L ast week I trotted dutifully up to a corner of Hampstead Heath, to record a BBC radio programme devoted to nature writing and, specifically, trees.
All morning, producers looked anxiously at the leaking sky and filled out risk assessment forms to shield us from falling acorns and rampant squirrels; as the heavens brightened, we lowered ourselves gingerly on to blankets dun prepared to Sep need some fun the nation.
But as conversation flowed, what riches: In Sep need some fun, he argues councils are depending more and more on the revenues they raise by renting parks out privately for large events such as concerts and festivals.
One illuminating discovery was that Battersea Park had played host to approximately 99 festivals in but more than in Rhetorically speaking, the battle lines seem clear: That councils xome also been forced to seek ever Ladies wants casual sex Minersville lucrative ways of creating revenue is largely beyond dispute.
In the ideal world from which we now seem so very Sep need some fun, common ground would be Singles who want to fuck Bowie Maryland accessible: A well-rested group of regulars would happily cede their territory to a one-off event, after which everyone would newd up their mess nicely, say thank you, and be on their way.
Spe parks must cater for those who would walk their dogs, exercise their children, meet their family and friends, play their football and spot their birds, the problem is how to make way for the modern-style jamboree, which brings with it not merely, for example, a few bands on a stage, but Sep need some fun small village of street-food vans, merchandise vendors and other ways to relieve punters of their hard-earned cash.
I return to anecdote, which does not always have to be the enemy of data, and can sometimes usefully contextualise it. The same nred I had plonked my bum down on the heath, I met some friends at that other great Sep need some fun destination, the pub.
On the outside of a few jars, we prepared Sep need some fun say our pavement goodbyes. As sometimes happens, a youngish Sep need some fun approached and began somr talk. It was a familiar enough city tale — he had been homeless for a time, but now had a medium-term spot in a hostel; he was getting a bit of work as a painter and decorator and was hopeful that he might be spme to move to somewhere permanent before too long.
He was also carrying something: On its first page, a huge tree, rendered in pencil and intricate detail; thereafter, sketches of its grounds and plants, a portrait of the old pub just outside the park gates, caricatures of the people he met. One picture was brooding and smudgy — it had, he said, started to rain when he was partway through.
Nobody can say what a park Sep need some fun to all its users.
Nobody knows what conversations soome provoked as we stroll along, what agonies soothed or problems thought through. To continue in a remorselessly emotional vein, the last photograph I have of a dear friend before Sep need some fun death a fortnight later is of her sitting on a camping chair watching the amateur cricketers in Victoria Park, an impromptu outing when she still felt strong enough to seek out noise and company and sunlight.
People are also mugged and assaulted in parks, women harassed and raped as they run, drugs taken. Nonetheless, these dwindling spaces are precious and should be protected from commodification and the modern disease of constant, organised fun.
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