Tag Archives: Ringling Brothers & Barnum and Bailey Circus

‘Ringling Brothers & Barnum and Bailey’ HO-Scale Train Set — If You Are An Avid Collector.

by Anura Guruge


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Cute and nostalgic in that ‘Ringling Brothers & Barnum and Bailey‘, at least for now, are gone.

I saw this in an e-mail this morning.

Yes, I was mildly curious in that I am a big fan of ‘The Greatest Show On Earth‘ and like trains and train sets.

But, to be fair this was not compelling even putting aside that it was just in HO scale. My days of HO are long gone. My current layout is N while still have a lot of Z!

They could have done better. No animal wagons and just two passenger cars and the livery isn’t that great. Expensive too — though that could be because it is HO.

Just wanted to share it with you.


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‘The Greatest Showman’ 2017 Movie: Great Entertainment, But Factually Bunkum.

by Anura Guruge


Click image to access the IMDb.com listing for this movie.



The official trailer on YouTube.


A 70% full theater, at a Thursday afternoon 4:30pm matinee, at the “Regal 10” in Concord, burst into appreciative applause when the end credits came on. People liked it and it was easy to do so. P.T. Barnum would have been happy, he made a lot of people, including quite a few kids, v. happy — after Christmas on a bitterly cold day.

Great yarn, superbly told — and again P.T. would have been happy.

You can watch it (like most good movies) at different levels. It does address some social issues and it was interesting to see folks protesting his circus 120-years ago — given the protest endured by the Ringling Brothers & Barnum and Bailey Circus, which eventually resulted in them literally folding their tent, sadly, this year. Ironic that this movie came out this year — 7-months after the last performance of his namesake circus (and we did attend one of the very last shows, having been annual fans for nearly 10-years).

Prior to this movie I did NOT know much about P.T. Barnum other than his fame as a showman, creator of a circus and some of the famous saying attributed to him, in particular: “there is a sucker born every minute“. So, I had assumed, per the billings, that this was meant to be autobiographical.

Early on I started to get uneasy. Some stuff did NOT gel. There was an implication that the word ‘circus’ was not common currency c. 1835. That bothered me since I knew that the Romans, of antiquity, had their circus. Then there was this Carlyle character that became his partner. Well have YOU heard of a circus called “Barnum & Carlyle“? Of course you have NOT because there never was one. It was “Barnum & Bailey“. There is NO mention of Bailey in the movie.

So, when I got home I did a quick butchers of Wikipedia. Oh, dear! The movie is nowhere CLOSE to accurate. SHAME. P.T. was even more of an intriguing character than the one portrayed. That is a shame.

So, while I enjoyed the movie I now feel ‘cheated’ — BUT Barnum would approve. C’est la vie.

Definitely worth watching. But keep in mind it is NOT a true story — one that borrows SOME elements from reality.


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by Anura Guruge


The Original ‘Ringling Brothers’ Did Their First Circus This Day 133 Years Ago; May 19, 1884.

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Last appearance in New Hampshire and WE were there.


Poignant.

The last performance will be May 21, 2017.

So, 2 days AFTER this 133-year anniversary — albeit that this is JUST for the ‘Ringling Brothers‘ side.

IF I was in charge, I would have closed TODAY — just for the symmetry. BUT, ‘they’ did not want to miss out on a Sunday performance, hence May 21.

Spare a THOUGHT. I, however, think that they will be back in a couple of years!


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Ringling Brothers & Barnum and Bailey Circus — Last Show 2017 — Capturing The Vibrancy.

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Ringling Brothers & Barnum and Bailey Circus,
Manchester, NH — Sunday, April 23, 2017.

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Ringling Brothers & Barnum and Bailey Circus — Last Show 2017 — In 300 Pictures.

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Ringling Brothers & Barnum and Bailey Circus,
Manchester, NH — Sunday, April 23, 2017.

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Ringling Brothers & Barnum and Bailey Circus — Last Show 2017 — Just The Action Shots.

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Ringling Brothers & Barnum and Bailey Circus,
Manchester, NH — Sunday, April 23, 2017.

Single Shot! Did NOT use multi-shot.
Just timing on my part.

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Picture Of The Day (Sony a6000) — April 23, 2017.

by Anura Guruge


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Taken with my Sony a6000.

Ringling Brothers & Barnum and Bailey Circus,
Manchester, NH.

Single Shot! Did NOT use multi-shot. Just timing on my part.

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