I had to record the following story for posterity's sake. It was written by my online Aussie mate "Sire", in his My BlogLog recently. I don't think he would mind me sharing it with you here. He's a good bloke,Sire, vry helpful with a great sense of humour and a good supply of humorous stories.
"Rugby Fans Get Death Penalty In Arabia"
Three tri nation rugby fans were in Arabia celebrating the coming New Year, an Aussie, South African and a New Zealand national. Unfortunately they were hitting the booze when the Saudi police rush in to arrest them.
They should have known better because while possession of booze is a severe offence in Saudi Arabia, actual consumption of it meant a death sentence!
After being incarcerated for many their lawyers were able to successfully appeal their sentences down to life imprisonment.
Luckily it turned out to be a Saudi national holiday the day, their trial finished, and the extremely benevolent Sheik decided they could be released after receiving just 20 lashes each of the whip.
As they were preparing for their punishment, the Sheik 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 South African 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 Australian was next up. After watching the South African’s 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 Australian was soon led away whimpering loudly (as they do).
The New Zealander bloke was the last one up, but before he could say anything, the Sheik 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 Kiwi replied. In recognition of your kindness, my first wish is that you give me Not 20 lashes but 100 lashes.”
“Not only are you an honourable, handsome and powerful man, you Are also very brave”. The Sheik said with an admiring look on his face.
“If 100 lashes is what you desire, then so be it. And your second wish”?
“Tie the Australian to my back.”