Saturday, 4 June 2016

Hippo is Alive and Obviously Cooking On Gas


Good news...Tom Gowans ( aka Hippo) is still with us!!!!!!!!!!!
Strangely a score of friends/ bloggers were sent an email today heralding the arrival of his third child.. ( I say strangely as I thought he would blog about it! ) 

now we all thought...that
  1. He had succumbed to his dreadful thigh injury and had died a painful death
  2. He had been hounded out of Angola by some local nefarious types with a machete
  3. He'd joined an aging mercenary gang aka Bruce Willis and was shooting the fuck out of some South American drug baron" with a group of wrinkled ex SAS killers

Anyhow Here is the email 

" I would very much like to have said that her name was chosen as a nod towards tolerance, harmony, freedom of expression and peaceful co-existence regardless of race, creed or colour, 'je vous présente ma fille, Charlie…'

Sadly, given that such is Marcia's fascination with the British Royal family she wanted to name our humble two bedroomed timber cottage, 'Clarence House', I rather suspect Charlotte owes her name to Sky News and its non-stop coverage of the royal birth.  Still, I get the last laugh; I can call her Charlie, which I think is a really sweet nickname for a girl, and it also happens to be the name of my dog so there will be an economy of effort when calling them both to heel.

Charlotte Teresa Manuel-Gowans, born 19.33hrs on the 30th May 2016, weighing 3535 grammes to the delight of both parents and her brothers Dominic and Alex.  Both Marcia and Charlie are in the best of health.  

Tom" 

25 comments:

  1. Oh how marvellous....Tom is alive and well and Charlotte is beautiful!

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  2. Bloody hell, thank God for that, I've been checking his blog every day since March 2015! Thanks John for passing on the message. Good news!

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  3. get ready charlie! i hope you are ready for this ride!

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  4. Oh what a beautiful baby ! Congratulations to the proud parents and Welcome to the World, Charlotte ! ( Charlie girl) .. And to think, she will have 2 !! big brothers to watch out for her !

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  5. I read Cro's blog before yours, there is a photo of the cutie-pie !

    cheers, parsnip

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  6. Good to hear this!

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  7. The baby is a jewel, Charlie will suit her.

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  8. Oh - I am so relieved to hear this! Thanks for sharing the good news of the birth of the child who is not fatherless. I actually came to your blog from Hippo's, having found his while searching for blogs from Belize. I guess you could call his blog a "gateway" blog.

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  9. wonderful news all round!

    now that we know he is ok, if someone would just kick him with some of those solid boots of his......

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  10. This is wonderful news; I have been concerned about him when I check his blog and see no new post. I am thinking he had a serious snake bite on his foot, I could be wrong about that. It is what I recall from his blog.

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  11. And what a nice looking baby too!

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  12. Brilliant news 😊

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  13. Great news….beautiful baby girl. Just replied to his email, and asked if he can resurrect the blog as we will all want to hear about Charlotte as she grows.

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  14. Best news, hugh sigh of relief!

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  15. And after all that worrying, wonderful news!

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  16. Ok, it's only 7:15 in the morning here but this is the best news I've had all day! It's weird though, I spent an hour or two yesterday in the company of Google trying to scour any news of Tom off the interwebs and this morning there's a whole post about him plus pictures on Cro and Tom S' blogs!!

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  17. Very pleased to be included on his email list and VERY pleased to hear that he is alive and kicking. Let's hope the communication continues, we've all missed his interesting posts.

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  18. I got it too and also put it on my blog. See my comment on Neil's blog for a head-scratcher....

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  19. that is great news AND I AM GLAD HE SEEMS TO BE OK.

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  20. What an amusing birth announcement! I'm glad your mind has been set to rest by receiving it. Welcome to the world, Charlotte/Charlie!

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  21. I am so glad to hear that Mr Hippo is still alive on the planet! And busy!

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