Go Rhino Charge! Go Top Gear! Go Green!

 

Let’s bring top gear to Kenya!

– Picture by Susan Wong.

Do you like top Gear? Are you a fan? Well Kenyan fans have come together and created a petition page that allows you to add your voice to petition Top Gear to come to Kenya for the widely acclaimed Rhino charge.

 

Rhino Charge is an annual event done out in the bush,  it’s an off-road sporting event featuring 4 by 4’s, sturdy rebuilt cars and organized by The Rhino Ark Charitable Trust, it raises funds for the conservation of Kenya’s Aberdare Ecosystem.

 

This year the Rhino Charge ‘event’ will be held on the 1st of June 2012. However on the 1st of April 2012 there will also be another Rhino charge event in Swara Plains Conservancy, Lukenya.

 

The idea behind Rhino charge is to support the conservation of Eco Systems, and they are! Rhino ark trust announced its support for several ecosystems beginning with Mau, Mt. Eburu and Mt. Kenya.

 

For those of you who don’t know what it is, Top Gear is an insanely funny TV show on cars, Produced by the BBC, Top Gear tried to test cars to their limits proving or disproving critic’s consumers and manufacturers. It also addresses consumers concerns about cars explores accessories and breaks all sorts of boundaries. That is clearly evident when you watch it.

 

Top Gear’s reach is broad more than merely informative; it’s funny, thrilling, smart, and just plain entertaining enough to appeal to viewers of all persuasions. That’s due to a variety of factors. The three hosts (or “presenters,” as the Brits call them), James May, Richard Hammond, and Jeremy Clarkson, are knowledgeable and witty and these guys get down and dirty… whether its driving through a tornado or in the Kalahari… these guys do it!

 

So if you haven’t watched top gear then go get season 15 and gear up for a funny informative show on your favorite things; cars and speed… then, after, come and sign the petition here!

Watch an episode of Top Gear Here!

Or you could email them directly top.gear@bbc.co.uk

First published @http://www.capitalfm.co.ke/motors/car-news/go-rhino-charge-go-top-gear/

 

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Back in Africa

I havent blogged for two months… im starting to think that if i dont write i might just forget how to spell! Anyway lets see… my last blog was on my first leg of the journey back to Kenya so im just going to summarise from that point…

I had issues with Emirates because of the long layover but they were very nice about it… they got me a hotel in Dubz and they also got me a visa so in the end it worked out for me… I got back to Nairobi just fine which was good… it took forever though. On the drive back from the airport i remember thinking how dusty Nairobi was, there was alot of traffic on Mombasa rd and i dont remember Nairobi being that small kinda reminded me of shags in stato then we got a puncture hehe which was hilarious.

The next few weeks were very frustrating, America had spoilt me. I couldnt find hot spots for one and even when i did the speeds were really slow. I tried looking for shortcuts for Internet and ended up spending more money than i would have if i hadnt. Electricity kept getting cut off and so the cold showers were really annoying. I started looking for a job but there seemed to be an invisible barrier that prevented me from getting one so i got really irritated by this.i got some mamas to wash my clothes and they stretched all of them out. I lent a few friends money and they took forever to pay me back some of them actually havent paid me back yet. i got derailed a few times went to the bar and then had totally unproductive days. People never showed up on time…all in all it was TIA… THIS IS AFRICA. Apart from all of this i was still trying to get settled so i was trying to talk to people and see where i could fit in. Kenya has changed… there seems to be more opportunity now as opposed to when i left but the things is people talk alot and dont deliver… so you end up going for meetings and thinking that you have achieved or learnt while in actuality you just wasted alot of time..

Either way even with all these little frustrations im glad to be home… I have peace of mind at least… Im still looking for a job and I will blog intricately about this later…

San Francisco Part 1

I wanted to go for the Gay parade this weekend and take pictures but i didn’t get to it so im sorry guys… This year’s parade would have been Particularly interesting because they legalized gay marriage in California…However here are some popular images from San Fran…

The courthouse…



This is one of the coldest cities in the world. Im not joking…. In the summer you still have to wear a jacket. But it is one of the most amazing cities i have been to. As i mentioned before i live in Oakland but Oakland is only a stone throw away from San Francisco. To be more precise; its a 15 minute drive. Here are some of the images that i will miss… I love this bridge… This is the bay bridge… It joins the East Bay [oakland and other places] With San francisco…




This is the Golden gate Bridge…

This is San Fran at night… it beautiful…

Oakland Part 1

Now its final, i am actually leaving the States and going back home. So i thought i would share some of the places i have been. I’m going to start with Oakland because i lived here for a year before i moved to New York and i am back here now. Thats actually quite the cliche. Oakland is 15 minutes east from San Francisco… Its a lovely town, spanning across 78 miles or so, Oakland is one of the oldest towns in the states. Its known for its particularly good weather, i beg to differ though because having come from Africa nothing beats our weather but Oakland seems to have a balance, its not too hot in the summer and not too cold in the winter as compared to other states. They have a little gentrification project, the mayor is trying to get more people to move to Oakland and since Oakland has one of the higher crime rates in the country, he has been trying to do this by tearing down bad neighborhoods and building condos in their place. I dont agree with that approach either, because now where do the poor people go?

The Zoo… The San Francisco zoo is better though but this one is nice too…

Jack London Square… This is in downtown Oakland… Absolutely lovely…
The skyline at night, i love that tribune building it light Oakland up…
The lake… we walk around this lake all winter trying to look really hot in the summer….
The movie theater… I know it looks old and it is, It dates back to 1926, its one of the oldest building in Oakland, Its very well preserved and the screens are fine. If you ever move to Oakland, these guys have $6 matinée movies on Sunday…


The lake again…

Thats the court house…Many buildings in Oakland date back to the 1900’s thats what gives it its charm….

I like this picture…I love the Oakland Skyline

This is a the beginning of a series… I’m going to do another post on San Francisco and then one with both… I intend to do a compilation of my favorite places from restaurants to stores to just …places…If you have any ideas or pictures please let me know… And if there is anything you think i could do to improve this blog just drop me a comment or an email…