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In a world with news headlines often heralding doom and gloom, it was fantastic to see Scottish funnyman Donald 
Macleod joke his way into the Guinness Book of Records for telling the most number of jokes in an hour (your report, 
6 March).

He not only beat, but smashed, the previous record of 549 set by Australian Michael Lehman nine years ago, telling 580 jokes, the equivalent of around one joke every six seconds.

Such an event was not only being done so that he could get into the record books, but so he could raise money for four charities on his native Isle of Lewis, for which he has already raised tens of thousands of pounds.

It is fantastic that in an often dark world there are such acts of kindness taking place, proving that laughter is indeed the best medicine.

Alex Orr

Leamington Terrace

Edinburgh