New in town…goes to the Park

Friday, 24th April 2015

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Moseley Park
Moseley Park

I’ve been New In Town for twelve months now. My first New In article espoused the virtues of our village, and I continue to be enamoured. I’m still working on Moseley’s must-dos, should-dos and I didn’t-know-you-could-dos, but before stepping into the story of my latest visit I must take a side-step.

Groundhog Day, hailed by some as the best comedy film of all time, celebrates a North American tradition and features Mr Bill Murray at his Bill-iliant best. On February 2nd, in the film and real life, people gather in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania and ask if Phil the groundhog sees a shadow. If he does that’s six more weeks of winter folks.

What makes the film so strong is the deliberate efforts to avoid making cultural references, so it remains timeless. Some things date and some don’t. The concrete Bullring in the Telly Sevalas YouTube clip (check it out) did date, the present one may do but something like the Moseley Park does not. I like to think how many people have sat, played and walked in this place. It remains beautiful and valuable: you’re entering somewhere special, somewhere that’s yours and shared with just a few others. The park key is also incredibly cool.

On Groundhog Day 2015, Punxsutawney Phil came out and saw a shadow. Another six weeks brings us to Mid-March. Spring is coming.

In early February 2015 I sat in the park with a flask of coffee and a supermarket picnic. Come spring, I see myself sat on a bench on a Sunday, top right corner I fancy, with a good book, and a sandwich. Later I’ll be joined by friends before sneaking off for a pint and then home for tea. The park is part of what makes Moseley so special. It gives us chance to slow things down, sit, read and enjoy the company of others. The sun just eases that a little by giving us more time outside, and I look forwards to another spring in Moseley. Happy Groundhog Day Moseley.

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