Are you going to San Francisco?

So that was how we came to be coming into land at San Francisco Airport (SFO) to a city that we had been told demanded at least but no less than a quarter of our entire holiday, and as always it was the grand scale of America stretched out below that strikes you first. Five years previously it had been Las Vegas; toy- like and oddly out of place in a vast sandy expanse like a travelling fair long past its heyday pulled up in the corner of an isolated field in the openness of the countryside. With San Francisco it was the multiplies necessitated by the scale; the cars, lanes on freeways, expanses of water, tiers of housing and the mountains, all bedecked with a cloud filled sky dulled and scented by the forest fires that burnt out of control to the north of the city.

Drinking Together-What’s the History?

With the festive party season upon us, pubs and bars across the country will play host to groups of friends or work colleagues of both sexes who will drink together and look forward to their Christmas break. But what is the historical context of such drinking across the sexes both at Christmas and throughout the... Continue Reading →

An African Adventure-Day 5

An early start to allow for one last game drive; to enjoy more and even welcome repeats of the wonders that the Masai Mara showcase could provide. We were heading west out of the Reserve towards the town of Musoma; located on the banks of Lake Victoria and across the border in Tanzania. Although no... Continue Reading →

An African Adventure Days 3 & 4

The iconic destination for day three lay to the south west and was the Masai Mara; 1510 square kilometres or 580 square miles of national reserve situated in Narok County in the Rift Valley Province. As a national reserve, it is managed locally by Narok County Council, and unfenced animals move freely in and out... Continue Reading →

An African Adventure-Day 2

Lake Nakuru National Park is 188 square kilometres in size; a mere speck on the floor of the vast Great Rift Valley, but still home to a wide diversity of wildlife which thrives in the multiple habitats that are concentrated within this small but perfectly formed national park. The “National Park” designation means that it... Continue Reading →

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