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Archive | October 6, 2015

Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus: Chinese Attempt To Break 10′ Tumbling Record (Video)

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by Anura Guruge


Related posts:
2015
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Helping Sri Lanka elephants.
>> ‘Legends’ circus in N.H.
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Two clowns.
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Manchester, NH, Oct. 2015.
>> Elephants
phased out by 2018.


++++  Search ‘circus’ for lots of other posts from prior years >>>>>>


YouTube video by Deanna taken Sunday at the circus,
in Manchester, NH.

This is the Chinese National Acrobatic Troupe
trying to break a World record.
Jumping through a hoop 10′ off the ground. Cool.

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Click image to access YouTube video.


Deanna’s entire elephant act video.


Photo Montage video of the entire circus.


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First ‘Topless Tour’, Then ‘Free The Nipple’, Now ‘My Body, My Terms’

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by Anura Guruge


speedo-guard-hipster-bottomRelated posts:
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Aug. 23, Hampton Beach — Pictures.
** IF
“Free the Nipple”, NH backfires …
** “Free the Nipple”, NH on Tumblr. 

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++++ SEARCH ‘topless’ or ‘nipple’ for many, many other posts  >>>>


Click here for the U.K. ‘Daily Mail’ original, with a lot of pictures.

Click on the 2 images below to ENLARGE and read here.



Click to access the “My Body, My Terms” Website.


Click to access their YouTube video.


Another worthy cause and how can you not endorse it.

As with most of these ’causes’ I happened to see it in the U.K. “Daily Mail” — which I read, online, on my pad, every morning, first thing, while at the same time listening to CNBC (and drinking my first cup of coffee (provided by Deanna)).

I know that many of you rely on me to keep you abreast on these type of causes and I am happy to oblige. SMILE.


Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey — Helping Sri Lanka Elephants. Thumbs Up!

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by Anura Guruge


Related posts:
2015
>> ‘Legends’ circus in N.H.
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Two clowns.
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Manchester, NH, Oct. 2015.
>> Elephants
phased out by 2018.


2014
>> Feeding bunny to python
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>> Selling cigarettes at circus …

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++++  Search ‘elephants’ for LOTS of elephant-related posts. >>>>>>

++++  Check Category ‘Sri Lanka’ for lots of other posts. >>>>>>


When we got home from the circus, and I had a chance to take a look at the $15 souvenir program (we always buy since Teischan likes to look at them on an ongoing basis), I was amazed and gratified to see this 2-page spread about what Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey are doing to help elephants in Sri Lanka. Yes. I am glad and happy. This is good. It will be a symbiotic effort. Sri Lanka sure can do with any financial help it can get when it comes to helping the elephants and in return they have centuries worth of hands-on experience on elephant husbandry that they can share.

Click to ENLARGE and read. Picture taken with my new Panasonic Lumix FZ1000. Cracks me up that it allows me to take such great, high resolution pictures because it is NOT an expensive camera. Love it.


I am somewhat au fait with all the programs that Ringling & Barnum have to help elephants. Yes, we have all watched “An Apology to Elephants” documentary. Yes, we know that they will be phasing elephants out of their circuses in the next two years. But as a search on my ‘elephant’ posts on this blog will show, I am not totally opposed to Ringling & Barnum having an elephant act. From what I can see they do seem to treat their elephants well and most of their elephants seem to be in great shape. I even talked about this yesterday.

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“They”, i.e., Ringling & Barnum, are definitely on the offensive these days vocally defending their treatment of elephants. Watch Deanna’s YouTube video of the 7 minute elephant act on Sunday. They really laid it on thick. Again we have no gripes, as yet, with the elephant act. We all HATE the big cat act and I am not fond of the acts involving dogs, pigs and goats — but Deanna and the kids love those.


‘Sandwich Fair’, New Hampshire, 2015 Shows: ‘The Peacheaters’ & ‘The Bel Airs’.

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by Anura Guruge


Related posts:
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Sandwich 2015 — the shows.
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Sandwich 2015 — schedule.

>> Sandwich 2014 — the Parade.
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Sandwich 2014 Roderick Russell.
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Sandwich Fair 2014 10 images.
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Sandwich Fair 2014 preview.

>> For pictures from Sandwich 2013.
>> Sandwich 2013 — Favorite Vendors.
>> Sandwich Fair 2012.

++++  Search ‘Sandwich’ or ‘fair’ for TONS of other past posts and pictures.  >>>>>>


Sandwich Fair, N.H., 2015, Full Schedule.

Sandwich Fair, N.H., 2015 — Featured Shows.


Of course ‘Annie and The Orphans‘, in particular, and Roderick Russell, increasingly so, do not need any introductions. But some of the other names are nowhere near as well known. So I went looking for them so that YOU can get a feel as to which shows you want to see — and possibly even help you decide which day you want to attend (if like us, you can only make it to one of the days).


The Peacheaters” are a Massachusetts-based
Allman Brothers‘ tribute band.

Here is there (rather engaging) Website with an embedded YouTube video.

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Click to access.


There are to my amazement multiple
‘The Bel Airs’ groups around the country.

Well here are “The Bel Airs“, from New England,
that are playing at Sandwich.

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Click to access their FUN Website — one of the most entertaining I have seen in a long time.

This, on “The Bel Air” Website is PRECIOUS.
Aaahhh! Love it. A working jukebox.

How clever. How cool. Check it out.
(Technically it is very easy to implement. The cleverness was coming up with the idea. Bravo! Kudos.)

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Click to try out the Jukebox for FREE. You must. It will make you SMILE.


Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, “Legends”, In Manchester, N.H., October 4, 2015.


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by Anura Guruge


Related posts:
2015
>>
Two clowns.
>>
Manchester, NH, Oct. 2015.
>> Elephants
phased out by 2018.


2014
>> Feeding bunny to python
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>> Selling cigarettes at circus …

…. ….. …..>>

++++  Search ‘elephants’ for LOTS of elephant-related posts. >>>>>>

++++  Search ‘circus’ & ‘cirque’ for the numerous circus posts. >>>>>>


Click to ENLARGE.

All the pictures taken by Deanna with her Olympus Stylus SZ-16








YouTube video of the entire elephant act.

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7:28 minute YouTube video, shot by Deanna, of the entire elephant act. Worth seeing. It has good audio.


Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, at the Verizon, in Manchester, NH, in October, for the Sunday evening performance is yet another of our annul events, along with Christmas Revels, the Highland Games at Loon, Laconia Multicultural Day. We have been doing it, without fail, since 2007. So we know this show quite well.

Last year we had a lot of issues with the bunny eating python and cigarettes being sold. We made such a fuss about this that we ended up with (good) complimentary seats for this year’s circus. Thank YOU, Feld Entertainment (they being who put on the circus and as such provided the tickets).

I am going to try and keep this short and do so by using pithy bullet points.

>> It was good. I am a sucker for circuses and enjoy them all. Kids, and not just Tesichan, were whooping and cheering and that to me is what a circus should do. So on that score alone ‘Legends’ was OK.

>> It was, by far, the least spectacular circus we have seen from Ringling & Barnum! It was a low-key affair and you got the distinct impression that it was a low-budget production. Plus, looking through the ($15) souvenir program (which we always get because Teischan will look at it for years) it would appear that they cut out two big acts from this performance — motorcycle high-wire act (which we have seen a number of times, but still enjoy) and the ‘hairialist’ — hanging from their hair act (though there was a variant of this last year). To be fair to Feld, Manchester also did not live up to its side of the deal. The arena was less than half full. The emptiest we have seen it. I talked to an usher. Appears that attendance was down at all the performances. They are blaming the Deerfield Fair which was on the same weekend.

>> This show lacked any big apparatus spectaculars. There were no huge canons, giant rotating wheels or elaborate sets. It was mainly animals and different Chinese acrobatic events.

>> More animals than I have ever seen. They even had two pigs and two kangaroos! The pigs, though real pokers, were cut though they made me hungry! Yes, given my penchant for pork, big pigs get the digestive juices flowing. The kangaroos were pathetic and unbecoming of this outfit.

>> It would appear the the circus is pushing back on the animal activists and trying to make a point. We got quite a few lectures about how well they look after the elephants. That I am kind of willing to believe. They had 6 elephants and I studied them carefully. Only one, albeit the youngest (at 14), looked off-key. The others seemed in great condition. As I have said before I do not have a problem with elephants performing. They are like dogs. Once domesticated they like to please and they are not made to do anything unnatural and degrading.

>> We all hate the big cat act. That has to go. That is really quite vile. And then the ‘cat guy’ paraded around with a scrawny leopard that looked scared. That made me very uneasy.

>> Deanna and the kids love the dog act but I would be happy if that was scrapped. A dog jumping from a basket attached to a 20′ pole does not make me happy.

>> There were memorable acts, mainly by the various Chinese troupes: the diabolo (two-sided top spun with a rope) act was special, as was the pole ‘dancing’ and bicycle acts. The tumbling acts were professional though nothing that remarkable by today’s standards.

>> The motorcycle rides in their ‘cage of death’ and the trapeze act is a perennial. We seem to see them every year.

>> The clown acts were toned down and there was nothing objectionable.

>> For the first time they did not have ‘Preferred Seating’ audience members coming on stage to be driven around. That was nice and Deanna noticed their absence at once.

>> In many ways it was an old-fashioned circus. Less apparatus, no real whiz-bang acts and just fairly routine animal and acrobatic acts.

It was OK. We will go next year too. That could be the last year for the elephants.


Another video. This one a photo-montage.

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Click to access YouTube video. Nearly 200 of Deanna’s photos ‘stitched’ together, with music, for a 6.5 minute video of the entire circus experience.


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