The Sultan’s Elephant in London – a true story

This is about an elephant that came to the streets of London in search of a little girl. It happened in 2006 and I wrote about it in 2015. It’s a tale about wonder where you least expect it … and about the power of elephants.

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The Sultan's Elephant in London ‘The Sultan’s Elephant’ by Royal de Luxe, produced in London in 2006 by Artichoke. Photo copyright Sophie Laslett.

It all began on one of those long weekends when no-one was looking.  To start with it was just an ordinary, empty day – too busy to see.

Then, suddenly, people started to hear things, they started to wonder … because … wasn’t that … did they really hear an elephant in London?

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Review: Julie Walters and Friends (Audio CD)

9781908571113 I picked up a national treasure at the M6 services at midnight on a Thursday.  It was a question of survival.  She was my last defence against sleep  and I must have been the only numpty in Lancashire who had no idea who she was. Continue reading

Pygmalion review – this 2014 tour has energy, laughter and truth


Alistair McGowan as Henry Higgins

Alistair McGowan as Henry Higgins

Bernard Shaw’s Pygamilion is on a UK tour a century after its opening night.  The humour feels fresh and the message still matters.

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