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Twenty-One Questions: Baldrick2Dogs

Alan Holden’s hash name (this is a test, by the way) is:

a. Baldrick
b. Baldrick2Dogs
c. Balders
d. Baldrick2Dogs1Bitch
e. All of the above

If you guessed e, you’re wrong. The best answer is d, but his friends call him c, and he signs his mail b. About the only thing he doesn’t call himself is a, but he answers to it (so if you did answer e, don’t feel too bad).


Find the happiest man in this photo: that’s Baldrick!

Balders (I’m assuming we’ll still be friends after this interview) hails from Manchester but lives the expat Brit life in Qatar (and Saudia Arabia before that, and Kuwait before that). He’s been hashing almost 20 years, and currently chases away weekend hangovers with the Qatar HHH.

Baldrick and I have worked with each other since the early days of virtual hashing: he’s one of the regional HHH webmasters, editor of the indispensable Middle East Hash reference site, the place to go for information on hashing in Kuwait, the UAE, Bahrain, Qatar, Saudia Arabia, Oman, Lebanon, Egypt, Israel, Syria, Yemen, Jordan, Iraq, and Azerbaijan. I finally met him in person at Interhash 2000 in Hobart, Tasmania. Disappointingly, he didn’t bring his girlfriends along.


Baldrick, when & where was your first hash?

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, in 1989 – Jeddah HHH run # 666.

How did you find the hash?

A guy I worked with suggested a day out in the desert – he hasn’t hashed since!

Why are you called Baldrick2Dogs1Bitch?

Desert Scrotum, then GM of Jeddah hash, thought I looked like Baldrick (from Blackadder) . . . the rest is a long story to be told over several beers!

Who taught you the most about hashing?

I am mostly self taught. I saw the crap I had to follow and thought “I can do better than that.”

When & where was your first away hash?

InterGulf Hash 1996 in Bahrain.

Where have you hashed?

UK, Middle East (too many to name), China, Thailand, Australia, Malaysia, Singapore, India, Laos, Indonesia, Hong Kong, on a boat, a train, and a plane.

What do you love about hashing?

The camaraderie. I’m always invited into circles I’ve been to before as a “Returner.”

What don’t you love about hashing, if anything?

Assholes. There’s always one.

What’s the best thing that ever happened to you at a hash?

I met my second wife.

And the worst thing?

I met my second wife (1 bitch).

Where haven’t you hashed, but would like to?

USA, Africa, Vietnam.

Are there any places you wouldn’t like to hash?

Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya – not for a few years anyway.

If you could pick the location of a future Interhash, where would it be, and why?

Somewhere in the Americas. It would give me the excuse to get my ass over there and it’d give you seppos a chance to do it without travelling halfway round the globe.

Have any of your attitudes toward hashing or hashers changed over the years?

About 10 years ago I was running 3 times a week (7k in under 30 mins). Now I walk, crawl or stagger. I used to go for the exercise; now I go for the circle and the beer.

What are some of your favorite haring techniques?

I will often lay 6 or 8 false trails from 1 check and sometimes have 2 trails ending at the same falsie.

Do you tell everyone you meet about the hash, or only people you think might become good hashers?

The latter I’m afraid. I’d rather see people come back than scare people off.

Have you founded any hashes? Where? Which ones?

Q8 Full Moon and Q8 Bedouin Black Hash.

What do you think you’ve contributed to hashing?

I was there. That’s as good as I can say. I’ve volunteered to be on every committee of every hash I’ve called home – without mismanagement where would we be?

Are there any core fundamentals you believe all hashes and hashers should embrace?

Run, walk, hobble, but at least leave the car park. Enjoy beer!

This one is actually three mini-questions. Your vote:

Kegs or cans: kegs.
Live hare or dead hare: dead hare.
A-to-A trails or A-to-B trails: A-to-B trails.

What’s in your hashing future?

My vacations are planned around major (and sometimes minor) hash events, so I’d like to see more diversity in venues. Not every hasher is Asian. I guess my future in hashing is in the hands of the great voting masses.

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