Friday, May 15, 2009
The Tears of a Clown
Oh dear oh dear, Nanny's health and safety Gestapo have donned their jackboots again and have decreed that the circus is a dangerous environment.
Is Nanny worried about people being sat on by an elephant?
Is Nanny worried about people being eaten by lions?
Nanny is worried that clowns may trip up over their enormous shoes!
Ermmmm...isn't that the farking point of the shoes and of a clown act? Namely that the clown falls flat on his face...preferably into a custard pie or bath of beans etc?
Seemingly not, according to Nanny. Valerik Kashkin, a clown, was recently told by his bosses that he can no longer wear his giant (size 18) shoes because they are a health risk.
Mr Kashkin was performing in Britain with the Moscow State Circus when he fell off a 10ft high wire, hurting his left foot.
His bosses decided that the shoes represented a clear and present danger to his health and safety (ignoring the fact that he was walking on a tightrope...call me old fashioned and risk averse, but surely that was the health an safety issue?).
The health and safety rule also rather ignores other "risky" features of his act; eg he dresses himself first while walking on a wire then, within a hoop of fire, plays a drum-kit, trumpet and double-bass all at the same time.
I would venture to suggest that the shoes are the least of the risks facing Mr Kashkin!
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