white elephant


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white elephant

a rare albino or pale grey variety of the Indian elephant, regarded as sacred in parts of S Asia
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That white elephant, it seems, is now running wild along Whitechapel.
"This costly white elephant should be put out of its misery for the good of motorists and the West Midlands region as a whole."
But Mr Walker added: "My personal opinion is that we have got halls that are capable of becoming a civic hall and maybe we should look at this possibility rather than building a new one which could easily turn into a white elephant."
Even Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott admitted in the House of Commons that the reasons for the massive `no' vote were "all summed up in the white elephant".
Opponents have been parading an inflatable white elephant around the region to symbolise their view that an assembly would be a waste of money.
Lon-don Mayor Ken Livingstone has pledged pounds 10million a year to ensure any Olympic complex will not become a white elephant like the Millennium Dome.
The art gallery would also end up being a white elephant with few visitors.
THE most famous white elephant of recent times is the Millennium Dome in Greenwich.
In the week when Neil Kinnock announced an anti-sleaze and waste charter for the European Commission, he should have demanded that the pounds 400 million Strasbourg white elephant be ditched.
The amount of income generated by a "white elephant" car park must be known, an angry councillor has demanded Car parking prices across Powys are to increase again with charges up to PS1 for an hour, PS2 for one to two hours, PS3 for two to four hours, and PS4 for more than four hours.
REFERENCE the news item about a petition before Peshawar High Court seeking the disbandment of a government body that has been a perfect white elephant a drag on the national exchequer.
Mandarin Oriental, Boston, the only double Forbes five-star hotel and spa in Massachusetts, has partnered with the White Elephant hotel on Nantucket to offer guests a quintessential New England getaway featuring both city and beach experiences.