Defined by humour

The best way to understand another country is to get to grips with its sense of humour, says Guardian writer Joris Luyendijk. Included in a list of jokes told in various countries — generally mocking of a neighbour — is one from New Zealand. Both the New Zealand and Australian jokes involve alcohol. “An Australian rugby fan, a South African rugby fan and a New Zealand rugby fan are all in Saudi Arabia, sharing a smuggled crate of booze when Saudi police rush in and arrest them …” The Australian joke begins: “Two Aussies are adrift in a lifeboat. While rummaging through the boat’s provisions, one of them finds an old lamp. He rubs it and a genie appears. The genie grants them one wish only. Without giving it much thought, the lamp finder says, ‘Turn the ocean into VB Beer!’”


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Helen Clark Lays Out Her Reasons for Legalising It

Helen Clark Lays Out Her Reasons for Legalising It

In an opinion piece for the UK’s Guardian newspaper, former prime minister and member of the Global Commission on Drug Policy Helen Clark explains why a ‘yes’ in next year’s referendum…