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The last days of Elephant. 

I’m about to embark on a new project called “The last days of Elephant” which will hopefully take the next 12 - 24 months (ish) to complete.

Elephant and Castle is an area in South East London that is about to go through a massive transformation.

“The area is now subject to a master-planned redevelopment budgeted at £1.5 billion. A Development Framework was approved by Southwark Council in 2004. It covers 170 acres (688,000 m²) and envisages restoring the Elephant to the role of major urban hub for inner South London that it occupied before World War II[1].” - Wikipedia.

I’m hoping to capture the old before it disappears and watch the new develop before my very eyes. 

A fun character-design-thing. Based on the main character of Pretty Deadly and a drawing Adam Hughes did of a character called Cynthia from the Witching Hour.

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 Everyday should be ‘World Elephant Day’

' The Ivory Crisis: Urgent and Comple x '

It’s estimated that there were 1.2 million elephants in Africa in 1980. Now there are only about 430,000. And the numbers are plummeting – an estimated 30,000 elephants are being killed each year.  

Why? Their tusks. The demand for ivory – carved into figurines, chopsticks, bracelets and other “luxury” items – has skyrocketed in Asian markets, most notably China, as more of the population accumulates wealth. Unfortunately, there is widespread misinformation, leading many consumers to believe that the item they’re buying came from elephants that died of natural causes.

Our network of partners includes: Northern Rangelands Trust, Save the Elephants, Save the Rhino Trust, Kenya Wildlife Service, Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, Wildlife Conservation Society, Zambia Wildlife Authority, Tanzania National Park Authority, Space for Giants, Ujamaa Community Resource Team – and you.

Aug 12th,

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Egyptian Faience Khnum Amulet, Third Intermediate to Late Period, c. 1069-525 BC

The striding ram-headed god is finely modeled, with hands clenched by his sides, wearing a shendyet-kilt, on an integral rectangular base, pierced for suspension.

Khnum was one of the earliest Egyptian deities, originally the god of the source of the Nile River. Since the annual flooding of the Nile brought with it silt and clay, and its water brought life to its surroundings, he was thought to be the creator of the bodies of human children, which he made at a potter’s wheel, from clay, and placed in their mothers’ wombs. He later was described as having moulded the other deities, and he had the titles Divine Potter and Lord of created things from himself. His significance led to early theophoric names of him, for children, such as Khnum-Khufwy – “Khnum is my Protector”, the full name of Khufu (r. 2589–2566 BC), builder of the Great Pyramid.

The worship of Khnum centered on two principal riverside sites, Elephantine Island and Esna, which were regarded as sacred. At the Elephantine temple, which dates to the Middle Kingdom (2055–1650 BC), he was worshipped alongside his daughter, Anuket and Satis, his consort, as the guardian of the source of the Nile River.  At Esna, the temple dates to the Ptolemaic Period (323-30 BC), when the worship of Khnum flourished there.