Issue #457 (22)
Bride gives birth on wedding day, attends evening reception few hours later
Just-married Danielle Clewlow and her new husband Aaron, 25, became parents to a bouncing 7Ib 7oz ‘Paddy’. “I had such a big bump that friends and family joked I could give birth on my wedding day,” a major newspaper quoted Clewlow as saying.
“But even when just before the evening party began I nipped to the hospital, I don’t think anyone thought I would actually give birth on my wed- ding day.
“And guests were amazed when just a few hours later we turned up at the reception to show off our baby.''
When the couple, from
Stoke-on-Trent, booked their white registry office wedding, they were confident that al- though Clewlow would be 38 weeks pregnant, she would not deliver on the same day. Danielle, who has another son, Keaton, one, said: “Keaton was a day late so it
never occurred to us our sec- ond baby could be early.” “And we knew once our second baby was born, that it would be much harder to find the time to get wed. So when Aaron and I decided on Valentines Day to marry before he was born, it seemed a great idea.”
Even when on the morning of her wedding, the 19-year-old woke up with contractions she decided to press on.
Clewlow revealed that she could feel the contractions when the couple took their vows but she still managed to pose for a picture while signing the regis- try
“We’d invited fifty guests and I’d managed to find a beautiful long white wedding dress to ac- commodate my big bump. Then the registry office and our reception at a local pub was all booked – not to mention a wed- ding cake and buffet that had been prepared. So after all that, I was determined to marry,” she
“At times it was difficult to sit still while my hair was be- ing done,’ she admits.” And by the time she and Aaron said their vows, the pains were coming thick and fast. “Fortunately, we didn’t have to stop at any point but I know some guests did become con- cerned as they could tell when I was having a particularly pain- ful contraction just by looking at my face.”
Aaron drove her to hospital where midwives just had time to fill a birthing pool before half an hour later at 6.27pm Clewlow gave birth to Paddy. “I was so relieved I’d got there in time – in hindsight I had no idea how close I came to having Paddy at the reception,” she said.
After being given a clean bill of health, at 10pm the couple popped back to the reception with their newborn.
“Incredibly when we looked
at our wedding cake, it had a little newborn in icing on it,” she said, “everyone was so thrilled to see us.”
“Aaron and I both felt so
BRITISH PM AUCTIONS VALUABLE SACHIN BAT
David Cameron, who considered a bat signed by Sachin Tendulkar as one of his most valuable
possessions, has donated it to raise money for stadium in Rwanda
LONDON: British Prime Minister David Cameron has auctioned a cricket bat that he de- scribed two weeks ago as his most treasured possession.
Cameron raised a few laughs at a gathering of Conservative Friends of India when he talked about his horror at finding his wife, Samantha, play- ing French cricket in the grounds of Chequers with a bat that had been signed for him by Indian cricket hero Sachin Tendulkar.
“ I said, ‘ No, darling, put it down, this is prob- ably the most valuable possession I have’,” he told his Indian audience. The prime minister clearly decided it needed a safer home.
Two weeks on, David Cameron has auctioned the bat, presented to him by the celebrated Indian, to raise money for the Rwanda Cricket Stadium Foundation. It fetched £ 3,400 ( Rs 3 lakh) The auction dinner, in the Long Room at Lord’s, was to commemorate the life of Christopher Shale, Cameron’s constituency chairman, who was found dead at the Glastonbury festival last summer. Shale’s son Edo says the event raised almost £ 1,30,000 ( Rs 1.12 crore). “ We are all delighted and a little exhausted,” he said.
“ These funds are the springboard this charity needs to take us into the construction phase of the cricket stadium.”
proud – becoming a Mrs and a mum of two on the same day was fantastic. And we couldn’t have asked for a better wedding present,” she added.
World’s tallest Lego structure unveiled in South Korea to mark toy’s 80th birthday
A tower of fun
15 May to 21 May 2012
The World’s tallest Lego tower has been erected in Seoul, South Korea, built by 4,000 children, using 500,000 bricks and measuring a dizzying 31.9 metres (105ft) high.
The toy tower was unveiled on Sunday by Danish Crown Prince Frederik, who laid the final record-breaking brick, as part of a celebration to mark Lego’s 80th birthday. The structure, which stands in front of Seoul’s Olympic Stadium beats the previous record, set in France last October, by just 30 centimetres.
The tower was built over five days by young contest winners.Th
e build itself became a tourist attraction, drawing in more than 30,000 curious visitors. After it was finished and assembled, Prince Frederik - on a six-day state visit to South Korea - was hoisted up on a crane to lay the final brick.Th
first Lego tower was built in London in 1988, standing at just under 50 feet.Si
nce then the record has been toppled more than 30 times.Th
e popular toy was invented by Danish carpenter Ole Kirk Christiansen, who started making wooden toys in his workshop in 1920.He named his company Lego, from the Danish phrase ‘leg godt’, which means ‘play well’.Those wooden toys evolved into the plastic bricks that are now bestsellers the world over. There’s a special reason for Lego to celebrate its birthday in South Korea. The bricks are hugely popular in the country, having become the first branded toy sold there. And it’s not the first time a Korean tower has held the world record - back in 1996 a structure in Seoul claimed the title, measuring a much more modest 21 metres (68ft) tall.
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