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Monday, October 09, 2006

London's Elephants - No 10 in a series



Another week, another elephant (or two). First, this elephant spotting comes to you courtesy of the excellent Kitten Heels, for which much thanks. Location is the old Elephant & Castle pub in Vauxhall. I had forgotten it - last time I was there it was a dive, now it is a Starbucks and I have to confess for once that's an improvement.

Keep reading for another of my favourite London trivia. The Russian word for station is Vokzal (or вокзал in cyrillic - thanks Julia!) One of the reasons given for this is that at the start of the railway revolution, the Russians sent a delegation over to England to see what it was all about. Unfortunately, They didn't speak a word of English. They were shown Vauxhall station (one of the earliest ones) and went away assuming that the word for station was Vauxhall. Isn't that beautiful?



Click for No 1 in the series.
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Click for No 3 in the series.
Click for No 4 in the series.
Click for No 5 in the series.
Click for No 6 in the series.
Click for No 7 in the series.
Click for No 7 1/2 in the series.
Click for No 8 in the series.
Click for No 9 in the series.

posted by Ham at 00:26 -- Comments here: 6

Comments on "London's Elephants - No 10 in a series"

 

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Blogger Gail's Man said ... (07:57) : 

A shame that there's the telegraph pole and lamp post to spoil the view. It's the curse of modern photography.

 

Anonymous NiC said ... (10:08) : 

Love the Vokzal story. Excellent.

 

Anonymous Zsolt72 said ... (17:29) : 

thank you Ham for the vokzal story...I knew the word from the school when I learned Russian but I didnt know its origin.:)

 

Blogger Kitten Heels said ... (22:22) : 

Isn't it strange that there is a word in another language that is based on one of our stations? Thanks for that Ham!

 

Blogger Olivier said ... (08:32) : 

Je ne connaissais pas ce post, belle serie d'elephants.
sont-ils des fois peints en roses ?

I did not know this post, beautiful series of elephants. are times painted pinks?

 

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