No, I’m not talking about politics in today’s post, I’m referring to the recent announcement that, after 146 years, the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus will be folding up the tents and calling it a day later this spring.
I don’t know about you, but I have fond memories of going to the circus when I was a kid. The jugglers and acrobats were my favorites, though the clowns were always a bit disturbing. As I got older, the lure of the circus faded, especially when they added the noisy, smelly motorcycles that used to race around and around in big circular steel cages. The lure apparently faded for others as well, especially those against the continued inclusion of animals.
As a fan of Regency fiction, mention of the circus brings to mind Astley’s Amphitheater in London which, in 1768 pioneered the standard circus ring and was the place to go to see feats of trick horse riding, acrobats, clowns, and other acts. It was entertainment enjoyed by Londoners of all ages.
While we might not be able to run away to the circus right now, we can bring it to life here on the blog in today’s round of Random Word Improv.
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