By a rare coincidence I had the opportunity to go to the Circus on Saturday Evening and; not just any old Circus but "The Moscow State Circus" making this my third post in a row on circuses, most unusual and animal free I hasten to add. I went with my daughter on Sat. because I love watching people who are good and sometimes the best at what they do, it's not always easy to access these things and this group on the doorstep as they were; were too good to miss. They have the reputation of being one of the world's greatest Circus Troupes and they did not disappoint.
The Troupe of mainly young men and women numbered approx. 30 and they all multi task brilliantly; the level of skill; power and sheer enthusiasm displayed was fantastic not to mention the display of courage and nerve required to do some of the activities which I confess in some cases I watched through my fingers. The power and stamina on display confused me a little because despite feats of obvious mind boggling strength there wasn't a single Arnie Swartzeneger among them they all seemed to have quite normal physiques, their training must be awesome.
I was reminded that in some countries a career in the Circus and traditional Opera etc. are as sought after as a place in University, they are highly respected members of society and the process in joining and being accepted is every bit as arduous as joining any professional football team here or indeed becoming a Pro. Tennis Player or Golfer. I would urge everyone to go see them, I think they are here until Thursday and your children will love it, if you don't have any children then borrow some it is a great show.
There is a display of at the end of the show of what is known as 'tumbling' or gymnastics or; as we weans called it years ago "joogling yer wulkies" which is worth the ticket alone. All the performers dress in medieval jester's costumes and put on a mesmeric display of high speed double and treble summersaults; hand springs and cartwheels etc. which you simply have to see to believe. As this is going on if you can take your eyes off it for a second you should take a glance at the children's faces around you they are simply hypnotised and you could not take the look off their faces with an industrial hose.
Circuses like this one are great but I suspect hard to emulate, it doesn't take a genius to work out that training 3 or 4 Elephants or Tigers to run round a circus ring does not measure up to this but I sincerely hope that some Circuses follow their example and try to do what they do. I was left wondering if the fantastic Russian Gymnasts that we see at the Olympics festooned with medals are the ones who didn't make it at the Circus School.
Dear God, what a buffoon you are. Read up on the lives young female Eastern Bloc gymnasts had.
I'd rather be a lion in Bobby Robert's Circus
Councillor, the Eastern European gymnasts you so admire, got through more drugs than my local pharmacy and not always voluntarily...look it up!
By Anonymous on INCREDIBLE CIRCUS PERFORMANCE AND NOT A SUFFERING ... on 26/06/11
Becoming an Olympic class gymnast is a very arduous business wherever you come from. The western capitalist countries had to come up with some reason, any reason to explain why young sports stars from communist countries were as good if not better than they were, hence the b******s about how they were treated as kids. You are naive to the point of stupidity.
By Anonymous on INCREDIBLE CIRCUS PERFORMANCE AND NOT A SUFFERING ... at 13:57
Back to Gullible’s Travels then. I admire all athletes who excel no matter where they come from. When it comes to Communist Countries sports stars If it’s not drugs it’s the terrible treatment they underwent as kids to become great athletes, gymnasts etc.
How else could the western capitalist countries explain away their ability to match and defeat their own athletes? It couldn’t be possible I suppose that the real reason was that they had more to choose from because all their sports facilities were available to everyone and not just those with money, just a thought.
Giving athletes performance enhancing drugs wasn't official policy in Eastern Europe, is that what you're saying?
By Anonymous on INCREDIBLE CIRCUS PERFORMANCE AND NOT A SUFFERING ... at 20:17
Yes. It was no more official policy than it was for the USA or Britain or anyone else but; it helps the people who have a phobia about communism and who are gullible to anti communist propaganda to explain how they were so successful. Anyone who wants to get into an argument about athletes and drugs with a view to coming up smelling of roses on their side is a fool.
I can even tell you where you will end up, “we all did it but they did it more than us” which is no argument at all, because I will say “no, your side were just better at hiding it and you had all the bent officials, get real,try thinking for yourself for a change, you might enjoy it.
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