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Hooker Phil is a dyed in the wool 2 eyed Cantabrian, one red – one black.  Loves his sports and especially stirring up those who support the Hurricanes but willing to take as good as he gives.
Has travelled all over New Zealand and to over 40 countries but still wonders where the heck he is sometimes.

Where the heck am I?

Where the HECK am I?

Pete asked for anyone to supply any material to cover posts during Easter 2017: the first quiz was then published on 8 April 2017. It started off with questions about semi-known names from both main islands plus a capital city of some relatively obscure country. The first one was Vilnius, capital of Lithuania, that exactly 50% of the almost 700 readers knew or guessed correctly.

Buoyed by the successful reaction I then decided to do one or two more, added in an area between two places to guess or work out the mileage and four options for the correct spelling of place names ie Maungatautari: 47% knew that.

Gradually, as the better-known places were used up, the maps started to become part of the floor furniture. Trying to read the likes of Mangateparu, Poroutawhaio and Kakapotahi and then transferring the correct spelling became a weekly challenge, and sometimes it wasn’t right – somebody usually told me!  With changing boundaries, over the years, of provinces, councils and regions it was not always easy. I have at least found out the correct spelling of Wairarapa after all these years. Sometimes some history or background was added to give interest. I noticed that 14 weeks later Vilnius was asked again  this time only 43% were correct!

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Hooker Phil is a dyed in the wool 2 eyed Cantabrian, one red – one black.  Loves his sports and especially stirring up those who support the Hurricanes but willing to take as good as he gives.
Has travelled all over New Zealand and to over 40 countries but still wonders where the heck he is sometimes.

Whaleoil sports quiz

Hooker Phil is a dyed in the wool 2 eyed Cantabrian, one red – one black.  Loves his sports and especially stirring up those who support the Hurricanes but willing to take as good as he gives.
Has travelled all over New Zealand and to over 40 countries but still wonders where the heck he is sometimes.

Where the heck am I?

Hooker Phil is a dyed in the wool 2 eyed Cantabrian, one red – one black.  Loves his sports and especially stirring up those who support the Hurricanes but willing to take as good as he gives.
Has travelled all over New Zealand and to over 40 countries but still wonders where the heck he is sometimes.

William Fergus ‘Fergie’ McCormick

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Fergie McCormick (second, left), pictured later in his Canterbury career, beat the British Lions in his rookie representative season in 1959.

Some time ago I wrote an article here on my favourite All Black, George Nepia.  The saying went not who was the greatest ever All Black fullback but who was eligible to tie up his laces.  One man that certainly was is Fergie McCormick.  In a New Zealand world of tough, very tough, rugby men perhaps Fergie on pound for pound was the toughest of them all.  His All Black playing weight was always shown as 12 stone 10 1bs, around 80kgs and 5 foot, 7 and a half inches tall.  Not big.

Born 24th April 1939 he started playing Linwood Seniors in 1957 at 18 and played for Canterbury Colts and for the “B” team that year.   Born in Ashburton, his father Archie McCormick, a former All Black, hooker and indeed a former New Zealand amateur heavy-weight boxing champion.   His mother was selected for New Zealand in hockey and was a track sprinter, his siblings also excelled at sport representing New Zealand and Canterbury in hockey and softball.   What breeding.

In 1959 he played his first match for Canterbury A, it was against Wellington, a week before the Canterbury against the touring Lions team.  The selectors wanted someone who could tackle, although Canterbury lost 17-20 he was selected for this major match and he joined the big time.  Canterbury beat the Lions 20-14.

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Hooker Phil is a dyed in the wool 2 eyed Cantabrian, one red – one black.  Loves his sports and especially stirring up those who support the Hurricanes but willing to take as good as he gives.
Has travelled all over New Zealand and to over 40 countries but still wonders where the heck he is sometimes.

Whaleoil sports quiz

Hooker Phil is a dyed in the wool 2 eyed Cantabrian, one red – one black.  Loves his sports and especially stirring up those who support the Hurricanes but willing to take as good as he gives.
Has travelled all over New Zealand and to over 40 countries but still wonders where the heck he is sometimes.

Where the heck am I?

Hooker Phil is a dyed in the wool 2 eyed Cantabrian, one red – one black.  Loves his sports and especially stirring up those who support the Hurricanes but willing to take as good as he gives.
Has travelled all over New Zealand and to over 40 countries but still wonders where the heck he is sometimes.

Whaleoil sports quiz

Hooker Phil is a dyed in the wool 2 eyed Cantabrian, one red – one black.  Loves his sports and especially stirring up those who support the Hurricanes but willing to take as good as he gives.
Has travelled all over New Zealand and to over 40 countries but still wonders where the heck he is sometimes.

Where the heck am I?

Hooker Phil is a dyed in the wool 2 eyed Cantabrian, one red – one black.  Loves his sports and especially stirring up those who support the Hurricanes but willing to take as good as he gives.
Has travelled all over New Zealand and to over 40 countries but still wonders where the heck he is sometimes.

Whaleoil sports quiz

Hooker Phil is a dyed in the wool 2 eyed Cantabrian, one red – one black.  Loves his sports and especially stirring up those who support the Hurricanes but willing to take as good as he gives.
Has travelled all over New Zealand and to over 40 countries but still wonders where the heck he is sometimes.