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One afternoon a waiter served a bowl of chicken soup to an elderly gentleman. As he turned away to return to the kitchen the customer stopped him, calling: "Waiter!"

WAITER: "Yes, sir, is there something wrong?"

CUSTOMER: "The soup. Taste it."

WAITER: "I beg your pardon, Sir?"

CUSTOMER: "Taste it."

WAITER: "But, Sir, I can assure you that the soup is excellent."

CUSTOMER: "Taste it."

WAITER: "Sir, the soup was made this morning of the finest ingredients."

CUSTOMER: "Taste it!"

WAITER: exasperated, "All right, Sir, I'll taste it."

Then after a pause he said, "Where is the spoon?"

To which the customer replied triumphantly, "Ah ha!!"
Fun, Games And Silliness / Re: Jokes
« Last post by Cocopops on January 13, 2022, 04:12:47 PM »
Dorothy, the little daughter of a tire salesman, had seen triplets for the first time.

"Oh mother," she cried out upon returning home, "what do you think I saw today?"

"I can't imagine, dear, what?"

"A lady had twins, and a spare!"

Britain's Got Talent star who tried out for show 12 times 'found dead at home'

Magician David Watson, 62, who competed on ITV's Britain's Got Talent a record 12 times has reportedly been found dead at his home in Altrincham, Cheshire

By Victoria Johns Showbiz Reporter

08:06, 14 Dec 2021Updated14:01, 14 Dec 2021

Britain's Got Talent magician David Watson has tragically been found dead at his home, according to reports.  The 62-year-old from Altrincham, Cheshire, who competed on the show 12 times, passed away on Thursday.  Police reportedly broke into the retired NHS worker's home after his family raised concerns he wasn't picking up their messages.  The death is not being treated as suspicious.  David first appeared on the ITV show back in 2008 with his impersonations of Tony Blair, William Hague and David Blunkett.  He was also said to be close friends with Coronation Street actor Michael Le Vell.  Speaking about the tragedy, a source told The Sun: “His family couldn’t get hold of him for a few days.  He wasn’t picking up and his Whatsapp messages were all still unread.”

Britain's Got Talent judges Amanda Holden and David Walliams have both paid tribute to the star.  Sharing a snap of David on her Instagram account, Amanda wrote: "So sad to hear that @davidjwatsonbgt has passed away.  He was always up for a laugh and such a good sport on @bgt. We will miss him."

Speaking on This Morning, David said: "Today, we actually lost a guy called David J Watson. He was a contestant who came back year in year out and he auditioned for the show over 10 times.  Unfortunately, he passed away, but he was a wonderful eccentric and characters like him are really I think the lifeblood of Britain's Got Talent."

Show hosts Ant and Dec also wrote in a shared statement: “So sorry to hear this. We looked forward to seeing David every year and enjoy what he would create for us.  All of us at #BGT will miss him. Our thoughts are with his friends and family.”

Despite his first audition, in which he donned a bald cap to play politician William Hague, not going so well, David was loved by Britain's Got Talent fans.  In 2010 he returned to the audition stage with an 'Incredible Hulk' performance.  Judge Amanda Holden joked it was 'bloody awful' and he was given the dreaded buzzer.  But that didn't deter David.  Since 2013, he auditioned every year and had become part of the show, with fans eagerly waiting to see which episode he would pop up on.  In the last season, David made it further than ever by getting through to the second round after impressing the judges with his ‘magic rainbow’ act.  Judges David and Alesha went as far as calling it his 'best audition yet’.  Despite not making it to the semis, David said he enjoyed the whole experience.  “My first ever audition was back in 2007, but I never got through,” David, told the Manchester Evening News in August.

David explained that the contestants have to pass an audition before they get through to the judges, adding: “I just love being on the show.  To be on TV is very good because I get recognised in the Trafford Centre and people ask me for a selfie - I feel pretty honoured about it," he said.

The star said he loved working with Ant and Dec and Stephen Mulherne and pointed out he knew the judges never meant to be mean with their comments.  He revealed that he liked David Walliams because he was more confident with him and he also was also more "lenient".  When asked about Simon Cowell, David said that even though he'd told him it was the worst audition he'd seen, he was "very charming" off-screen.  The star said his love for performing came from an early age when watching classic British TV shows in the 1960s.  He admitted he'd always seen himself as a Roger Moore or Peter Wyngarde and wanted to do 'anything to share their spotlight'.  David had been a member of the Altrincham Garrick Theatre's amateur dramatics group since 1976 while also working as a television and film extra.  When contacted by the Mirror, Greater Manchester Police were unable to give any further details.  The Mirror has contacted ITV for comment.

Model, 27, died of cervical cancer just ONE DAY after she was diagnosed after doctors spent months dismissing symptoms as 'hormones' and Covid and failed to examine her because she was 'too young' for the disease

    Porsche McGregor-Sims, 27, complained of continual pain and bleeding
    But the symptoms were put down to hormones and her cancer was missed
    It was only when she was taken to hospital that the disease was spotted
    She was rushed there with breathing issues, dying a day later on April 14, 2020

By Dan Sales For Mailonline

Published: 09:53, 6 January 2022 | Updated: 12:17, 6 January 2022

An aspiring young model died of cervical cancer aged just 27 after an agency locum doctor said the symptoms were down to her hormones, an inquest has heard.  Porsche McGregor-Sims actually had an aggressive form of the disease which had gone undiagnosed for months despite her complaining to medics of continual pain and bleeding.  Miss McGregor-Sims, from Portsmouth, Hants, went to her GP in December 2019 complaining of abdominal pain and bleeding, and was referred to a consultant.  In January 2020, she was seen by Dr Peter Schlesinger, an agency locum gynaecologist at the Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth.  Dr Schlesinger thought her symptoms were 'hormonal', so did not carry out a vaginal inspection or refer Porsche for further investigations. The doctor said there ‘seemed no benefit’ in carrying out a physical examination because Porsche was only 27 but admitted he may have done one if he’d had a ‘chaperone’ with him.  He added: ‘If someone was in the room with me I probably would have done. But we are all here today with the benefit of hindsight.’

In March 2020, Porsche went back to doctors after feeling short of breath and had two phone consultations before being prescribed antibiotics.  When her symptoms worsened, the GP thought she had Covid and she was brought into Westlands Medical Centre for a face-to-face consultation.  Porsche was rushed to Queen Alexandra Hospital, where she was diagnosed with cervical cancer, and died a day later on April 14, 2020.  Her case has led a coroner to suggest that national guidelines which say women suspected of having the disease need to wait two weeks before being seen by a specialist may have contributed to her death.  Porsche’s mother Fiona Hawke, 52, told Dr Schlesinger: ‘You didn’t do the most basic thing give her an internal examination one one of the most simple and fundamental ways to assess someone for cervical cancer.'

The doctor told the hearing, 'The fact I was wrong I apologise.'

The inquest in Portsmouth, Hants, heard Miss McGregor-Sims who was engaged to be married underwent her first smear in 2017.  Although the test uncovered no cancerous cells she was told some had been found to be 'abnormal', the inquest heard. No further action was taken.  Two years later she started to complain of abdominal pain and vaginal bleeding and in December 2019 her GP referred her to see a consultant.  National guidelines mean the appointment cannot be any earlier than two weeks later to see if symptoms subside and for further investigations to take place and due to the Christmas period Miss McGregor-Sims wasn't seen until late January.  She was then seen by Dr Peter Schlesinger, an agency locum doctor specialising in gynaecology, at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth.  Dr Schlesinger told the hearing he thought her symptoms were 'hormonal' after she ceased her birth control injections around a year prior to her death.  He apologised to her family for failing to pick up her cancer.  He told the inquest: 'Porsche had both bleeding between periods and post-coital bleeding (bleeding after intercourse).  She also told me she had been on a contraceptive until around six months ago. She had had a normal smear test two years previously, and a scan [which showed] no abnormalities.  I felt there were a number of potential causes to her pain. In view of the fact she had stopped her birth control, I suggested she take it again to see if the pain stopped.  In light of her normal smear test and her age, I didn't think a vaginal examination was needed there seemed to be no benefit.  I was very sorry to hear she was diagnosed with advanced cervical cancer. This type of cancer is rare and is less likely to be picked up on smear tests.  When I first qualified [in 1987] we examined everyone [physically], but since scans and smear tests have become available we do them less.'

McGregor-Sims' mother Fiona Hawke, fiancé Mark Chappel, and twin brother Deucalion questioned Dr Schlesinger's practices during the inquest, asking why a physical examination didn't take place.  Ms Hawke, 52, said: 'You didn't do the most basic, fundamental thing which is to give a [physical] examination.  She was a young woman who was told she might have cancer. She was on her own and scared.  You focused on her IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) and a different type of bleeding and that just doesn't make sense to me.  An internal examination is the most fundamental examination to do.'

Defending his actions, Dr Schlesinger replied: 'The rather specific nature of her bleeding made me think her risk of cervical cancer was small.  I appreciate the fact I was wrong, but given the myriad of symptoms this young woman had I felt the right approach was hormonal manipulation.'

After the country began to lock down at the end of March 2020, Miss McGregor-Sims had two phone consultations and was prescribed antibiotics after feeling 'short of breath'.  When the antibiotics had no impact and her symptoms worsened, she was brought into Westlands Medical Centre in Portchester, near Portsmouth, for a face-to-face consultation.  She was found to be 'severely' short of breath and was rushed to Queen Alexandra Hospital, where she died a day later on April 14 2020.  Dr Helen Pandya, representing Westlands Medical Centre, told the inquest: 'The Covid pandemic really didn't help during the latter stages but, upon review, we had thought we had done all we could though we are willing to learn.'

The family also expressed concern at the delay between the GP referral and Miss McGregor-Sims seeing the consultant.  Area Coroner Rosamund Rhodes-Kemp said the guidelines doctors follow may also have been at fault for not diagnosing the cancer sooner.  She said: 'Porsche had advanced cervical cancer which is usually slow growing and, as with most cancers, the earlier the diagnosis the better the outcome on the whole.  The only option was to do the priority referral. The two week wait criteria is a national guideline. Four weeks [considering the Christmas break] is still quite fast.  I think there is a structure they [doctors] have to adhere to. This structure may be at fault. [The doctors] were following national guidelines.'

Miss McGregor-Sims who had done modelling shoots had studied drama at Havant and South Downs College in Hampshire before going to Plymouth University to study Events Management.  She met fiancé Mark Chappel whilst at university, and the pair moved back to Portsmouth after finishing their studies.  Ms Hawke, paid tribute to her daughter shortly after her death, saying losing her was like 'having the sun burn out'.  She said: 'Porsche always had a sense of joy and vibrancy about her she shined so brightly and I don't think we really appreciated that until we heard she was gone.  She was willing to see the good in everything and everyone, she was a lovely person and losing her is like having the sun burn out.  It's frightening to think that someone with so much energy can disappear so suddenly.'

She also had strong connections to Titchfield Festival Theatre, Hants, and her twin brother Deucalion is still involved with the theatre.  'She always enjoyed her drama,' mum Fiona said.

'A love of arts tends to run in the family so she was passionate about it. But she loved her work in organising events, and liked cooking as well.  The number of people she reached in her short life is the best reflection of who she was.  We're all going to miss her.'

More than 200 people donated nearly £4,000 to a Just Giving page to contribute to flowers which were woven into Porsche's coffin for her funeral.  She was buried at Sustainability Centre's natural burial ground in Petersfield, Hants.  The inquest was adjourned and its conclusion will be heard at a later date.

Cervical cancer was not discovered until a day before death

2017 - Miss McGregor-Sims has her first smear test, which uncovers no cancerous cells although some are abnormal. No action is taken.

2019 – December she is referred by a GP to a consultant after complaining of abdominal pain and bleeding.

2020 – In late January a doctor says her condition is hormonal, believing it to be related to her stopping taking birth control injections.

2020 – March sees Miss McGregor-Sims have two phone consultations and was prescribed antibiotics after feeling ‘short of breath’.

2020 – April 13 - she is brought into Westlands Medical Centre in Portchester, near Portsmouth, for a face-to-face consultation. She was found to be ‘severely’ short of breath and was rushed to Queen Alexandra Hospital.

2020 - April 14, 2020 - Miss McGregor-Sims dies in hospital.

What is cervical cancer and how is it detected by a smear test?

Cervical cancer affects the lining of the lower part of womb.  The most common symptom is unusual bleeding, such as between periods, during sex or after the menopause, but other signs can include:

    Pain during sex
    Vaginal discharge that smells
    Pain in the pelvis

Causes can include:

    Age - more than half of sufferers are under 45
    HPV infection - which affects most people at some point in their lives
    Smoking - responsible for 21 per cent of cases
    Contraceptive pill - linked to 10 per cent of cases
    Having children
    Family history of cervical or other types of cancer, like vagina

A smear test detects abnormal cells on the cervix, which is the entrance to the uterus from the vagina.  Removing these cells can prevent cervical cancer.  Most test results come back clear, however, one in 20 women show abnormal changes to the cells of their cervix.  In some cases, these need to be removed or can become cancerous.  Cervical cancer most commonly affects sexually-active women aged between 30 and 45.  In the UK, the NHS Cervical Screening Programme invites women aged 25-to-49 for a smear every three years, those aged 50 to 64 every five years, and women over 65 if they have not been screened since 50 or have previously had abnormal results.  Women must be registered with a GP to be invited for a test.   In the US, tests start when women turn 21 and are carried out every three years until they reach 65. Changes in cervical cells are often caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV), which can be transmitted during sex.
I will never agree with the death penalty but this is crazy in the worst possible way.  Why not let him live the rest of his life in prison?

The death penalty is as wrong as killing somebody in every day life.

Man becomes oldest executed inmate in US history for killing ex-girlfriend in 1985

Bigler Stouffer, 79, was put to death on Thursday by lethal injection despite pleas for his clemency over concerns regarding Oklahoma’s last two botched executions

By Christopher Bucktin United States Editor

20:43, 9 Dec 2021Updated22:08, 9 Dec 2021

America has carried out an execution on its oldest person in history.  Bigler Stouffer, 79, was put to death on Thursday by lethal injection despite pleas for his clemency over concerns regarding Oklahoma’s last two botched executions.  The convicted murderer, convicted in 1985, was given a lethal injection around 10am at the State Penitentiary in McAlester.  He was pronounced dead 16 minutes later.  According to witnesses Stouffer was seen laughing and joking with his spiritual advisor before uttering his final words.  He said: “My request is that my Father forgive them. Thank you.”

For his last meal, he had a chicken burger, two slices of bread, broccoli, mixed fruit, two biscuits, a fruit drink, one bottle of water.  He was given the meal on Wednesday evening, the night before his execution.  Stouffer was the first person killed by Oklahoma since John Grant convulsed on the gurney and vomited during his lethal injection in October as the state ended a six-year execution moratorium brought on by concerns over its protocols.  The pensioner had maintained his innocence over the 1985 attack that left schoolteacher Linda Reaves dead and her boyfriend, Doug Ivens, seriously injured. Stouffer was convicted and sentenced to death in 2003 after his first conviction and death sentence were overturned.
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