Fwd: In the Spotlight – Papua New Guinea

In the Spotlight – Papua New Guinea
By Ed "Hazukashii" Howell
25 Mar 2020

New Guinea is the second largest island on the planet, behind Greenland.  It is roughly split equally down the middle, with the western half being the Indonesian province of Papua.  Papua New Guinea (PNG) occupies the eastern half of the island, and is an amazingly diverse country, with over 800 acknowledged languages.  Located on the "Ring of Fire," PNG also includes over 600 occupied and unoccupied additional islands.  Like many of the island nations in the South Pacific, the island has gone through many phases of affiliation, with PNG most recently being administered by Australia for about 60 years.  Prior to 1919, PNG was split with the northern half being controlled by Germany, and the southern half being administered by the British Empire, before Australia took over administration.  PNG gained its independence in 1975 from Australia, and has been a member of the United Nations since Oct of that year.

PNG, like other former British outposts, is another example of how the 1990s were the high-water mark of hashing, and as the British Empire reduced in size, hash clubs started to fold as the world changed.  Although new clubs are still popping up in other parts of the world, hashing in PNG has been on the decline ever since.  The Hash House Harriers first arrived in PNG on 13 Feb 1970, on Bougainville Island, when Joe Griffiths, assisted by Bob Duffy, founded the Panguna H3.  Researching for this article became increasingly detailed when I looked at Magic's records, which identify 27 hash clubs that had formed.  When cross referenced against the hash genealogy, there have been as many as 31 hash clubs that once scurried around the major islands of PNG. 

After the Panguna H3 formed, the following clubs soon followed: (Arawa H3 – 1971), (Port Moresby H3 – 1974 / Jan), (Port Moresby Harriettes – 1974 / Sep), (Lae H3 – 1974 / Oct), (Goroka H3 – 1975 / Feb), (Rabaul H3 – 1975 / Mar), (Arawa Harriets – 1975 / Dec), (Rabaul Harriettes – 1976), (Lae Harriettes – 1977), (Wewak H3 – 1979), (Bululo H3 – 1980 / Feb), (Kundiawa H3 – 1980 / Dec), (Star Mountains H3 – 1982 / Aug), (Madang H3 – 1982 / Dec), (Vanimo H3 – 1986), (Boroko H3 – 1987), (Porgera H3 – 1990), (Port Moresby Full Moon H3 – 1994), (Kokopo H3 – 1996), (Kwariwai Very Occasional H3 – 1997), (Taurama H3 – 1998), (Moresby Over The Hump H3 – 2005), and there is no founding dates available for (Ajotau H3, Gazelle H3, Kavieng H3, Kimbe H3, Loloho H3, Mount Hagen H3, Popondetta H3, Yonki H3).  [NOTE: Any updates to the founding dates for the aforementioned hash clubs, would be greatly appreciated.]

Currently, there are the only two remaining hash clubs in PNG, and they are in the capital city of Port Moresby.  The oldest currently running hash is the Port Moresby H3 (a.k.a Pukpuk H3, a.k.a. POM H3), which had its first run on 7 Jan 1974, when Horst Wippern, assisted by Peter Mendl, came over from the Mother Hash in Kuala Lumpur.  On my recent visit, I was focused on joining the Monday evening Port Moresby H3 trail, but once we arrived, I noticed there was a Port Moresby Full Moon H3 trail scheduled for Saturday evening.  The Port Moresby Full Moon H3 was founded on 19 Oct 1994, by Chris "Krinkle Kut" Smith, assisted by Rob "Malibog" Denny, and usually runs on the weekend closest to the full moon.  Never one to pass up hash run, I quickly rearranged my schedule, and we walked about 4 KMs to the outskirts of town and joined in the fun.  Being a night time trail, and having been warned about the safety of the streets after dark, I did not expect it was going to be too long.

A pack of about 20 had a short trail of less than 2 Kms around the gated community, with a couple stops along the way.  This gave us an opportunity to chat and enjoy the clear sky and the full moon, eventually making our way back to the hares' house.  After completing the trail, we relaxed with a beer (SP Beer) or three, and the hares provided an excellent dinner buffet.  The kids were then moved into the living room to watch some movies, and we commenced a fun filled circle of down downs with many jokes, songs, and revelry.  Having walked to the hash, we were warned about being on the streets after dark, and were graciously offered a ride back to our hotel by T-Rex, a local hasher.  He is a hash superstar in my book, as he also offered to take us on a hike in the Varirata National Park the next day.  It was raining on the drive out, and for the first hour or so of the hike. Then it cleared off just as we arrived at the first of the two main lookouts. Amazing scenes of green mountains and countryside made it well worth the effort.

On Monday, the following day, we joined the Pukpuk H3 (a.k.a. the POM H3, a.k.a. the Port Moresby H3) for another excursion of hashing fun.  As Men's hash clubs around the world have grown old and grey, their numbers have diminished.  Further confined by the changing mining processes on PNG, and expat community dynamics, this has had a huge effect on the available recruits to keep the hash going.  Such is the tale of the Pukpuk H3. We had a small pack of about a dozen, but it was very robust.  A daylight walking trail took us through one corner of the city, and was followed with plenty of delicious food (and beer of course).  The circle was mixed with good fun, many songs, and lively banter, and all combined for a fun evening and another exceptional hashing experience, which somehow (haha), ended with me getting awarded the Prick of the Week.  Guess that was due to my exceptionally wacky personality, or the many songs I kept singing.  If you ever find yourself in the South Pacific, make sure to get over to Port Moresby, and enjoy yourself a most excellent hashing experience.

For many more articles like this on the history of hashing, check out . . . http://gotothehash.net/history/inthespotlight.html
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Wednesday Inauguration of Wuhan Outstation



Hashers,

Phnom Penh Hash House Harriers' Sunday Hash is now suspended until further notice.

The Inaugural Wuhan Outstation run is going ahead this Wednesday. Meet at 4:30pm at Velkommen Guesthouse on Street 144. https://goo.gl/maps/Cr8raCUW3rvjv17y7

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Fwd: In the Spotlight – Bahrain

In the Spotlight – Bahrain
By Ed "Hazukashii" Howell
21 Mar 2020

The Kingdom of Bahrain is an archipelago of over 30 small islands located in the Persian Gulf, and has its capital in Manama, on the main island of Bahrain.   Bahrain was the first place oil was discovered in the region, but due to its size, it appears it will also be the first to deplete its resources.  Forward thinking, the government has diversified into tourism, and becoming a hub of the financial sector.  Bahrain is also the home of several hash clubs, with the Bahrain H3 first invading on 7 Dec 1972.  Founded by Geoff Whitehead, formerly with the Singapore H3, the Bahrain H3 has spawned over a dozen other hash clubs in the region, as well as in Asia and Europe.  A common theme in several locations, the first spawn comes with a bit of drama. 

The next hash to form was the Bahrain Black H3 (a.k.a. the Bland Hash), and has its roots sprouting from the early days of the Bahrain Hash, and a hasher named Norman Moore.  Norman, being a purest in the traditions of the original hash back in Kuala Lumpur, was frustrated with the path the Bahrain hash was taking, basically getting too soft.  Thus, he created the legend of the Black Hash, as it was whispered about in jest during the weekly hash runs.  Intrigued by this sentiment, Ted "Tumbling Ted" Lutley added to the lore, with more outlandish rumors of the Black Hash.  He eventually teamed up with a former GM, Bob Tait, to set more difficult trails. 

On the occasion of Bahrain H3 Trail #613 that was to be run on 23 Jul 1984, while drafting the instructions for the start location, the hares (Lutley & Tate) agreed to call it the Black Hash.  Commemorative T-shirts were produced to mark the event, and soon after became coveted hash attire.  Based on the success of that first event, the pair teamed up to conduct Black Hash runs every few months, with the fifth and final one being set on 10 Mar 1986.  Intermixed with these events over the years, there was much grumbling about Bahrain needing a second hash club, but nothing really became of it, until . . .       

The Bahrain Black H3 (or simply, "the Black Hash," was officially founded by Gordon "Black Head" Clarke on 5 May 1986, assisted by Ted "Tumbling Ted" Lutley, Dorelle "Cloth-Head" Clarke, Arshed "Cowshed" Mubarak, and probably a few others.  As Tumbling Ted explained it, the founding of a second hash initially created quite a stir, so much so that at first, the Bahrain hashers stated the term Black Hash belonged to them.  In a conciliatory fashion, and to try to keep support from other hashers, they temporarily called it "the alternate hash."  Unfortunately, the unfriendly rift persisted for several years, with many hashers taking sides and only running with their chosen club.  The rift has faded over the ensuing decades, with time, and the departure of some of the original protagonists, and today the rift is only jokingly referred to. 

More recently, the Bahrain Independent Trail Chasers Hash House Harriers (BITCH3) was established on 6 Apr 2018.  As indicated on their website, a consortium of hashers (One Rung Pussy Driver, Dick On The Table (D.O.T.T), Rapid Cherokee Choker, Scouts Anal, and Head With My Mom) created this bi-weekly hash on Friday, to allow for maximum participation.  The website details the 32 rules, or rather guiding principles, that the hash club adheres to.  Lordy lordy, yes . . . rules.

I recently arrived in Bahrain for the 20th running of the regional INTERGULF event.  Originally established in Qatar, the first four occurrences were held there between 1979 and 1995.  Bahrain hosted the first INTERGULF outside Qatar in 1996, and then again in 1998, 2002, 2015, and now again in 2020.  This current event has been planned for over the past year, and the website boasted of nearly 60 hashers on the "Who's Cumming" list with less than two weeks to go before the event.  Then, on 11 Mar, the World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 virus a pandemic.  The world began folding up their lawn furniture, rolling up the sidewalks, and continued on with lock downs, cancelled flights, and an ever-increasing list of restrictions. 

In the end, all but one international visitor decided, or were forced, to drop out.  As you may deduce, I was the only hasher to successfully arrive in Bahrain, only due to my scheduled trip to Jordan being cancelled.  Heading directly from Cairo, I arrived a few days earlier than planned, and was on the first plane to arrive since Bahrain elevated simple temperature screening to full blown nasal swabs virus testing and quarantining (which actually occurred while we were flying), until results were accessed.  After a 10 hour wait in a makeshift medical facility on a back lot of the airport, the entire plane of 50 passengers all test negative for the virus, and were subsequently released into the kingdom.

There was concern that INTERGULF would need to be cancelled due to ever increasing restrictions, and the Thursday evening pub crawl was in fact cancelled (since all the bars were ordered to be closed).  Undaunted, the hash must go on and 11 hearty hashers turned up for the main event trail out in the desert.  The runners' trail consisted of one hare and two hounds, and we took off into the hills for what turned out to be an excellent 11+ Km trail of rolling hills, oil pipe lines, and sand.  The walkers had one hare and seven walkers, that set out to beat the runners back into the finish. The walkers achieved their goal finishing in under an hour, as the runners popped up over the final dune about 20 minutes later, just as dark was settling over the site. Keeping our social distance, we conducted a circle and even managed to name one hasher . . . SLITHER.  This may be the smallest regional international hash event in history.  Great day of minimum 2 meters distance between hashers in the era of COVID-19.   

For many more articles like this on the history of hashing, check out . . . http://gotothehash.net/history/inthespotlight.html
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For this Sunday (22nd) Hash

This week's run and walk will be over the river at Areiy Ksatr. Meet at the ferry near Naga World at 2:30pm. Pretend all your co-hashers are diseased, keep 2 meters away from them and greet them Cambodia style! There will be no truck this week. On on!


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Fwd: INTERHASH has been postponed until 15-19 Apr 2021

INTERHASH has been postponed until 15-19 Apr 2021 , , , see attached letter.



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Quick Update, no bar crawl this Friday, 20th March

Hi Hashers,

Just a quick note to let you know that the St. Patrick's Day bar crawl planned for this Friday has been cancelled as we know you're all crawling with diseases!

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