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Wish Headapollo a ukelear 30th birthday on March 4 2009


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LisaHappy belated birthday, Headapollo.

May you get a chance to see the Ukelele Orchestra of Great Britain this year, or at least 43 things equally extraordinary! 5 years ago

tikini wikini happy ukelear birthday headapollo!

Hope your day was magnificent and ukelear!

Mahinui is playing something here about a little grass shack. 5 years ago


Happy birthday, HA.

All the best… 5 years ago

Pajodama isHappy Birthday Headapollo!

~ 5 years ago

Ms. Sunflower of the FLIRTY PlainsHappy birthday, HA

hope it’s a uking year!!! 5 years ago

calypteHappy Birthday!

Welcome to the dark side, mate :) Have a fab one, and enjoy the next decade! 5 years ago

a man named LewHappy

birthday, man. 5 years ago

Todd SchoonoverHappy Birthday

When I think of the different 43 couples, I normally think of people like Barak & Cheri, Roxi & Sanev, Matty & LL, Benji & Speedy, Tiger & TG, but I don’t often think about Abs and HA. I’m not sure why, since Apollo here is always raving about Abs. Maybe it’s the uke. It’s distracting. I mean here he is turning 30, and Abs is blowing him off for school. (Okay, so I would too, but then I’m not his gf.) Honestly though 30 is no big deal, the same as 40 wasn’t any big deal either. Once you’ve turned 20, you might as well pack it in since you’re no longer a teenager. Maybe they had it right in Logan’s Run where everyone was killed off on the 30th birthday. Here are my wishes for Headapollo for the coming year:

May he remember to backup his computer regularly so that he doesn’t lose the things he needs to become a dot-com hipster. May his creative muses (or Abs) inspire him to start drawing again, or at least build a rube goldberg machine. And may he fix his broken guitars so he can record an album of ten songs. 5 years ago

AbsnasmHappy birthday from me and the Reverend Ken!

As I won’t be there until later this evening, I have arranged for a big fat Hawaiian preacher to come around with his ukulele and keep you white hot till I get home, so if you hear the doorbell, be sure to let Reverend Ken in.

Or it might be my brother with your present. I know what it is! Kind of!

Happy 30th birthday, Headapollo. I love you even more every single day, and hope I’ll be with you to celebrate your 40th, 50th, 60th, 70th, 80th, 90th and 100th (though I might ignore the ones in between).

<3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

(That’s 30. I counted.) 5 years ago

calypteI think I may have misunderstood...

Nukelear, right? We’re wishing you an explosively good birthday!?

I’ll try again tomorrow ;)5 years ago

AbsnasmTomorrow, Headapollo reaches the grand old age of 30.

As is his way, he’s approaching it with an incredible amount of pragmatism, all cool, calm and collected. So much so that I have mistakenly assumed his utter lack of fuss about the whole thing signifies that he’s not bothered, and I haven’t actually managed to get around to getting him a birthday present yet.

But oh no, he is bothered, as I found out last night when I let slip my presentless state. I never knew that it was possible for someone to be miffed in their sleep. So tonight I will hie me to the Metrocentre and try to find a suitable gift.

To be fair, I did have something planned, but it fell through when we decided to take a trip to Paris because it was so expensive and awesome that I couldn’t afford to do both.

Not only do I not have a present for him, I won’t be able to spend his birthday evening with him as I have to go to college straight from work. No skiving permitted, tomorrow we are given our external assignment, so I’ll roll in the door at 9.30pm, shattered, and pretty much want to go straight to sleep. I am a rubbish girlfriend though this one is kind of out of my hands.

So it would be wonderful if as many people as possible would take the sting out of his rubbish-girlfriend-having by wishing him a fabulous birthday, as I’m so clearly shit at it. Perhaps you could teach me a thing or two. 5 years ago

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