A Weekend Diary

…words and images from England's green and pleasant land…

A Trip to the Circus

One of the advantages of having a partner who runs her own shop, is that, in return for some shop-window advertising, she gets complimentary tickets for itinerant acts such as circuses that pitch up on Southsea Common during the summer months. So it was, we found ourselves in the Big Top of Gerry Cottle’s WOW! Circus this week, being entertained by clowns, illusionists, jugglers, trapeze artists and the like, and it was a very enjoyable way to spend a couple of hours. Alas, my camera batteries ran out very early on, so there are only a couple of photos from inside the Big Top :(. Never mind, I’ll make sure I’m better prepared next time ;).

First though here, I want to post up a few pictures from the ‘Lions Heart Mural 2007, In memory of Rachel Lyons’, on an electricity substation building on Southsea Common…

Rachel Lyons died in December 2006...

Rachel Lyons died in December 2006…

...unexpectedly at the age of 26...

…unexpectedly at the age of 26…

...and was an amateur artist who helped design this mural, and hence its subsequent dedication to her...

…and was an amateur artist who helped design this mural, and hence its subsequent dedication to her…

And so, on to the Circus…:)

Entry wasn't entirely free for the pair of us; we were obliged to buy a programme each, at three quid a time...

Entry wasn’t entirely free for the pair of us; we were obliged to buy a programme each, at three quid a time…

There were a nominal 50 acts performed in 100 minutes...

There were a nominal 50 acts performed in 100 minutes…

There was a fifteen minute interval, during which my partner nipped off, with a child-like spontaniety, to buy us some candy floss…must have been the influence of all those excited kids around us šŸ˜‰

The final act was the Hegyi Brothers from Hungary, performing stunts on the rotating Wheel of Death...scary stuff...

The final act was the Hegyi Brothers from Hungary, performing stunts on the rotating Wheel of Death…scary stuff…

Yes, we agreed it was a great couple of hours’ entertainment, as we wandered home together beneath the evening’s full moon :).

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