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By Byron Rogers

ISBN-10: 1845138503

ISBN-13: 9781845138509

An viewers with an Elephant is a compendium of the oddest and so much eccentric travels - a go back and forth ebook 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 no use to. those are trips to the guts of the unusual and far away land of england. On his travels he meets the Turkish POW in British arms - 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 extraordinary figures because the octogenerian triathlete, the fellow who (before such issues have been banned) held each global consuming checklist, 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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Besides, very few of them now did wander: what remained were derelicts or alcoholics shuffling through city centres. Philip O’Connor, author of Vagrancy, advised me to invent such a man: he doubted whether he existed in life. Finally, I found George Gibbs. Since 1968 he has been something of a minor celebrity in Wales. Then, trying to light a fire in a deserted house near Llanelly, he had the good fortune first to push his hand up the chimney, and enough blasting powder came tumbling down to have sent him, the house, and most of the street, into kingdom come.

She is sixteen years old. And all this to her has been mere interruptions in the long days during which she must cram 300lbs of food into herself, for she is 8ft 6ins in height and weighs 2½ tons. She is Rani, the last elephant in Gerry Cottle’s circus. Requests for photographs come by the sack-load, yet there are still places in Britain where she cannot go, for the country she ambles through in her 40-week working year is as politically fragmented as mediaeval Germany. The further Left a council, the more strident is its opposition to performing animals, so when a change of regime occurs Rani returns to the recreation grounds and the commons.

Since 1968 he has been something of a minor celebrity in Wales. Then, trying to light a fire in a deserted house near Llanelly, he had the good fortune first to push his hand up the chimney, and enough blasting powder came tumbling down to have sent him, the house, and most of the street, into kingdom come. It was the year before the Investiture. Gibbs spent his winters at the Stormydown Reception Centre near Bridgend, leaving each year with the spring, and by summer could be anywhere between Glamorgan and Anglesey; the difficulties in contacting a tramp are legion.

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