Sultan’s Elephant


This is what we live in London for! Spectacular Spectacular!
Strange, you wait ages for a blog post on French elephants in the city, and then two come along at once… But this was no Babar, rather a fabulous day of carnival from the Royal de Luxe group. It’s been going on for the past 4 days; we finally made it up today to see the elephant wake up, walk off, hose everyone down, meet the girl and send her off in her time machine. A genuinely astounding event; a friend likened it to watching a Gabriel Garcia Marquez novel live. With hundreds of thousands there, and everyone gob-smacked at how huge and… moving it was. Plus I got to stand near Rolf Harris 😉
Bunch of photos here:

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One response to “Sultan’s Elephant”

  1. t’was great.
    stumbled across the giant urn, smoke bellowing after its heavy landing on waterloo place, on thursday evening.
    heard some guys from the midlands on the tube today.
    talking about huge london is, comparing the lenghts of journeys and how far from home that would take them in their home town. then went on to say that they couldnt understand it when people said that they liked london, liked living in london, that london is so varied that when people say they like london which bit of london are they saying they like.
    kinda thought that they had missed the point.
    perhaps its the scale and its huge variety and diversity that we love.
    and that there is so much going on, far more than we’ll ever see, indeed far more than we’ll even hear of… exhibitions, gigs, lectures, markets, mayhem, but its not always that we ‘make the most of it’, but thats its there. didnt see todays carnival, the giant elephant, was eating freshly baked scones in hackney, but love that it was here.