A joke for our Maltese members.
The Hon. Jeffrey Pullicino Orlando was visiting a primary school in his capacity as chairman of the Malta Council of Science and Technology. The class was in the middle of a discussion related to words and their meanings.
The teacher asked Pullicino Orlando if he would like to lead the discussion on the word ‘tragedy’.
So the Honourable Dentist 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 and a tractor runs over him and kills him, that would be a tragedy.’
‘Wrong,’ said Pullicino Orlando ‘That would be an accident.’
A little girl raised her hand: ‘If a school bus carrying fifty children drove over Dingli Cliffs killing everybody inside, that would be a tragedy.’
‘Mhu veru xejn,’ Pullicino Orlando said. ‘That’s a great loss’.
The room went silent. No other children volunteered. Pullicino Orlando searched the room.
‘Isn’t there someone here who can give me an example of a tragedy?’
Finally, at the back of the room, little Johnny raised his hand and said:
‘If a private plane carrying you, Jesmond Mugliett and Franco Debono was struck by a friendly fire missile and blown to smithereens, that would be a tragedy.’
‘Fantastic!’ exclaimed Pullicino Orlando. ‘Of course it would. And can you tell me why?’
‘Well’, said Johnny, ‘it has to be a tragedy, because it certainly wouldn’t be a great loss, and it probably wouldn’t be an accident either.’