Discussion in 'London and the South East' started by dogmatique, Apr 25, 2006.
Where the fuck is Antwerten? It HAS to be better than Calais, which makes even Dover look like a lovely, inviting town *has school trip flashbacks to hypermarket related porn purchasing*
I assume it's in Typonia, the land of all possible misspelled places
Antwerp, for the English; in Belgium.
I spent a bizarre evening there listening to klezmer outside the (then?) Vlaams Blok (far right) controlled Town Hall...
Y'see that's what I thought, but since it was from a c'n'p I figured it was a proper place and all...
Antwerp would be FAR better to visit than Calais. Honest. Hell, if the Elephant got boring we could find some fascists to beat up or something...
But it's originally a c&p from a French site
Google knoweth not a place called "antwerten" - it appears to feature as a word in German dialect studies
(cf Hochdeutsch „antworten").
some more pics (as if there hasn't been enough!)
really really good pics maggot
there's a documentary about the Sultan's Elephant on BBC4 this thursday.
Dammit! We're away this evening (off to Scotland tomorrow) so will miss this.
If anyone hears of the programme being repeated, please post information here ...
I'll tape it for you if I remember ... BBC site also says BBC Four, Sat 20 May, 01:00-01:50.
I'm out tonight and Saturday... if anyone could tape it, and loan it I'd love them forever
Can't you use your timer?
I'll try and record it (but only cos I want to be loved).
Trip to Antwerp is in order I reckon - it's a great city
Just to remind you all the documentary is on in a few minutes on BBC4
I'm crying again! What's wrong with me? It makes me feel all emotional! I'm seriously thinking I'd like to go to Calais/Antwerp to see this again...
Aww, that programme was the first footage I've seen of it all this.
This cynical world needs more magical wonder.
really enjoyed that documentary, made me realise i should have gone back to see it more, we saw it in the friday night and then didn't go back again
What a wasted opportunity this film was. About ten minutes of badly shot footage from a four day event in a 45 minutes film and most of it was taken up with the director telling us what to feel and think long before we have seen anything of the Elephant and the same 6 people telling us this was the most amazing thing they have ever seen over and over. Many people on here have posted photos which conveyed much more adequately who great this was.
I'd really love to see a good documentary on the creation of this.
it is a great place, had a great little mini break there last year
Documentary made me realise I should have gone on Sunday too... Felt a little tearful towards the end!
It wasn't that bad! I agree there should have been more Elephant and less vox pop, but I enjoyed it.
I quite liked the vox pop - but yeah, self-indulgent film-maker.
Comparisons with the 2012 Olympics and the death of Diana annoyed me. This was nothing like that. This was pure theatre, fantasy, abstraction, awe, creativity - not tied up with competitions or mourning.
The bit where they covered the speechmakers - I wasn't actually there then, arrived a couple of hours later, but a mate who was there said that both the MP and Ken stood up and did their blah blah blah London London London unite unite unite stuff, and after a while, the giant little girl stood up, yawned massively, and went to sleep right in the middle of the speeches. Class
Yes, I agree that it wasn't the best documentary ever - but it still made me want to see it all over again!
I think we should have an urban outing to Antwerpen - we can become international elephant chasers
We could go by Eurostar! According to this article: http://travel.guardian.co.uk/cities/story/0,,810305,00.html you can go from £85 return.
Although my summer is a bit crowded now.. I'd be even more tempted to do Le Havre:
"The Sultan’s Elephant can be seen in Antwerp (Belgium) from 6 – 9 July, and then in Calais at the end of September and Le Havre at the end of October. "
Route Depart Arrive/Duration
Portsmouth to Le Havre Fri 27 Oct 06 23:00 07:30 7hr 30min
Le Havre to Portsmouth Sun 29 Oct 06 17:00 21:30 5hr 30min
My video only plays, doesn't record. fiddled with the leads, but in the last three years I haven't been able to figutre it out.,
A couple of weeks on and my daughter is still asking
" Why did the little girl have to go ?"...."When will she be coming back ?"
So looks like a day trip to Calais in late Sept will def` be on the cards , so one little girl can meet another again! I`ve told her that she`s going to land in France sometime soon but we`ll have to keep an eye on the news for her arrival.
I wonder if it`ll be in the press over here? Seeing as it has caused quite a stir in London and it made the national news briefly.
I've recorded it.
As a limited one time only offer, I'm willing to send a DVD of this flawed docu to the first three people who shout.
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