Nimbin Style: Friday Fictioneers

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© Jean L. Hays

In the Apollo Cafe the waitresses ran. The tourists had already visited Happy High Herbs, Bringabong  or bought from the one of the long-haired, skinny boys sitting on milk crates and plastic chairs outside the café. Now they had the munchies and wanted food fast.

“Taxi, taxi, taxi!” Hearing the warning the street vendors sped into action, concluding their deal, before disappearing down the street. As soon as the police were gone, they’d be back.

In desperation, the undercover police arrived in a tourist bus. They felt bad they were breaking the unwritten code but that code didn’t include ice. 

In response to the photo prompt  kindly provided by Jean L. Hays and the hosting by Rochelle who invites us to write a flash of no more than 100 words and link up via the blue frog on her site. If you don’t want to write have a read as there is always a varied talented selection to read.

About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. Commenced a masters by research in 2014.
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41 Responses to Nimbin Style: Friday Fictioneers

  1. The first part had me laughing but then I wasn’t sure what happened. What did I miss?

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    • Sarah, you weren’t alone in missing it as many others from the U.S. also didn’t get the reference.. I realise that ice must not be a common term in the USA.”Ice, along with speed and base, is a form of the potent stimulant drug methamphetamine. Also referred to as shabu, crystal, crystal meth or d-meth, ice is the purest and most potent form of methamphetamine. It comes as a powder or crystals that are usually snorted, injected or smoked.” Ice is Australia’s biggest drug problem. Being highly addictive, chronic users tend to have less of the euphoric effects and more of the side effects such as heart attack, stroke and extreme violent paranoid behaviour. A real problem for hospital staff, police and other emergency services. Nimbin, the marijuana capital in Australia had its first ice problem in 2013 when a policeman was injured. The police lived (unhappily though as the general length of duty in Nimbin was shorter than 3 years) alongside the open dealing on the street. I thought something needed to be done about ice. Did that fill in what you missed? You weren’t alone in missing it.

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      • Pfft! It probably is used here. You’re more street-wise than I am. I’ve always heard it referred to as meth or crystal meth. I had no idea you had such problems with it there. I believe our biggest problem here is heroin (not counting abuse of prescription drugs).

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    • Actually our biggest drug problem is alcohol and that’s legal.

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  2. Bringabong? That’s an interesting name! lol

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  3. Charli Mills says:

    This sounds like crossing the border into Washington state: “The tourists had already visited Happy High Herbs, Bringabong or bought from the one of the long-haired, skinny boys sitting on milk crates and plastic chairs outside the café.” Those would be busy waitresses indeed! I feel like there’s a double-meaning to “ice.” Did the drugs get harder, threatening to make the fun touristy experience more dangerous?

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    • lifelessons says:

      I had exactly the same question, Charli!

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    • Charli I thought ice would be a general term used world wide. Either I’m street wise and many of you in the States aren’t or you use a different name for the drug as you weren’t alone in not understanding the reference.”Ice, along with speed and base, is a form of the potent stimulant drug methamphetamine. Also referred to as shabu, crystal, crystal meth or d-meth, ice is the purest and most potent form of methamphetamine. It comes as a powder or crystals that are usually snorted, injected or smoked.” Ice is Australia’s biggest drug problem. Being highly addictive, chronic users tend to have less of the euphoric effects and more of the side effects such as heart attack, stroke and extreme violent paranoid behaviour. A real problem for hospital staff, police and other emergency services. Nimbin, the marijuana capital in Australia had its first ice problem in 2013 when a policeman was injured. The police lived (unhappily though as the general length of duty in Nimbin was shorter than 3 years) alongside the open dealing on the street, turning a bit of a blind eye. I thought something needed to be done about ice.

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      • Charli Mills says:

        Actually, I think it is, but consider some of us blissfully ignorant of street names for drugs, ha, ha! Now, Baileys over ice, that’s another matter. 🙂 I didn’t realize that ice was a big problem in Australia; meth is what it’s most commonly known as here and takes its toll on rural places. So sad. Then I did read correctly that the “hey-man-hippy-vibe” of the the touristy marijuana town was giving way to something harder, which exemplifies the idea of pot as a “fun” but a dangerous gateway drug nonetheless. You got a good discussion going with your take on the photo prompt!

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      • Yes you definitely read correctly. Let’s stick with the Baileys over ice. Sounds much more enjoyable.

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  4. Archon's Den says:

    Grass is one thing. ‘Ice’ is dangerous. Next time – two busloads.
    Good story. My city is trying to clean up a four-block stretch so it can be gentrified as the LRT goes in. 😳 It’ll just move them somewhere else.

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    • I agree. Ice is Australia’s biggest looming problem. Frightening so yes… two busloads may be the way to go.
      So many places move on their problem areas (at least yours is for LRT not something like the olympics or soccer world cup) and it does just move the problem elsewhere.

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  5. Sandra says:

    Such an unusual story – loved this.

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  6. ceayr says:

    Funny story with a bite.
    And a moral.
    If one side messes with the code, the other is entitled to respond.

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  7. Dear Irene,

    I was a bit confused by the ending. I’m guessing that ‘ice’ is a drug? Bringabong. Love that. Um, I had one of those many moons ago. 😉

    Happy New Year and Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • Dear Rochelle,
      I made the mistake of assuming ice was the common name world wide. I have been shown to be wrong. Ice, along with speed and base, is a form of the potent stimulant drug methamphetamine. Also referred to as shabu, crystal, crystal meth or d-meth, ice is the purest and most potent form of methamphetamine. It comes as a powder or crystals that are usually snorted, injected or smoked.” Ice is Australia’s biggest drug problem. Being highly addictive, chronic users tend to have less of the euphoric effects and more of the side effects such as heart attack, stroke and extreme violent paranoid behaviour. A real problem for hospital staff, police and other emergency services. Nimbin, the marijuana capital in Australia had its first ice problem in 2013 when a policeman was injured. The police lived (unhappily though as the general length of duty in Nimbin was shorter than 3 years) alongside the open dealing on the street. I thought something needed to be done about ice.
      Happy New Year Rochelle
      Cheers Irene

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  8. Lots of double meanings and images to puzzle over. I think I know what a Bringabong is though!

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  9. Dale says:

    This was indeed unusual. Great word creation!

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  10. lifelessons says:

    Whew…You had to write a post as long as your original to explain your original. I guess you’re just going to have to assume your readers aren’t half as with it as we seem to be!! xooxoHappy NY!

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  11. ahtdoucette says:

    Irene, Fun story! Thanks for the explanation about ice, I didn’t get that either. Happy New Year!

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  12. Somebody commented, “two busloads”; too true. My new granddaughter will end up in Oz sometime (her dad’s from Sydney) and i’d like to see the drugs off the street by the time she gets there. keep fighting.

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  13. Margaret says:

    Loved your story. My daughter lived near Nimbin for some years in the 1990s so I can visualise your story setting quite easily. I like how you’ve shown the way the new reality of ice has disrupted the fragile balance in the relations between police and residents – ‘the unwritten code’. I love the descriptions in your opening paragraph and how you’ve incorporated the local cafe names.

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  14. That sounds like a terrible problem, Irene. I read the comment and then understood. I’ve also heard crystal meth. I don’t know that alcohol will ever be considered as a harmful enough drug to keep it controlled more than it is now. Here in India, the law is cracking down more on drinking and driving. Good and realistic story. Well done. Happy New Year to you and yours. 🙂 — Suzanne

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