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Mr Tombe, in mourningToday, I’ve received news of the sad passing of Rose Tombe of Juba, Sudan.

After a quiet start to life, Rose shot to fame early in 2006 when she married Charles Tombe, who loved her so much that he was willing to pay a dowry of 15,000 Sudanese dollars to secure her hand in marriage. The news of the wedding was marred by the revelation that the happy couple had been caught by Mr Alifi, Rose’s carer, having sex before their marriage, which had resulted in Mr Alifi becoming unnecessarily aggressive and tying poor Charles up for the night.

You see, Mr Tombe and Rose were truly star-crossed lovers. For some, they were just to ‘different’ to have a true, loving relationship. Some even suggested that Charles was just playing along for the sex. But luckily, Mr Alifi soon came to his senses, and allowed the marriage to go ahead.

The couple had a bright future together, but things hit the rocks a little towards the end of last year, when Rose became pregnant. Whilst the paternity has not been formally determined, it is noticeable that the offspring bears little resemblance to Mr Tombe, but has a distinct likeness to some of Mrs Tombe’s former boyfriends.

After much soul-searching, the couple were able to work through their problems, and share in an open relationship considered radical in their Sudanese home. However, Rose tragically died earlier this week, after choking on a plastic bag.

Tributes have been pouring in from across the world, and Rose’s closest friends and family turned out to pay their last respects at the funeral. But perhaps the most moving tribute came from the late Mrs Rose’s son:

Naa naaaaa. Naaaaaaaaaaaa naaaa naa na. Naaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.

A fitting tribute to a truly special goat.

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Comments and responses

Comment from Mort Karman


by Mort Karman

Comment posted at 16:30 on 4th May 2007.

So he was married to a goat? My first wife was a witch. She divorced me because i could not spel.


Comment from sjhoward (author of the post)


by sjhoward

Comment posted at 23:26 on 4th May 2007.

He was indeed married to a goat. The goat may also have been a witch. How does one tell?


Comment from Mort Karman


by Mort Karman

Comment posted at 02:30 on 5th May 2007.

My ex wife, Billie Joyce was not at all as nice as Mr Toombe’s wife. Also his goat was better looking and HAD to be a better lover.


Comment from Mort Karman


by Mort Karman

Comment posted at 03:38 on 5th May 2007.

I suppose to be fair I should say something nice about Billy Joyce vs. Billy Goat-Billy Joyce gave me two fine children -Lori is a Psychologist and Todd is in med school (thank God in USA not UK) If I had married Billy Goat instead of Billy Joyce-Todd might not be an MD-He might be a vet. I don’t know how to tell if the other goat is a witch and I don’t know anyone here who does. Perhaps if I lived in Salem, Mass. instead of Shepherd, MI.They have a history there of flushing out witches. It is a burning thing with them.


Comment from sjhoward (author of the post)


by sjhoward

Comment posted at 11:51 on 5th May 2007.

Shouldn’t we have thrown it in a river to see if it floats, or something? 😉


Comment from Mort Karman


by Mort Karman

Comment posted at 19:05 on 7th May 2007.

I forgot to tell you-I never was married to a goat-but wife #3 was Babe, a pig in the city (honest-she really was!!)If you recall the Babe movies-the Babe I was married to briefly (very briefly) even snorted and when she was on her stomach on the grass and got up on all four (hands and feet) to crawl around she even resembled the movie star. The nephews even insisted she was the Babe in the movie. But the Babe I married did not want to be a sheep dog. She is remembered every time I eat bacon and eggs.
Perhaps one day I will tell you the tale of wife #2.
Wife #4 is current and proves if you keep trying you get it right. We have been married almost ten years and it just gets better. Besides, no one else would have put up with me this long.


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