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The genie
« on: March 12, 2015, 03:13:25 pm »
A man is walking along a beach and sees a lamp half buried in the sand.

He picks it up and rubs it and out jumps a genie.

I can grant you one wish, says the genie.

I would like to live for ever, says the man.

I am sorry, says the genie, I cannot grant eternal life.

OK, says the man, I would like to live until a labour government manages to balance the books and pay off the national debt.

You clever bugger, says the genie.
Best wishes,

Duncan

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Re: The genie
« Reply #1 on: March 12, 2015, 05:24:37 pm »
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If it's not used by a native speaker it's not idiomatic. And idiom trumps grammar every time. Jack Wilkerson†

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Re: The genie
« Reply #2 on: March 12, 2015, 10:10:09 pm »
Aha! That's an Australian beach, Duncan!  :'(

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Re: The genie
« Reply #3 on: March 12, 2015, 10:53:23 pm »
 ???
Best wishes,

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Re: The genie
« Reply #4 on: March 13, 2015, 08:25:48 am »
???

Well, just an observation that it applies well to us here. Labor runs up the debt - Liberals have to rein it in. The circle continues.