Monday, 30 July 2012

Flaming Flamingoes (cond..)

Stories are all works of fiction. Names, characters, place and events are the product of the author's imagination. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, events and places is totally coincidental

Within twenty fours hours of bumping into Zeke and company, things started to happen, all my worries about not getting the players for my team evaporated. I was virtually bumping into prospects everywhere I went. I was at the movies when an acquaintance leaned over from the seats behind and whispered in my ear that he had a talented friend he would like me to meet, I agreed and that is how I met Ade. This guy looked and acted older than he really was and because I was impressed with his demeanour, I agreed to try him out. The only condition Ade impressed upon me was that his parents must never find out about this and I promised him my discretion.

Ade sailed through our football trials with flying colours. He was truly gifted and quite modest about it. I found out later that this guy was gifted in other areas as well and was an academic high flyer, that was why his parents were totally against him playing football. They would rather he concentrated on his studies and make something of himself in society. By the end of that week, I had a team.

With the registration and all fees paid by Jackie's uncle, the team was ready to go. We were now eagerly looking forward to the match fixtures that the organisers were contracted to arrange. We also wouldn't know how many teams would be competing for the prize until the deadline for registering was reached. I was both excited and intimidated because I had a reputation, unlike my team mates most of whom were virtual unknowns. The only comfort was the fact that I already made the decision to keep goal and this role would enable me to actually monitor our performance during the competition.

Finally the deadline for registration came and went. The tension while we were waiting for the fixtures list to be published ratcheted up ten fold. We were all nervous, not knowing which teams will head the fixtures list. Nobody wanted to play the opening match, especially myself. I needed to see and assess a few teams before we played, so I can work out a game plan depending on which side we are pitted against. There will be no room for errors in this contest, every match must be won with the winning team moving on to the next round and the losing side knocked out of the contest for sure. Those were the rules.

My biggest worry was Ade, I prayed fervently that our fixture dates will make it easy for him to show up and play. Since bringing him into my team, he had been a revelation, everything about the way he played soccer was a joy to watch. He also had a technique for taking corner kicks that enabled him to bend the ball into the goal from the corner flag without anyone touching it. This boy was the complete package. With both him, and Etemeke's quick feet, I had no doubt that I had a special strike force that would engineer goals from nothing. All I needed to do was make sure that our defence and midfield was competent enough to complement my strike force.

Saturday, 28 July 2012

China Shines!

China has won the first gold medal at London 2012, well done the peoples republic. This is a great start to the sporting events of these olympics. 

The first gold of these olympics was won by Yi Si Ling in the 10 meter air rifle event.

We are now into the sports proper after the spectacular opening ceremony. 

I tried to take a picture of the Red Arrows flying over Hyde park from my kitchen window yesterday but for a phone call, the camera might have memorialised that display. I hope to have better luck next time.

Meanwhile if anything interesting happens, I may divulge.



Friday, 27 July 2012

Less than 24 hours..

Less than twenty four hours to the opening ceremony for London 2012, I am wishing all athletes, visitors to our city including the spectators, officials and the vast number of the nameless individuals who have contributed to this sporting and cultural spectacle all the best and say thank you.

It is here now and the best way to honour and appreciate it, is to enjoy it.

The olympics promotes a healthy spirit of competition, it also promotes a sporting bond amongst nations and that is a good thing. 

There is nothing more I can say that hasn't already been said so I'll just withdraw for now while we wait for the opening ceremony to begin.

Adios for now,


Thursday, 19 July 2012


One week to go.....

A quick welcome from me to all the visitors arriving in London for the 2012 Olympic Games. Despite the economic recession and regional conflicts in different parts of the world, it is a good thing for the human family to come together and enjoy the spectacle the event brings us every four years.

The whole world will be focussing on London during the games. Every nation will be cheering their athletes on to medal glory and I'm hoping that the healthy spirit of competition will help to bring nations together. 

The love of sport is one thing that human beings share no matter where we live on the globe and I hope  that this games will be a healthy distraction from economic gloom and ruthless rivalries taking place in some parts of the world.

After all, there is really only one race on our planet and that is the human race...

Peace out!


Thursday, 12 July 2012



My blog site has been on a trial and error basis. I am trying to get partners and collaborators to work with. I am also seeking investors to come in with me and finance a business venture that will make a tidy profit for those who are willing to participate.

The current explosion within information technology has also created opportunities for those who have a talent for writing, making music, movie and documentary production. In short, despite the gloomy economic situation, the time for certain businesses to start up and thrive is now.

Although the chance to build a strong viable business exists, to actually plan, create a solid foundation and begin trading requires a lot of initial work that needs the input and the skills of certain professionals and an infusion of a decent working capital.

At present, I am rethinking my blog and also the direction of the sites that are currently active on the Internet. I will continue to write my short stories to entertain the visitors to my site but I feel that I can do more if only I can get the right partners and collaborators. Until this happens, progress in reorganising will be painfully slow. Readers please bear with me as my ultimate objective is still your enjoyment.

Those interested in investing into my commercial venture and those who are keen to collaborate artistically are quite welcome to contact me so we may discuss the issues further. 

I will be concluding the flaming flamingoes story very soon. Meanwhile, my search for the ideal help continues. I will sometime in the future write about my experiences in trying to get government help through the Enterprise Allowance Scheme. It seems that this scheme actually disadvantages those unemployed people who are making an effort at a new business start up. It is quite unbelievable that an unemployed person joining the programme is expected to take a cut in benefit equivalent to £6 a week. 

Penalising an unemployed person trying to get an enterprise started is definitely not the way to go. It seems the only winners of the New Enterprise Allowance scheme is the job centre that gets to take the entrepreneur off the unemployed statistics and the government consultants that get to run the programme. The candidate is penalised for trying to start a business venture. Anyone that signs up for this scheme as it is presently designed would seem to me not to have any business savvy.

The Dogon Tribe

And The Ancestors From Space The Dogon people of Mali in West Africa have a Space history, and it's quite a compelling one too. ...