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Austen Brothers Circus.

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Yes..i did a two year stint on a travelling circus when i was nineteen,my life was abit messy then so joined when it was in Swindon..had two eventfull years traveling the UK with it..starting off as a rigger puting the big top up this was the days when animals were ok to be with the circus.
One night i vividly remember is when the elephants were doing there routine the lights went out...chaos ensued and i had been promoted to ring masters assistant by then(yippee)..basicly meant dogsbody while the acts were on...i ran out to try and put the generator on and tripped smacking my head..i didnt think it was funny but cocoa the bleeding clown couldnt stop laughing..so much in fact his face paint was running!...after what seemed an eternity the generator started and we got some light...what i saw next will always be implanted in my memory...one of the elephants was sitting on all fours eating a hot dog!..the lady in the front row was in shock....another night a prop that was stood up in the ring fell over,muggins here had to dodge a camel,two palimino horses and a shetland to try ans stand the prop up so they could continue the act...the Shetland took a dislike to me and barged me over and as i got up started to pursue me round the ring...the crowd thaught it part of the act and the management wanted me to do it every show after that cos it went down so well,needless to say i hate shetlands these days.
Another funny incident occured when a brute of a man called Jacko who worked as a rigger was called upon by the local news to swing his sledgehammer one handed(he was massive) to knock a stake i nto the ground that held the ropes on the top...as the director a gay man shouted cut Jacko braught the sledge down on the poor mans foot breaking two toes...that didnt stop him hopping around shouting oh my lordy you beast to the unfortuanate Jacko...i wet myself...was hard work for sure but saw some funny things and the traveling gave me the Gee up to get my lorry license years later.....i wont forget my stint on the circus ever.
 
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Hi Leefer

I enjoyed your tale about your life in the circus very much. I have to say that I used to enjoy going to the Circus as a child.
I took my 2 grandsons a couple of months ago and was bored out of my tiny mind- no animals. I know!! It's not PC, but there was something missing.

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Got to say i felt sorry for the animals Maddie...they wernt mistreated but the living conditions wasnt right for them,especially the bigger animals...was fun though at the time.
 
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Hi Leefer

I know your right about the conditions but surely some horses or something smaller would not come amiss.. I certainly wouldn't go again. The only circus that would tempt me would be Cirque du Soleil. From what I have seen on the television, they are amazing

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It wont happen now though..the few circuses left wont run the risk...the circus i was with is no more...the owner makes his money now hiring out marquees.....The Chinese circuses are amazing..they do things you wouldnt think humanly possible...almost supernatural.
 

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We went to this circus once that was so terrible it was funny. There was only 2 people performing. A woman who did knife throwing and fire eating and her husband who did everything else including selling the popcorn in the intervals.There was a dog act which was basically poodles jumping up and down being fed biscuits and then the high spot was a camel being led round the ring being fed digestive biscuits. It didn't do anything except stop evertime it had finished a biscuit. Having run out of digestives the camel was led away and the guy rushed off to put on his clown outfit. He was the worst clown I had ever seen. At the interval he sold clown hats and his wife did face painting for the children which the children liked more than the circus.
 
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some of the stories you guys tell on here make my day, they are so funny,reminds me of when i was a 14 i had a saturday job in a large department store, i later worked there full time when i left school , some of the stuff we got up to, in the warehouse on the top floor was where all the beds where stored and furniture, we spent many happy lunchtimes diving of the top on the wardrobes onto mattresses we had placed in order so we bounced from one to the other. the tea room looked out over the chinese next door were in the yard they kept the barrels of chips, what we could manage to throw in those barrels does not bear thinking about. needless to say none of us ever ate there. all the girls had hiding places from one of the dept managers as he had wandering hands, i lost count of the times he chased me round the bedroom fitments , all good fun though and expected in those days , wouldnt happen today .but happy days. suexx
 

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some of the stories you guys tell on here make my day, they are so funny,reminds me of when i was a 14 i had a saturday job in a large department store, i later worked there full time when i left school , some of the stuff we got up to, in the warehouse on the top floor was where all the beds where stored and furniture, we spent many happy lunchtimes diving of the top on the wardrobes onto mattresses we had placed in order so we bounced from one to the other. the tea room looked out over the chinese next door were in the yard they kept the barrels of chips, what we could manage to throw in those barrels does not bear thinking about. needless to say none of us ever ate there. all the girls had hiding places from one of the dept managers as he had wandering hands, i lost count of the times he chased me round the bedroom fitments , all good fun though and expected in those days , wouldnt happen today .but happy days. suexx
Hi Suex
Should have got that dept. manager to follow you to the hardware section, lots of goodies there that would have fixed him.:2fun: a plunger comes to mind or vice grips
I can remember in a past life before i got really really old jumping on matresses. It was a fun pass time.:biggrin:

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