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Health and safety is a running joke in Britain where it feels that in some places one can’t fart without filling out a form first. In striking juxtaposition with this attitude are the comments of the water-sports instructor in Zanzibar. Faye was interested in hiring a sailing boat for a few hours, which according to the sign could only be done by a qualified person. She can sail but had not thought to bring the paperwork to prove it with her. She told this to the instructor, whose response was to say,
“You are in Africa now. If you say you know how to sail, we believe your mouth. If you