An Audience with an Elephant. And Other Encounters on the by Byron Rogers

By Byron Rogers

An viewers with an Elephant is a compendium of the oddest and so much eccentric travels - a trip e-book to set along Norman Lewis and Eric Newby for the sheer unpredictability of its encounters and its surreal comedy. yet Bryon Rogers did not enterprise to the ends of the earth to discover singular customized and heroic idiosyncrasy: he had little need to. those are trips to the guts of the unusual and far-off land of england. On his travels he meets the Turkish POW in British palms - an historical tortoise captured at Gallipoli and now resident in nice Yarmouth - and the teenaged elephant who has opened extra fetes and supermarkets than any television big name. right here, too, are such weird and wonderful figures because the octogenerian triathlete, the fellow who (before such issues have been banned) held each global consuming list, and the final hangman in his untroubled retirement. no matter if exploring the center of britain within the forgotten county of Northamptonshire or accompanying the final tramp during the wilder...

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On the one side, forever in shadow, is the overwhelming majority of people, of interest only for their purchasing power. On the other is that tiny group on whom the spotlight rests. Television has done this, the fortunes of Hello magazine have been based on it, and the papers have followed, creating between them the cult of celebrity. The result is that at no time in human history have so many become mere spectators, and been so conscious of the fact. Celebrities have existed for so long as there has been any form of organised society, but there were far fewer of them: the general, the prince, the politician, the preacher, the murderer, the hangman.

He lost £250,000 in the next two years because circus audiences appeared to agree with the councils that animals were a persecuted minority. When he went back into animals he had a vicar in to bless them and, to cock a snook at authority, added a turkey. The turkey, which does nothing except walk up and down, is called Lucky. Twice a night, for seven minutes at a time, Rani steps from tub to tub, or walks over people. (‘Being the only animal which can’t jump, an elephant has to be sure-footed. ’) She also plays cricket but has refused to play football.

A high wall ran the length of the Priory and separated them from the 80 monks, so that there were two altars, one on each side. Think of her there in those 54 years of institutional life. The coarse woollen clothing. The bells ringing for worship and work, matins and masses, masses and matins; the enforced silences which may have got easier as childhood ebbed; the windows squeaking as they turned on their wheels for a few inches when a stranger called. She had come from the mountains and she was to pass her life without seeing a single hill.

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