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Nineteen Questions for Urine

Having organized a few small hash events, I am in awe of hashers who organize really big events. That’s probably why I interview so many of them. If you went to Cyprus for Interhash in 1996, you remember Urine, the British hasher who organized that event. I first met Urine, also known as John Jackson, at the 1994 Rotorua Interhash, where he convinced the majority of GMs in attendance to vote for Cyprus.

Urine (with Rebecca Stevens and Worm)

Urine (with Rebecca Stevens and Worm)

Urine’s been hashing for 22 years. He lives in London and hashes with West London, London, and SLASH. An experienced GM and RA, he also founded the S&M Hash on the Isle of Man and co-founded the Amathus Full Moon Hash on Cyprus and the Men Only Hash in Cheltenham. Urine’s hash preferences: mixed, dead hare, A-to-A trails. And singing? By all means!


Urine, when & where was your first hash?

Honiara H3, the Solomon Islands, 1986.

How did you find the hash?

Several friends hashed so thought I’d give it a try.

Why Urine?

I was christened Urine in Cyprus, as I used to wear a pith helmet.(very English lateral humour).

When & where was your first away hash?

Mihas H3 150th (Southern Spain), 2001.

Where have you hashed?

All over the world. I stopped counting 10 years ago when I reached 85 different hashes on 6 continents.

Are there places you haven’t hashed but would like to?

Africa and South America. Only a couple of times in each continent so far.

Are there places you wouldn’t consider hashing?


What would you tell a new hare?

Know your area, and think hard about your trail. Take your time to lay it well. There is no such thing as “too much flour.”

What is the most dangerous trail you’ve done?

San Jose, Costa Rica city centre in the rush hour!

What has been your most remarkable hashing experience?

The closing ceremony to Interhash Chiang Mai.

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

Brussels, 2014. Great beer, great hash, great city, great countryside. Whats not to like?

What do you most love about hashing? What keeps you coming back?

Hashers! It’s always the people.

What part of hashing could you do without?

The running? Just joking. The idea that nudity is a good substitute for humour – particularly for hash acts!

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

No – I am definitly not one of those who wishes it was all just like it was thirty years ago. The hash will change and evolve – long live the Hash.

Has hashing affected your personal or professional life?

I damn near got the sack for running Interhash 96! It also hasn’t done my knees any good. On the good side it has given me more friends than I can shake a stick at.

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

Most but not all. If you are the sort of person who walks around like you have two hairs in your arse tied together, you are unlikely to buy into the joy of hashing.

Are there certain things you believe all hashers should believe in?

  • Put in more than you take out.
  • What goes on on the hash, stays on the hash.

What have you contributed to hashing?

  • Getting Interhash out of the Pacific Rim.
  • Rationalizing the voting system for Interhash.

What’s in your hashing future?

Getting a new knee and getting on trail again – even if only from pub to pub.

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