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Sunday, September 30, 2007

Change of plans?

"xxx" posted on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, September 28, 2007 at 8:49 p.m.:
guys do you know why the JFBD ["Journey Forth By Day" - large gathering with the "Teacher"] in Italy has been cancelled?

It is a great news and I would like to know the reason!

"A Tiger" posted on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, September 30, 2007 at 6:05 a.m.:
647 XXX [blog post number and blogger]
The ‘inside’ story concerning the JFBD Italy I heard is that it was cancelled because ‘His Nibs’ and crew can’t get Visas to travel to Italy. Seems that the Italian Government is a little concerned about a few illegal passports purchased for ‘the boys’ by the fof administration. Supposedly the passports were purchased from the Mafia, who then turned Government informers to avoid prosecution on other charges.
Sounds like an episode of the ‘Sopranos’. Ultimately responsible, of course, is RB and his insatiable desire for new sex partners.
All in the guise of ‘evolution’ - keep posting Friends, 'the truth shall set you free!!!’.

"Gabriella F." wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, September 30 , 2007 at 12:32 p.m.:
Dear Friends,
Someone asked few posts ago, if anybody has news on why the JFBD in Italy was canceled.
In our Italian blog, someone – apparently a current member – posted a message saying that the JFBD was canceled for two main reasons:
1. Participants were not enough (so, it was not worthy, I suppose…)
2. Visa’s problems for some Robert’s boys
Apparently, there are people who bought airplane tickets to travel all around Italy for the events; these tickets are now useless, so they throw out their money …. No chance was offered for them to recover some money, at least part of it … (for example by detracting from the teaching payment).
Nobody told anything to the students, no excuse was offered, no explication, even if the events were canceled with a very short notice.
Personally, what makes me happy is the reason number 1: NOT ENOUGH PARTICPANTS!!!!! Thanks!
Everything looks very cynical: as our blogger said, NO PROFIT=NO EVENTS

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