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Thoughts and revelation of an ordinary person


Saga ComediansI  have been to many circuses lately and lots of theatre shows with fellow performers showing their stuff.  Moscow State Circus with clown Valerye excellent! And then a wicked technical juggler juggling 9 footballs briefly and 7 on a walking globe that looked like a football! Wow then passers of clubs smooth and entertaining plus all the other artists’.   Nice show!

Then two days later spoiled again by seeing John Lawson’s circus again great artists and amongst all foot jugglers! I have not seen foot jugglers for a while and was training to be one years ago but my back let me down so I know what is involved.  Our very own Bippo really developing into a great circus clown with plenty of confidence, plus there was many great artists with plenty of skill and entertainment wonder.

Then what happens after this I go to Denmark and see many skilful acts in Circus Mascot including Ulmas Gulyamov and his amazing family with Tatiana doing her aerial act and their children working with their father on an acrobatic act, and Marianne with her dogs and her sons doing their wonderful acts Great acts with dedicated people.  Love it! I felt I was being transported back to my childhood.   I will never forget Bertram Mills at Olympia, my aunty Mary used to pay for a ticket for the family every year as a birthday present for me, and mum used to make a party for me when we came back and the rest of the circuses Austin brothers, Chipperfields etc and how much help Zippo and Gerry Cottle has given to Clowns International and their friend’s.   Thank you so much we do appreciate it!  Your circuses are brilliant and so are you both.

I cannot forget No Fit State circus and how I was really tempted to run away with them back in the 80’s what a great crowd circus is and I feel very privileged to have known such wonderful people in my life

It was great in Denmark to see Bubblez and Julius , seeing Pierrot in Copenhagen in Bakkas, such an honour ! and stay with them and hang out with Irene and sharing a room with Flo, lovely lady with a wicked sense of humour, Freda and Zilly, Des and Eek, Rico and Toby, Barry , Kate Gingernut , Matty , Paddy, plus our wonderful Danish and Swedish and Finnish clowns including Lisa , Nils Poll, Tors, Skunk, Palietta, and the other lady clowns out there including the Commedia School, plus Sven, Axel,  My dancing salsa partner, Also making new friends in Svenborg brilliant

I love you It was a pleasure doing some Tai Chi exercises with our amazing host John Newman , Young  Mark (wicked magic trick) and Claire and also lovely to see our faithful ladies making breakfast day in the centre, day in and  day out and our sponsors for the festival Thank you Danish children we love you too!

Now I am going to join the circus of the NHS to have a major operation again but this time in Brighton and hopefully with a view of the sea to ponder on.  I will let you know the outcome of this and other tests Meanwhile I am still doing my play about cancer so any one who wants to contribute their voice to it I would love to hear from so get me on my email susioddball2k@yahoo.co.uk

Before this is my daughter’s birthday and she is having a barbecue which I am going to look forward to lovely

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I have also seen the last of the Fringe plays i am having such a theatrical week I have seen brilliant performances from Christopher Phillips and company, at three and one, a play about mental health,  and Robert Cohen at the Rock, Kemp Town about Mc Carthyism, and then to top it all I listened to the most beautiful chamber music with a bonus of wonderfully read poetry from Shirley Jaffe and Paulina singing Yiddish opera,  fantastic love it Went  to London to clown at Grimaldi park to commemorate 177 since Joseph Grimaldi was alive!  then back to Brighton to go with Suchi Chatterjee to two plays this evening at the Friends centre Confessions of a brighton hoar was absolutely amazing and clever and if I had been a man in the audience I would have felt uncomfortable I wonder if this was deliberate? Lol! It was written by a man too, and I unfortunately missed  my friends 70 birthday after the plays too late day then on Sunday went to the Quadrant in Queens Road to see Charmian Hughes in her production Raj Rage at 4pm she was great and is taking her show to Edinburgh Then I had two bonus’s one was seeing another play in Three and Ten My cousin Lorna and Cat in That Pair on the theme of Friendship How they have developed and are really funny  A must to see It really made me laugh

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Then two  a cup of tea with my daughter Luci and a cuddle from her cat Tomolina Kit cat

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Gerry Cottles Circus 50 years of Circus and Magic Tour 2012



I recently had the honour to go to Gerry Cottles Circus 50 years of Circus and Magic Tour 2012 in Portsmouth with Zaz and Gingernut.

Well what can I say? I remember the Cottle and Austen shows way back,  and although the artists have changed (the juggler in the past  being Gerry himself and later the Santus family,  the Cimarro brothers on high wire,  and Captain Munoz,  the human cannonball and the Inaros trapeze Sisters.  I even remember an old friend Kate doing tightrope for Gerry.

The current show  50 years of Circus and Magic Tour 2012  is a wonderful show full of exciting acts such as Los Marinos a hire wire act with daring intent  ( I had to hold my beating heart together, the lady next to me said that she was on tenterhooks with fear and anticipation for the acts including the high wire and the wheel of death)  the the Fratelli/Folco Family are absolutely fabulous jugglers , any would be juggler can learn a lot from not only highly polished technical skill, but the way they present their acts, The Kenyan Warriors were vibrant, skilful and brilliant and it was nice to see them working with Wookey Hole circus Troupe along with the cloud swing genius Zula and Gerry;s own Polly with her children Whistle and Beau.  I was very impressed with the nicely held together Gerry Cottles Comedy Crew.   Our very own home grown Gareth Ellis (thanks to his family especially his mum) Ben Coles and the lovely powerful voice Olympia Konyot plus the music was tight and innovative played by the Robbie Robin rock and roll band despite a break in the night before,  of a mixing desk and a really expensive guitar. The crossbow act was very daring with Mad Max Newton for the first time ever in Britain.

 Gerry Cottle you can be proud of your 50years of circus.  Your artists over the years have been great including your own daughters Sarah, April and Polly as the Cottle sisters in 1973.  Polly had an aerial act, April juggling, and Sarah with the horses. Indigo Dock was doing transport and Jeff Jay the comedy.  Gerry has a younger son who would join the show when he could from school, performing dynamic diabolos.  Now we are privileged to have our own clown collection at Wookey Hole.    Wookey with its extensive grounds, caves hotel and restaurant in the heart of Somerset (and if you have not been in the caves your are missing out!)  It  is one of Gerry Cottles dreams come true, and he was able to start a permanent circus school in 2007 although he has always had a touring circus school since 1984 but its now getting harder with diesel prices rising. 

The 500 seated theatre in the converted mill, also plays host to performances by the trainee children along with professional circus artists at weekend and school holidays.  The trainer of the school is Scott Ramsay who left his home in Edinburgh to work with Gerry at the age of 15years and Zula is the current tour trainer and there are many more people who I have not mentioned.  If you are interested in this school, email: willie@wookey.co.uk for details or phone 01749672243

 Thank you Gerry Cottle and also to Brian Austen, who between them, and other circus such as Zippos, Bertram Mills, Billy Smarts, Santas, Chipperfields,Phillip Gandhi, Archaos, Oz, Ra Ra Zoo, Circue de Soliel, Lawson’s, Happys, Circus of Horrors, Rock and Roll Circus, Chinese State Circus, No Fit State Circus,Russian State circus and many more in the world who have given many, many people, children and adults so much enjoyment over the last 50 years.  Any Clown who has not seen the show should really make an effort to see Gerry Cottles show as you cannot fail to learn from the performers, show and presentation both young and old.



Susi oddball on behalf of all your circus fans over the years

April 2012