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Coastweek -- It was a privilege to experience these graceful creatures loom in so close, large limpid eyes giving you the once over as they frisked you for biscuits.

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A day out at Haller Park

As an English person, Im always massively impressed
(and slightly mystified) by people who can have a good
time without vast amounts of alcohol

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Coastweek -- A day of checking out the giraffes at Haller Park with a friend.

Id never seen these strange animals before this moment when they came loping up in their strange graceful walk to stare with enormous eyes at the odd-looking tour groups.

A man from Manchester told us he was from Manchester.

"Im from Manchester," he said, as though to say, "now you know everything there is to know about me.

"What do you think of that?"

English people do that a lot tell you where they are from emphatically, as though they are giving you the very key to their soul.

"Oh yes?" My friend and I smiled in reply, and I prayed he wouldnt start on another great topic of the English: what transport hed taken to get here, journey length and which roads hed avoided.

To my surprise we were allowed to feed by hand with beige dog meal type biscuits.

I dunno, being Kenya, Id expected it to be less London Zoo and more Kenya-y somehow.

Still, it was a privilege to experience these graceful creatures loom in so close, large limpid eyes giving you the once over as they frisked you for biscuits, vervets craftily disrupting the supply chain.

A French woman shrieked as a giraffe reached out for her biscuits.

Good grief, had she never seen a long grey prehensile tongue before?

I guess her husband doesnt kiss her enough.

We met up for a drink with Nixon, who is Mr-Butterfly-In-Chief at the park.

Nixon goes home to his upcountry farm once a month.

He has just got his sixth goat, which means he can now trade up for a cow.

Once he has two cows, hell be able to trade for a bull.

After many drinks looking over Tudor Creek, only some of which I spilled down my dress, my friend and I went to Cinemax for coffee and sat among groups of Asian friends as they drunk coffee and smoked hubbly-bubblies.

As an English person, Im always massively impressed (and slightly mystified) by people who can have a good time without vast amounts of alcohol.

A factoid Id heard from my sister who got it from a cigarette card:

Q: Whats the second most common cause of death in giraffes, if the first is natural causes?

A: Being struck by lightning.

No idea if its true or not, but wouldnt it be great if it were?

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Coastweek -- Bliss: We got the mosquito nets up and the electric fan on full power.

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