I used to think that New Zealand led the world in the 'she'll be right' attitude towards potentially dodgy or dangerous situations - the Vietnamese attitude towards powerlines (amongst other things) made me realise, however, that various places excel at upholding amusingly dodgy standards depending on the situation and their various dodgy specialities.
An example: on a recent trip back to NZ to show my new partner around the land of the long white cloud (and engage in a little healthy Aussie bashing for good measure) we took Air NZ from Melbourne to Auckland, and then Qantas from Auckland to Melbourne.
On the way there, I flicked through the in-flight entertainment schedule, which included the following warning in relation to the movie Superman Returns:
It always used to amaze me when in-flight news programs included extensive footage of the most recent plane crash etc etc so this seemed a slightly over zealous but still worthwhile thing to note.
On the way back, however, Qantas treated me to an in-flight screening of their featured film - Oliver Stone's 'World Trade Center' - 129 minutes of September 11-themed feature film - an entertaining contrast.
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