Saturday, June 09, 2018

Elephants in Dirty London

Once upon a time London had terrible air pollution and smog, as you can see in this photo. The air pollution frequently and often killed people. Having visited there twice, it was all good, with a clear sky and no evidence of air pollution, but was there invisible air pollution? Carbon monoxide?

Along with the London air pollution and smog in the past were trams and elephants. I hasten to add, neither caused the air pollution. Well, only a little bit. Trams used electricity made then by burning coal and elephants with a diet of lots of green things, probably fart methane rather a lot. One can only guess about this staged photo.


Won't  the mean tram conductor allow the elephant to board the tram? Where is Wandsworth anyway? Clearly not in Westminster, or I would know it. Oh, south of the Thames. Not really a desirable place for an elephant to visit. Well not for one who lives north of the Thames and wants to maintain its social status. Any clever captions to add? 

Proper post tomorrow, one that has taken some time, but really this one has too. It was pretty well a one liner post that came about because I saw this photo in the public domain and I liked it. I think I made it a bit interesting with some words. I've only been blogging for fourteen years. Who knows how this blogging thingie works. 

24 comments:

  1. Having ridden an elephant you are very right about the fart methane. And elephants are very slow to outpace their farts.

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    1. EC, I rode a baby elephant in Thailand that had the same name as my sister. Sister farts more than the baby elephant did.

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  2. Maybe a friendly elephant just saying hello and passing the time of day, If I saw a elephant I would stop and chat.
    Merle..........

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    1. Merle, I think I too would stop and chat to a friendly elephant. They can be nasty, but are mostly friendly.

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  3. That is quite a well known photo, and rightly so! Even in my own London days, burning coal on fires was banned. We used to wait till after dark then throw a few bits of wood onto a homely blazing fire. All those old blackened building have now been cleaned, and London certainly is a much cleaner looking city.

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    1. Cro, it must have been rather grim in London with soot stained buildings. Maybe I should have researched the photo. Perhaps I will. Interesting that coal burning was banned. For some poor, it would have been their only form of heating.

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  4. "Stop! Hold on! I left my trunk on board!"

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  5. I'm left wondering why there were elephants in London?

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    1. River, why shouldn't there be? Ah, some pretty obvious reasons. Circus promotion?

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    2. It probably lived at The Elephant and Castle.

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    3. At the backpacker hotel in Fitzroy Street, St Kilda?

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  6. Nice photo, but as River says I wonder why elephants in London?
    I had no idea London used to be a smoggy city.

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    1. Sami, it was terrible. People used to die from the smog, with so many houses burning coal for heating and perhaps hot water too. London was a filthy city up to maybe the late sixties or a bit later. The building were all covered in soot from centuries past.

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  7. I have no room for peanuts I have a mouthful of head ☺

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    1. Grace, it does rather look like that.

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  8. What are you saying, I'm too fat to ride the tram? I don't like fat slams. They make me want to turn things over, things like trams.

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    1. Strayer, the double deck trams always look unstable to me, so perhaps the elephant could well tip it over.

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  9. I loved living in London more than any other place on the planet. But I don't remember trams and I certainly don't remember elephants in town.

    Cows in Indian cities, yes!

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    1. Hels, it is so nice to be able to say to you, you are too young to remember London trams.

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  10. Actually, it looks like the conductor might be feeding the elephant. Look at the way the animals's trunk is curled and that somebody in that tram has his hand out.

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    1. Kirk, I expect you are quite right about the elephant being fed. They are very trainable.

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  11. Oh gosh - reminds me of the time I was driving with the top down on the car and came to an elephant on platform being driving along the road - the elephant put his trunk out just as I was passing..I did get passed finally :)

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    1. Wow Margaret. What an experience.

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