I think an overseas holiday sounds like a good idea.
When the All Blacks, the country's global ambassador embodying all the values New Zealanders hold dear [???], continually implode when the eyes of the world [???] are watching, it hints at there being some kind of fragility in the national psyche.
Has New Zealand become a nation of nice people [???] who not only tolerate failure, but have also learned how to revel in mediocrity?
Do New Zealanders see success on the world stage as beyond them, something best left to the Australians with their over-confidence and go-get-them attitude?
Or does New Zealand, in fact, have much to celebrate, but doesn't know where to look?
What do you think?
Monday, August 10, 2009
A stunning pair of headlines from education reporter Jacqueline Smith today (although presumably written by a subeditor). First up we have:
Speaking of (cultural) cringe, if you want to feel a little bit more depressed about yourself and the country then you could do worse than head over to Your Views: