Hare Cruella, RA Victoria, Scribe Zorro
Lamb and Flag St Giles Oxford hash run 5th February 2014.
The Lamb and Flag is famous for its literary connections, Thomas Hardy wrote the tragically dark Jude the Obscure here. Graham Greene lusted after a barmaid who resembled Nefertiti. the Inklings J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis also met here, though they are more usually attached to the nearby Eagle and Child. There is also a quote on the
wall , ‘When you are finished go and fetch Morse out of the Lamb and Flag’. This all seemed to go over the heads of OXH3 who were having pre-hash drinks.
Outside a new-comer from Bicester was introduced as a virgin though I never found out whether he was a hash virgin or merely an OXH3 virgin. We shot off down The Broad then wound down Queens Lane. On arriving at The High I endeavoured to interest my fellow hashers in the fact that they were looking at the first ever two coffee-houses in England this fell on deaf ears perhaps because someone was explaining to the Bicestonian that the opposite Magpie Lane was formerly called Cuntstroke Lane, it seemed necessary to explain this multiple times .
We were about to cross Magdalen bridge but were recalled and instead went down cobbled Merton St, then past The Bear to St Aldates. This is where I realised the difficulties of hashing in town it was too noisy to hear the calls and there were lots of other runners about. Anyway on to St Ebbes past the plaque to Dorothy L Sayers, Bonn square then down another winding alley Bulwarks Walk. Then through Gloucester Green to Jericho.
Perhaps weighed down by my literary pretensions I was struggling to keep up there with the only two runners in sight. After a bit of aimlessness on the Banbury Rd we located the beer stop on a deserted rd behind the Lamb and Flag… mystery only two or three hashers were there. Dipstick was good humouredly heating a sausage casserole in the back of his van. Then after a while other hashers (sturdy looking fellows ) arrived they had apparently been lured into first The Bear and secondly Jude the Obscure in Jericho (how wrong I’d been they were interested in Literature after all). Then after a longer while Whadesay arrived with a small band , as far as I could tell they had been on a completely separate hash based on where he Whadesay thought the hash should have gone.
The RA awarded himself a down-down, The Hare & The Virgin likewise and Fag End received a silver tankard for her 500th Hash.
As a visitor I was mightily impressed both by most of the hash disappeared into a pub and also by the marvellous OXH3 post-hash-feast tradition with hot food, cake and drinks. I just wish I’d thanked the Hare for a great run through all my favourite Oxford Medieval alleys.
Written by Zorro from Didcot much amazed by the curious ways of Oxford H3 .