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Burning Couch
Posted May 28th, 2008 - 2:39 pm by from Melbourne, Australia (Permalink)
Burning Couch is uniquely antipodean and all those other fun parts of the world in the Southern Hemisphere. Indeed the word itself is derived from an early type of ancient wooden couch. ‘Hemi’, meaning half, and ‘Sphere’ referring the circular aspect of a log, and ‘Southern’ meaning to lie on or with the bottom part (rather than with the very heavy and possibly fatal top part).

So Southern Hemisphere literally means ‘to lie on the bottom half of a log’ or the other way round – the word order not the log! OK, look if you are really having trouble with this ask Melbournexpert.
Burning Couch will be governed by about 10 principles and 17 slabs. These include gifting, decommodification, radical self-reliance, communal effort, civic responsibility, participation, and immediacy. Which were pretty easy seeing money had yet to be invented.

However, money has now been invented although not always evenly distributed. So all you Melbourne Hosts and Couch Surfers, please add to this collective Couch Surfing wisdom by helping create Burning Couch.

It's winter solstice, too. Shortest day of the year and all that.

Craig1 wrote that bit. Here's the practical information:

We're going to have a bonfire, and very possibly burn a couch - it may not be a physical couch.

The event will be held on CS member Redgum's property 'Pepper Leaf Creek,' 10 kilometers out of Mansfield, in North East Victoria. Directions are as above, but a map/more directions can be provided. If you're arriving by BUS, please, let me know, so we can organise rides out to the bonfire.

If you start arriving from, say 11am-ish, then we're happy. You can help us build the fire....and that's the best bit!

Campers and tents are welcome - remember, it's winter, and you're very near Mt Buller, so it'll be chilly. There's no power or drinkable water on the property.

If you come, you'll be in the country.
There's animals and insects and stuff, as well as neighbours on either side of the land. Please respect the fence lines - if you climb through onto someone else's land, they might shoot you.
There's a dam on the property. It's inside a fence, and you can't swim in there or drink from it.

There are a lot of trees at Pepper Leaf Creek. A lot. If you break them, you'll be in lots of trouble. Respect them! Grrr! GRRRR!

Bring guitars, drums or battery powered radios, and we can have music. Being a peaceful part of the country, noise may be a problem for the neighbours. A 'curfew' for really loud noise might happen...

Alcohol is fine, as long as you remember you're near a fire and a deep dam.

There's room for cars, but access might be limited if haven't got a 4WD.

If it rains...well...plan B.


FROM: June 21st, 2008 - 5:00 pm
TO: June 22nd, 2008 - 4:00 pm

LINK: http://www.couchsurfing.com/meetings.html?mid=11981

LOCATION: Australia - Victoria - Mansfield
ADDRESS: Howes Creek Road

Posted May 29th, 2008 - 8:14 am by from Melbourne, Australia (Permalink)
Yeah, sorry for the overkill of messages about this, I obviously pressed the wrong button.