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2 hours ago, DeanH said:

Fantastic reading. How the hell did you get involved in all this?

Pure chance. A mate with a rig like mine but slightly smaller had brake problems while up from the south on a visit so I took him to an RV mender bloke that I knew. While he was there Ivor, logistics fella, turned up with his monster RV and asked if he was interested in some driving work. My mate wasn't medically fit enough so passed Ivors number on to me. Gave him a ring and that was that. Two weeks later I was at the NEC. 

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Just got back from Dublin and I am a bit kernackered.  Stena line from Stranraer to Belfast and back. Ivor goes back to Ireland every week usually dragging a caravan that he buys. A side line to the circus. Because he is a regular he, and one other, me, can use Stena Plus, which sounds like incontinence pants, for free. Loads of freebies. As much wine as you can eat and all the snacks and coffee etc that you can get down your neck in the 2 hourish crossing. From the site next to Leopardstown race course I got a lift to Dublin airport to get a coach to Banbridge to Ivors' yard. If you ever land at Dublin and you need to travel further by bus it's a fucking nightmare getting info on where to get a bus and what time it leaves. Info board, no info about a bus towards Belfast. No info desk. Fuck all. Ended up asking a litter picker if he knew. He told me I had to use Zone 14 but he didn't know what times it went. Getting info from a cleaning bloke for gods sake.       It was quite amusing there because I was looking like a homeless bloke with my blanket roll tied up with a piece of rope, dirty work trousers, grubby sweat shirt and nearly worn out steelies. Ivor asked me if I had a passport, don't need it for the Republic. A brit driving licence is good enough. Well my ears pricked up at the mention of a passport obviously and there is a possibility of two weeks at Xmas in, wait for it, AMSTERDAM. It's not confirmed yet whether it will be there or Den Hague but either way that will do me nicely. I hope it happens because I'll be able to see some friends over there. Puddlethumper goes International, well, European for now. Next, the world. It's back to Dublin on Saturday and back to Edin on Sunday. Not sure how that's going to work as we usually start moving stuff on Saturday although  Stirling, next stop. is only an hour, so could be done. It's been tiring but tomorrow I've got a relatively easy day so I can lie in till 8/9, thank fuck. Anyway I'm loving it. Ivor offered me a park up in his Yard in N.I. at the end of the season with all amenities, and can get me a good price on ferry tickets. I've never had a look around the Republic so could be a plan as he only lives a few miles from the boarder. While I was at Ivor's yard I slept on a chaise longue. Get me ay?

That's it for now. Bed has been calling me for a while.

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It looks like we will be moving to Stirling on Monday and Tuesday because the first show is on Thursday, instead of Wednesday, and only an hour away. Off to Dublin tomorrow driving the Tranny pickup with a horse box full of lighting and lecky stuff. If it wasn't for the Circus Vegas wrap I'd look well pikey. 

I've got bugger all to do till tomorrow so I'll show you the machinery on site. There is a low loader that hauls them around. I haven't got a photo of the hammer for the pins which might interest someone. Actually I've just noticed it's in the first pic. Pneumatic thingy. To think that before these it would a big manual bugger and when you consider the pins are 4ft long and all that's above ground after is about 6inches it was big muscle time, and the four main uprights are now electrically winched up which, obviously, makes it easier. Still hard work getting the canvas up..

I'll do a bit more later but at the moment the offy and food are calling.

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2 hours ago, Dan302 said:

I'm really enjoying the behind the scenes photos/write up from the circus, absolutely fascinating thank you. 

Cheers Dan. There is more to come as you can imagine. Haven't done much on the people yet. I hate the word soap opera but I reckon you  could make one from this.

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For the performers and crew that don't have there own caravan or other accommodation there are three bunk house trailers with a number of bunk rooms each. Not luxury of course but good basic stuff with lecky, water, and I think some sort of cooking apparatus so you can make your coffee/tea, snacks breakfast etc. I haven't seen inside one yet but that's the sort of facilities you get. I'll see if I can get a pic.

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In the first pic, on the right, is a shower unit which has in the back two washing machines and a tumble dryer which was my job to get in and get water and lecky to. Another thing I put together was a tap to garden hose frame where six caravans/RV's etc can plug in. There are now three of these and there may come a fourth. Going to see how it goes with three first. Basically there is a certain way everything is laid out, with the exception now and again. It's sort of horse shoe shape where the front is the open bit and the rest is an inner and outer circle with enough room to get a vehicle around. Although it doesn't always completely work out. With these tap things I can put one half way down each side and across the back and nearly everyone can get water. The catering wagons get a separate one for now. This is all about making things quicker and more efficient. From the standpipe to these will be 20mm plastic pipe and the one nearest will be a straight through to either the next two or split to the others. Anyway here's a pic of the one from today.

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1 minute ago, puddlethumper said:

In the first pic, above on the right, is a shower unit which has in the back two washing machines and a tumble dryer which was my job to get in and get water and lecky to. Another thing I put together was a tap to garden hose frame where six caravans/RV's etc can plug in. There are now three of these and there may come a fourth. Going to see how it goes with three first. Basically there is a certain way everything is laid out, with the exception now and again. It's sort of horse shoe shape where the front is the open bit and the rest is an inner and outer circle with enough room to get a vehicle around. Although it doesn't always completely work out. With these tap things I can put one half way down each side and across the back and nearly everyone can get water. The catering wagons get a separate one for now. This is all about making things quicker and more efficient. From the standpipe to these will be 20mm plastic pipe and the one nearest will be a straight through to either the next two or split to the others. Anyway here's a pic of the one from today.

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10 hours ago, puddlethumper said:

For the performers and crew that don't have there own caravan or other accommodation there are three bunk house trailers with a number of bunk rooms each. Not luxury of course but good basic stuff with lecky, water, and I think some sort of cooking apparatus so you can make your coffee/tea, snacks breakfast etc. I haven't seen inside one yet but that's the sort of facilities you get. I'll see if I can get a pic.

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They look like police cells.

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On 6/24/2022 at 11:00 PM, puddlethumper said:

For the performers and crew that don't have there own caravan or other accommodation there are three bunk house trailers with a number of bunk rooms each. Not luxury of course but good basic stuff with lecky, water, and I think some sort of cooking apparatus so you can make your coffee/tea, snacks breakfast etc. I haven't seen inside one yet but that's the sort of facilities you get. I'll see if I can get a pic.

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Used to call those the dog boxes, mostly only the single guys used them everybody else had something of their own.

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Here's a pic of Ivors yard and the donkeys. Folklore says it's good luck to have a donkey with the markings of a cross on its arse which his Jack and Jenny have. May be there's a connection with a cross on a donkeys arse and God. A bit odd. The little one is only a few months old and rather cute.

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