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  1. Sense of...

    Posted Feb 11th 2011, 12:00am by Kylie Knott

    ... border, overlooking Myanmar and Laos- you can learn to 'drive' an elephant like a pro. A skilled mahout can guide an elephant through a working day with about 70 soft commands and light touches behind the ear. At the resort's Elephant Camp (below), guests can take part in a three-day training course, set in a lush bamboo forest, and learn to ride one of the 32 elephants ...

  2. Rumble in the jungle

    Posted Jan 12th 2011, 12:00am by Mark Andrews

    ... it hard to believe that less than 24 hours earlier my transport had been so much more sedate. Perched on an elephant's head, I had unwittingly ended up a star in the mahout training school event at the Laos Elephant Festival. This year's Elephant Festival takes place from February 18 to 20 in Pak Lai (also spelled Pak Lay), a small, scenic community on the Mekong River ...

  3. paws for thought

    Posted Aug 16th 2011, 12:00am

    ... of the highlights of the trip was our visit to the Pinnawala elephant orphanage. Sri Lanka elephants are a sub-species of Asian elephant. They are physically the largest of the Asian elephants- even though that means they're lots smaller than African elephants- which can grow up to four metres tall- they still looked pretty massive to me! The elephant holds a lot of cultural significance in Sri ...

  4. Water for Elephants

    Posted May 08th 2011, 12:00am

    ... James Kidd Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen Hodder and Stoughton, HK$104 Water for Elephants is the latest movie vehicle for Robert 'Could I be any more wooden ... Durrell's classic Rosie is My Relative- Gruen even includes an elephant called Rosie with a central part to play. ...

  5. Water for Elephants (Film)

    Posted May 20th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Barry C Chung Water for Elephants looks at the exciting world of circus troupes during the Great Depression. Just as he is about to become a vet, Polish American Jacob (Robert Pattinson) ... on a moving train. It is home to the 'most spectacular show on earth', The Benzini Brothers' Circus. He gets a job caring for the show's elephant, Rosie, and finds a way ...

  6. Water for Elephants

    Posted May 05th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Clarence Tsui Starring: Robert Pattinson, Reese Witherspoon, Christoph Waltz Director: Francis Lawrence Category: IIA Water for Elephants could be an American riposte to the British ... of a disappeared (or disappearing) golden age, Water for Elephants celebrates the arrival of one in which down-and-outers struggle against stark social odds in their rites of passage towards fulfilling ...

  7. Cash in on Ng's Elephant Cheers

    Posted Jun 01st 2011, 12:00am

    ... form and offers a better value option for punters with Elephant Cheers. Ng only landed his 13th winner on the weekend to satisfy the Jockey Club's performance benchmark level, but he ... during the final 11 meetings and Elephant Cheers (Eddy Lai Wai-ming) looks a serious chance in the trophy event. The son of Savabeel has run well at 1,400m from bad barriers in his two races, ...

  8. How gang's Big Elephant left the jungle of crime

    Posted Jun 26th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Wong Yat-hei yathei.wong@scmp.com It is hard to believe that a former gangster whose size won him the nickname Big Elephant is afraid to walk the streets at night. But that's because he fears triad members may target him after he turned his back on a life of crime. Big Elephant became a member of a secret society in Tseung Kwan O when he was just 13. He quit school when ...

  9. Lai See

    Posted Nov 26th 2011, 12:00am

    ... reader, barely concealing his mirth, offered to act as a witness but was brusquely invited to move on. The police officer recovered his composure and the dog survived. Save an elephant Next time you visit an elephant camp in Thailand, where you can have rides or watch elephants paint and perform other tricks, have a care. In most cases the elephant will have gone through a brutal ...

  10. Resurrecting a mammoth gift

    Posted Oct 30th 2011, 12:00am

    ... the 'unselfish' extinct mammoth may help us again. First of all let's ask: how could these 'elephants' survive the cold? They had a woolly coat. But this is not enough to help them survive ... the DNA found in a bone. To compare the pre-historic haemoglobin with that of modern elephants, the scientists used fragmented DNA sequences from three different 25,000- to 43,000-year-old ...




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