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New to Hashing?

Here are a few suggestions and explanations which will help you to enjoy the Hash:

1 Hashing is totally non-competitive although someone has to be first.  If by some fluke you manage to find yourself in this unfortunate position (or anywhere near it ), yell "ON, ON" until you are exhausted enough to fall back to your rightful place in the pack. These calls are not designed to help you but the poor unfortunates at the rear who can then shortcut back to the pack.

2 If it is your misfortune to arrive first at a check, don't sit down and rest, or stand about like a wet weed, but look for the new trail and shout "CHECKING" loud and often. If you find an X, announce "FALSE TRAIL" equally loudly and have a good swear because that means you will be at the back again.

3 The "social pack" retains its superiority by the deployment of its greater intelligence. Short cutting from the rear is to be positively encouraged and a united pack is far better for warding off homicidal landowners and rabid Rottweilers as well as forcing the publican's arm if you arrive back at the pub early.

4 Short cutting from the front is NOT ALLOWED (one of the very few firm rules of hashing) and could result in the whole Hash straying on to uncleared land.

5 Move at your own pace. Ignore the FRBs (FRONT RUNNING BASTARDS) who urge you to go faster. If you should fall behind, try a HASH TACTICAL.  If your tactic is successful you may be accused by a jealous FRB of being an SCB - a SHORT CUTTING BASTARD. If so, just ignore it; such accusations merely confirm your superior abilities.

6 Always try to keep at least one hasher between you and anything which looks at all fierce such as bulls, pitbull terriers, geese and pigs.

7 If you hear the cry "CHECKING" it means that the trail has disappeared into thin air. This could be due to several reasons: the Hares playing silly Bs or simply running out of flour, the trail being washed out by rain or an attack of flour blindness by the front runners. Usually in this event the pack will spread out and the trail is soon located.

8 If you wish to know what the hell is going on up front, call " ARE YOU?" which should evoke the response "CHECKING", "FALSE TRAIL", or even "LOST".

9 Please don't shout too loud near animals. They don't like it. If cows, horses or sheep appear to about to stampede, WALK, don't run. An insurance claim for an animal like Desert Orchid could bankrupt your insurance company let alone the Hash.

10 Never leave gates open.

11 Have fun and ignore any rules you feel like ignoring!


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