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2 hours ago, mark165 said:

Well, funny how the internet and real life collide.

I've really enjoyed reading this thread since you started it, thank you for all your efforts.

Today I went with the wife and kids to Folkestone to see the circus. First time for my wife and I in about thirty years. Very first time for my kids. My wife was pondering how long it took to set up and I thought I'd check here only to find it's the exact one!

My eldest (aged eight) now wants to grow up to be a clown.
My youngest (6) wants to be a dancer, with the hula hoops. But no eating fire. Too dangerous apparently. Also not too keen on having their bum out.

Seeing it all set up and in operation, with all the different people working really hits home how many hats people have to wear.

In today's day and age, what struck me was how honest the whole thing was.

A big thank you and please keep the updates coming.











 

It's live entertainment! How many kids have never seen such wonders?

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1 hour ago, Spottedlaurel said:

As noted in the grin thread, saw the Puddlethumper combo myself on the M20 today:

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It came as a surprise to Mrs SL to learn that I knew someone who worked for the circus. Explaing the living/working arrangements etc gave us an additional topic of conversation as we plodded through the 50mph section of M20.

She should really know better :)

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15 hours ago, mark165 said:

Well, funny how the internet and real life collide.

I've really enjoyed reading this thread since you started it, thank you for all your efforts.

Today I went with the wife and kids to Folkestone to see the circus. First time for my wife and I in about thirty years. Very first time for my kids. My wife was pondering how long it took to set up and I thought I'd check here only to find it's the exact one!

My eldest (aged eight) now wants to grow up to be a clown.
My youngest (6) wants to be a dancer, with the hula hoops. But no eating fire. Too dangerous apparently. Also not too keen on having their bum out.

Seeing it all set up and in operation, with all the different people working really hits home how many hats people have to wear.

In today's day and age, what struck me was how honest the whole thing was.

A big thank you and please keep the updates coming.











 

In answer to 'how long to set up' stuff that is not absolutely vital is moved a couple of days before the rest. Last show is finished by 5pm and during the second half the foyer tent is pulled down and the water system is being wrapped up. By about 11, midnight everything is packed and being moved out. Building up takes a bit longer, no more than 2 days. First day tent goes up, circle built and all lighting in. Second day is fitting all the seats and some other bits. I've seen it all back up in a day although not normally. We are now in the OAP centre of Britain, so I believe, sunny Eastbourne.

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4 hours ago, puddlethumper said:

Just found out that it costs 10 grand to use this site for a week up front. Also it costs the same per week for dizzle. Expensive things circuses. Total expenses per week, 60 grand.

That's a helluva lot of tickets and candy floss to sell. A couple of duff weeks must make all involved a bit edgy.

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