YESTERDAY'S TOWNS

HOWDY, MY NAME IS BILL STRONG, I'LL BE YOUR "24 HOUR MAN", ROUTING YOU INTO THE PAST TO SEE WHAT THE CIRCUS WAS IN DAYS GONE BY. IF YOU'RE LIKE ME, AND MISS WHAT IT USED TO BE, THEN COME ON ALONG AS WE GO DOWN THE ROAD FOLLOWING THE ARROWS BACKWARDS, TO "YESTERDAY'S TOWNS"! IF YOU HAVE CIRCUS RELATED PICTURES YOU WOULD LIKE POSTED, SEND THEM TO,,,,yesterday1@verizon.net,,,,AND WE WILL TRY TO FIT THEM IN. "24 HOUR MAN" WILL HAVE THE FINAL DECISION ON POSTING.

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Three years at CWM made me a real traditionalist, and I keep remembering Bob Parkinson saying, "I want the people to see what the circus used to be, not what it is today. That's what this site is about!

Sunday, July 15, 2007

QUASSAR'S QUIZ: THIS ONE COMES FROM RICHARD FLINT, WHAT IS THE MARINELLI BEND????

Circus Historian, Richard informs me that he has documentation of this name being used to describe a particular trick all the way back to the 1890's. How many of you can explain, "The Marinelli Bend"?

I really thought there would be more inquisitive people out there, I probably should have mentioned that it was a handbalancing, contortion, term as there are a lot of hand balancing acts around nowadays, a lot of good ones too.

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30 Comments:

Blogger Down the Road by Jim said...

The Marinelli band was a group of Italian bagpipers -- fact!

7/15/2007 8:03 AM  
Blogger Pat Cashin said...

I used to get the "Marinelli Bends" from the Red Show pie car.

~P

7/15/2007 8:36 AM  
Anonymous fatima said...

maybe an Italian contortionist??
LOL

7/15/2007 9:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Was it the clown band similar to Italos? I hear Cherry Pink in my sleep!.cc

7/15/2007 10:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh bend, not band. OK i put on the glasses and will think about it!cc

7/15/2007 10:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

MOST ....OF...THE....TIME.....YOU...DO....A....
MARINELLI...BENDS...IN....FRONT...
OF...A....BAND.....

7/17/2007 11:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

According to the late George Speaight (circus and theatrical historian) Marinelli was actually British, despite the name.
My reference is the "Dictionary of Circus Words" published by Aardvark Publishing for the Circus Friends Association of Great Britain about 3 years ago. I grant you that I had quite a bit of input to the publication, but the bit on the Marinelli Bend has nothing to do with me.
If you're interested in the book, check out

www.circusfriends.co.uk


John Cooper.

7/18/2007 12:30 PM  
Anonymous Ninette said...

Anytime I use to see those acts, it hurts my back' how incredible a body can bend and look so beautiful as all of those shows here on this blog' I am amaze' A real piece of art to it's full contour.

7/19/2007 9:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bill's blog is on hold for a few days he's in the hospital in Brandon. He has pneumonia and with his copd the Docter put him in. Bill's a little bit better today. Trudy

7/19/2007 1:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Trudy Cherie;
Thank you for the info;

There are so many people,tha care and love him, for all the hard work he put in the web,we all wish
him a realy fast recovery.
he is the greatest...
please give him our love.
Mireille and Julian...

7/19/2007 2:58 PM  
Anonymous Ninette. said...

Dear Trudy' so sory to hear of Bill' being in the hospital, I wish him an extremely fast' fast' recovery to it's full bloom.
Then Bill' get back on your blog we all need you. with love to both of you. Ninette.

7/19/2007 7:16 PM  
Blogger Down the Road by Jim said...

I think it would make a big difference if Bill could just hear some bagpipe music --- does he have a phone nearby ??

7/19/2007 7:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And all the very best from the eastern side of The Atlantic.

John.

7/20/2007 6:32 AM  
Anonymous fatima said...

We miss you Bill and wish for your speedy recovery....
You are so loved..by so many...
same for you Trudy!

7/20/2007 9:23 AM  
Anonymous Dale Longmire said...

Trudy,
Please tell Bill to get better fast !!!I can't start my day without his fantastic blog. You two are great friends.
Dale

7/20/2007 9:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

MR....24....HOUR-MAN.....
WE...GIVE.YOU...24....HOUR...TO....GET...BACK...ON....THE....JOB..
WE...MISS....YOU....A...LOT.....
START.....COUNTING....
I....WILL.....

7/20/2007 1:35 PM  
Blogger Down the Road by Jim said...

You know , I bet that the excitement of having TWO PETERSON BLOGS to choose from was just more than Bill could believe !So , while he's resting up , I thought I,d
help him out , and run his blog for him -- so what's your password ,Bill?? I'll run your blog just like I run mine -- think of what a team we'd be !!WOOOOOOO - HOOOOOOOO --trust me ,I know what I'm doing!

7/20/2007 9:44 PM  
Anonymous larry allen dean said...

Get well soon, Bill
We miss ya !

7/21/2007 8:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bill is feeling much better. He has an abscess in his left lung and is being treated with antibiotics. May be home Sun. with a drip med. every 6 hrs. Thank you for all your comments Trudy

7/21/2007 9:47 AM  
Anonymous mireille. said...

Trudy cherie;
We all thank you,for the info.
as we all love Bill.
big time.
Mireille and Julian.

7/21/2007 12:59 PM  
Anonymous henry edgar said...

bill - get well soon! we miss you. hope you get home sunday but do what the doctor says. that's what they're there for.
henryt

7/21/2007 4:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks to all of you for your concern and well wishes for my brother inlaw. It is nice to know you all care. God bless you all
Penny

7/21/2007 8:32 PM  
Blogger Richard said...

Bill,
I join the chorus of well-wishers. We support your good health so don't feel rushed to get caught up with the blog. We miss it, of course, but we want you to know that you come first!
Dick Flint
Baltimore

7/22/2007 1:17 PM  
Anonymous Ninette said...

NO' WAYYYY". Just kidding Bill'.
We all want you to get the best of rest, and the blog can rest also.
Then the both of you in double gear'. Just kidding again Bill'
Hope all of those mesages for you, 'straight and funny' help some of your pain. Ninette

7/22/2007 5:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please take it easy and get to feeling better.
P.J.Holmes

7/22/2007 10:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Take it easy, start feeeling better, wishing you a speedy recovery.

Jerry Beeman

7/23/2007 7:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

STILL.....COUNTING.....
IT'S...THE...LONGEST....24HOURS....

BUT...IT....IS....A...O.K....
TAKE...YOUR...TIME...
WE...WILL...BE...THERE...FOR...YOU.
RETURN...LUV...

7/23/2007 11:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bill is still in the hospital,they say he should be coming home tommarow (tues.)He looks and feels pretty good' just one last test.He'll for sure let you know when hw's back. thanks to you all. Trudy

7/23/2007 4:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Trudy cherie;
we truly Thank you...!!!!!
Julian and Mireille.

7/24/2007 2:54 PM  
Anonymous mireille. said...

Well come home. Bill.!!!!!
Take it ease please.
we all love you dearly.
Julian and mireille.

7/24/2007 8:11 PM  

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