[Jokes] FW: An Englishman, an Australian and an Frenchman

McKenna, Chris (RDSSW) chris.mckenna at defra.gsi.gov.uk
Tue Jul 15 13:28:55 BST 2003

>  -----Original Message-----
> From: 	Nettleingham, Nick
> Sent:	15 July 2003 13:16
> Subject:	An Englishman, an Australian and an Frenchman
> An Englishman, an Australian and an Frenchman are all in Saudi Arabia,
> sharing a smuggled crate of booze when, all of a sudden, Saudi police rush
> in and arrest them.
> The mere possession of alcohol is a severe offence in Saudi Arabia, so for
> the terrible crime of actually being caught consuming the booze, they are
> all sentenced to death!
> However, after many months and with the help of very good lawyers, they
> are able to successfully appeal their sentences down to life imprisonment.
> By a stroke of luck, it was a Saudi national holiday the day their trial
> finished, and the extremely benevolent Sheikh decided they could be
> released after receiving just 20 lashes each of the whip.
> As they were preparing for their punishment, the Sheikh announced:  "It's
> my first wife's birthday today, and she has asked me to allow each of you
> one wish before your whipping."
> The Australian was first in line, he thought for a while and then said:
> "Please tie a pillow to my back.
> This was done, but the pillow only lasted 10 lashes before the whip went
> through. When the punishment was done he had to be carried away bleeding
> and crying with pain.
> The Frenchman was next up. After watching the Australian in horror he said
> smugly:  "Please fix two pillows to my back." But even two pillows could
> only take 15 lashes before the whip went through again and the Frenchman
> was soon led away whimpering loudly.
> The Englishman was the last one up, but before he could say anything, the
> Sheikh turned to him and said:  "You are from a most beautiful part of the
> world and your culture is one of the finest in the world.  For this, you
> may have two wishes!"
> "Thank you, your Most Royal and Merciful highness", The Englishman
> replied. "In recognition of your kindness, my first wish is that you give
> me not 20, but 100 lashes."
> "Not only are you an honourable, handsome and powerful man, you are also
> very brave". The Sheikh said with an admiring look on his face.  "If 100
> lashes is what you desire, then so be it. And your second wish, what is it
> to be?" the Sheikh asked.
> "Tie the Frenchman to my back." 
> Nick 

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