By Byron Rogers
An viewers with an Elephant is a compendium of the oddest and so much eccentric travels - a commute 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 center of the unusual and far away 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 star. the following, too, are such strange figures because the octogenerian triathlete, the fellow who (before such issues have been banned) held each international 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 in the course of the wilder...
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I managed to stop her, but when you’ve seen an elephant running towards you it’s a sight you don’t forget in a hurry. ’ Things are even further complicated by his baby son, who is fascinated by the animal, and whenever he manages to get out of their caravan crawls towards her tent; the elephant is nervous of small things. The tent is a lean-to, with the flaps down to prevent the draughts to which an elephant is susceptible. Inside this she is chained, mainly on account of her curiosity. Water she associates with a black hosepipe, and with the number of black electric cables lying around the encampment a curious elephant wandering around would be a major hazard.
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