The Hash was hosted by Nom Nom and Peeping Clam at the Yellow Collective in Motootua. A nice day for a run set on flour, and we had been spared the rain splattering it everywhere. It was on out the gate and down to the Beach Road, then a circle around the Leone Bridge construction, with a straight back run via the Hospital Road. Godfather had again provided us access to his sweet cool nuts, but they seem to be getting smaller by the day. Curious…
POD was our GM as usual, and called the newbies forward, and they were legion: Genora (SPREP intern), Gareth (WIBDI), Heather, Ziyun (SPREP intern), Gavin (Scot med student), James (med student), Bridget (CI), Tibo (France) and Malia (Samoa). Down downs were given Crown of Thorns and Cockblocker for forgotten names.
The retreads were Do Me Twice (following dreams), Poumuli (climate changing), Crown of Thorns (stuck in Waiheke), Nom Nom (embezzling Nepal) and Cockblocker (busy not working). Screamer was appointed Shoe Inspector, and made a valiant attempt but failed. She was joined by Tibo for smoking in the circle.
Celebrity Awards went to Strap On for numerous photos in the paper, and Lewinsky for the similarities to Trump’s current ails.
This Day in History Awards went to POD (491 – Empress Ariane marries Anastasius I. The widowed Augusta is able to choose her successor for the Byzantine throne, after Zeno (late emperor) dies of dysentery), James the med (844 – Battle of Clavijo: The Apostle Saint James the Greater is said to have miraculously appeared to a force of outnumbered Asturians and aided them against the forces of the Emir of Cordoba), Cunning Linguist (1568 – Dutch rebels led by Louis of Nassau, defeat Jean de Ligne, Duke of Arenberg, and his loyalist troops in the Battle of Heiligerlee, opening the Eighty Years' War), Nom Nom (1840 – The transportation of British convicts to the New South Wales colony is abolished), Slim Shady (1936 – Sada Abe is arrested after wandering the streets of Tokyo for days with her dead lover's severed genitals in her handbag. Her story soon becomes one of Japan's most notorious scandals), Do Me Twice (1953 – Jackie Cochran becomes the first woman to break the sound barrier), Il Capo (1992 – Italy's most prominent anti-mafia judge Giovanni Falcone, his wife and three body guards are killed by the Corleonesi clan with a half-ton bomb near Capaci, Sicily. His friend and colleague Paolo Borsellino will be assassinated less than two months later, making 1992 a turning point in the history of Italian Mafia prosecutions), Lewinsky (1998 – A U.S. federal judge rules that U.S. Secret Service agents can be compelled to testify before a grand jury concerning the Lewinsky scandal involving President Bill Clinton) and Crown of Thorns (International Day for Biological Diversity).
Turning to celebrations, Poumuli had his on a plane, and was joined by Cunning Linguist and Snip & Tuck for their recent engagement (please not another Hash Wedding like Ali Bin Shaggin!)
Tonight’s theme had of course bee