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Monday, March 4, 2013

Poll: Prince Philip's Joke Offensive or Not?


The Duke of Edinburgh told this Filipino nurse at Luton and Dunstable University Hospital her country must be 'half empty', because so many of her compatriots have come to the UK to work for the NHS. Are there any of you left? The 91-year-old joked with the Filipino nurse and her colleagues during a visit to Luton and Dunstable Hospital to open a new cardiac centre earlier today.

107 comments:

  1. Anung offensive dun kung totoo naman? Depende yan sa kung ano ang dating sayo. Yung mga may puot, defensive lalabas. Magagalit. Pero yung alam nilang tama ang ginawa nila para mataguyod ang pamilya nila, keber nalang.

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    1. In this case the Prince acted like a mirror. We only see what our soul sees.

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    2. agree. not offensive and what he said is true anyway.

      the other half wants to leave the philippines as well...nag-iipon lang ng 'experience'.

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    3. that's a typical caucasian joke.

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  2. I don't see anything wrong with his joke/comment. It's the truth anyway!

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    1. I could not agree more. Although, it sounds a little sarcastic (like oh so you're all here and you're taking all these jobs from the English people or something like that).

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    2. Iba lang ang humor ng mga Briton. But I'm sure The prince was trying to make a funny comment baka kasi majority of the staff there are Filipinos

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  3. not offensive at all...totoo naman kasing halos lahat ng nurse eh nag aabroad! kung malaki ba naman sweldo nila dito eh di konti lang sana sila nag aabroad...for a 3rd world country like us, wag na tayong masayadong ma pride!

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  4. What he said was true, and should be a wake up call to a our government. Tsk

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  5. Atleast alam nya na madaming nurses dun sa kanila, unlike yung ibang orange na malaki ilong

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  6. Not at all. Its a joke. Nothing more and nothing less.

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    1. exactly my thoughts!!! :D

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  7. It's a plain joke. There's nothing offensive for me.

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  8. NOthing offensive, at least it shows that our nurses' presence is really felt abroad.

    And it's the truth naman so no need to be offended.

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  9. It was not offensive just a joke

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  10. It's not even a joke. I believe its a compliment.

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    1. I agree to this. It's not a joke at all. Masyado lang tayong sensitive (guilty, perhaps?).

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  11. MGA nurse lang yan wag na gawin issue

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    1. Hanga ako sa tapng mo teh. Here is a shield, protect yourself.

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    2. he/she's just being sarcastic...

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    3. nurse LANG ha, ikaw na ang mataas!

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    4. Hello, Cynthia Villar!

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  12. it's a joke done in good taste. The Royal Highness Way! :D

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  13. it's a joke that is quite true.

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  14. Not offensive. At least naramdaman din nila ang presence ng mga filipinos nurses sa country nila..

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  15. Not offensive in fact it's a compliment because he knows they have to "import" from our country instead of using their own human resource! I hope nobody's offended, i was actually proud he said that!

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  16. i think it's only us Filipinos who think sending people overseas to work is a blessing. for other countries this kind of situation is a big problem because the talented and smart people that should be investing their skills in their own country are now being exploited by other countries for their own gain while their homeland are left with the leftovers.

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    1. There wouldn't be a demand of nurses abroad if there were already nurses there in the first place.

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  17. Nothing offensive. He just stated the fact.

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  18. Asus kung may magsasabi pa dyan na it's racist, I'm sure mga balat sibuyas yan! It's just a joke. Although Philip's record for saying racism-laced comments is a given.

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  19. Not at all! Its a joke. Nakakaproud nga na narerecognise nila ang Filipino nurses.

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  20. Nothing to be offended about. Goes to show marami talagang nurses there, and pretty much all over the rest of the world.

    I'd be more offended if he told me about getting "slitty eyes" if I stayed too long in China, like what he said to British exchange students there years ago! O___O

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  21. cultural differences. yun lang

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    1. hayan ka na naman. Ricky Lo, is that you?

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  22. It was not offensive. It may probably not count as a joke. It was a wake up call & a slap to the face of our government. We're losing our nurses & a good chunk of our own health system workforce. And to think that a certain senatorial candidate thinks that nurses don't need quality education to be great nurses overseas recognized by Prince Philip & awarded by Pres. Barack Obama... Gosh. It's either the borgeousie's ignorance or ploy to keep themselves in their pedestal. #StillFumingAtACertainSenatorialCandidate

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    1. Wag na natin siyang i-blind item, pangalanan na ang bakulaw... Hello Cynthia Villar! Nawa'y di ka ma-ospital during the campaign trail, baka walang mag-alaga sa iyo! :))

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    2. Wahahaha madami yun pera teh! At yung totoo lang aalagaan mo siya, sweldo mo naman 1M a month. Ayaw pa? Weh?! Kung alo nurse, tatanggapin ko yun. Hindi naman kasi sa lahat ng panahon pride pinaandar, paano kung gutom na kayo? Pride padin? Lol just saying peaceout

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  23. Not really offensive. I would like to think that the "half-empty" was pertaining on how Filipino nurses are competitive and was left without choice but to leave their country for the betterment of their lives. (Though it's actually a subtle tirade against our nurses) But who cares??? It's the truth.

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    1. Medyo semplang ata ang analysis mo. Anyway. Goodluck.

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    2. Subtle tirade? Okay ka lang!? It was a joke. Get a life.

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  24. di naman. nakakatuwa nga yung "joke" dahil ibig sabihin maraming magagaling na nurse na filipino kaya karamihan kinukuha ng ibang bansa gaya nang bansa nila. yung ibang country 'di naman din siguro ganun. at least, may idea sila na mahusay tayo mag trabaho. : ]

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  25. I'm a nurse and I don't find it offensive. It's the truth. Kung binibigyan pagpapahalaga lang ang mga nurses dito sa bansa natin, bakit pa kami aalis di ba? We are just being practical. Ang sweldo ng isang nurse dito sa Pilipinas ay hindi makakabuhay ng pamilya. So we have no choice but to go to other countries. Mahirap na nga ang trabaho mo, hindi ka pa well-compensated. Tapos ang mga ibang tao na kapwa mo pa Pilipino mababa ang tingin sayo, like CV. It's the sad truth for all of us nurses.

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    1. Tama. Its a very noble profession na parang tinatapon lng ng gobyerno natin. bakit sa labas ng bansa ang taas ng sweldo pero dito satin ng co-call center yung mga. nurses natin kasi wala pang 10k ung sweldo.

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  26. I don't find it offensive. Pwera na lng kung ROOM NURSE ang sinabi nya.

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  27. To my sensitive countrymen: as the truth hurts it also sets you free! Let's move on and look forward!

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  28. It's an indirect insult to the Philippine government which cannot provide stable jobs and reasonable income to our nurses and other OFWs. The remark, while meant to be a joke, is half true. I hope the government should do something about this or we could soon be the butt of jokes, not just of UK but around the world, for having a half-empty country. While I am proud of the world-class talent and skills of our kababayans, shouldn't this be utilized and acknowledged first in our own country? Nakakalungkot lang.

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  29. wag kasi lahat ng sinasabi iover analyze natin.
    minsan masyado tayong sensitive pro pag tayo naman nag joke deadma lang.
    wala naman silang ibig sabihin dun, karamihan talaga ng hospitals abroad mas gusto mga pinoy nurses kasi nga may initiative tlga at karamihan tlga super sipag.

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  30. It's not offensive. It's true. Eh sa wala naman talagang mapapala nurses sa Pinas noh? Why stay?

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  31. bato bato sa langit ang tamaan wag magalit...

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  32. at least Prince Philip acknowledged that these are Filipino nurses... be proud... hindi kagaya nitong C pulitikong ito na sya mismo dnedegrade ang mga Filipino Nurses

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  33. i'm offended. he seems like he don't want filipinos in his country. so please make him persona none grata here to teach him lesson. in addition let us not support anymore any british celebs like robin williams, celine dion, hugh jackman, and matchbox 21. that's how i feel so don't judge me.

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    1. LOL. Robin Williams is American, Celine Dion is Canadian, Hugh Jackman is Australian, and american din ang Matchbox 20 not 21.

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    2. Ate... pauso ka masyado. I bet pinoy jokes lang ang carry ng brain cells mo. Get a life. Better yet, grab an english book and read.

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    3. you're funny Amon 1:16. In fairness, masarap kang pikunan forsho!

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    4. @ Anon 1:16 hala balik na!yun pasyente mo day nangingisay na. comment comment pa kasi. tsk.

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    5. wagi sa comment..hahaha, Room Nurse na to, nagawa pang mag comment eh naghihingalo na pasyente nya..bwahahahaha

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    6. mga patola talaga, obvious namang sinadya niyang mali-mali yung comment niya noh. it takes a smart person to notice it.

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  34. Wag naman super sensitive tyong mga pinoy

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  35. I think most of our FP followers misinterpreted his quote or joke (to many). I have this thought that the duke only meant it as a compliment to the Filipino nurses. I think all our nurses are qualified to work in their communities all over UK. Considering the crisis the country have been experiencing since terrorism was lifted in some key cities in they land, they still persisted to hire our Pinoy nurses despite the high standards they have set after.

    Afterall, they are truly cared for by our compassionate Filipino nurses.

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  36. Nah, its funny.

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  37. Yung sinabi ni Cynthia Villar ang offensive

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  38. Yung sinabi ni Villar ang offensive. I was in the UK last month particularly sa London. I have this Brit engineer friend na masyadong close sa mga pinoy. ang sabi nya, nuong panahong nagstart mag-outsource ang UK ng mga nurses. Ang unang naging criteria nila ay yung may training na if not equally the same mas maganda pa sa trianing nila. There were 2 countries na naging outstanding dito--India at Philippines. Maging raw ang training natin at ang ating dedication to look after sa mga pasyente. Naging BONUS na lang raw ang pagsasalita natin ng English. Same view ito with India. Pero ang naging passing mark talaga natin eh ang ating training skills na masyadong minaliit ni Villar.

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  39. I will take it as a compliment. The fact that the duke acknowledged filipino nurses working in the UK not just one but many of them is uplifting. Nothing offensive. Just just a sake of building rapport. Mabuhay ang mga Filipino nurses.

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  40. Totoo naman eh.

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  41. I think its not offensive... Just plain bad humor

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  42. May katotohanan naman ang sinabi niya. At least napuna niya na maraming Pinay na nurse sa UK. Medyo old fashioned ang humor ni lolo at kuminsan kailangan niyang itago ang pagka racist niya, pero in this case parang walang kaso naman.

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  43. not offensive at all.

    surprised nga lang na alam nya ang sitwasyon sa Pinas.

    di mo masisisi ang mga nurses at doctors natin. mas mataas pa yata ang basic pay ng mga teachers natin keysa sa mga nurses at doctors na nagtratrabaho sa gobyerno eh.

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  44. What's offensive about that? it wasn't a slur about her ethnicity or anything... We have to admit that we send a lot of them all over the world and in Britain where the population is not that big, if you've seen 1 too many of a specific nationality, you would probably get overwhelmed as well and perhaps think of the same thing.

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  45. Dude, its funny ha. Buti nga kilala tayo nung Duke at knows niya ang Filipinos.

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  46. Ang tagal na ng issueng Ito sa dailymail UK wala namang mga Filipinos na na offend especially me. Yes it's stating the obvious and might be a joke for him, but it's definitely NOT offensive. Yung iba lang dyan ang nagbibigay kulay at kahulugan.

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  47. hindi naman offensive.. tatawanan ko pa to eh. haha!

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  48. Nothing offensive about it really....

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  49. not offensive at all mga filipino nurses ay pinupuri sa ibang bansa as one of the best ang offensive ay ang comment ni c villar tungkol sa mga filipino nurses sya pa ang naglait sa kapwa nya pilipino

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  50. Totoo naman. Have a sense of humour.

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  51. Mas offensive pa ang comment ni Cynthis Villar tungkol sa mga nurses.

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  52. hehehe! at least prince philip is not maligned with the thought of how big or small the role of Filipino nurses in their society.

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  53. ang dapat ma-offend yung mga pulitiko na dapat nakapagbibigay ng trabaho para sa kababayanan natin. mas proud pa sila sa dollar na nare-remit ng mga ofw every year kaysa bigyan ng solusyon ang kakulangan natin mismo sa mga nurses at mga duktor, at kung paano mabubuhay ang mga iyan ng disente sa liit ng pasweldo sa kanila.

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  54. oh man, etiquette and manners are part of their daily life, how can that joke be offensive? that is even something to be proud of, that just means England needs the Filipinos and they trust us

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  55. hindi naman offensive.

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  56. There are two sides of taking it.

    1. You can be proud that the prince knows that there are a lot of Filipino nurses worth hiring.

    2. You can be ashamed that these 'compatriots' chose to leave the country for the $s/Pounds and leave the Philippines one less of a professional.

    Sa #2 hindi mo rin masisi dahil walang kwenta ang pagtrato sa bansa sa mga nurse. Maraming mga Cynthia Villar dito na nila-lang ang mga nurse. Sa 1st world kasi malaking kawalan pag umaalis at napa-pirate ang mga professionals nila na may hawak ng degree.

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  57. What i want to know is Cynthia Villar's opinion on this.. Hehe

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  58. Hindi naman siya nanlait o nagmata-pobre, so hindi siya offensive.

    Kung natamaan tayo ay dahil totoo ang sinabi niya.

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  59. the duke is known to be a joker... and he doesn't mean anything bad about what he said... in fact it was half truth! lol

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  60. Of course prince Philip , plenty of them are still here and unemployed ....would you like to hire them all? I'm sure Philippine government will be very happy. He he he!

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  61. Para sa mga malalawak ang pag-unawa at marunong mag-isip, hindi siya offensive. Pero pa sa makikitid ang isip (which is majority ng "MASA" aka. followers ni Willie Revillame, (LOL)) , mabilis sila ma-offend sa kahit na anong joke na may "Filipino". Kaloka lang!

    -IamRP

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  62. braaaaaiiiiin drain.

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  63. I actually found it humorous. And it's half-true!

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  64. Why take offense when it's the truth? Sadly we have brain drain in the country and not only in our healthcare sector.

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  65. I find it funny and cute. And totoo naman di ba? Ironically, our public hospitals are understaffed kahit na ang dami nating nursing graduates. Some nursing graduates choose to work in call centres kasi naman sobrang baba ang pay nila tapos overworked pa. Our nurses are unappreciated kaya mas gusto nila mag-work abroad, the government should do something about this!

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    1. hindi kaya understaffed ang mga hospitals.. sobrang dami lang mga nurses.. ewan ko ba ba't lahat na lang gusto mag nurse. akala siguro abroad agad ang kalalabasan.. that is why underpaid mga nurses.. law of supply & demand & prices.. ang dami kase ng supply.. the gov't should do something about this..

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    2. hindi lang underpaid nakakaawa naman ang mga nag aral ng nursing na hindi maiapply yung tinapos nila kasi naman sila pa magbabayad sa mga hospitals para mag work dun!

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  66. it was just a joke. that's it. wag gawing major issue. ang issue ay yung sinabi ni Cynthia Villar about nurses. Now think about it, iboboto nyp ba siya? kalowkah!

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  67. guys, it's a compliment, not an insult.

    -thevoyager

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  68. Di ba dpat mahiya ang gobyerno ntin sa statement n yan? Nauubusan ang bansa ntin ng mga mahuhusay na nurses,d lng nurses pti ibang profession kase wlang mgandang pasweldo d2. Mas malaki pa napupunta s bulsa ng mga kurakot.

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  69. compliment yan sabay natatakot si prince philip na baka maging colony na ng pilipinas ang uk.... hahaha!!!

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  70. Definitely a joke. There's no big deal about it.

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  71. anong offensive dito? wala naman ah? actually nakakatawa nga eh.

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  72. Typical English humour! Prince Phillip is known for that, so get over it!

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  73. I too find it funny although there is a truth to that.

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  74. Nothing is offensive in this comment.

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