Monday, 20 October 2008

Mum's 2 cents On The Financial Crisis

I got this email from my Mum today:

Following the financial crisis on Wall Street uncertainty has now hit the banking sector in Japan.

In the last seven days Origami Bank has folded, Sumo Bank has gone belly up and Bonsai Bank announced plans to cut some of its branches.

Yesterday, it was announced that Karaoke Bank is up for sale and will likely go for a song, while today shares in Kamikaze Bank were suspended after they nose-dived.

While Samurai Bank is soldiering on following sharp cutbacks, Ninja Bank is reported to have taken a hit, but they remain in the black.

A spokesman for Haiku Holdings was lost for words over the financial crisis, while according to rumours Nippon Bank was starting to feel the pinch.

500 staff at Karate Bank got the chop, the Judo Bank has been thrown out of the system after their stranglehold over the market was broken, and Tae Kwon Doe Bank executives kicked out at their critics. Further, a Kung Fu Bank CEO is reported to have said 'it is time for them to leave', while the Reiki Bank is now at full stretch after a long period of relaxation.

Analysts report that there is something fishy going on at Sushi Bank where it is feared staff may get a raw deal. Meanwhile Geisha Bank has bowed to the inevitable and shut.

Thanks for that Mum, you know things are starting to come around when people are making jokes about it.

Is this a particularly Australian thing, to make jokes when a situation is bad?

'You see, that's another thing that my parents gave me: an enormously great sense of humor." - Liza Minelli

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  1. No, I think both Aussies and Kiwis get that from our British ancestors, who are also quite self-deprecating. I got that mail as well, it's been going around various other countries as well as Australia. I live in Japan, but I haven't tried to explain that one to my friends here yet as I think a lot of the humour might get lost in translation!

    I've been following your blog for over a year now, and always look forward to your updates- keep chipping away at the debt!

  2. Thanks JenniferW! I wavered on posting this in case someone took it in the wrong way, but I decided it's simply humorous so worth sharing.

    There's nothing I enjoy more than clever self deprecating humour.

  3. *giggle* .. as they say "if you dont laugh, you'll cry"!

  4. I always choose laughing over crying Miz Debty, you know that! :-)