Elephant Parade

Whilst I was in Amsterdam after my fun elephant spotting last year in Sheffield I was delighted to discover the Elephant parade.

On a wet afternoon  when we were sheltering in the Magna shopping centre we came across this elephant on the ground floor.

The mini Elephant Herd
Upstairs there was a whole shop selling elephant parade products, a table to paint elephants or you could even buy elephants to take away to paint.


Elephant parade started in 2006 when Mark Spilks saw an an elephant called Mosa at the time 7months old being fitted for a prosthetic limb in Thailand. Elephant’s in Thailand can lose limbs due to stepping on log mines whilst logging.

In 2007 Rotterdam hosted sculptures of elephants which were then auctioned to raise money for Asian Elephant Foundation.

Subsequent elephants were hosted in Antwerp in 2008, Amsterdam 2009, London 2010 and subsequently Singapore, Hong Kong, Orange County in California, Brazil and many others.

One of the elephant parade, elephants was also on a canal boat in California.


The other elephants seen in Amsterdam shop / gallery.

Top 5 Large Elephants (Children’s Hospital Trail Sheffield 2016

The Black Dahlia by James Ellroy

Presumably someone picked this book for book club,  who had not actually read it. It is based on true life murder. It is an unsolved murder,  but one with many theories and suspects so featured in various true crime books. So perhaps we will need to stray into talking about the true story.

I was put off right from the beginning. There is many chapters before the murder; not what I want from a thriller. I found the beginning very dull the font of the copy, I read was horrible. Through the book there are lots of numbers mentioned. Which floor, what time, what date, how many miles, what car registration, which number on which street etc…


The plot is very complex with lots of characters and I found I could not get to grips and engage with any characters. Not sure I can say much about it for book club.

The woman next door by Cass Green

A seemingly fairly innocuous book. One neighbor is at a computer class and the other at the hairdressers at the start of the book. The whole story is told in a casual way, but it is more twisted then it appears.


 One reviewer called it ‘gripping’ I would not say I was gripped but I was entertained and would not have predicted ending from the start. 

35 before 35 progress

Inspired by 34 Before 34 | Is That You Darling
http://isthatyoudarling.co.uk/tag/34-before-34/

A couple I have already done and some I have booked already! Scoring a Turkey I have never done; can it be done before November? 

1. Dye hair blue

Did in December.


2. Read a Stephen King book

This was a new year resolution. I have bought Insomnia.

3. Do a park run

Need to practice.

4. Go to Amsterdam

Booked.

5. Climb Arther’s seat in Edinburgh

6. See 2 more gold post boxes
Saw one in Hull need to seek another.

7. Go in a hot air ballon

8. See Bob Dylan

Booked.

9. See Greenday

Booked

10. Score a Turkey at bowling.
11. Watch love actually again

🙂 Looking Coward to

12. Watch love actually sequlae

Looking forward to.

13. Watch 8 films at the cinema

Seen:

La La Land

Manchester by Sea

Lion

50 shades

Trainspotting 2

3 more to watch! Last year only about 3 in whole year.

14. Watch Bridge of spies

15. Watch Cara Emerald 

Booked

16. Do a ramblers 15mile walk

17. Get 100 total likes on blog

Got 50 so far.

18. Try a spin class

19. Publish prompts for whole of lent about homelessness.

20. Try a yoga class

22. Go to ten belly dancing classes.
Been to three so far.

23. Go to the new gelato on west st.

24. Go to the light cinema when it opens.

25. Go to the lakes.

26. Get shed for garden

27. Once have shed tidy cellar 

28. Buy football ground jigsaw to do with colleagues

29. Go to one of Shef’s Oct festivals: comedy, beer or off shelf

30. Go to Peddlers market

31. Pass ski lesson 2.

32. Swim outside

33. Go on folk train

34. Go wine tasting

35. Go climbing

35 before 35

Inspired by 34 Before 34 | Is That You Darling

http://isthatyoudarling.co.uk/tag/34-before-34/

1. Dye hair blue

2. Read a Stephen King book

3. Do a park run

4. Go to Amsterdam

5. Climb Arther’s seat in Edinburgh

6. See 2 more gold post boxes

7. Go in a hot air ballon

8. See Bob Dylan

9. See Greenday

10. Score a Turkey at bowling.

11. Watch love actually again

12. Watch love actually sequlae

13. Watch 8 films at the cinema

14. Watch Bridge of spies

15. Watch Cara Emerald 

16. Do a ramblers 15mile walk

17. Get 100 total likes on blog

18. Try a spin class

19. Publish prompts for whole of lent about homelessness.

20. Try a yoga class

22. Go to ten belly dancing classes.

23. Go to the new gelato on west st.

24. Go to the light cinema when it opens.

25. Go to the lakes.

26. Get shed for garden

27. Once have shed tidy cellar 

28. Buy football ground jigsaw to do with colleagues

29. Go to one of Shef’s Oct festivals: comedy, beer or off shelf

30. Go to Peddlers market

31. Pass ski lesson 2.

32. Swim outside

33. Go on folk train

34. Go wine tasting

35. Go climbing

From Drag Queens to Bondage aka Everyone’s talking about Jamie to 50 Shades of Grey

From theatre Monday to cinema Wednesday.

Everybody is Talking about Jamie: Showing at the Crucible Sheffield until 25th February

The second 50 shades starts with Christian Grey and Anastasia Steel broken up. They are soon back together and the power struggle continues. He drags her away from drinks with her boss, she forces him into supermarket shopping, he buys company she works for and so on. Anasatasia is trying to find out about the mysterious man she has fallen for, maintain her independence, start her careeer whilst Christian meddles in every aspect of her life all well maintain perfect make up 24/7 including asleep and in the shower. Will Anastasia manage not to be owned? That is a question for all to make up their mind up about. Although the film plot and film are fairly similar,  you may have different answers from the book compared to the film.

Dear Amy by Helen Callaghan contains SPOILERS

The concept of the book is on par, with the impressive Gone Girl. It turns out the central character who is receiving letters from a girl who went missing 20years ago is actually that girl , but has repressed the torment. Alas not executed as well as Gone Girl. I struggle to see the character as whole because,  the book does not fully explain where she thought she had come from? Drug addict that turned into a teacher; how? and what was her childhood before that? Margot as a character was convincing before I knew about Bethany. The book splitchapters  down further into bite size segments, I think the idea was to show her confusion or at least it could have done if executed differently, as it was it just felt jerky and I found it hard to engage. For example, I also did not feel her getting into relationship with Martin was that plausible .

That been said I did have a gap, between starting Dear Amy and finishing whilst read The Girl with all the gifts for book club so, maybe they contributed to me thinking the book was slightly disjointed. Overall it was a pleasant enough read but disappointed because it had potential  to be more powerful and deeper.

The girl with all the gifts by M.R.Carey