On 06/11 21:25 Wesley Parish wrote: > On Mon, 10 Jun 2002 22:33, andrew wrote: > > > I was born in Murihiku, the tail of the land, in the deep south. > > Gore and/or Invercargill, unless I'm much mistaken. One of my earlier known > ancestors set up a jeweler's shop there around the time of the gold rush. > Invercargill. I forget what the Maori name for Gore is. > Dunedin, where you have the House of Pleasure, aka Carisbrook Stadium. > Well, its nickname is normally the House of Pain, but playing there seems to have been consistantly pleasurable for when the Crusaders play the Highlanders. > Currently I'm living in Waitaha/Otautahi, where the current Super 12 > champions are. Not that I'm a great Buggery Football Union fan, - I much > prefer more open field codes like Aussie Rules - and I never grew up among > the bum-sniffers (bad luck if your favourite gas is selfproduced methane!) - > but it doesn't hurt to keep in touch with popular culture. > You are closer to me than I thought. Christchurch is only a day's travel away, and on the mainland. Most sports are incomprehensible to me, with the possible exceptions of soccer and hockey. I saw the Wales v. France game in the first Rugby World Cup and I still don't know what happened. The only sports writer that I find readible considers that Australian Rules is a better game than Rugby Union or League for the reason that you give. Gridiron is worse still; half the team never get to touch the ball. - andrew. -- Andrew Smith, Intheologus [log in to unmask] alias Mungo Foxburr of Loamsdown http://hobbit.griffler.co.nz/homepage.html "That's the people who hang around the edge of groups at parties. They are very exclusive."