Azekeil (azekeil) wrote,

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Come to the circus; fun for all the family

Argh. I've just come back from going to see the circus in Cheltenham with kissycat1000, ev1ldonut and Tianna. Next time I will choose not to go to that sort of circus. Not because I didn't have a good time, which I did, but because I don't want to support acts that I feel are unnecessarily dangerous. I'm talking about the high-wire act the circus had, which the three performers did without any wires or safety nets. About 5 seconds before they went on the wire for what turned out to be their finale, I had a sudden specific feeling that something bad was going to happen. The finale involved one performer jumping over another who was holding a balancing pole, 40 feet or so in the air. He missed and saved himself by grabbing the wire with his hands. The music went dead and after regaining his breath, he traversed back to the platform and lay there recovering on his back, breathing heavily.

Circuses differ from films in that films are pre-determined (except for a funny few which play one of a set number of endings). This is all well and good but I don't personally feel my enjoyment of the act would have been dampened at all by their using some sort of safety device during the act. In fact, I think I would have been able to relax more and therefore enjoy it more. I get that the performers might get a thrill out of choosing not to use a safety-device. But it is also my choice not to support their act by not paying and not going to see it. Call me a fuddy-duddy, but there you are. If my position makes me one, then I gladly accept that. Hypocrite I will not accept. My choosing to ride a motorbike was a very carefully made decision, judged on personal experience and measured risk. I don't, for example, ride without a helmet, even when I could get away with it.

Anyway, the precognition of the event was scarey enough. That's why I'm sat here typing this entry to get it out of my system before I try to get some sleep to make up for my last two nights' broken sleep.

As a footnote, choosing to not go to those sorts of circuses in future is rather like choosing to vote, or who to vote for. I have never voted in an election because I have not felt I had enough knowledge or preference to choose any party. This time however, Charles Kennedy, leader of the Liberal Democrat party, has seen fit to represent the Lib Dems as against the war in Iraq. I have always been against the war and now I will get a chance to show my disapproval. They are also pro-Europe, which I feel after the initial prejudice is probably going to be a good thing on balance.

Now I must go and have a shower and try to get some sleep.

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