Tuesday, June 01, 2010

A journey of giraffes

We take a break today, Legion of Fans (LOF), from my shameless self promotion to bring you some promotion of me by other people. Namely, Queensland reader Robert Livingstone-Ward who is currently in Kenya en route to Tanzania.

Robert is the sort of friend I like - the kind who buys lots of my books. He and his sons, Sean and James, and nephew Justin are on a hardy safari which will take them to the Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater (or, as we purists say, Caldera), and the snows of Kilimanjaro. Yes, madmen that they are, they plan on climbing the mountain.

But before setting off for the tough stuff they're doing it tough at an amazing place called Giraffe Manor, in Nairobi.

Now, I rate Nairobi as my second least favourite city in the world. Port Moresby, in Papua New Guinea, where I've been a couple of times on all-expenses-paid vacations with the army is officially the worst place I've ever been, but Nai-robbery rates a close second.

However, I was gobsmacked to see Robert's pictures and to check out the manor online. I think that if I ever have the misfortune to spend a night in Nairobi again that I will be doing so with the giraffes. This place looks fantastic.

Pictured here, somewhere (because I never quite know where the pictures will end up in these posts), are Robert, Sean and James pretending to read some TP books which look like they may have copped a bit of giraffe slobber at the manor. (Oh, and in case you're wondering about the title of this post, the collective noun for a group of giraffe is a 'journey').

Well done, Robert and Co. For your blatant promotion of my books and pandering to my ego you've earned yourself a free copy of 'WAR DOGS', my second biography. (Out now in all good Aussie bookstores, RRP $34.99, and online from http://www.booktopia.com/).


ali g said...

Checked out Giraffe Manor..

looks great but not too sure about having giraffe slobber and snot sneezed into my cornflakes and coffee while sitting at the breakfast table.

RobertLW said...

Ali G - their saliva is anticeptic, their tongues are prehensile and their eyes are big and gooey. A bit like a girl I dated in High School.

Oh, and thanks, TP.

Trev said...

I had a girlfriend once with antiseptic saliva.
Fixed many a problem with it she did but I think it was probably the prehensile tongue that caused the problem in the first place....
Cant recall whether she had gooey eyes or not as I think mine were rolled up into the back of my head at the time..
Great blog TP!

Flea said...

Wow, I love the picture!

Trin said...

Which picture Flea? The boys are painting some pretty mean ones!

Looking foward to some excellent reading in the very near future.

dozycow said...

You're so right Trin - my poor old mind is boggling here.....
Giraffe Manor does look & sound wonderful though doesn't it ?