By Byron Rogers
An viewers with an Elephant is a compendium of the oddest and such a lot 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 no use 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 arms - an historic 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. right here, too, are such extraordinary figures because the octogenerian triathlete, the fellow who (before such issues have been banned) held each international consuming list, 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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But he did more than that. He went fishing for salmon one day and caught something so peculiar, so far removed from even the footnotes of angling in Britain, that a grown man who was present ran off across the fields. Nobody would have thought it at all odd that day if the fisherman had been found trying to look up his catch in the Book of Revelations. It needs a photograph. The fisherman is dead, his friends are beginning to die, and, had a photograph not been taken, few people would now believe what happened.
Forget the alderman and his grocer’s shop: follow the A52 eastwards until after about 9 miles you see a B road turning south to Billingborough and Bourne. Two miles after Billingborough you will find Sempringham, a place where Mrs Thatcher has probably never been. Sempringham is a locked church at the end of an earth track, out in the fields with no houses near it. You will have no problem finding the church, for you will already have seen it from miles around; there is no landscape here, only sky.
For as long as there have been hearth fires and home acres some men have been forsaking them, to wander. Outraged legislation indexed their progress, spitting against ‘vagabondes, roges, masterless men and idle persons’ and ‘myghty vagabonds and beggars’; up until the nineteenth century, with its glimmerings of official enlightenment, society hounded and reviled its tramps because in their way they represented, like Soviet emigrants, an adverse comment upon it. Yet then tramps acquired a haze of romance, particularly with growing urbanisation.
An Audience with an Elephant. And Other Encounters on the Eccentric Side by Byron Rogers