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September 2013 Celebrating..Bday and an Achievement!

6th September 2013

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My Precious Daughter

That September morn andYou came, after so many years

Bringing joy and taking away the many fears and tears

You brought in the sweetest fragrance of abundant love

A priceless gift straight from the heavens above

The clock ticked on and now as a lady you’re all grown.

Absorbing the games of life,  shaping a mind of your own.

God designed a life for you which will always be the very best

And you amazingly proved to a real superstar in the variable Tests

Your deep faith, determination, hard work, sees many a cheers

As greatness is thrust upon you  and in your very early years

May God Almighty shower His Blessings on  you now an always

With good health love and happiness galore with every dawning day

Happy Bday and may you be met with many pleasant surprises galore

Today and tomorrow and wherever you may go with plenty and more!

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    •  To My Marie…
      When god designed me, he had something very special for me..

So soon he made me a ‘grand’ to make my life complete.

A perfect pretty flower with the fragrance of …a bundle of love.

He blessed me with ‘YOU’ His gift from the heavens above..

Now fast you have grown and feel I relive my teenage years..

As I see the struggle for independence and the many tears and fears,

It is not an easy task to understand the countless wrongs and rights.

But I wish with just one bear hug, a kiss I can make things real bright.

Seeing you turn to God Almighty for his blessings and for HIS guide..

With tears in my eyes I cherish your faith, trust in HIM with pride

These so many years have passed by and I do clearly see

A rich reward in you for the years we shared with ups and downs

The many smiles that wipes away those bleak frowns

A lady are you, in perfection handling matters with confidence and diplomacy

Words gently flow and those tender hands create dishes so tastefully..

A flower in full bloom, a sweetness not to be wasted in polluted air.

Your rare beauty to be treasured and preserved hopefully by loving care.

May the dawn of your bday bring in the best making life worthwhile..

Long life, good health, peace of mind, happiness till the seas run dry..

Happy bday sweetheart and happier days with every sunrise..

Let there fun and laughter and many a heavenly surprise….

That Lonesome Feeling…20th July 2013

Originator of All Creations

Human Life designed By God

But Man retells the distorted version

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Its Summer girls and grand kids gone and

That empty feeling that keeps on bothering me

Its See You Again The Name Of Life’s Game

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What in the world do you do when you awake one morn,

And the silence tells you the kids and grand kids are all gone.

Dear God…was it so long ago they were just babies in my arms?

Now gripping with fear  I remain in silent prayer to protect them from harm.

Their voices, the laughter, the screams and all the many shared.

Drives me to pick the phone and tell them they are still cared?

The memories of the cupcakes, the pumpkin pie and the various pastries,

Missing them all, they were made to perfect taste, those savories.

And the laptops lying around an ache in my heart, that feeling so blue,

Rooms all empty. so deserted, and will you know what to do?…

It’s a feeling so hopeless as the hands of the clock keeps ticking by

Oh yes life has its reasons, as we take different paths and only God knows why

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The Sizzling Summer Sky

As I stepped out today I felt the sizzling summer sky burn me distressfully.

 With seat belt on I wondered how it embraces the changing scene so masterfully.

At times the hazy clouds roll across the sky and the golden sun is dimmed..

 The hot sizzling desert air blows its heat and blinds my ageing sight with a grin.

The breeze so hot, fans my face and I hide my eyes behind the shades,

With a hat to shield my head from the heat till the glow takes time to fade

The scorching sun glistens the water’s, the heat never fails to absorb it from the earth

And the fruits do ripe richly, a job it has been designed to do for Mother earth.

Sometimes mixed with dust and sandy granules they carelessly spread so widely,

Taking the variable shades of orange and a monstrous darkness so drastically.

No conditions laid, it rises with much love, the powerful glorious sun.

And humbly leaves the wide blue sea when the day is finally done.

The wondrous sun from a distance afar has its duties while floating from east to west.

A natures light faithfully constant and its steadfastness cannot be denied, it’s the best!

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My heart is filled with love for you

I wonder,  without  you what would I do

 I enjoy every moment so special  with you

 It is so precious as the days are almost few

you lift me up when I am really down

making me smile and clear away my frown

You comfort me and dry away my tears

Making me feel alive and treat me to cheers

you stand beside me I feel real strong

It sure does give me a feeling, I do belong

in your sparkling eyes I see my happiness

even though you make the kitchen a mess

This leads to cause you too much stress

disputes a many and ending in distress

we have been through a lot and despite it all

I thank God for you as you are there at my call

Patience you have endured this I must say

Helped me brave the trials that came our way

Through life’s hardship sorrow and pain

You helped me manage that emotional strain

In my heart you have a special place

as I carry with me your sweet smiling face

your voice, you r footsteps will always be

even though soon you will be far away from me

when I am in doubt you give me sound advice

you are the best thing as you are always nice

you care for all the things that I do love

you are my angel the best gift from above

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Thoughts..

thoughts and questions that runs through my mind

cant escape them and answers so hard to find

filled with frustration and confusion the years did fly

looking all around I awake to reality with a heavy sigh..

Thoughts and  questions that runs through my mind

Cant escape and most answers that’s hard to find

the variable roads I took and the many mistakes made

The ups and downs and all that came in different grades

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A friends Grand daughter passes away..

Grand daughter of Sidique Ghouse (Castle Lane)

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25th July 2013 Canada

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The Picture Book Story Of Our Family Vacation (1)

In The Name of Allah

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Summer  Ramadan August 2010

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…Lazy days of summer 2013

My Way of Life

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Sizzling and The Sandy Skies..

No conditions laid, it rises with so much of love, the powerful glorious sun

And rests its head on the pillow of sea when the day is finally done

At times the hazy clouds roll across the sky and the golden sun is dimmed.

 The hot sizzling desert air blows its heat and blinds my ageing sight with a grin

Mixed with dust and sandy granules they carelessly spread so widely

Taking the variable shades of orange and a monstrous darkness so drastically

The breeze so hot that fans my face as I hide my eyes behind the shades

With a hat to shield my head from the heat while the glow takes time to fade

The scorching sun glistens the waters, the heat never fails to absorb it from the earth

And  the fruits do ripe richly, a job it has been designed to do for Mother earth

The wondrous sun from a distance afar, does its duty while floating from east to west.

Natures light faithfully constant and its steadfastness cannot be denied, it’s the best!

THEY HAVE ROBBED MY HEART

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Manarat Teacher….Melina makes a pre-wedding cake

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Our Family Doctor and as she celebrates her bday…Memories …. The Pages Of My Mind

Our Family Doctor…
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June 8th dawns
Doctor Amal Samy (Transad Clinic)
A beautiful design by God and so blossoms the fragrance of love 
This world receives a reward, a rich blessing from the heavens above.
Looking back cant help recall, nervously standing desperately need of aid,
So young a doctor she gave her time to help us, despite her car that did await.
And then she took our hands walked with us across the decades of time.
Our days stricken with endless complains her heart remained kind.
With every sinking sun her time she did lend, though she was not on call.
Charcoal days the tears the fears that we have known she let us not fall.
Our nightmare days and anguish feelings her strength made it less weak.
The roadway she laid as her heart did speak, swept us away from being meek.
My family, my kith and kin went towards her cos of her sincere devotion.
A friend, a doctor, an earthly angel she really is in times of shattered emotions. 
Such a doctor with wondrous hands she does dim the many variable tension.
A womanly shoulders, a motherly heart, as a daughter she gives her attention.
Another year she shares with us and we wish her all the best for many more years
With glorious happiness, good health and the melody of love and lots of cheers!

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Jeddah  ‘Sri Lankan Embassy School’

growing in all glory….

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Top in the world to the Newspaper

25th February 2013

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At the occasion posing from left; Founder Chairman of Sri Lankan International School Shahul Hameed Salih, Senior Education  Adviser for CIE  Dr. John Guy; awardee Yasir Naleer and the Principal of the school.Majaziya Mubarak

Jeddah Lanka Tribute to all awardees of the Outstanding Cambridge Learners’ Awards by British Council

In collaboration with the center for Cambridge International Examinations (CIE); an ardent wing of the University of Cambridge, the British Council in Jeddah held its annual Outstanding Cambridge Learners’ Awards at Hotel Crown Plaza yesterday.

The Founder and Current Chairman & Adviser to the Board of Management of the Sri Lankan International School in Jeddah  Mr. Shahul Hameed Salih  whilst expressing his best warm wishes to all teenage awardees also expresses his sincere  gratitude to the graceful custodian of the two holy mosques King Abdul Aziz for granting permission for establishing schools for expatriates. ‘May the Almighty bless His Royal Majesty and the people of Saudi Arabia bountifully’, he supplicated.

The young achievers from varied schools and countries bring memorable pride and honour not only to their respective countries but also to Jeddah, says Shahul who also has served as the President for the Sri Lankan Expatriates here. I was delighted to witness the faces of the young awardees as sweet as morning dew upon a rose, gleaming with the glory of accomplishments. The thought provoking and learner motivating welcome address of the Senior Education  Adviser for CIE  Dr. John Guy; the Chief Guest was very appealing, he added.

All credits to the nobility of the profession of teaching from times immemorial, children of mother Lanka seeking education in diverse international schools in Jeddah have been credited with this award in previous years as well; Mohamed Naleer Yasir, a student from the Sri Lankan International School in Jeddah secured the highest position as a topper in the world for Mathematics in his performance at June 2012 IGCSE. A parent commented thus; ‘Alhamdulillah, this is an outcome of achievement for Shahul’s commitment to the school since inception’. ’All praise be the Lord of the Worlds, I am ever grateful to the King and the people of Saudi Arabia not only for securing an opportunity to serve the community but also for supporting to make me what I am today’, gleamed Shahul who has happily spent his youth serving in this lovely kingdom since the last 33 years!

Whilst congratulating student Yasir for this highest achievement, on behalf of the school Shahul Hameed congratulates the following Sri Lankan young achievers who have acclaimed merits to their respective schools; to Sri Lanka and Jeddah in general.

Student Nafeesah Jaleel won the High Achievement award for Environmental Management and Salma Zacky won the same for Global Perspective of Al Waha International School at the afore-stated examination. The First Place in Jeddah for the Best Across Four Cambridge International Advanced Level award was won by Manik Arachchige Suresh Nalaka Menik Arachchi of Bangladesh International School. Nalaka secured the best results at IGCSE when he was a student at Sri Lankan International School.

Walking down the memory lane in establishing this school he thanked the past members of the Board of Management, Principal, staff and all parents of the current and yester years for all the support.

This honour conferred upon indicates a promising future for the students, their commitment and hard work is well paid off by awards of this nature.

I hope this recognition of their performance will spur onto them greater achievement and laurels in the service of the global community at large. We wish them all the very best, he concluded.

 

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Pics… Memories Dawn.. An Angel Is Born

6th September 2012

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sunset on the 2nd December 2012

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Note the blotched rainbow hovering around the setting sun, was spotted by Grandson Abdullah (15)and he took the pic

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Maria..Class of 2012….Graduation

Maria….end of school days..

The Sweetest Fragrance Of My life (1)

Maria..gives a ‘Thank You’ Speech on behalf of the AL students

From: marieadmira@hotmail.com To: marieadmira@hotmail.com Subject: – Date: Fri, 25 May 2012 22:43:56 +0300

 

“A teacher affects eternity; hecan never tell where his influence stops.” –Henry Brooks Adams

Today signifies the end of an enormous chapter in our lives,but it also signifies the start of a new chapter. Today we show ourappreciation to the people who gave us the strength to end this chapter and thecourage to start a new one. On behalf of all the A level Students, I standbefore you to acknowledge our wonderful teachers.

Ms Nabila,

This year has been a rollercoaster; you showed us patience throughoutthe whole ride.  You gave us knowledge wecan use not only in this life but the next.  Your commitment and perseverance is admirable.  Thank you for showing us how important it isto be determined and teaching us to never give up.

Ms Hana

Through whatever hardships we faced you never ceased to puta smile on our faces. Your sharp wit and pythonesque humor kept us laughingthroughout all the stressful moments.  You have shown us how important it is to enjoythe little things in life. We are grateful for everything you have taught us.

Ms Sana’a

Although you’ve been through a lot this year you’ve stayedstrong through it all. Your resilience is commendable and it demonstrates how weshould behave in the face of adversity. You were more than a teacher to us; youwere a friend, someone we could always confide in.  You have made this year truly magical.

Ms Priya

Your wisdom goes beyond your years. Your profound words areengraved into our minds and they will aid us with whatever we face in life. I thinkit goes without saying that you are the most encouraging teacher we have.  When you walk into a room with you comes asense of true bliss. We are so grateful to God for allowing us to be gracedwith your presence.

Ms Hina

Words cannot express how we feel about you. You force us tobelieve that we are capable of nothing but perfection and you accept nothingless. You have shown us what true hard work really is. We are eternallygrateful for everything you have sacrificed for us.  You are the embodiment of selflessness andyou inspire all of us to be the same. We cannot thank you enough. May Godslight be with you always.

Maria stands with her AL peers and bids goodbye!

Forty Nine Years Later..23rd May 2012

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The Photograph That He Gave Me

I still have the photograph he gave me

Treasure it untill the day i die…

 Thoughts of a dad in silence I speak his name.

Recollecting memories, as I see him in a frame.

The laughter, the joy, a memory so unstained.

Replays, takes me down that memorable lane.

that 23rd eve I wonder if I can ever forget

That last kiss, that hug, no more will I be met

Unforgettable  just 14 years n 9 days that we did share

Wish we had many more…cos that pain never did repair!

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Memories..holiday with dad unc Mushin n fam

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KG 2012 Graduates

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Memories that will linger on…..

Dr Maria Montessori says” “Plainly, the environment must be a living one, directed by a higher intelligence, arranged by an adult who is prepared for his mission.”

So a steadfast and determined Principal took his KG 3’s to another victorious graduating grandeur celebration with the help of our KG Coordinator and the KG Team… It was a bright sunny morn with the tall ;Kingdom’ majestic looking all covered with the sandy dust staring in front of us while we were driving through to an important day in my life..…It was KG 3’s Graduation Day!..As I walked into Horizon I was met with smiling faces and excitement all round..It was with great contentment that I looked over the sea of faces in our audience – proud mums, dads, grandparents, family and friends – Filled with deep satisfaction and pride I watched the program with memories so unforgettable… Turning back the pages of time I could not help recall the many years I shared with this team and the great Principal who was always polite, understanding, and easy to work with. Of course as always we faced some trials and tribulations along the way…but we soldiered on and came out stronger than ever before. I must commend the Principal, the vast improvement that has taken place to unfold the hidden talents of the teachers and parents to meet and raise the standard of Horizon Kindergarten section…His untiring efforts over the years in providing enrichment to this section with the proper methodology and creating a structured program brought in results of such quality and quantity … Allhamdulilah KG Horizon section has traveled this far with tremendous success. It has been quite a tedious road of hard work. The understanding the need of a proper structure for the KG, the future leaders of tomorrow has been given top priorities. The Prinicpal remained strong in his beliefs, never gave up and never failed in his support.  Today’s performance our KG’s proved their independence and self- confidence as they danced away to the beat of the music that kept our toes a tapping and the cameras a flashing!  Each class and the introduction given by our wonderful teachers gave an insight to their capabilities and all what they have acquired to share with the KG’s trusted in their loving and tender care. Well done teachers keep it up with your smiles through the KG tears.  With many thanks to our Art/PE teacher Ms Loris who tastefully designed the stage and the invitation. The costumes were tailored and designed to suit each event. I congratulate the teamwork which played an important role and that with every dawning year there seems to be an undeniable and a tremendous improvement. Thanks to the magnificent graduation committee. namely Ms Manar (asst) Ms Osma, Ms Reem, Ms Suzzanne Ms Lina, the Arabic Coordinator and her team including Mr Ali our stage-hand, music producer and director…It was indeed a beautiful show…and i am sure parents too will voice the same sentiments with no hesitation. Mr Mohamed Ghaith leader of the entire school proved his excellence with his understanding of maintaining a healthy relationship with the staff parents and himself that United We Stand Divided We Fall!  Hope to see your wonderful program next year too. Wish you the best of luck and may God be with you in this all important role you have taken…the educational field for the welfare of many a generation! The great Horizon KG team!

Saudi Arabia 1982……………Culture Shock It Was!

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Culture Evolution – My Own Experience

(Ladies nyt magazine Riyadh KSA Chairperson Manel Gamage)

What exactly do we mean by culture?

Culture means life’s curriculum which has language, ideas, beliefs, manners, customs, taboos, codes, institutions, tools, techniques, works of art, rituals, ceremonies, and symbols. It is passed on from generation to generation.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) described culture as follows: “… culture should be regarded as the set of distinctive spiritual, material, intellectual and emotional features of society or a social group, and that it encompasses, in addition to art and literature, lifestyles, ways of living together, value systems, traditions and beliefs”

It is in its broadest sense a cultivated behavior, a behavior attained through social learning. We are what we learn and experience in life’s journey. We cultivate attitudes and build up our mentality accordingly. Such beliefs, values, and understanding that we acquire determines our very own human nature. We are bound by the laws of culture and are judged in accordance to its demands. There is no place for a universal ‘right way’ except the cultural way’ as prescribed by each ethnic society, it’s a Hobson’s Choice indeed!

Culture and traditions as we can see is clearly ones way of life as is religion. It globally has its sets of rules laid down by man that has been contaminated according to his own interpretation and understanding. Man has his education and knowledge, but the lack of understanding is and sadly will always be his own enemy. The optimistic version of the cultural theory is that we as human beings can choose our lifestyle but our pessimistic version maintains that we have becomes slaves to the culture that dominates our very lives.

Dwelling through the backyard of my mind I clearly recall the memories that I awoke to on arrival at the Dhaharan Intenational Airport way back in 1982. It took me off guard, the cultural shock overwhelmed me. I was not equipped with a broad horizon of information on the nature of such diversity, the difference between our society in Sri Lanka and the sheltered society over here in KSA was immeasurable. I realize now the importance of being equipped with necessary information before embarking on global assignments, to identify the cultural differences that may exist between one’s home country and the new country of residence or business operation. I guess it always will be a Herculean task to build a cultural awareness to adapt oneself to such alien lifestyles.

The environmental culture shock was the desert wind that howled at me as I nervously stepped onto sandy soils of the land of black gold. The beautiful open green fields I enjoyed back home, replaced by the parched dry land around me, left me feeling trapped in a cave of darkness. The lofty tall towers that surrounded me were cold gray bars opening to an icy atmosphere. Never in my wildest dream did I take into consideration that there were different layers of culture existence at such various levels. This also demonstrated how the ecological factors led to cultural change. The ecological approaches explained the different ways that people live around the world not in terms of their degree of evolution but rather as distinct adaptations to the variety of environments and landscapes in which they live.

I cannot dispute the fact that the Sociologists stress the importance of culture in determining human behavior. Thus this difference should be carefully measured to help build cultural awareness, with such a fast shrinking world some countries may share many attributes that help mold their cultures (the modifiers may be language, religion, geographical location, etc.).

Hailing from a society immersed in the dominance of colonial rule and reflecting back on my culture, virtually borrowed from foreigners who invaded us, I understood the effects of language on the people of my country. The whole transition of change from a community speaking in English in the old Ceylon to the ethnic languages of Sri lanka today has still continued to impact our continuing generations. The results of European Empires and so much of their mannerisms being embedded in our lifestyle had molded our entire society, with rituals, norms of behavior, and systems of beliefs.

From the English, manicured with hints of Portuguese and Dutch influence, an anglicized Sri Lanka yet surfaces through all the nationalism we’ve come through. I was plunged into a world of collision as every step I made in the Arabian Peninsular had to be carefully studied and implemented to protect me from the watchful eyes of the authorities. Women were over protected and hardly seen on the streets but this did not deter me from exercising my freedom of movement. I made myself comfortable clad in the attire prescribed by the laws of the Kingdom and set about life, hoping to get to the end of my rainbow for that pot of gold..

I never had entertained the thought that English language was a priceless asset I had inherited from my home country till I entered this cave of darkness. Both the English language and the lifestyle I was nurtured in proved to be extremely invaluable. I was carried out to the palace of winds with my sound knowledge of the western system of education and their methodology. I took the place of the Pied piper of Hamlin as I was trailed by people from different nationalities wherever I went. This created a sense of pride that besieged my entire being to be a Sri Lankan.

Culture is difficult to fathom, because it frequently exists at an unconscious level, or at least tends to be so pervasive that it escapes everyday thought. What can we say of the Sri Lankans who have raised new generations in this Kingdom of evolving society? What will be the results of their culture and molding? Only time can tell. When we are at rest and far from the madding crowds, someone will write about the evolution of such new generations of a rich, globalized world.

Shirani Ibrahim

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 Have A Good Laugh! (Nadira Mooseen)

1. Two antennas met on a roof, fell in love and got married.     The ceremony wasn’t much, but the reception was excellent.
2. A set of jumper cables walk into a bar.    The bartender says, ‘I’ll serve you, but don’t start anything.’
3. Two peanuts walk into a bar, and one was a salted.
4. A dyslexic man walks into a bra.
5. A man walks into a bar with a slab of asphalt under his arm, and says:    ‘A beer please, and one for the road.’
6. Two cannibals are eating a clown. One says to the other:     ‘Does this taste funny to you ?’
7. ‘Doc, I can’t stop singing ‘The Green, Green Grass of Home.’     ‘That sounds like Tom Jones Syndrome.’      ‘Is it common ?’      ‘Well, It’s Not Unusual.’
8. Two cows are standing next to each other in a field.     Daisy says to Dolly, ‘I was artificially inseminated this morning.’     ‘I don’t believe you,’ says Dolly.

   ‘It’s true; no bull!’ exclaims Daisy.


9. An invisible man marries an invisible woman.   The kids were nothing to look at either.
10. Deja Moo: The feeling that you’ve heard this bull before. 11. I went to buy some camouflage trousers the other day, but I couldn’t find any.
12. A man woke up in a hospital after a serious accident. He shouted, ‘Doctor, doctor, I can’t feel my legs !’ The doctor replied, ‘I know you can’t – I’ve cut off your arms !’ Hospital surgeon: We have good news and bad news. Patient: Whats the bad news? Surgeon: We had to cut off your legs. Patient: Whats the GOOD NEWS ?? Surgeon: The man in the next bed wants to buy your slippers !  13. I went to a seafood disco last week…and pulled a mussel.

14. What do you call a fish with no eyes ?        A fsh.
15. Two fish swim into a concrete wall.       One turns to the other and says, ‘Dam !’
16. Two Eskimos sitting in a kayak were a bit cold, so they lit a fire in the craft.       It sank, proving once again that you can’t have your kayak and heat it too.

17. A group of chess enthusiasts checked into a hotel, and were standing in the lobby discussing their recent tournament victories.       After about an hour, the manager came out of the office, and asked them to disperse

      ‘But why,’ they asked, as they moved off.

      ‘Because,’ he said, ‘I can’t stand chess-nuts boasting in an open foyer.’

18. A woman has twins, and gives them up for adoption.       One of them goes to a family in Egypt , and is named ‘Ahmal.’       The other goes to a family in Spain ; they name him ‘Juan.’       Years later, Juan sends a picture of himself to his birth mother.

      Upon receiving the picture, she tells her husband that she wishes she also had a picture of Ahmal.        Her husband responds, ‘They’re twins ! If you’ve seen Juan, you’ve seen Ahmal.’ 19. Mahatma Gandhi, as you know, walked barefoot most of the time,       which produced an impressive set of calluses on his feet.       He also ate very little, which made him rather frail and with his odd diet,       he suffered from bad breath.        This made him …..       A super-calloused fragile mystic hexed by halitosis.
20.  And finally, there was the person who sent twenty different puns to his friends,

       with the hope that at least ten of the puns would make them laugh. No pun in ten did.

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