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Hard News: From Zero: New Zealand and drugs

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  • Hilary Stace,

    And while on the subject of RNZ podcasts there is also the series Black Sheep playing on Monday afternoons.

    http://www.radionz.co.nz/programmes/black-sheep

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 3214 posts Report Reply

  • Nick Melchior,

    I can't seem to see it on iTunes?

    Melbourne • Since Nov 2006 • 36 posts Report Reply

  • Stephen R, in reply to Nick Melchior,

    on iTunes and Spotify and broadcast every Monday after the 10pm news on RNZ Nights.

    Not released yet...

    Wellington • Since Jul 2009 • 259 posts Report Reply

  • Nick Melchior, in reply to Stephen R,

    Doh!

    Melbourne • Since Nov 2006 • 36 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Stephen R,

    Not released yet...

    Well, it is, but it just hasn't got to the third-party platforms yet. Note that there's a podcast subscription link at the top right of the RNZ page.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22834 posts Report Reply

  • Rob Stowell,

    Looking forward to this. I bet there are some great stories.
    Complete tangent but it was astonishing and delightful to fall over an old (1940s or 50s) thesaurus of american slang and find in the (by far the best) underworld section a big range of drug slang dating back decades.
    The history of drugs is far too interesting to remain untold.

    Whakaraupo • Since Nov 2006 • 2109 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Rob Stowell,

    a big range of drug slang dating back decades.

    Argot of the Dope Addict, Auckland Star, 1938.

    Note:

    Bernice or burnese – Crystallised cocaine for inhaling

    Or in other words, crack.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22834 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

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    from 1924*:
    https://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/newspapers/CHP19240919.2.57

    plus a drugs and race crossover:
    http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/race-killing-lionel-terry-murders-joe-kum-yung-in-haining-st-wellington

    *An acquaintance recently discovered a complete run of the first Sunday Times Feature newspaper from Chch (1958-59) which reported Opium still being seized at Lyttelton - The National Library has bought this run and I look forward to it being digitised on Papers Past.

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7944 posts Report Reply

  • Rob Stowell, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    from 1924*:
    https://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/newspapers/CHP19240919.2.57</q>

    Hard to read of the demonization of Chinese in NZ by virtue of their association with opium and not feel the burning hypocrisy. First Opium War

    Whakaraupo • Since Nov 2006 • 2109 posts Report Reply

  • mark taslov,

    Fairfax hosting here.

    Te Ika-a-Māui • Since Mar 2008 • 2281 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming,

    We need to bring back "smeck" as a term.

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2933 posts Report Reply

  • linger, in reply to nzlemming,

    Were the users called smeckheads ? Red Dwarf fans need to know.

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1930 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming,

    Second verse of Minnie the Moocher

    She messed around with a bloke named Smokey
    She loved him though was cokey
    He took her down to Chinatown
    And he showed her how to kick the gong around

    I'd always got the "cokey" reference, but had thought "kick the gong" was a euphemism for raising hell.

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2933 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,


    Who put the Benzedrine in Mrs Murphy’s Ovaltine? (1944)

    Cocaine Habit Blues (1930)

    Weed Smoker’s Dream (1930s)

    Reefer Man (1932)

    Let’s Go Get Stoned

    That Cat is High

    When I Get Low, I Get High
    (isn’t that what Michelle Obama said?)
    :- )

    and finally Drugs and Dental Health

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7944 posts Report Reply

  • Rob Stowell,

    It feels an odd time to mention it with the looming trumpocalypse and all, but seeing more US states vote to legalise marijuana for medical and personal use, and looking at the polling here, the timing might be good to get a citizen's initiated 'reeferendum' on the ballot next year.
    National will probably pooh pooh it. Labour might too - but that could cost them dearly with the option to vote Green on the table. It would bring the issue into the forefront, where politicians don't want it - and that also might have a good effect. Whadda ya reckon?

    Whakaraupo • Since Nov 2006 • 2109 posts Report Reply

  • Farmer Green, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Lower North Island • Since Nov 2012 • 776 posts Report Reply

  • Farmer Green, in reply to Rob Stowell,

    Lower North Island • Since Nov 2012 • 776 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to nzlemming,

    I’d always got the “cokey” reference, but had thought “kick the gong” was a euphemism for raising hell.

    Oi!

    You and Ian! No spoilers for Episode 3!

    ;-)

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22834 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming, in reply to Russell Brown,

    You and Ian! No spoilers for Episode 3!

    Oops ;-)

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2933 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford,

    Just listened to the latest podcast. Very well done, and made laugh:-)

    Atlantis • Since Nov 2006 • 4414 posts Report Reply

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