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Old 15th Feb 2018, 11:42
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Originally Posted by chuks View Post
On a much more serious note, have you all forgotten about "Propaganda Due" in Italy? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Propaganda_Due
They had a reputation for always being late to routine meetings. Well they used to keep their bankers hanging around, at any rate...

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Old 15th Feb 2018, 12:12
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Originally Posted by sitigeltfel View Post
I was signed into an RAOB Lodge once.

Am I tarnished?

Did you touch anything or anyone? Were you wearing gloves? Did you receive any knuckle crunching handshakes?

Think you maybe tarnished.
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Old 15th Feb 2018, 12:20
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Originally Posted by sitigeltfel View Post
I was signed into an RAOB Lodge once.

Am I tarnished?

Me too, but I signed into a TravelLodge.

I didnít do it to gain any career advantages or get away with a crime though.
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Old 15th Feb 2018, 12:35
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Originally Posted by BehindBlueEyes View Post
Me too, but I signed into a TravelLodge.
Well that alone gets you a medal for bravery...

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Old 15th Feb 2018, 13:10
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That's not fair to say about P2, that they were always late. That time at Blackfriars Bridge it was the banker who was late; they called him "the late Roberto Calvi" then.
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Old 15th Feb 2018, 15:40
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Badum-tish!

We're playing all week, folks!

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Old 15th Feb 2018, 16:29
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Originally Posted by sitigeltfel View Post
I was signed into an RAOB Lodge once.

Am I tarnished?

Siti...not in the slightest old boy!

All those years pontificating with kindred spirits in the Mess ante-room will have more than sufficed in this respect.
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Old 15th Feb 2018, 18:04
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The problem that they perceive they have, is of their own making..... Do not have much sympathy with them.
My Father was a mason and freemasonry did nothing to improve our relationship. I am sad to say that.

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Old 18th Feb 2018, 13:59
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Just curious, and I genuinely donít know this; can or are ethnic minorities able or welcome to join the masons?
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Old 18th Feb 2018, 14:42
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Used to be a time when all the top (i.e. influential) London surgeons were on the square.

If you weren't a traveling man no-way you'd rise in the RCS(Eng.)

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Old 18th Feb 2018, 16:11
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Originally Posted by Mac the Knife View Post
Used to be a time when all the top (i.e. influential) London surgeons were on the square.

If you weren't a traveling man no-way you'd rise in the RCS(Eng.)

Mac

That was pretty much in construction industry as well, Birmingham was badly infested as an acquaintance once told me.
His attempts to get something built went ok as he used a "local" firm to get planning permission, then he brought an outside North of England business in to do the construction and everything associated with it.
All the quotes from local firms matched very closely, North of England quote was 40% cheaper.

Pretty much every week he had daily visits from Council where everything was under scruitiny, even the most inane things.

Project Manager was an Scottish ex RSM who finally flipped half way through the project and grabbed 2 council guys by throat against a wall. Told them to send message to Lodge to F*** off or I will ensure photos of them accepting money at a specified hotel get published in a left wing newspaper.

No visits for 3 months and then they started again so armed with a video and tape recorder he started to record every visit. They then stayed away for good.
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Old 18th Feb 2018, 19:30
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Originally Posted by Mac the Knife View Post
Used to be a time when all the top (i.e. influential) London surgeons were on the square.

If you weren't a traveling man no-way you'd rise in the RCS(Eng.)

Mac

That chap Jack the Ripper was reputed to be a surgeon and a Mason. They never caught him. How strange and I wonder why?
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Old 18th Feb 2018, 20:45
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Originally Posted by annakm View Post
Just curious, and I genuinely donít know this; can or are ethnic minorities able or welcome to join the masons?
I suppose it depends on the particular lodge, however I understand the only prohibition is for atheists.
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Old 18th Feb 2018, 21:24
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Originally Posted by ExXB View Post
I suppose it depends on the particular lodge, however I understand the only prohibition is for atheists.
Then thank god I'm an atheist and never been invited to join.

My father was invited to join but declined, he was Borough Treasurer on a local council. He was concerned that the masons could try to influence him. He was offered the job as County Treasurer but declined that and took early retirement instead. I wonder if apron strings were attached to that post.
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Old 18th Feb 2018, 22:01
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hiflymk3 - Did it ever occur to you that your father may have been offered the job of County Treasurer because he wasn't a Mason? Doesn't have the same conspiracy ring to it, does it?
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Old 18th Feb 2018, 22:39
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Originally Posted by parabellum View Post
hiflymk3 - Did it ever occur to you that your father may have been offered the job of County Treasurer because he wasn't a Mason? Doesn't have the same conspiracy ring to it, does it?
A reasonable point but knowing my father, who enjoyed his work, I was surprised that he didn't take the offer. Maybe he told me he declined because he didn't get past the interview. Nevertheless, he was clear on his views on masonary.
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