tatjna (tatjna) wrote,

Get your beans! (hee hee NZ colloquialisms ftw!)

Last night's pizza and documentaries were a success. Forget Pizza Pomodoro, Pizza Beagloro is where it's at. Vegetarian pizza supreme! I ate more than my fair share, because it just kept coming, and sitting there going "eeeeaaaatt meeeeeeeee..." so I did. ;-)

The documentaries were about the history of drug use in New Zealand. They only went back to the 60s, which is a bit of a shame, but I guess it'd be hard to get footage from earlier. I found it quite cool that they interviewed a bunch of people who were around in the 60s when LSD got big - these people are now retirement age, so it equated to a bunch of people who are the ones you'd expect (based on stereotypes) to be going "Nooo! Drugs are bad, mmk?", instead waving their hands about and talking about how much they enjoyed themselves.

There was a section about the standoff at the Nambassa Festival in 1979. For those of you who don't know, Nambassa was a festival in a similar vein to Woodstock, held here in lil ole Unzud. In 1979 there were 75,000 patrons. Burning Man eat your heart out.

Anyway, police arrested 53 people for smoking pot on the first day, and an estimated 5,000 to 10,000 people marched on the police camp, threatening to storm it if the arrests didn't stop. Some fast talking from the festival organisers averted the potentially volatile situation, and the crowd broke up peacefully on promise of no more arrests. Apparently there were only 50-odd police there, and from the guy in charge on interview last night: "We thought we were going to get our beans!"

At which point we all cracked up because he said "Get our beans."


[Edit] As one of the organising crew for Kiwiburn, I really hope that by the time it gets to the point where there's a police presence that size, cannabis has been legalised.

The documentaries were interesting and I'd recommend them to anyone who'd like a look at a side of NZ culture that isn't often exposed. I also recommend kimeros and beagl. They are cool people.

Tonight there will be climbing. The goal is to do a bit more than last week. My feet are unaccustomed to my shoes these days, and it's.. interesting. It does take my mind off my chillblains though. ;-)

Finally, can we all give a big round of applause to the universal WHUT. That whole yin-yang thing? Balance and whatnot? Awesome concept. Just saying.
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