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Pasta of Muppets
Location: in the interwebs...
Member Since: 1st Sep 2004
Total posts: 2719
Posted:Now, I have been on HoP for a couple days short of a year, and it has been a very eventful year too.

I would like everyone's opinion, using the slip provided, as to why HoP is possibly the nicest bunch of peeps it has ever been anyones pleasure to encounter.

At PLAY, I got talking to a small group of the VDubbers who had ambulated over to watch the show on Saturday Night. The comments ranged from 'Ive never seen anything like it, its all so amazing', referring to the performers, to comments like 'You are all so welcoming', 'you hear about the youth of today, and how its so bad, then we meet a group like you', 'the atmosphere here is so wonderful'. I had to agree.
They also couldnt understand that we were, at base, an online community, and that the hard work of Dunc and the gang had all been put in for the community (that is, not just HoP, but the whole juggling/spinning/OM community).

hug hug hug hug hug

So, why do you think this is?


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Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: mancunian
Member Since: 25th Nov 2004
Total posts: 3383
Posted:well i went for the best two biggrin its mainly the badgers, but i suppose its because i feel its almost like a family smile

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Sporky
Sporky

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Location: Glasgow
Member Since: 25th Jul 2005
Total posts: 663
Posted:It has to be the badgers but it also has something to do with the fact that it takes a certain type of nutcase to spin fire round his/her/its head.

Who thinks we need a badger Graemlin?


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linden rathen
linden rathen

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: London, UK
Member Since: 2nd Mar 2005
Total posts: 6942
Posted:was all of them except two

sensible us? and i would say there is no one group of people who spin (unless perhaps insane)

smile good point though flash

id say that there is no other community ive come across where people get on so well


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Noddy
Noddy

Toe Poking Bad Boy
Location: Lake District UK
Member Since: 25th Jul 2004
Total posts: 2865
Posted:everything except one, i dont think that it attracts one kind of person because anyone in this world can have the same interest and be compleatly different

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DeepSoulSheep
DeepSoulSheep

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Berlin
Member Since: 25th Sep 2002
Total posts: 2617
Posted:Them crazy badgers eh? smile

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TinklePants
TinklePants

Clique Infiltrator, Cunning Linguist and Master Debator
Location: Edinburgh burgh burrrrrr
Member Since: 3rd Jul 2005
Total posts: 4217
Posted:we're crazy, end of!

Always use "so's your face" and "only on Tuesdays" in as many conversations possible

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Gayle......!
Pooh-Bah
Location: Bristol !!!!!!
Member Since: 9th Jul 2004
Total posts: 2444
Posted:I think with the HoP community - the more you put in the more you get out. I think we're people who put in a lot of effort and we are rewarded pretty nicely.

Gayle.....!

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animatEd
animatEd

1 + 1 = 3
Location: Bristol UK
Member Since: 31st Aug 2004
Total posts: 3540
Posted:I think there's more reasons than that, Mr Point...

I think that spinners/jugglers/object manipulators are generally really laid back as a whole anyway.

We like an audience. What we do feels so much better when someone says 'wow, that's cool' that we're not gonna turn away new faces...

But, 'tis true. Some of the nicest people I've ever me are HoPpers. I feel proud to be part of this community.


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Dunc
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playing the days away
Location: The Middle lands
Member Since: 19th Aug 2003
Total posts: 7263
Posted:We're similar people who have similar interests, we're also very protective of each other and I'm sure I speak for more than just myself when I say that very close friendships have been formed because we've met through the spinners community worldwide. Those who are agressive are soon made to realise that violent/aggressive behaviour isn't tolerated and through solidarity we get this message across very well, if they continue with such behaviour they would be ousted from the community

So basically, we're a very genial positive collective. Negativity/agression is treated suitably and we act like a huge extended family. Oh hang on, that just means we're Y2K hippies! YEY! peace hug


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Mynci
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Macaque of all trades
Location: wombling free...
Member Since: 27th Apr 2005
Total posts: 8737
Posted:Bl00dy hippies.... ubblol
Also can all see ourselves to some extent in people starting up, we recognise the dropped balls, tangled poi and smacked heads. common ground (especially facing adversity...evil poi) brings people together. yay! us clap clap clap


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blu_valley
blu_valley

fluffy mess
Location: Brighton
Member Since: 8th Apr 2005
Total posts: 197
Posted:All of the above!

"I want to know if you can see beauty even when it's not pretty, every day,and if you can source your own life from its presence.." - Oriah Mountain Dreamer

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gita
gita

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Location: brizvegas
Member Since: 13th Oct 2003
Total posts: 3776
Posted:it's definitely the badgers!! biggrin & those pesky mushrooms that pop up occasionally!! tongue

do not meddle in the affairs of dragons, for you are crunchy and good to eat!

if at first you do succeed, try not to look too astonished!

smile! grin it confuses people!

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Blasphemous Girl
Blasphemous Girl

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Location: Gloucestershire
Member Since: 11th Aug 2005
Total posts: 83
Posted:i'd have to agree with those vdub pepl

i went to play, i'd never been to anything like it b4 and i'm new to this community, so i didn't know what to expect........ but it was great the atmosphere was really good, everyone was really welcoming and friendly. (ok i have to admit i didn't actually speek to that many HOPers cos i'm pretty shy, but was still the best fun i've had for ages)

i think its probabley got a lot to do with thoes mischievous badgers but also the fact that HOP is full of crazy, happy, rather great people who share a lot of common groud and are always willing to help each other out.

cant wait till the next play !!!!!

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87wt2gxq7
87wt2gxq7

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Location: Birmingham
Member Since: 12th Apr 2005
Total posts: 1502
Posted:Well I haven't been HoPping long at all and only knew one or two other people from here before last weekend, but I really felt the lurvrly welcoming family vibe at Play dispite hardly knowing anyone.

My own theory is that to enjoy spinning stuff you've got to be at least a little bit extroverted and that naturally inclines you to talk to other people. But there's always someone who can spin better and twirl prettier than you, and that's really apparent at a meet, so the experience is humbling. There wasn't a shred of gratuitous ego at Play, something that didn't quite surprise, but really really pleased me.

Plus I think eveyone likes showing, and being shown new tricks. So if you're not there actively making get-to-know-you talk you're sharing knowledge, which I know makes me smile 10 miles wide. And smiles are contagious.

So you're left with a bunch of extroverted people who dig what they do, dig what each other does, and no-one's got a big head about it.
Stars are born from big coulds of hydrogen when the temperature is just right, ammino acids form in pools of water when the chemistry comes together, fire starts burning when you've got heat, fuel and oxygen. And friends are made and people are lovely to each other when everyone's interested, everyone's grinning like a bag full of teeth, everyone's doing what they dig and no-one's trying to show anyone else up.

Natural, innit?


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87wt2gxq7
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Location: Birmingham
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Posted:Written by: gita

it's definitely the badgers!! biggrin & those pesky mushrooms that pop up occasionally!! tongue



And the lack of anything even remotely snake-like wink


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Dunc
Dunc

playing the days away
Location: The Middle lands
Member Since: 19th Aug 2003
Total posts: 7263
Posted:Written by: balsphemus girl
went to play, i'd never been to anything like it b4



That's cuz there's never been anything like it before wink

[/shameless plug for play 2006 on the last week of June ubbangel ]


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Lemonkey
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Location: Huddersfield + Hull Uni... UK.
Member Since: 1st Aug 2005
Total posts: 1019
Posted:Personally, I find the whole "hughughughughug" culture here sickening... but I suppose being a hippy is all about love and happy-drugs...

... and, to meet pleasent people is such a rarity in the world ruled by chavs. tongue So I'm not complaining.


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Pooh-Bah
Location: Bristol
Member Since: 6th Jan 2005
Total posts: 1785
Posted:HoPpers are great because they don't judge, they just welcome

It doesn't matter how long you have been on HoP, how long you have been spinning or how good you are, if you make the effort to join in, you are welcome.
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Dunc
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playing the days away
Location: The Middle lands
Member Since: 19th Aug 2003
Total posts: 7263
Posted:The whole " hug " thing is optional, you always have the opportunity to say "no thanks" to a hug when you're being presented with one and folks would soon know you're not the type who enjoys it. Some folks just aren't suited to close personal contact but it's more of an add-on to the friendly culture not a requirement. At least you like everything else tho biggrin

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suppose being a hippy is all about love and happy-drugs...




Of course it is *winks and nods sarcastically*


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Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Hastings
Member Since: 2nd Jan 2004
Total posts: 4172
Posted:*wipes a tear from her eye*

I love you guys!! ubblove

I was wondering this at PLAY pete, where I shared many a huggle with you.
Why are we so friendly?
I can't put my finger on it. It's just..incredible? indescribable more like..Possibly why the V-dubbers couldn't really understand why we were there together? what we were sharing?
You can't really understand what belonging to HoP is until you actually join and launch yourself into the community..

*sigh* we should so have a lottery fund and buy an island somewhere hot and sunny and live on it..
now that would be a stonker of a community smile


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Dunc
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playing the days away
Location: The Middle lands
Member Since: 19th Aug 2003
Total posts: 7263
Posted:But it's not just hoppers, I reckon PLAY was around 50% hoppers 50% non-hoppers but everyone was just as lovely. It's something about OM in general I think....parhaps we all share a gene and descend from the same person like 50 generations ago or something?!

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Fine_Rabid_Dog
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Location: They seek him here, they seek ...
Member Since: 26th May 2004
Total posts: 10530
Posted:All of the above...

Damn badgers *mutters and grumbles*


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Lavatwilight
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Location: Wellington somerset, UK
Member Since: 11th Aug 2004
Total posts: 834
Posted:all of the above as well smile

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jemima (jem)
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Pooh-Bah
Location: london
Member Since: 2nd Dec 2002
Total posts: 1750
Posted:First off, well done brilliant threadclap

Yeah, the "OM" meditate ubblolcommunity attracts people of similar charactor, but manages to be equally diverse........................which is amazing.

We all learn from eachother and its not ALL about the spinning etc

The honesty and openess is a big factor, and its wonderful that we can express "friend love" to our friends. Why is is so difficult to hug "normal" people ? ubblol

Yeah we all all contemporary hippys/geeks/grungers if you originate from near essex rolleyes/artists/expessionists/scientist/inventors/dancers/spiritulists/not so spiritulits/doctors/male nurses wink/and socialites/peterpans/oh and shynessovercomers

Um, where was I, why are we so loverly? dunno, good behaviour spreads, respect comesfrom respect,trust comes from honesty from honesty comes trust, and humour well thats pretty nice too biggrin

Cuppa tea anyone?
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Igirisujin
Igirisujin

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Preston
Member Since: 10th Jul 2005
Total posts: 2666
Posted:Hmm now you come to mention it, I think spinning appeals to a certain type of person, maybie were slightly more excitable than other people, and we love to see colours and tails and fire and devil sticks and flags oooooh flags, spinning around. Im deffinatly a visial person is everyone else? (probably yes lol)

Yes we do all share a simalar and very interesting (and diverse) hobby.

That and were probably 'infectios people', laughs, smiles, and silly BADGER FILLED comments.


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Sporky
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Posted:Written by: Brit_Joe

Hmm now you come to mention it, I think spinning appeals to a certain type of person, maybie were slightly more excitable than other people, and we love to see colours and tails and fire and devil sticks and flags oooooh flags, spinning around. Im deffinatly a visial person is everyone else? (probably yes lol)



Totally. I know a few other spinners and they all agree that all of the fire arts are very visual. I know for a fact that I'm a visual person because I can see so much when I perform, not just because of the synesthesia, but because there is so much there. Be it fire, flag, led or tennisballs in socks there is always something unique and beautiful in every rotation of every spin that I think everyone here appreciates and respects. And that is why, in my humble opinion, we are, as a group, some of the most wonderful and unusual people out there.


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linden rathen
linden rathen

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: London, UK
Member Since: 2nd Mar 2005
Total posts: 6942
Posted:i think were all infact people who have been kidnapped by aliens re programmed and will eventually spread the lvoe to take over the world and turn it into one uber spinny commune that will usher in the alien (probably badgers) who will lead us to a new world of spinny goodness tongue

or we could just be a great community of awsome people


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Doc Lightning
Doc Lightning

HOP Mad Doctor
Location: San Francisco, CA, USA
Member Since: 28th May 2001
Total posts: 13920
Posted:I'm not very nice.

-Mike )'(
Certified Mad Doctor and HoP High Priest of Nutella

"A buckuht 'n a hooze!" -Valura

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yoni
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Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Bideford and Bath
Member Since: 4th Jun 2005
Total posts: 3099
Posted:i'm sure you are really lightning

i'll just agree with everyone for the reasons why, and some of actually most of nicest people i know are HOPpers which can't be a bad thing


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Mint Sauce
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Location: Lancs England
Member Since: 7th Sep 2003
Total posts: 1453
Posted:being around hoppers dose something strange to me in normal life I am totally totally shy and do things for myself without at least a good 30 min preparation and if it involves meeting others I dont know I'm even worse (shamed to admit I even didnt turn up for a job once cos I was to scared)

but as soon as I'm around hopper I'm totally different I can talk to total strangers and get on with them I totally come out of my shell I hug people a alarming amount of the time and feel totally at ease at many meets I dont even get my stuff out and spin in to busy loving people

I mean the fact that I fell head over heals in love with someone Id only seen sinking her feet into wet sand says something in itself iv never been out with someone I didnt know before but it felt totally natural in the real world that would have never happened


before i met those lot i thought they'd be a bunch of dreadlocked hippies that smoked, set things on fire ,and drank a lot of tea but then when i met them....oh wait (PyroWill)

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