18. What Do You Think About Clowns?
The traditional 1970s Brit version of a clown - not a lot. I grew up with both Charlie Cairoli and Chipperfield's Circus which used to be part of the kids entertainment sector on TV. I hadn't ever been to a circus until I was in my early twenties and had taken my eldest son along. Yet, I am attracted to fairground life and like the juggling, fire eating and trapeze artists. I do like other stories of the clown energy - harlequins in the royal courts, the Heyoka or sacred fool in mythology - concepts that challenge established ideas of the norm, (which is, let's face it, a changing commodity in these difficult times).
But the collapsing car, the jelly down the underwear and the enforced pathos is neither scary or funny - it's sad. A metaphor for life.