Wednesday, 9 March 2016
The Circus Comes to Town
As might be expected on the opening night of the circus the day has been driech. Rain, clouds, drizzle and horridness all day but it did not appear to hinder the kids heading for the circus at 6:30 this evening as I stood there attempting to take pictures. Using the normal lenses I attempted to grasp something of the late night atmosphere these places offer but I found things very different from when I was a lad. For one thing the place must be powered by generators of quality as there were no heavy duty lorries, such as 'ERF's' of past times, growling away spewing fumes into the air. No trucks containing roaring lions or frustrated horses were to be seen as the UK has long since banned animals from such events. Also while outside I could hear the announcer announcing but it was not blaring and there appeared to be no music! Maybe that would arise as the event opened but to me it was a different affair from my youth.
I must have been at school, possibly about 13 when I last accompanied a chap long forgotten to the circus. Not sure if other animals were involved though I suspect they were but I do recall being very disappointed nay let down by the con that put me off such places for life. The posters advertised a woman fighting a large crocodile in a pool and I so looked forward to this. On the day a six foot by four aquarium, about eight foot high, was brought on via a trolley and the lass climbed in and fought a ferocious two foot long doped alligator similar to the stuffed one we had in our primary school. My eyes were opened to advertising lies!
We had been to the circus before, usually 'Chipperfields' in those days I reckon, when younger as these are the type of things kids must see once ion their lives but while animals were involved and people swung about on the trapeze high above all I enjoyed were the clowns. The clever one in the pointed hat always appeared to be doing nothing to me but I enjoyed the car collapsing and the general slapstick of the operation. Most of the other happenings happened but then I moved on.
We also moved on quickly at the end even though I wanted to visit the cages full of lions and other animals but parents being parents fussed about catching buses and avoiding queues and getting home to bed and other adult things that no child cares about. Circus's were therefore always visited in the dark, not during the day.
For a brief moment I considered going in just for a different night experience then changed my mind. I would have taken photo's, I might even have applauded, In would enjoy the clowns but I would certainly miss Chelsea playing PSG.
So I gave it a miss.
Anyway work tomorrow so sleep is required.