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SAPPHIRE Member since Nov 2003


HOP admin
Location: New Zealand

Total posts: 1041
Posted:26th October - It's our 8th Birthday

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Wow, time does fly by when you're having fun smile.

With eight candles on the cake we have continued to learn, grow and evolve.

But HOP is nothing without it's friends, and I wish to voice our thanks to many of you.

A big thanks to all those HOPers who have helped to nuture and grow the community over the last 12 months.

Thanks to the moderators, Pele, Pyrolific, Flash Fire, Charles and Dom. And those that notify us when someone strays in their travels.

Also hug for those that have contributed towards lessons and articles for the site: fireNice, Pele, Dom, Mr Majestic, Paul Gleeson, Nick Woolsey, Jamie Dunnett, Doc Lightning, Liquifies Through Contact, PK ...

Plus the many artists that submitted videos for this years COL project.

Thanks to those that keep the website server running and updated: Dom, and all the staff at Digiweb(NZ).

Thanks to the many thousands of HOPers who support the site by purchasing from the HOP store and for taking the extra time to write such helpful product reviews. As well as the hundreds of entrepreneurs who support us by using our affiliate program.

Thanks to all the staff both at HOP headquarters and our factory/warehouse. Special thanks to Chris and George in leading the teams. And thanks to the many shops all around the world who continue to buy wholesale from us.

Thanks finally to you, just for being a part of this special caring community.


Kindest regards

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Malcolm Crawshay

PS: For our 10th Birthday we are doing something special.

May your balls always burn

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Rouge Dragon
BRONZE Member since Jul 2003

Rouge Dragon

Insert Champagne Here
Location: without class distinction, Aus...

Total posts: 13215
Posted:wheeee! ooh! so exciting! HAPPY HIPPY BIRTHDAY HOP!!!

bounce bounce2

i would have changed ***** to phallus, and claire to petey Petey

Rougie: but that's what I'm doing here
Arnwyn: what letting me adjust myself in your room?..don't you dare quote that on HoP...


Doc Lightning
GOLD Member since May 2001

Doc Lightning

HOP Mad Doctor
Location: San Francisco, CA, USA

Total posts: 13922
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(I wish I could find my "dancing fat man jumping out of a cake" animation I used to use...)

And thank YOU, Malcolm. For everything! hug2

-Mike )'(
Certified Mad Doctor and HoP High Priest of Nutella

"A buckuht 'n a hooze!" -Valura


GOLD Member since Aug 2004


Pirate Pixie Crew Captain
Location: Wales

Total posts: 8428

Without this place I might never have met Jon or the huge bunch I now count as good friends.

Thank you Malcolm and team kiss grouphug

Feed me Chocolate!!! Feed me NOW!


SILVER Member since Apr 2005


fluffy mess
Location: Brighton, United Kingdom

Total posts: 197
Posted:Happy Birthday HOP



"I want to know if you can see beauty even when it's not pretty, every day,and if you can source your own life from its presence.." - Oriah Mountain Dreamer


BRONZE Member since Dec 2001


Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Bristol, UK

Total posts: 3009
Posted:Wow, 8 years!
Congratulations to all the HoP crew and especially Malcolm who started all this from humble beginnings, through good times and hard, and has built up a great business surrounded by a great community. beerchug
I've been on this site for over 5 years and have been lucky enough to have contributed my part to the site (and yes, I know some people still want the grey back!) and I'd like to say thank you to everyone for making this a community and an interesting place to hang out. grouphug

!!Looking forward to years and years more!!


SILVER Member since Apr 2005


Momma Bear
Location: Telford, Shrops, United Kingdo...

Total posts: 4525
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Happy Birthday!!

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Hoppers are angels who lift us to our feet when our wings have trouble remembering how to fly.


BRONZE Member since Apr 2005


Macaque of all trades
Location: wombling free..., United Kingd...

Total posts: 8738
Posted:wooo bounce Happy Birthday Hop biggrin

A couple of balls short of a full cascade... or maybe a few cards short of a deck... we'll see how this all fans out.


The Tea Fairy
SILVER Member since Jul 2004

The Tea Fairy

old hand
Location: Behind you...

Total posts: 853
Posted:yay us!

Thanks to everyone who put it together and who keep it going, you are all stars! hug thankx

Idolized by Aurinoko

Take me disappearing through the smoke rings of my mind....

Bob Dylan




Location: NYC, NY, USA

Total posts: 9232
Posted:8 YEARS!


Well, shall we go?
Yes, let's go.
[They do not move.]




Forget puppy power, Scrappy's just gay
Location: Southampton Uni

Total posts: 632
Posted:Whoo! Hippo Birdy!

*grooves funkily*

Spin, bounce, be one with the world, because it is yours to enjoy...


SILVER Member since May 2004


Location: Canada

Total posts: 1872
Posted:Happy Birthday HOP, not only have I learned how to spin Poi and staff through your wonderful resource, I've also learned to type too.



SILVER Member since Jul 2005


Location: Adelaide, SA, Australia

Total posts: 1848
Posted:Wheeee! happy birthday!

bounce bounce2 bounce


"i am exotic, and must keep my arms down" - Rougie

"i don't understand what penises have to do with getting married" - Foxie


Adya Miriyana
GOLD Member since Feb 2005

Adya Miriyana

Location: Adelaide, Australia

Total posts: 6554
Posted:Happy Birthday Hop!!! bounce

hug hug2 hugs to absolutely everyone that makes Hop what it is ubblove


SILVER Member since Jan 2005


Location: Bristol, United Kingdom

Total posts: 1785
Posted:Happy birthday HoP

big thanks to everyone who makes it so great
its good to be back!




Total posts: 25
Posted:Happy Birthday!!!
I don't even post that much but its great to read when coursework is depressing me!


SILVER Member since Apr 2003


Location: Herefordshire, England (UK)

Total posts: 1711
Posted:Many thanks and congratulations smile


BRONZE Member since Apr 2002


Mistress of Pink...Multicoloured
Location: Over There, United Kingdom

Total posts: 6140
Posted:Happy Birthday HoP!!

hug hug2 hug

Never pick up a duck in a dungeon...


BRONZE Member since Dec 2000


the henna lady
Location: WNY, USA

Total posts: 6193
Posted:Wow...8 years.

When I first joined, 8 years ago I honestly hadn't realized that 1. It was such a new and shiny site (I think I joined within a month of it's inception, when there were about 20 of us! lol) and 2. That it would become such a major global presence in these arts.

I am so proud of it.

I am proud and grateful to Malcolm and all of the hard work, love and devotion he has given not only the site but the members and crew.

I am proud to call so many here friends, and even family, and to work with some of the most awesome personalities I have come into contact with on the net, and in person (Malcolm, Chris, FF, Dom, Pyrolific-which is still odd to type, btw, Charles). I can't wait to meet more of ya!

There have been so many milestones and "issues" through the years and through it all this group has pulled through with a sense of community, humor, compassion and passion that is absolutely unparalleled.

I also would never have thought with my lack of attention span that I would still be here. lol

Malcolm, can we have a huge, honking NZ party for the 10th anni?

Happy Birthday HoP and thank you to everyone for making working here a delight. (yes, even you NYC wink )

Many, Many More!

hug ubblove kiss beerchug

BTW: Who do I spank here? spank

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Higher, higher burning fire...making music like a choir
"Oooh look! A pub!" -exclaimed after recovering from a stupid fall
"And for the decadence of art, nothing beats a roaring fire." -TMK


SILVER Member since Jun 2005

Location: floating about, United Kingdom

Total posts: 149
Posted:HaPpY BiRtHdAy!!! grouphug

hope it will live to be 88 smile

c'est pas nous qui sommes la rue, c'est la rue ktanou!

1st official camden town (uk) meet 21st october! see the events bit


GOLD Member since Aug 2003


now available in "advanced"
Location: Cornwall, United Kingdom

Total posts: 6086

8 years!!

Who'd have believed you were so old! wink

Congrats to all involved in the running of HoP for successfully surviving us loonies for so long!

Here's to the next 8!


bounce grouphug

My state of mind is not yours to define!

There is a very fine line between "hobby" and "mental illness."


Circus Midget
SILVER Member since May 2005

Circus Midget

Location: Perth, Western Australia

Total posts: 45
Posted:On ya HOP! ubbrollsmile ubbrollsmile

"It was me! I was the turkey all along!"


SILVER Member since Aug 2005


Watching the Sky
Location: Cambridge(ish)/Bath Spa Uni, U...

Total posts: 453
Posted:Awww HoP! Happy Bithday!

hug hug hug

I jumped into the river, what did i see?
Black-eyed angels swam with me. wink


BRONZE Member since Oct 2006


Sitting down facing forward . . .
Location: Christchurch, New Zealand

Total posts: 2387
Posted: Written by: Pele

Malcolm, can we have a huge, honking NZ party for the 10th anni?

Lovely thoughts Pele - second the motion. As someone totally new to all this, what impressed me and made me want to become a part of it, is the community of passionate folk that Malcolm has helped to bring together. It is amazing and quite unique and special IMHO.

And what a great idea about a honking great NZ party! I'm sure we can oblige with that request Pele! Anyone who wants to start planning an NZ holiday for Oct 2008 should seriously put this on their mental calendar now and start saving!! I'm sure Malcolm wont be able to say "No" if several hundred/thousand of you turn up on his doorstep in 2 years time and ask "where's the party"!!! biggrin biggrin biggrin

Written by: Doc Lightning talking about Marmite in Kichi's Intro thread

I have several large jars of the stuff. I actually like it... a little. And don't tell anyone I admitted to it.


SILVER Member since May 2006


Location: , USA

Total posts: 567
Posted:Wooooooooo!!!!! eek 8 Years!!!!!

I've been apart of HoP for about one year. Although I may not talk to you guys often, I find that you are the greatest friends I've had.

Putting into mind that those of you who havent seen my thread, I will post it. It is simply just a thank you that reminds me how much this site means to me, and how much the people affect my life

Thread here...

Honestly, you guys mean very much to me. I've met so many inspirations that have motivated me to do many things.

Hopefully the thread will show you my gratefullness I give from this site.

In addition to the time I've spent getting to know you all, I wish to know more, to be apart of this community for as long as I can.

Happy birthday HoP, I thank you for everything you have given and done for me!

"I don't know what you are talking about"

"Cardinal!!! Poke her... with the SOFT CUSIONS!!!!"

"Its not working my lord!"

"Have you got all of the stuffing on one end?!"


SILVER Member since Sep 2004


Pasta of Muppets
Location: in the interwebs..., United Ki...

Total posts: 2722
Posted:Time for a bit of a blub!

HoP helped me through one of the worst times of my life...

I can honestly say that this community is the most caring, fantastic, joyful, PINGing, and loving group of people I have ever met.

Thanks Malcolm and the Team for everything!




SILVER Member since Mar 2001

Are we there yet?
Location: australia

Total posts: 1897
Posted:yay Hop, have a great day ubblol ubblove ubbrollsmile hug


flash fire
BRONZE Member since Jan 2001

flash fire

Sporadically Prodigal
Location: Sydney, NSW, Australia

Total posts: 2758
Posted:WOW! Time really does fly when you're having fun. I don't quite remember when I started lurking here - I think it was in 1999, then I joined up for real in 2000.

Growing old gracefully together.

I have more to be grateful for as a result of HOP and my involvement in this community that words can express. No matter how far away I venture in my life journey, I always end up back here, at Home, with the people I have so much love and respect for.


And, I am so up for a cranking party in NZ in 2008!

Thank you Malcolm, Pele, Pyrolific, Charles, Dom for all your work behind and in front of the scenes. Thank you to integral players without who HOP would feel empty, and thanks to all of you for making this place amazing.


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SILVER Member since Apr 2006


there's no charge for awesomeness... or attractiveness
Location: limbo, Australia

Total posts: 3764
Posted:*You say its your birthday
Were gonna have a good time
Im glad its your birthday
Hippie birthday to you...*

I am not going to get all sappy and stuff... but I do thank HoP for giving me something relatively harmless to feed my addictive personality... tongue

--pogo (pat) [forever and always]




Location: Brisbane

Total posts: 2303
Posted:Happy birthday to HoP!!! Its a fantastic place. And look only 2 more years till double digits. WOW!! bounce bounce2 bounce clap

:admires giant wooden aeroplane: Its about time trees were good for something, instead of just standing their like jerks!!! ubblol ubbtickled

Homer rocks!!!! ubblol ubbrollsmile


pineapple pete
SILVER Member since Sep 2004

pineapple pete

water based
Location: melbourne, Australia

Total posts: 5125
Posted:happy birthday hop grouphug kiss

"you know there are no trophys for doing silly things in real life yeah pete?" said ant "you wont get a 'listened to ride of the valkyries all the way to vietnam' trophy"

*proud owner of the very cute fire_spinning_angel, birgit and neon shaolin*


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