Finland Facts, Ctd

As I posted earlier, I’m genuinely pleased that some in Finland have demonstrated a sense of humour after the noise generated by Gerry Brownlee’s over-egged comments about the place.

As Kiwis we’re used to being on the receiving end of sheep jokes, and there’s nothing wrong with a bit of mutual piss-taking.

But if the Finns were upset by Brownlee’s comments, they must have been absolutely apoplectic about this item on 60 Minutes, where the Finns were described as the “shyest people in the world”, “depressed and proud of it”.

Here’s the first bit of the clip, just the sort of country that David Shearer wants us to emulate.

The first comment on the original YouTube clip reads:

 “Start war agaist us, and you see how united and shy are we.

Dont fu*c with finns.”


Anyway, Gerry Brownlee has famous company.

Monty Python took the piss out of Finland too.

Humour and perspective are wonderful things.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.