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Conversation in Pub causes strife for Good Bastard

Press Release 20.2.04

Recorded conversation in Pub causes strife for Good Bastards with Wild Food Festival Organizer

Good Bastard Paddy Sweeney never short of an idea that promotes a bit of larrikinism is in strife with other Good Bastards.

It appears Sweeney and a mate called Greg recorded a conversation in Hokitikas Southland Hotel between the two of them and put it on Sweeney’s Joke line 0900 JOKES.

Nothing sinister in that, except not all whom they were talking about are all that pleased.

In particular Wild Food Guru Mike Keenan who categorically said “I’ll sue ya ya bastard”.

Keenan is the driving force behind the Wild Food Festival, an event on the West Coast that has attracted world wide attention.

“There are some things about some of us on the West Coast that should stay here and not be put up on the public forum.” Keenan said by mobile phone from Haast today, where he was on an expedition looking for Bush Worms, Hu Hu Grubs and a late run of whitebait for the festival.

When queried about what he meant, all Keenan would say was, “For crying out loud, I can’t have people knowing stuff about me that they don’t need to know. What ever you do don’t give any bastard that number.”

On the other hand though, Gerry Morris, the man behind getting Monteiths beer back on the coast after the brewery deserted its heartland and who also instigated getting sister racing club status with the Melbourne Racing Club with the West Coasts now Famous Kumara Racing Club, had slightly more generous comments.

“Cricky, it a bit like getting a sprinkle of Holy water from the pope himself, getting a mention by Paddy Sweeney.” He said.

He was very pleased to get the mention, even though it did not particularly show him in a good light.

Another ‘not so happy chappy’ was Ross Nichol, a come everything farmer and perennial fawn chaser now messing around with a bit of dirt at the world famous gold mining area of Gabriel’s Gully in Central Otago.

It appears Nichol was on the door at the Whitebaiters Ball last year at Haast and wouldn’t let Sweeney in because he didn’t have a tie on.

An exchange of choice West Coast vocabulary apparently flowed forth between the two.

“What’s he on about?” said Nichol “I eventually let the bastard in.”

It appears Sweeney went back to his truck and tied a set of jumper leads around his neck to substitute for a tie.

Nichol then allowed Sweeney in provided ‘he didn’t start anything’

Sweeney didn’t actually come out of the recording all that well himself. It appears he had been to another good bastards place, John Hynds, the night before, and couldn’t get off the toilet, doing considerable damage to certain parts of his lower anatomy. He finally got free of the toilet once he realized he was actually sitting on the mop bucket.

The last word does however go to Sweeney. “That bloody Keenan, I’ve known that bastard since he was crapping nappies and I have stuff on him that would have the wisdom teeth of Woolly Mammoth fall out. I haven’t started talking about him.

We can only wait and see what unfolds.


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