The Belgian Elephant

The Belgian Elephant

For anybody who sweltered through it, the summer of 1976 in the UK will always be remembered as one of the hottest and driest.

Volksoper ticket

Volksoper, Vienna – November 1980

The young man in the sweatshirt and grubby blue jeans stands out amidst the genteel splendour of the opera house, an ugly intrusion like a gaudy weed in a bed of delicate perennials.

White elephant

The White Elephant

The whole rationale of the white elephant is that it should be utterly useless. Venerated, perhaps, but in practical terms a burdensome extravagance designed to ruin the recipient.