I went to Coventry again today. It was fab. I knew it would be. I went there for the first time in February. I fully intend to return before long and explore some more.
It’s going to be the City of Culture in 2021. It’s going to be brilliant.
It’s been twinned with more cities than I can remember, mainly I think because its mission to promote peace and reconciliation.
I think it should be twinned with the Elephant and Castle, SE1. The clue is in the coat of arms.
elephant and Castle and Cat
Elephant and Castle
Another Coat of arms
Chubby Elephant with Castle
Well, not really a room, more a district and a city. Let me explain.
When I visited Coventry last week I was surprised and intrigued to find representations of elephants.
A Line of Balancing Elephants
I live close to the Elephant and Castle in London. I’m used to references to elephants hereabouts. We have a magnificent one with a howdah on his back that adorns the delapidated shopping centre; there’s Elephant Cars based in Elephant Road; the Electric Elephant Café here in Walworth, offices in Hannibal House; Elefest, once our annual beano celebrating all things Elephant connected. But I was unaware of any pachyderm associations with Coventry, usually a city more renowned for its connections with Lady Godiva’s naked horse riding event. However, elephants there definitely were.
An Elephant in the Wall
Who is the man on the left, all wrapped up in today’s sunshine, wearing an unattractive woolly hat as he walks away from his bike at the Elephant and Castle?
It’s Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, old Etonian, and tipped by some to be a future prime minister of this country. His quality suit under that dingy mac caught my attention as he locked up his rather nice bike. I was on the bus and rummaged for my ‘phone.
Not wearing a helmet please note. Continue reading