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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 shuttle booklet 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 arms - an old tortoise captured at Gallipoli and now resident in nice Yarmouth - and the teenaged elephant who has opened extra fetes and supermarkets than any television megastar. the following, too, are such extraordinary figures because the octogenerian triathlete, the guy who (before such issues have been banned) held each global consuming checklist, and the final hangman in his untroubled retirement. even 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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He stopped, the elephant stopped and even the sinking sun seemed to stop. ‘He’s not a bad chap, that Harrison Ford,’ said Robert Raven. Wales It Came as a Big Surprise HERE IS AN Angler’s Prayer you still come across occasionally, painted on old mugs in fishing inns. It is a bit like a river itself, the couplet meandering towards a tired rhyme. Lord, grant that I may catch a fish so big that even I, When speaking of it afterwards, may have no need to lie. This is an account of a man, ‘an excellent angler, and now with God’, as Walton put it, who did just that.

He collects the week-old papers. As night comes on he settles down for the night in an open barn some 2 miles from Dolgellau: he has walked some 7 miles. He lights a fire, drinks yet more tea. Thursday: Towards Dolgellau. First stop Dr Williams’ School, a girls’ boarding school on the outskirts of Dolgellau. He always stops here. This time he knocks on the kitchen door and is given some roast beef sandwiches and tea. It is his first meal of the day. George reaches Dolgellau about midday and claims his Social Security benefit.

Allen began fishing, and at first it was a very quiet evening. But then he felt a slight tug on his line. He pulled on it but this had no effect. Alderman Price was fond of telling what happened next, ‘Alec used to tell me that he thought he’d hooked a log. He couldn’t see what it was, except that it was something huge in the shadows. ’ A faint smile would come over Price’s face. ’ Allen had still no idea of what was in the river. A more imaginative man might have become frightened at that stage, for his line was jerking out under a momentum he had never experienced.

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