Friday, January 26 2018


Welcome back to another exciting episode of Simon Blog!

I wish it was that exciting, there's some interesting stuff going on in this entry but far from the exciting issues still to come ;)

After leaving Spain, Morwen and I moved to Newcastle Upon Tyne, near the Scottish border in England. We had a little work lined up when we arrived thanks to Steve Cousins and Helen Averley who run Let's Circus, a small circus company putting on loads of events around the UK. Our first foray with them was to set up their big top (the Magpie) for a university event it had been hired for. The Magpie is only a little tent compared to some of the others I've built, all told I think we had it up in less than 3 hours, the floor boards on the other hand...
Newcastle also has a circus school and youth circus which are located at Circus Central, about a 10 minute walk from the city centre. Steve and Helen were running CC when we arrived but shortly after handed it over to Claire Harvey, who was running the school and youth circus programmes at the time, Claire has stepped up in a big way and is growing the company into something bigger and better as time goes on.

Morwen was enrolled in the BTEC course CC offered before we moved here and thankfully I got a job as their juggling coach and one of the acrobatics coaches. We had a month or so of down time before the BTEC started up and we spent some of that time house sitting for Steve and Helen while they were on a tour of the Hebrides (Scottish Isles) and partly moving in to our new place with another CC crew member, juggler, unicyclist and all round odd bod Nathan, and an amazing musician/costume designer Rosie. Eventually we wound up with another flatmate, Will, who was attending the BTEC as well, it was a fun household full of great people, really glad we got the chance to share a year with such a good crew.

2016/17 New Years Eve was the most stressful one I've ever had, I somehow managed to get a gig in Oman and had been super excited about it during the lead up to being there and then had the horrific situation of my suitcase going missing during my flights, I don't want to ever be in the situation of turning up wearing smelly travelling clothes to a shmancy 5 star resort without any of the equipment that you're meant to be performing with. Thankfully I'd arrived a couple of days early so explaining the situation to the booker was better than it *could* have been but things didn't really get better from there. Many hours on the phone to airport personnel wasn't getting me anywhere, I had 2 days to track down my luggage and I'd planned to spend that time going over my acts and preparing for the show, instead I spent 2 days being super stressed and freaking out. Come New Years Eve and my luggage *still* hadn't arrived, I'm going over how to explain that I can't do the show to the management in my head and preparing for a really rough night and then half an hour before I was due to start my luggage turned up. I don't think that I've ever been so close to not making a gig before, never mind wearing the same clothes for 3 days and being so mentally unprepared for the outcome. Here's hoping that's my worst case scenario that I can measure everything else by in the future...

I got to go to my first full festival in over 5 years which was exciting, Play, a circus and music festival that closely resembles a festival I used to go to in NZ called Circulation. while there I was performing some close up magic and I got to perform in my cyr wheel for the first time, it could have gone better, it could have also gone much worse though so I'm thankful for small mercies. My sister came over from Germany to be at the festival too which was great as the last time I had seen her was over a year before when I was still in Spain. I went to my first Edinburgh Fringe Festival, I was up for 3 days hoping to get a show each day however my name wasn't called on the first day (there were more street performers than there were pitches available) so no show on day one. The next day I got first choice of the pitches as I hadn't had a chance the day before and I chose the mound at 1:30 so that the audience would have had their lunch and be ready for another afternoon of entertainment. The show went well and I drew a much bigger crowd than I'd expected to, I ended the show well and packed up to go and hang out with some friends who were also up for Fringe. The next day I wasn't feeling well in the morning so when I saw it was raining I was OK with taking the day off from shows and packed my things ready to go back to Newcastle.

The next exciting thing to happen was heading over to Germany for Halloween. Zeus, one of the friends that Natasha came over with for Play had enjoyed what I did and invited me to come and perform at the castle he lives in for their Halloween party/Tash's birthday. I got to meet a few new people, taught some juggling, did a lot of juggling and explored the Trier area where Tash lives which was nice. I chose to stay at the castle rather than with Tash as I'd not seen a functional castle before and it was pretty awesome, turns out it had dungeons, a mausoleum and was a part of the fighting between the Allied and Axis forces in WW2.

Coming up next blog... Working on a cruise ship!

Til next time :)

Wednesday, December 20 2017

Mother of the Nation and House of Illusion

Welcome back to another thrilling episode of Simon's Blog ;) In this post I'm going to talk about what it was like working in Abu Dhabi and about my experience at the House of Illusion in Spain. The Mother of the Nation festival was a 2 week event that the princes of the United Arab Emirates put on  […]

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I forgot I had this

Welcome back, after several years away from blogging it seems like I have some interesting news to talk about.

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Wednesday, December 3 2014

It's been a while

Boing boing! So it would seem that I've been pretty slack updating the blog (having not put anything up since before we left the circus). Lots has happened between now and then, we finished with the circus and had a couple of days off before we moved to Liverpool to train at the Polichinelo  […]

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Tuesday, July 29 2014

End of week one at West Mersea

Boing boing! So we've finished our first week at West Mersea. It's been a pretty quiet week on the whole, walks out on the beach (as it's only about a minute away from the site), lots of ice cream, going out ticketing along the beach and Morwen went to the jewellery shop and got some shiny new  […]

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Tuesday, July 22 2014

Great Dunmow

Boing boing! This week's update is for Great Dunmow, an old market town near Stansted Airport. We set up on a massive field which may have been larger than the actual town and as we're doing week long stands now we set up the animal tent just in case of bad weather. The high street had a lot of  […]

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Monday, July 14 2014

Steeple Bumpstead, Thaxted and Hatfield Heath

Boing boing! Only 3 locations this time and we're officially out the other side of split weeks, happy days! After an amazing week in Sawston we went up the road to Steeple Bumpstead (I have to catch myself quite often to stop from laughing aloud at some of these place names) and to a tiny little  […]

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Saturday, June 28 2014

Streatham, Witchford, Haddenham, Waterbeach, Whittlesford and Sawston

Boing boing! Hello again and sorry for the delay in updating. We've been carrying on in our split weeks but seemingly the end is nigh! Streatham: We pulled in on Wednesday (4th of June) night and set up the animal tent for the first time in a while as we were expecting rain this stand. Shows started  […]

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Thursday, June 5 2014

Split weeks - Feltwell, Beck Row and Soham

Boing boing! Welcome back to another blog update. We recently started doing 2 stands a week which is a bit more intense. We started the split weeks in Feltwell (insert stupid joke here) on a parking lot for the recreation grounds, interesting spot to be as half of it was grass and the other half  […]

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Monday, May 26 2014

Mildenhall and Brandon


Boing boing! Welcome to another entry in my blog, this time it's for a town called Mildenhall which is really close to an RAF base and Brandon. We were on the recreational ground for Mildenhall which was conveniently right behind a supermarket and next to a lovely river you could walk along and had  […]

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Friday, May 9 2014

Tattingstone and Long Melford -Edit - Saxmundham

Boing boing! So there's been a bit of a delay in an update for which I apologise, while we were in Tattingstone (a tiny little village which is basically just a pub, a school and a lake) there was no internet connection on site. We set up in a massive back yard of the local pub in Tattingstone which  […]

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Saturday, April 12 2014

Second entry

Boing boing! So we're nearing the end of our first week in our 2 week stand at Southwold and to be honest it's been a bit grim. The weather has been incredible but that means that everyone's going down to the beach instead of coming to see the show and we've had to call off our evening shows each  […]

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Tuesday, April 8 2014

My new blog is up and running

Boing boing!If you've found your way here then that means that you're interested in what I'm up to and at the moment that's being on tour with Circus Tyanna in England.We're just put the finishing touches on the tent and the show opens tomorrow for 2 weeks here in Southwold (if you know anyone in  […]

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