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Hard News: Hug Reform

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  • Shaun Lott,

    Hugs are fine. Just leave the ponytail alone.

    Waitakere • Since Aug 2009 • 104 posts Report Reply

  • Peter Darlington,

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    Football was always way ahead on this front....

    Nelson • Since Nov 2006 • 943 posts Report Reply

  • Richard Irvine,

    Ali Williams doesn't just hug JC, he nails him with his shoulder flush on the chin.

    Auckland • Since Dec 2006 • 242 posts Report Reply

  • James Littlewood*,

    entactogenic

    Had to look that one up.

    The terms empathogen and entactogen are used to designate a class of psychoactive drugs that produce experiences of emotional communion, oneness, relatedness, emotional openness—that is, empathy or sympathy—as particularly observed and reported for experiences with MDMA (ecstasy).

    Hug reform, nice.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2008 • 410 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    He-mancipation...

    Hug reform

    I see what you did there:
    Ugh to Hug...

    ;- )

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7701 posts Report Reply

  • Paul Rowe, in reply to Peter Darlington,

    If that's what I think it was Pete, I would have kissed Mick Mills myself on that day in 1978.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1978_FA_Cup_Final

    Lake Roxburgh, Central Ot… • Since Nov 2006 • 574 posts Report Reply

  • Andre,

    John Campbell may have become one of the first sports reporters to suffer whiplash from covering a game of rugby. Ali's a BIG unit.

    New Zealand • Since May 2009 • 343 posts Report Reply

  • Peter Darlington, in reply to Paul Rowe,

    If that's what I think it was Pete, I would have kissed Mick Mills myself on that day in 1978.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1978_FA_Cup_Final

    You are absolutely correct. First FA Cup Final I ever saw. I've enjoyed seeing Arsenal getting beaten ever since.

    Nelson • Since Nov 2006 • 943 posts Report Reply

  • Rosemary McDonald,

    Ali Williams....

    rugger hugger?

    Waikato, or on the road • Since Apr 2014 • 1322 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Richard Irvine,

    Ali Williams doesn't just hug JC, he nails him with his shoulder flush on the chin.

    That's why JC is crying.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22533 posts Report Reply

  • andrew r,

    Bit gay? .....lols cldne resist

    auckland • Since May 2007 • 99 posts Report Reply

  • Stephen Judd,

    As unions grew stronger and stronger in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, capitalism demanded that bonds of solidarity be weakened. Thus it is that the frostiest interpersonal behaviour is found in those Protestant countries where industrialisation and the factory model are or were strongest.

    Since the power of the labour movement got smashed from the 70s onwards, it's been ok to allow physical demonstrations of friendship, but only in support of commodified activities that encourage commerce. Truly free activities that require no equipment or admittance fee, like fucking, remain out of bounds.

    *cough*

    Sorry, I just woke up at the keyboard.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 3119 posts Report Reply

  • Paul Rowe, in reply to Peter Darlington,

    My first FA Cup was 1980. Brooking's goal had the same impact for me (on hating the Arsenal that is)

    Lake Roxburgh, Central Ot… • Since Nov 2006 • 574 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Stephen Judd,

    *cough*

    I literally laughed out loud. Bravo.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22533 posts Report Reply

  • Rob Hosking, in reply to Stephen Judd,

    Since the power of the labour movement got smashed from the 70s onwards, it’s been ok to allow physical demonstrations of friendship, but only in support of commodified activities that encourage commerce.

    You know, taking off my sceptical Tory hat for a minute, and putting on my whimsical social observer hat, I can almost see this.

    The rise of the High Five, with its often competitive element, coincides with the period you're talking about.

    Hmm.

    There is such a thing as a Thinking Too Much About Stuff Threshold and I think, somewhere, we have passed it.

    South Roseneath • Since Nov 2006 • 830 posts Report Reply

  • Peter Darlington, in reply to Paul Rowe,

    My first FA Cup was 1980. Brooking's goal had the same impact for me (on hating the Arsenal that is)

    Yeh, that cemented it!

    Nelson • Since Nov 2006 • 943 posts Report Reply

  • BlairMacca, in reply to Peter Darlington,

    My first FA Cup was 1980. Brooking’s goal had the same impact for me (on hating the Arsenal that is)

    Yeh, that cemented it!

    And for me, being a 7 year old Liverpool fan at the time, 1989 sealed my Arsenal hatred. The next year I moved on to Spurs (for my sins), so the hatred of the Arse continued to this day

    Wellington • Since Apr 2007 • 208 posts Report Reply

  • simon g,

    Hug and snog to your heart's content, but let us not embrace the latest fad ... joyous celebration before the try is scored. "Where's the camera? Wave! Hand signals!" ... oops, dropped it.

    Did George Gregan and Jeff Wilson teach us nothing? Put the ball down, then you can have an orgy the length of the field. Just put it down first.

    Also, leave the kicker out of it, his job's not done.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1244 posts Report Reply

  • Rosemary McDonald, in reply to simon g,

    Did George Gregan and Jeff Wilson teach us nothing?

    Jeff was the original sensitive guy...and his teammate Josh...

    http://www.odt.co.nz/sport/rugby/highlanders/201563/rugby-highlanders-so-far#

    (Highlanders loss to the Crusaders 2000)

    Waikato, or on the road • Since Apr 2014 • 1322 posts Report Reply

  • Deborah,

    This poses some obvious problems for people who are generally uncomfortable with hugging or being hugged.

    I'm okay with a brief hug. Even a slightly longer hug. But I have one friend here in Manawatu who insists on a very long hug, and I always feel, well, trapped.

    My daughters have kindly informed me that I'm not very good at hugs. To wit: "Mum, you're not very good at hugs."

    I don't WANT to be good at hugs.

    New Lynn • Since Nov 2006 • 1445 posts Report Reply

  • william blake,

    Hyper masculine hugs...give em a taste of kiwi.

    Since Mar 2010 • 363 posts Report Reply

  • Conrad Heine,

    Coincidentally perhaps, man-hugs are on the always-great Stephen Collins's agenda this week, at a time certain English blokes require consolation:

    http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/picture/2015/oct/03/stephen-collins-on-man-hugs-cartoon

    London/New Zealand • Since Mar 2008 • 18 posts Report Reply

  • Berinthia Binnie,

    Celebration hug!

    I have been liberated from pondering the conceptual basis of the fastidiously stacked firewood on the Hard News twitter banner. Not it is.

    Aaah, sweet relief.

    Since Sep 2015 • 23 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Berinthia Binnie,

    Stacker lead...

    ...the conceptual basis of the fastidiously stacked firewood on the Hard News twitter banner

    hmmm
    at Loggerheads?
    Stowing dis-Cord?
    or Accord for that matter
    a cord of wood,
    a cord is also a thread,
    or at least a good lead...

    But as it's Russell, I'm guessing it's an oblique tip of the hat to The Saints!

    ;- )

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7701 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    But as it's Russell, I'm guessing it's an oblique tip of the hat to The Saints!

    I actually just liked the way the light fell on my nicely-stacked wood – but now you've brought it up, I'm going to fish out that 7" and play it at Real Groovy on Saturday!

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22533 posts Report Reply

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