Hash #400 held on 8/9th November 2003
All round Mauritius but start & finnish at Baie du Cap
HRH Prince Edward, honorary hare
Dewitt Conklin, of the American Embassy.
Emma, a tennis coach, who gave us an open invitation.
Aaron, the Acting High Commissioner of South Africa, and his wife Winnie
Michael, who had presented us with the baton, so we know he’s good
Before this becomes irreverent, it should be noted that congratulations
and thanks are due to every person who took part in this event, from the
organisers to the controllers, the runners, the supporters, the police,
the authorities, the people who passed out drinks, those who turned up
on Sunday, the people who did the food, brought the beer, sponsored the
event…Every part played, from the greatest to the least, was important.
There is not space enough for me to do you all justice: I can only express
my thanks for supporting me as a runner, for allowing me to take part
in such a memorable event and for making this whole thing possible. Others
may run round the circumference of Mauritius in the future: they may even
manage it in less than 24 hours. But we did it first !
Right, now that we’ve got that out of the system.
Bit of an unusual hash this time. 240km in one direction only, with no
markings except 1 back-check. People were expected to wear clean shirts!
Some were even allowed to complete part of the course on motor-bikes!
We joined The Hustler, our hero, for the last 3km from the Flinders monument
to the On On. But there’s just no stopping some people, is there?
Not even history, the sense of occasion or Alan Grihault waving a white
flag and shouting warnings, could stop a significant section of the hash
short-cutting, yes! short-cutting, across the bay. (Tomek lead the way
– at least, history now records that he did).
Prince Edward couldn't’t make it. Well, it’s not every day
a fellow becomes a dad. Best wishes to both him, and Sophie and to their
daughter. (Might we suggest the name Harriette). Let us hope that they
are all back at home soon. In his place the British High Commissioner
wielded the microphone with flair and spoke with eloquence (Got to keep
him sweet, I might need a job one day.). In addition we had plenty of
important people around ourselves: Lord and Lady Russell; the Acting High
Commissioner of South Africa aforesaid; my wife; and the “other”
prince Edward, who bore an uncanny resemblance to Charlie Scrimgoeur.
Presentations were made: the baton was passed to the blue-penny museum.
It had fared reasonably well despite its ordeal, although, and there’s
no kind way of putting this, one of its balls had become detached. Medals
commemorating the event were given to 4 representatives, the rest to be
collected at some other time when we, um, get round to it. Good to know
normal organisational service was resumed.
Due to it being such an important event, with so many newcomers and VIPs
members of the Hash felt called upon to perform, with actions, the Hash
Hymn, “Swing Low Sweet Chariot”. Members of the audience laughed
with joy at the sight of 4 grown men performing the silent version of
this timeless classic.
I don’t remember much more after this, I’m afraid, there
was too much Phoenix, wine and whiskey. I’m sure that there was
Sega dancing in there somewhere…You should have been there.
There’s something rotten in the state of Denmark…Should we
tell ICAC? There seems to be some sort of arrangement between our esteemed
Religious and Sex Adviser Patrice Cure and Eric. Patrice passed his functions
onto Eric, who must, by now, be accustomed to receiving such motions of
confidence. Patrice justified this action by claiming that the Mauritius
Hash, by its athletic prowess shown this weekend, was in danger of falling
into repute, whereas Eric is, without doubt, the hash’s designated
“disreputable member”. So it was that Eric called forth the
Remember that short-cutting? Remember Tomek? Well “Decoy”
got blamed not only for that, but also for leading, true to form, half
the Hash astray in his wake.
Our beloved almighty Supreme Being exercised his prerogative powers and
bestowed a down-down on Eric for usurpation of office.
I wasn’t there at the last hash so I don’t know who had it,
but whoever it was still has it because they didn’t bring it.
This was passed gently and generously to a beautiful young lady called
Galina who, with perfect manners, gave a kiss of gratitude to the young
lad who gave it to her. Aaaaah.
Next Hash – 16 November 2003
Camping at Poste Lafayette: see site for details
|Alan's Receding Hareline:
||Hares - Area
||Sandip - Camping week end, Post
||Tom & Ruth - Up North somewhere ?
||Blob - MUG - Red dress run
||End of Year run
1. Would hashers please note that there is a deposit (money) on glass
bottles (beer, softies)! Please do not throw them away, leave them on
the beach or with the rubbish (or even take them
2. Walks take place on most Sundays when there is no Hash. See the
"Friendly walks" page for
| HASH MISH-MANAGEMENT
Russell & Geeta "Tinkerbel" Morrant
Line + Trailmasters:
Alan "Strong on" Grihault
||Andy "The Hustler"
||Tom & Geeta
|Drinks for Wimps 'n Kids:
||Bob & Jackie
"J & B" Russell
White" & David "Shorty" Colbert
Russell( www.bob-russell.net )