The Sultan's Elephant - arrives next Friday. LOOK AT THE SIZE OF IT! Blimey guv.

Discussion in 'London and the South East' started by dogmatique, Apr 25, 2006.

  1. Dan U

    Dan U Boompty

    respeck! :D
  2. kyser_soze

    kyser_soze Hawking's Angry Eyebrow

    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*
  3. laptop

    laptop Freudenschade

    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...
  4. kyser_soze

    kyser_soze Hawking's Angry Eyebrow

    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...
  5. laptop

    laptop Freudenschade

    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").

  6. Maggot

    Maggot The Cake of Liberty

  7. ddraig

    ddraig dros ben llestri

  8. Maggot

    Maggot The Cake of Liberty

  9. citydreams

    citydreams on the road again

  10. William of Walworth

    William of Walworth Festographer

  11. fudgefactorfive

    fudgefactorfive New Member

    I'll tape it for you if I remember ... BBC site also says BBC Four, Sat 20 May, 01:00-01:50.
  12. Biddlybee

    Biddlybee making knots with sticks

    :( I'm out tonight and Saturday... if anyone could tape it, and loan it I'd love them forever :D
  13. Maggot

    Maggot The Cake of Liberty

    Can't you use your timer? :p

    I'll try and record it (but only cos I want to be loved).
  14. trashpony

    trashpony Ovaries and tings

    Trip to Antwerp is in order I reckon - it's a great city :)
  15. Louloubelle

    Louloubelle Well-Known Member

    Just to remind you all the documentary is on in a few minutes on BBC4
  16. gaijingirl

    gaijingirl Well-Known Member

    I'm crying again! What's wrong with me? It makes me feel all emotional! :eek: I'm seriously thinking I'd like to go to Calais/Antwerp to see this again...
  17. Sunspots

    Sunspots what's my mission now?...

    Aww, that programme was the first footage I've seen of it all this.

    Amazing. :eek: :)

    This cynical world needs more magical wonder. :cool:
  18. marty21

    marty21 One on one? You're crazy.

    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:(
  19. Reno

    Reno The In Kraut

    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.
  20. marty21

    marty21 One on one? You're crazy.

    it is a great place, had a great little mini break there last year:cool:
  21. girasol

    girasol Ubuntu

    Documentary made me realise I should have gone on Sunday too... Felt a little tearful towards the end! :)
  22. Maggot

    Maggot The Cake of Liberty

    It wasn't that bad! I agree there should have been more Elephant and less vox pop, but I enjoyed it.
  23. fudgefactorfive

    fudgefactorfive New Member

    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 :D
  24. gaijingirl

    gaijingirl Well-Known Member

    :D :D

    Yes, I agree that it wasn't the best documentary ever - but it still made me want to see it all over again!
  25. trashpony

    trashpony Ovaries and tings

    I think we should have an urban outing to Antwerpen - we can become international elephant chasers :cool:
  26. gaijingirl

    gaijingirl Well-Known Member

    We could go by Eurostar! :) According to this article:,,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
  27. Biddlybee

    Biddlybee making knots with sticks

    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.,
  28. sherriff rosco

    sherriff rosco Mostly harmless unless catering is shut.

    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.

  29. Maggot

    Maggot The Cake of Liberty

    I've recorded it. :)
  30. dogmatique

    dogmatique merde alors

    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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