Gavin Hope Performing In Wolfeboro, N.H. On Friday NOT The Same One Convicted For Swallowing A Live Goldfish (I Hope).

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.
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I had no idea who ‘Gavin Hope‘ was — this Friday’s, i.e., August 15, 2014, “Great Waters” show in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. So I did what you would expect me to do, I Googled ‘Gavin Hope‘ hoping to find out. The search results that came up showed a guy with a goldfish … Given that I had no idea what he looked like, I assumed that the goldfish was part of his act and it crossed my mind how that would come across in rather sedate Wolfeboro — the ‘Oldest Summer Resort in the U.S.‘ Lets face it, Wolfeboro, as far as I know doesn’t even have a sushi bar (let alone a McDonald’s).

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Then I found this story, from the U.K., in the ‘Daily Mirror‘. So, I am thinking that he ran into trouble while visiting the U.K. Yes, I had never heard of ‘NekNominate‘.

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Click to access original U.K. “Daily Mirror” story.

I have to confess I had mixed feelings about this goldfish swallowing. As must be abundantly clear to anybody who reads this blog I am deathly averse to any form of animal cruelty (other than to snakes). I even have problems flushing dead goldfish down the toilet — and sometimes to Deanna’s chagrin I refuse to put a dying goldfish out of its misery! I always let it have all the time it needs even if it is swimming upside down. I can’t kill a fish. And NO, I have never fished! I can’t even descale or gut a caught fish — much to the amusement of the local fisherman. And I refuse to boil lobsters at home! Yes, I am strange. But, at the same time I am not sure that I can honestly oppose somebody swallowing a live goldfish. I would never do it, BUT I eat fish, sushi and meat. I have eaten swan (by mistake in Thailand thinking it was duck) and reindeer (by choice in Sweden). I used to eat chevelle, with ‘relish’, in Paris. So, given that I am not a vegetarian I have never felt that I have a right to tell other people anything about killing animals for food. So my point is pretty basic. We kill fish to eat. Given that is it such a big deal if somebody swallows a live fish. I don’t think it is right, but I would feel very hypocritical to call it a crime. That is my dilema.


Anywho, as far as I can tell the goldfish swallowing Gavin Hope is not the one that is scheduled to be performing at the “Inn on Main” at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow. I did not volunteer to volunteer at this event. Well, I had never heard of him and I wanted others to have a chance volunteering. As far as I know we are done volunteering for this year for “Great Waters”. But, there is always the chance that I might get called in and short notice. So the person shown below, I hope is the right, ‘Gavin Hope’.


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