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An viewers with an Elephant is a compendium of the oddest and so much eccentric travels - a commute e-book 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 historical 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 weird and wonderful 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 throughout the wilder...

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When Edward III came through in 1327, the Priory records show that he confirmed her £20 a year, but then the English could afford to be generous. They had always had this small, nagging guilt when it came to the Welsh, the Archbishop of Canterbury observing in 1199 that ‘the Welsh, being sprung by unbroken succession from the original stock of Britons, boast of all Britain as theirs by right’. Which was why, when her father’s head was paraded down Cheapside, the Londoners crowned it mockingly with ivy.

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. A hundred years ago ballads and hearsay would have wrecked it on the wilder shores of myth; as it is, yellowing cuttings from the local paper, almost crumbling into carbon, are slowly unfolded from wallets, a print is unearthed reverently from under a pile of household receipts.

He had been very quiet, fond of gardening and fishing — fond of quiet, really. After he came back from the war he announced his intention of never going on his travels again and there were no family holidays; the only time Henry Friston left Lowestoft was to go to Llandudno for a week’s Home Guard training. The only house he ever owned was a railway carriage. ’ Don Friston unrolled a sheet of paper; his father had even kept his plans. ’ Yet this very private man was, in his later years, hardly out of the local paper.

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