.”

Yes folks, it’s the Jokeathon, our annual joke telling marathon which will take place next Friday. There will be a prize for the most festively dressed participant, and of course the (in)famous Bernhard Garside trophy for the biggest joker amongst us. Please make your reservations with Allan asap.

The hotel is putting on a 3-course lunch this time, as has become traditional for the Jokeathon.

Look forward to seeing you there!


If you want to know more about British humour, look no further than ‘Have I Got More News For You’. The funniest panel game on British TV, every Sunday evening at 2330 Dutch time. If you can’t stay up for it, record it. Ian Hislop and Paul Merton are perfect foils for one another, and no target is safe…

Phrases for the golfers among us…

An Adolf Hitler – taking two shots in a bunker

An Arthur Scargill – a great strike but a poor result

A Kate Winslett – a bit fat but otherwise perfect

A Rodney King – over-clubbed

An O. J. Simpson – somehow got away with it

A Condom – safe but didn’t feel real good

A sister-in-law – up there, but I know that I shouldn’t be

A Paula Radcliffe – ugly but a good runner

A Kate Moss – a bit thin

Taking a Gerry Adams – hitting a provisional ball

A nipple licker – a shot that opens up the hole

A Maradona – a very nasty little five footer

A Salman Rushdie – an impossible read

A Rock Hudson – thought it was straight, but it wasn’t

A lady boy – Looks like an easy hole but all may not be what it seems

Putting like a gynecologist – shaving the hole

Mother Superior was taking a bath. There’s a knock on the door. She says, “Who is it?” A male voice responds, “The blind man.” After a few moments of deliberation the nun says, “Come in.” The man enters and says, “Nice boobs, Reverend Mother. Where do you want me to hang the blind?”