Tootling back from town at teatime this afternoon, I found myself queuing in the old Toyota Priapus beside the entire three mile length of our airport's lovely runway. Why the tailbacks? Another fire perhaps? An accident? No, it seems the reason for the jam was the Great Moscow State Circus, which has pitched its big tent for the next week at the Lord of the Manor site.
There are evidently lots of circus lovers here in the Millionaires' Playground. Far more, it seems, than in Margate, where another circus packed up and pissed off last year after not selling a single ticket. Well, their mistake was not pitching up in the island's premier town, wasn't it! And, er, not calling themselves something with a Russian connection. What's that you say? You thought it was Russian? Deary me! No, no, you're thinking of the Bolshoi Circus. This one's run by a Malmesbury based outfit called the European Entertainment Company and is about as Soviet as the old Eastcliff derriere, although I'm told they do lease some Russian acts. The whiff of exoticism must be working for them, as they've also subsequently set up a 'Continental Circus Berlin' and the 'Chinese State Circus'.
Now, about that fat bloke with the beard and the red suit who comes down the chimney every Christmas...
Click here for performance times on Great Moscow State Circus website