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The Most Awesome Thing I Have Ever Seen
Friday, me and my better half headed off for a walk in London, searching for what rumours (all right, the BBC News website) had told us we might find. And what did we find in Waterloo Place, off Pall Mall?

A crashed spaceship. As you do.



It was embedded quite deep in the ground.



And steam was still pouring out.



Then we heard a noise - music, and the sounds of people cheering - from the direction of the Mall (the wide, straight red-tarmacked road that runs from Buckingham Palace to Trafalgar Square). We hurried forward, and what did we see?

A giant mechanical walking elephant - heavier than Nelson's Column, and taller than Admiralty Arch - heading towards us, surrounded by a herd of marshalls carrying a circle of tape, which was itself surrounded by hoards of amazed people.



(Strictly speaking, although its legs were moving, it wasn't quite walking, because it had some little wheels underneath, but your eyes were so transfixed by the sight that you scarely noticed).

The beast was spraying water from its trunk across the crowd.



And it had a little house built on top, with people in, and more people on the house's flat topped roof.









Following it was a generator vehicle of some sort, and a trailer, upon which sat a band pumping out some exotic, but pleasing music.

It was, quite simply, one of the most awesome things I've ever seen in my entire life.

More details available from the BBC page for the event.
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ubiquitous_cat From: ubiquitous_cat Date: May 8th, 2006 12:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
I so wanted to be in London this weekend to see this, I'd seen the photo's from France and they looked awesome.
lawbag From: lawbag Date: May 8th, 2006 01:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
the most awesome sight ever?

you've obviously not seen your wife give birth!
jonnynexus From: jonnynexus Date: May 8th, 2006 01:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm not seen anyone's wife give birth! :)
lawbag From: lawbag Date: May 8th, 2006 01:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
wanna swap ? lol
theweaselking From: theweaselking Date: May 8th, 2006 01:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
That is way cool.
scimon From: scimon Date: May 8th, 2006 01:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wow! I'm (mostly) speechless.
majic13 From: majic13 Date: May 8th, 2006 01:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
Damnit! I saw the photos from when this happened in France (last year or so? In celebration of Jules Verne's birthday or something, anyway), and if I'd known about it ahead of time I'd've so been there. @_@

Because how can you possibly go wrong with giant mechanical elephants?
JamesWallis From: JamesWallis Date: August 3rd, 2011 12:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
Rather belatedly... I followed the elephant every day, from the unveiling of the space capsule to the Little Giant's final departure. It was the greatest piece of street-theatre I have ever seen. Five years later, I still can't walk down the Mall without remembering the Elephant's sedate, glorious procession.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/62889100@N00/sets/72057594126228333/
jonnynexus From: jonnynexus Date: August 3rd, 2011 04:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
It was awesome. And that's a brilliant set of photos!
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