Back in time

Funny… When the church bells woke me at five this morning I went back 50 years when Ferre Grignard became famous in the European lowlands with the song ‘Ring, ring I’ve got to sing‘. As a 14 yr old I saw him performing in ‘De Muze’ in Antwerp (nowadays a famous jazz cafe. Grignard was inspired by (a.o.) the American folk singer/activist Pete Seeger. Antwerp was in those days ahead of Amsterdam in terms of alternative lifestyle including the use of ‘hallucinogenic substances’ like LSD and hashish. It took a few years before Amsterdam woke up with ‘Paradiso’, ‘Fantasio’ and ‘Milky Way’ and became the European free haven (or ‘heaven’ if you like) for American wannabe ‘hippies’ arriving is 3-piece suits at the airport, changing into jeans at the Hilton, buying dried cow poo as hashish and got high between their ears in the Vondelpark. Those church bells also reminded me to Winchester (UK) in 1974 where a pub at (or near) the corner of Jewry Str and High Str. was the first known ‘coffee shop’ in Europe; the free h(e)aven for the South of England. Can you imagine tourists walking in the park next to the Winchester cathedral and inhaling the smell of “funny cigarettes”? Wonder where nowadays all the fuss is about legalising the cultivation and use of Cannabis sativa …

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Dagga

There is Dagga and there is Dagga; the first being the Cannabis sativa (from which marihuana and hash hare derived) and the second is the Leonotis leonurus or the ‘Wild Dagga’. The Wild Dagga grows naturally in many (subtropical) parts of the world. But mentioning the word Dagga to a local ‘law enforcement officer’ can result in some confusion. So it happened that a guy we know spend a weekend in police custody because he had ‘Dagga’ growing in his garden. They raided him with an army and confiscated all the plants on a late Friday afternoon and he was unable to explain the difference to those who were bullying him. Once in court, on a Monday morning, the prosecutor had to admit that his ‘detectives’ had been too ambitious ….

We just wonder …. virtually all farmers in this area with ‘veld’ in their property are growing Dagga ….

 

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