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NotBlog is Aled Williams’ preferred blogging arena.
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Blogging takes place between San Francisco
and Wales, with Rosie.

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Hardly Strictly Bluegrass

This asexual future-space-alien pretty much sums up Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival. Kris Kristofferson, Broken Social Scene, Elbow and many more, all for freeeeee... (more…)

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Fleet Week

Watched the SF Fleet Week aerobatics from Lukas and Nicole's roof terrace in North Beach, an amazing spectacle, flying low over the city. It's pretty terrifying to think that these amazing machines aren't always doing loop-the-loops. Seeing them swooping over downtown really brings out the peacenik in me. Here's a video of the Blue Angels. (more…)

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More of the Signs

Some more excellent signs on 24th street and a painted house in SoMa. (more…)

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Colo(u)r

Somewhere between the Mission and Portrero Hill on 24th Street things get colourful... (more…)

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Rosebots in disguise

Transamerica Building

The Transamerica building is pretty awesome - I'm amazed that such a monumental waste of real estate square-footage was approved, but the city's skyline is all the richer for it.

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Heart of the City Market

The civic centre's Heart of the City farmer's market is remarkable amongst SF markets in that it doesn't require a remortgage to buy a few spuds. Here's a selection of some of the more mysterious fruit and veg.

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L’acajou

I cannot stress enough how awesome this Pulled Moroccan Lamb sandwich with harissa and cabbage 'slaw was. Go to L'acajou. Buy a sandwich and take home some of the monumental bread rolls.

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July the Fourth be with you.

A full ballpark on July the fourth, a lone soldier singing the anthem while fighter jets do a fly-by. Fifty thousand Americans chanting 'USA, USA...". Credit where credit is due - the locals have got national pride sussed. A great way to celebrate our first Independence day. (more…)

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House of Prime Rib

A San Francisco institution - and now fairly popular after Anthony Bourdain dropped by with a film crew. Holly's 30th birthday celebrations were kicked off in style at the somehow still-classy House of Prime Rib. Salads in spinning bowls of ice, crazy Russian waitresses, and what looked like a quarter-scale model of an Airstream caravan delivering steaks the size of a shoebox to your table. (more…)

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Alcatraz

You'd go nuts banged up in a place like Alcatraz. Many folks did, apparently Al Capone got the syph and lost his marbles. Only a mile across the bay the inmates would stare out at the beautiful skyline, and when the wind was right, they could hear the music and parties on the waterfront. What a gyp.
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