Geordie says: "Well the joke's on them stupid because ah wasn't even at home yesterday."
The First Modern Circus
January 9th 1768: On this day, Englishman Philip Astley staged the first modern circus in London. Trick riders, acrobats, clowns, trained animals, and other familiar components of the circus have existed throughout recorded history, but it was not until the late 18th century that the modern spectacle of the circus was born. Astley, a former cavalry sergeant major, found that if he galloped in a tight circle, centrifugal force allowed him to perform seemingly impossible feats on a horses back. He drew up a ring and on January 9th 1768, invited the public to see him wave his sword in the air while he rode with one foot on the saddle and one on the horse’s head. Ashley’s trick riding received such a favourable response that he soon hired other equestrians, a clown, and musicians and in 1170 built a roof over his ring and called the structure Astley’s Amphitheatre. In 1772, Astley went to Versailles to perform his ‘daring feats of horsemanship’ before King Louis XV, and he found France ripe for a permanent show of its own, which he founded in 1782. Astley, who lived till 1814, eventually established 18 other circuses in cities across Europe.
Eating in the 1950’s...
A Chinese chippy was a foreign carpenter.
Coke was something we put on the fire.
Rice was a milk pudding, and never part of our dinner.
A Big Mac was what we wore when it was raining.
A microwave was something out of a science fiction film.
Brown bread was something only poor people ate.
Oil was for lubricating, fat was for cooking.
Bread and jam was a treat.
Coffee was Camp and came in a bottle.
Cubed sugar was regarded as posh.
The Measure of Love
A measure of happiness
A cupful of love,
A basinful of blessings
Sent from above.
With a sprinkling of laughter,
A handful of hope,
Add an abundance of caring
And together we’ll cope.