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The “hair of the dog” could really be the
best hangover cure, according to a new
book examining the science of alcohol.
Devotees of the bacon sandwich,
rehydration solutions and painkillers may
be surprised to learn that drinking more
after a heavy night could provide more
than just a renewed level of tipsiness to
stave off the pain.
Adam Rogers argues in Proof: the
Science of Booze, that there could be an
explanation why more alcohol relieves a
Speaking at a Google talk earlier this
year, he said belief in the “hair of the dog”
cure had inspired a wealth of pick-me -up
cocktails like the Bloody Mary.
The most widely-held view states that
hangovers are caused by dehydration but
there could be another reason.
“There is a theory that says the hangover
is actually the symptom of very ,very small
amounts of methanol”, he said.
“The notion is if a hangover is methanol
toxicity, you’re going to have another drink
and the ethanol displaces the methanol off
the enzyme and you will feel better. That ’s
the hypothesis, no one has proved that. ”
Stressing the science is “very
hypothetical”, Mr Rogers said the other
theory was that the high from more
alcohol merely masks symptoms of a
hangover and noted that people who
admit to trying “hair of the dog” were
statistically more likely to be alcoholics.
All alcohol contains trace amounts
of toxic methanol, he said, which can
cause blindness and even death in high
concentrations because the body converts
it into formaldehyde.
The poison is usually used to preser ve
dead bodies and can deprive parts of the
body of oxygen when administered in high
levels.Fortunately, the levels of methanol
in most drinks are very low but added up
over time, it can cause a hangover.
Ethanol, the main component of
alcohol, is given to patients with methanol
poisoning to stop it converting into
Mr Rogers, who is an editor at Wired
magazine, has formerly won an award
for science journalism and examined the
history of alcohol and the science of its
effects in his new book. In it, he notes the
scientific name for hangovers is veisalgia,
taken from the Greek word for “pain”
and the Nor wegian name translates as
“ uneasiness after debauchery”.
The NHS advises a more cautious
approach to a cure, urging people not
to drink on an empty stomach, avoid
dark-coloured alcohols that have more
impurities and down a pint of water before
Calling the “hair of the dog” a risky
habit, it claims more alcohol merely delays
the symptoms of the hangover but may in
itself cause another one.
The official advice adds: “ The best way to
avoid a hangover is not to drink.”
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uLetters to the editor
1159 - Death of Pope Adrian IV. He was
originally Nicholas Breakspear and was the
only Englishman to be chosen as Pope. He was
elected Pope in 1154.
1923 - Coalmine explosion
and fire at Bellbird Colliery, at
Newcastle, NSW, kills 21.
1939 - Germany invades Poland,
leading to start of World War Two.
1983 - 269 people die when a
Korean Air Lines Boeing 747 is
shot down by a Soviet jet fighter after the
airliner entered Soviet airspace.
1997 - French police sources say Princess
Diana’s driver had a blood-alcohol level three
times the legal limit and the car’s speedometer
stopped at 190 kph when it crashed, killing the
princess, her boyfriend and the driver.
2011 - The Victorian government announces
the remains discovered at the former
Melbourne prison Pentridge are those of
notorious bushranger Ned Kelly, more than
130 years after he was executed.
uWest Coast yesteryear
uToday in history
Engelbert Humperdinck, German composer
(1854-1921); Edgar Rice Burroughs, US
author (1875-1950); Yvonne De Carlo,
Canadian-born actress (1922-2007); Rocky
Marciano, US boxer (1923-1969); Lily
Tomlin, US actress-comedienne
(1939-); Barry Gibb, British-born
singer of the Bee Gees (1946-); Dr
Phil McGraw, US talk show host
(1950-); Nicu Ceausescu, Romanian
politician (1951-1996); Gloria
Estefan, US singer (1957-); Stephen
Kernahan, Australian footballer
(1963-); Craig McLachlan, Australian actor
(1965-); J D Fortune, Canadian singer, former
frontman for INXS (1973-).
“ With history being made all the time, every
day now seems to be the first anniversary of
“ Look, He is coming with the clouds, and
every eye will see Him, even those who pierced
Him; and all the peoples of the earth will
mourn because of Him. So shall it be! Amen. ”
The Government has
approved the plans of
Australian and New
Zealand interests to
establish a new timber processing industry on
the West Coast. Announcing details of the
plans today, the Minister of Industires and
Commerce, Mr Marshall, said it was expected
that New Zealand would earn about £300,000
annually in overseas funds as a result of the
establishment of the industry.
The joint partners in the venture, Messrs H
P Piesse Ltd, of Canterbury, and Blacklock
Industries Pty Ltd, of Australia, will finance
the initial operations with a capital outlay of
The Trowbridge family, of Greymouth, is
being tracked by accident trouble. On Saturday
night, Mr C F Trowbridge limped away after
his late model red Jaguar sports had piled into
another modern car just outside the main
business area of town.
Last night, Mrs Trowbridge and her son
Phillip were admitted to the Christchurch
Public Hospital after being injured in a mishap
near Lewis Pass on the way home because
of the Sunday smash. Their car collided with
a city-bound Newmans bus in the mid-
Mr Trowbridge’s car was damaged about
the front but the driver escaped any serious
injuries. Mrs Trowbridge’s vehicle, however,
was understood to have been heavily smashed
and both travellers received considerable
injuries. But at noon today they were said to be
Mr Trowbridge, a well-known Greymouth
butcher and former borough councillor, left
Greymouth with a friend for Christchurch
early this morning.
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Sipping on a Bloody Mary could be the best way to cure a hangover.
‘Hair of the dog’ could really be the best hangover cure
he radio bug claimed
Peter Montgomery early.
Year-round, he would
listen to baseball games
from America or crackling
commentaries from Australia.
It was a magical world for the D unedin
teenager, one he envied but never
dreamed he would embrace for more than
half his 70 years.
“I used to tune into AFRTS (Armed
Forces Radio and Television Ser vice)
and listen to games like the Chicago
Cubs playing at Wrigley Field,” he says
breaking into an impersonation of one
of their announcers, “or those great
Australian cricket commentators”.
When Montgomery moved north,
Friday nights became a regular chance
to share drinks and ideas with media
friends like Bill McCarthy, Ray Cody
and Alan Richards. Discussions led to
Montgomery starting his broadcasting
work 44 years ago.
His final All Blacks test came last week
at Eden Park and there is still some ITM
Cup work to finish and more sailing
but Montgomery is laying down his
international rugby tonsils.
It is time. He and wife Claudia have
other things they want to do.
“I’ve been lucky, now it is someone else’s
turn, it is time for a new voice,” he said.
Through his ability, passion and some
slices of fortune, Montgomery began
his radio career at the 1970 World OK
Dinghy championships, graduated to
the One Ton Cup the next year before
branching out into hockey, league and
Frowns creased some foreheads when
Montgomery missed his first “live”
cross signal at the OK champs and the
audience heard several fruity descriptions
before he got into his work. It is a rookie
error he has rarely repeated.
Rugby caller Tony Johnson loved the
effusive sideline comments Montgomery
delivered which added colour and
explanations to his obser vations.
“P J had a great knack of picking up on
things and he defined that broadcaster’s
role. He had an incredible ability to find
some phrases for every occasion. He had
his own style and a strong vocabulary and
was always tuned into the excitement of
“I remember he talked about a coach
playing the black notes and another team
applying the blowtorch and those were
his sort of rich, powerful descriptions.
“Some coaches like Ian McIntosh,
Brad Meurant and Graham Henry were
happy enough to give a few half-time
thoughts to Pete but one time at Onewa
Domain, he tried to inter view a Northern
Transvaal coach who was just trying to
get away from P J.
“It was like a dog chasing a postman,
he wasn’t going to let up. He got him but
that wasn’t his most insightful inter view
of all time.”
In 1972, Montgomery was involved in
the first live provincial rugby commentary
between Waikato and Counties with Ron
Hemi and Ian Clarke as his halftime
inter views and then on September 16,
1972, Montgomery provided the sideline
analysis during the first All Blacks test
televised live in New Zealand.
The interval was five minutes and
Brian Lochore and Kel Tremain had to
get from their grandstand seats to the
tunnel to deliver their expert answers to
“The All Blacks belted the Awful
Aussies that day, then in 1973 England
toured and were given no chance but
had a boil-over win at Eden Park when
I put the captains John Pullen and Ian
Kirkpatrick to air.”
A few years later Montgomery needed
his gumboots to cope during the water-
polo test at Eden Park after senior rugby
official and previously harsh opponent of
tv broadcasts, Ron Don, cosied up to the
broadcasters to tell people the test was
still going ahead.
Around that broadcasting and sporting
passion, Montgomery managed a New
Zealand Motor Corporation dealership
in Takapuna before switching to a Honda
dealership for three years in Silverdale.
Not long after covering the 1987
America’s Cup, Montgomery got several
offers to take his broadcasting talents
offshore or to a full-time level. His
interest in his dealership was waning so
“My sporting hobbies became my
interest and consuming passion and when
I got the chance to be fully involved, I
took it,” he said.
In the late 1980s former All Black
Andy Haden was unavailable for a couple
of sideline radio stints and Montgomery
picked up that test role with Graeme
Moody doing the commentary and John
Graham as the expert analyst.
“In those days there was only provincial
and test rugby and I was there on the
sideline through all that wonderful
“Some of the things I saw and heard
was a little rich but then there were the
other fascinating parts.
“I’d hear Grant Fox a lot and his
awareness and tactical skill was
magnificent. He was always talking and
directing things and if ever Michael Jones
opened his mouth, everyone listened.
“The great thing about working in
radio was you could move up and down
the sideline while the tv man had to be
anchored close to his monitor. I was free-
roaming and what happened to me has
been a very special privilege.
“I got the best seat in the house and
many times you would watch what was
occurring somewhere rather than simply
following the ball.”
One passage of play sticks in his
memory when France scored their last-
minute try from the end of the earth in
1994 to defeat the All Blacks.
“I was there ringside. The try was
extraordinary, so was the aftermath.”
Montgomery tried to get journalist Ian
Borthwick to help translate some of the
French reaction while All Blacks coach
Laurie Mains looked shaken.
He was ashen and wondering how the
All Blacks had been beaten by skill and a
once-in-a -generation try. It was amazing
to see all that up close just like some of
the conversations and sights under the
There were many special players, Zinzan
Brooke, Michael Jones, Sean Fitzpatrick,
Frank Bunce, Walter Little and country
boys like Rene Ranger and Norm
“Sadly Olo Brown was the only player
who would never give me an interview.
Andrew Hore would give you some really
dry irreverent southern humour while
Jerome Kaino and Keven Mealamu are
So far Montgomery has not shed any
tears about his Last Waltz on the test
The latest All Blacks victory was
magnificent and his concentration
was all about getting the job done.
Working on the sideline reminded him
of Hemingway ’s book, Death of the
Matador, which showed things from a
“Being on the floor for the last 20
minutes of the 2011 World Cup final was
just so dramatic,” Montgomery said.
“ Watching McCaw ’s gallantry with
his broken foot was up there with other
incredible pieces of sport.
“His decorum on the field is also
remarkable in the way that he listens and
“He is extraordinary as a person with
his physical attributes and as a leader.
Other events that left their mark on
me were my first Olympics in ‘76, Peter
Blake’s fantastic second Whitbread and
interviewing Muhammad Ali for an
New Zealand Herald
Voice of sport
Hello Kitty is not a cat, the company
behind Japan’s global icon of cute insisted
last week, despite an uproar from internet
users who spluttered: “But she’s got
The moon-faced creation that adorns
everything from pencil cases to pyjamas
the world over is, in fact, human.
“Hello Kitty is a cheerful and happy little
girl with a heart of gold,” brand owner
Sanrio says on its website.
The shocking revelation came to
light when a Hawaii-based academic
specialising in the epitome of “kawaii”
(“cute” in Japanese) asked Sanrio to fact-
check captions for an exhibition she was
curating to mark the 40th anniversary
of Hello Kitty Christine Yano, an
anthropologist from the University of
Hawaii, told the Los Angeles Times that
she “was corrected — very firmly” by
Sanrio that Kitty was not a cat.
“That ’s one correction Sanrio made for
my script for the show,” the paper quoted
her as saying.
“ Hello Kitty is not a cat. She’s a cartoon
character. She is a little girl. She is a
friend. But she is not a cat. She’s never
depicted on all fours. She walks and sits
like a two-legged creature.”
And indeed, an inquiry as to the status
feline or other wise — of one of
Japan’s most famous exports confirmed her
“It is a 100% personified character,” a
Sanrio spokesman said in Tokyo.
“The design takes the motif of a cat,
but there is no element of a cat in Hello
Her real name is Kitty White, he
explained, and she was born in southern
England on November 1, 1974. She is
a Scorpio and blood type A. She has a
twin sister, Minny White, and lives in an
unnamed suburb of London with father
George and mother Mary, according
to her profile on the web. Despite her
whiskers and pointy ears, just like the rest
of her family, Kitty has her own pet — a
“real” cat named Charmmy Kitty.
Her life story has always been there, the
spokesman said, adding the personification
is meant to make her fans feel closer to the
character “as a friend”.
Web users were agog at the news.
“ Hello Kitty is not actually a cat. MIND
BLOWN”, tweeted @killedbydying
“’Sanrio confirms that Hello Kitty is
NOT a cat.’
One of the many reasons why I have
trust issues”, wrote @eisakuivan
“So Hello Kitty isn’t a cat? Everything I
know is a lie,” said @nymbc
Asked about the worldwide reaction to
the shock revelation that Hello Kitty is
not a cat, the Sanrio spokesman
offered: “I don’t think anyone in
Japan found it surprising.
“There is an explanation we have
made the whole time, and I think
that ’s how people have understood
The Sanrio spokesman explained
that Kitty and her family were given
no specific nationality but were
designed to be living in Britain,
because many girls in Japan had
strong admiration for the western
lifestyle in the 1970s.
Ever since the mouthless white
character first appeared in 1974
on a coin purse in Japan, she
has graced tens of thousands of
products, from handbags to aircraft,
in some 130 countries.
But just remember: she’s not a cat.
Hello Kitty ‘not a cat’
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