Tuesday, 11 September 2012

I'm a generous sort at heart, so I thought I'd give you all the chance to share in a wonderful business opportunity that has just come my way;

Dear Sir/Madam
 Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus christ. 
I apologize if the contents in this mail are contrary to your moral ethics,
which I feel may be of great disturbance to your personal life, But please treat
with absolute secrecy and personal. I pray that this email reaches you in the best
of health.
I am Samuel Kofi Atta Mills 24years of age, i'm the son of the late President of 
Ghana Professor John Evans Atta as i will like to discussed a mutual business 
transaction that would benefit the both of us as this is 100% risk free.
This is of ulmost important and need urgent attention and if interested do contact
me on my private e-mail ( attamillssamuelkoffi@yahoo.com.hk   )
Thanks and God bless as i look forward to hear from you Asap.
 Yours Sincerely,
 Samuel Kofi Atta Mills.
(I've got to wonder - is there anybody left on the planet that would take up an offer like this?) 

Sunday, 2 September 2012

It's a park, Jim, but not as we know it.

We spent an afternoon in Golden Gate Park.  It's a cracking place, but not what we expected...

OK, folk were playing games, strolling around, but things were so much more organised.

It wasn't a few kids kicking a ball, it was a load of kickball teams, cheerleaders and everything.  The few kids throwing a frisbee were actually teams of Ultimate players.

There are groups of friends who gathered in a corner of the park with folding chairs to sit and chat.  There was a wedding party of over fifty guests, cycling around behind a bike laden with a sound system and bubble-blowers.  Ten minute's walk away, a Shinto wedding ceremony was packing up.

Extended families with tables, table-cloths and barbeques, at least three kids birthday parties, complete with bouncy castles.

It's like a whole chunk of San Francisco moved their lives into the park for the day.

It was odd, but in a really good way.

We didn't penetrate far into the park, just as far as the Bison Paddock (about half way, I think), but it's such a nice place to be.  There's a hothouse, a design museum, a science centre, an open-air concert hall, areas set aside to practice your cycling, a shuttle-bus for the tired, and, as I mentioned, the bison.

And that's only half way through the park!

Later in the month, we spent time in several parks - Duboce, Force Mason Green - and they're all the same.

I suppose it's obvious, since so many homes here have neither yard nor garden, but I never expected this.

I like it.