Europe Renaissance

We often find humour even under the most dreadful circumstances; it is known as gallows humour. The never-ending recession has produced its own brand of wit. ‘With the market turmoil being what it is what’s the best way to make a small fortune? Start off with a large one’.

Iceland’s President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson issued arrest warrants on the bankers responsible for bringing the economy to its knees. This was the basis of the joke, ‘Record levels of unemployment have been announced. Those worst affected are the construction trades and Iceland’s bankers.’

The roll call of bankers who have taken their own lives since the beginning of their Ponzi scams has reached unprecedented levels. ‘What’s the definition of optimism? An investment banker who irons five shirts on a Sunday evening.’

In Britain there’s The Big Issue magazine; it is sold by unemployed homeless street sellers. This gave rise to the…

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