Giffords Circus - The First Ten Years, Book Review

Douglas McPherson | Posted 18.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Douglas McPherson

In October 1999, Nell Gifford was invited to give a talk at the Hay-on-Wye Literary Festival the following May. She suggested that they book her circu...

How to Market a Circus - The Advance Man Book Review

Douglas McPherson | Posted 12.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Douglas McPherson

Most circus memoirs are written by performers or showmen. But it doesn't matter how good a show is if there's no audience to see it. The Advance Man ...

Edinburgh Fringe Gets Circus Hub But I'd Rather See Some Lions

Douglas McPherson | Posted 07.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Douglas McPherson

It's the traditional circuses that have always existed on box office takings alone while most new circus relies on sponsorship and public funding.

Brighton Fringe 2015 sees 50% sales increase in opening weekend

Julian Caddy | Posted 07.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Julian Caddy

[Camille O'Sullivan - Credit: Peter Williams] There were already high hopes, but the scale of the first weekend's ticket sales took us all by surpri...

20 Circus Facts for World Circus Day

Douglas McPherson | Posted 17.04.2015 | UK Entertainment
Douglas McPherson

This Saturday, April 18, is the sixth World Circus Day. To celebrate, here are 15 fabulous facts about the sawdust circle.

The Circus of Parenthood

Hannah Clarke | Posted 09.04.2015 | UK Parents
Hannah Clarke

There are no sick days as a parent no matter how cruddy or sleep-deprived or manic you may feel. In said state of cruddy, sleep-deprived mania, I decided that being a parent is like being a one-man circus for both mums and dads. Here's why.

Can Robot Elephants Replace Circus Animals?

Douglas McPherson | Posted 25.03.2015 | UK Tech
Douglas McPherson

In an increasingly sanitised and digitalised age, the interaction of trainer and animal in the sawdust circle provides something real and raw that no other form of entertainment can offer. Rather than demeaning animals, it impresses all ages with their skill and intelligence, and enhances our relationship with nature.

Ringling Elephants and the Ankus - Is It Time to Let Circuses Off the Hook?

Douglas McPherson | Posted 17.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Douglas McPherson

That little is known about circus training is unsurprising - a magician doesn't spoil his illusions with a banal explanation. But the secrecy of the circus community has fuelled suspicion of cruelty. It's human nature to distrust those who live differently from us and to apply sinister connotations to things we don't understand.

Animal Rights or Welfare - The Big Difference

Douglas McPherson | Posted 09.05.2015 | UK
Douglas McPherson

I would say most people oppose cruelty to animals. But I reckon the vast majority consider humans and animals to have very different rights.

10 Reasons Why We Must Consign Wild Animal Circuses to History

Marc Lee Abraham | Posted 06.05.2015 | UK
Marc Lee Abraham

Many believe wild animal circuses are already banned, as the overwhelming majority of the public turned their backs on such shows years ago. The issue refuses to go away and the prime minister is being urged to pass the ban he promised before the General Election. I am one of the many hoping he keeps his promise - here's why:

Circus Animals - 10 Reasons the Show Must Go On

Douglas McPherson | Posted 02.05.2015 | UK
Douglas McPherson

Circuses with wild animals are strictly regulated by a licensing scheme, introduced in 2012, that sees them inspected by vets six times a year (twice unannounced) with the results available online. Every aspect of the animal's life, diet and accommodation is governed by strict guidelines.

Roll Up! Roll Up! It's The World's First Drone Circus!

The Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 16.02.2015 | UK Tech

We now live in a world with a circus performed entirely with drones. 'Air 2015’, coming to Amsterdam later this year, will use highly specced un...

Terrifying Footage Reveals The Moment A Lion Tamer Is Attacked By Her Own Lion

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 09.02.2015 | UK

The horrifying moment a lion tamer was attacked by her charge has been captured on film. Tamer and circus owner Faten El-Helw was being filmed in ...

Cirque Du Soleil - Seven Need to Know Facts About the KOOZA Show at the Royal Albert Hall

Jasmine Dotiwala | Posted 24.03.2015 | UK Entertainment
Jasmine Dotiwala

In this ever fast paced society we want the big stunts and need to gasp with our hearts racing before we will confess to being entertained. Are you not entertained, asked Maximus Decimus Meridius and Jay Z. No, not when the clowns are on we're not.

Hey, Russell Slade!

Chris Saunders | Posted 07.03.2015 | UK Sport
Chris Saunders

The club started the season with a wealth of options in every area. Some had to go. But a few of the players Slade has let go for next to nothing (or literaly nothing) were far too good for that kind of treatment...

Things NOT to Do When You Are 11¾ - Or Ever Two: Visit a Circus Where Animals Perform

Sue Cross | Posted 10.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sue Cross

In the spot light, under the big top, a baby elephant balances on a red and white striped ball. He can't take his eyes off the person holding the metal hook - for he performs under threat of punishment. His fear is that the elephant hook will, yet again, be shoved into his sensitive skin.

An Introduction to Gorillia Circus' Trapeze School Ahead of Its Appearance at Wilderness Festival

Ezra Trigg | Posted 08.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ezra Trigg

Attention Wilderness-ers and would-be aerial artists - Gorilla Circus, the UK's only outdoor flying trapeze school (not an actual gorilla circus) is heading to Wilderness this year! We'll be branching out from our current site in Regent's Park.

We Need More Disabled Models in Ad Campaigns

Jack Eyers | Posted 03.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jack Eyers

We filmed it at Scope's West Hampstead shop and had a great laugh making it. The other stars of the ad - the shop manager Cathy, volunteer Maureen and all the other people in the ad who react to my strip were great.

Belonging - A Night at Circus Fest 2014

Mik Scarlet | Posted 22.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Mik Scarlet

As a professional actor of 25 years, since being the first disabled actor to appear in a UK soap back in 1991, and the chair of the actor's union Equity's Deaf and Disabled Members Committee I know all too well just how high the standard of talent is within the disabled acting community.

David Cameron Must Deliver Promised Ban on Wild Animals in Circuses

Peter G Tatchell | Posted 08.06.2014 | UK Politics
Peter G Tatchell

Much animal suffering is not immediately obvious and visible. They are forced to suffer long, arduous journeys and extended periods tied up, chained or caged - with no freedom of movement. Housed in temporary, transportable accommodation, it is simply not possible for circuses to provide an appropriate environment for wild animals.

German Tigers' Lives Saved In The Nick Of Time By British Park

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 04.04.2014 | UK

Two mistreated tigers from a German circus who were only hours away from being put down have been rescued by a wildlife park in England. The pair w...

Cirque du Soleil and Express Logistics - Two Pioneers on the World Stage

Ken M Allen | Posted 15.03.2014 | UK
Ken M Allen

Cirque du Soleil is just like the business of express logistics. Now hang on, please stay with me. That statement may look like a desperate attempt both to grab your attention and to make a bold and spurious claim that a business that involves shifting packages from A to B can also be fascinating. Well, you could be right, but only partly: there's also quite a bit of truth in there.

Serge The Llama Has a Riotous Night Out With A Gang Of French Teenagers (PICTURES, VIDEO)

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

An eight-year-old llama named Serge had a riotous night out with five French teenage boys last week. Serge, who is a member of a Bordeaux Circus, ...

Is It Time to Take an iSiesta?

Steph Weller | Posted 22.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Steph Weller

Seriously, Mr Cameron, can this be a law? I'm sure a siesta Bill can be passed. Let's look at the benefits for a moment: power naps = more productive brain activity, it makes us happier, healthier, reduces stress, which in turn is good for our cardiovascular systems - less strain on the NHS.

Indian Elephant Filmed Drowning As Circus Boss Clowns Around On Her Back (GRAPHIC PICTURES)

Central European News | Sara C Nelson | Posted 24.08.2013 | UK

WARNING: Graphic images, reader discretion advised Shocking footage of a man dancing on the back of a dying circus elephant has provoked calls for ...