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Wednesday, April 05, 2006

London's Elephants - No 4 in the series



This chappie is on top of the gates to Ivory House in Tobacco Dock. He's not lonely because he is one of a pair. It is obvious what they are doing there, harking back to the 17th Century East India Company and the ivory trade.

I'm also pleased to say that the mystery of why No. 3 in the elephant series is outside a casino has been solved courtesy of Robert Elms' London program (see yesterday). Simple really, John Aspinall, the owner, has a private zoo. In this context, there is something strangely poignant about this story.

Click for No 1 in the series.
Click for No 2 in the series.
Click for No 3 in the series.

posted by Ham at 01:19 -- Comments here: 7

Comments on "London's Elephants - No 4 in the series"

 

Blogger Sam said ... (08:55) : 

This is such a cool picture! LOL - very strange, an elephant in the city!

 

Blogger Brian said ... (12:53) : 

This is great, very creative. We have sometimes such bronze elephants in Manhattan, chained to the fronts of perfume stores owned by people from India along side streets in the ungentrified stretchs, but these guys look really proud...adorable
Lucy

 

Blogger Pierre said ... (13:37) : 

With London's elephants and Venice's lions, we could start a menagerie...

 

Blogger chris.h. said ... (14:24) : 

Great post today Ham,with some very interesting 'other' stuff to go with it.My BBC is pretty much 'Match of the day', and thats it!!

 

Blogger breadchick said ... (16:48) : 

Ham, I love the elephant series. I'm not sure why I never noticed them while living in London but when I was back recently, sure enough, elephants everywhere!

 

Blogger Yasser Rahman said ... (18:34) : 

Great Elephant pictures...London, is a very 'cultural' city :)

Oh yes, Ive got three maids at home, one live-in, one that comes in to clean for 6 hours a day and another that comes in to 'do the clothes' . Of course, not all families can afford these maids even though they cost about $20 a month , thats about 14 pounds :)

 

Anonymous David Mery said ... (03:25) : 

There's a lost elephant sign in the window of the pub next to the fishmonger :-)

br -d

 

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